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5 greatest opponents of The Undertaker

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If you listen to former wrestling great Superstar Billy Graham, the match between The Undertaker and Shane McMahon for control of Raw and WWE signals a much bigger meaning than just the stipulation of the Deadman having to win in order to appear at another WrestleMania event.

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Well, as all of you know, Vince in his wisdom has felt that it is necessary to add a new stipulation to the Hell in The Cell match. The new stipulation that has been added to the Wrestlemania match between Shane McMahon and the Undertaker Hell in the Cell match is that if the Undertaker loses, he will not be allowed to ever wrestle in another mania match. A third grade level way of telling the millions of fans in the WWE universe that Taker is retiring. I personally am very disappointed in this childish stipulation.

However, I believe that the WWE should make this a very happy and positive occasion celebrating the Taker's career, instead of a sad and gloomy affair. To make this occasion an uplifting and even a spiritual event, the WWE should do the following: Have Big E come out beating on a big bass drum while circling the ring, followed by Xavier Woods playing his trombone, followed by Kofi Kingston throwing flowers to the fans out of a big wicker basket and, picking up the rear, Adam Rose sucking on a lollypop, skipping to the tune of that famous old gospel song "When The Saints Go Marching In."

Yes, this could be the swan song for the man who may be the most respected performer to get in a wrestling ring, ever! To see him in this kind of a programme is a bit disturbing, yet with Vince McMahon involved in this kind of production, we know anything is possible.

Now that we all know what may happen following a night in Dallas, we can all look upon ‘Taker’s career as one giant highlight reel full of opponents who he helped to make a star and vice versa.

Here is a look at his five greatest opponents.

5) Mankind

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The Undertaker pins Mankind

The Leap! Like many of you, I thought when Mick Foley jumped off the top of the cage in his match with Undertaker, he was a dead man.

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Oh, how life and irony imitate art.

While it was not at WrestleMania, rather at the King of the Ring, it was still as impactful as any match ever witnessed and fought.  The move and subsequent fallout was captured best by Jim Ross when he said, "Good God almighty! Good God almighty! That killed him! As God as my witness, he is broken in half!"

It’s a scene that not only changed the perception of this kind of match, but it also grew the legend of Foley as a wrestler who would die for the business. That move, in my opinion, changed him forever.

Both men were honoured by the fans with a standing ovation following the confrontation.

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