The Undertaker returned last Sunday night at SummerSlam, appearing in the casket after the Rey Mysterio vs Kane match, confronting both of them about who was the attacker who put him in a “vegetated state”. Undertaker believed Rey and then turned his attention to his brother, the World Heavyweight Champion Kane. Surprisingly when Undertaker was about to attack his brother, Kane took the advantage over a weaker Undertaker, and was able to tombstone him in the center of the ring. This sets up the last chapter in the Kane vs Undertaker rivalry.
This rivalry is one of the best and longest in wrestling history. It dates back to 1997, more than 13 years ago at Bad Blood: In Your House, when Kane made his debut in the first ever Hell in a Cell match between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. Accompanied by Paul Bearer, Kane ripped the steel door off its hinges, then gave Taker a tombstone piledriver, costing him the match and setting up the first of many feuds between the two. Kane and the Undertaker had many firsts in the wrestling world, and two matches they helped put on the map was the casket match (put your opponent in the casket to win) and the inferno match (put your opponent on fire to win). That same year at Wrestlemania 14, both of them had a match for the ages. It would take the Undertaker three tombstones to finally get the victory.
After a brief hiatus and forming the “Brothers of Destruction” team with his brother, winning the tag team championships multiple times, the rivalry was back on again at the 2003 Survivor Series. During the Buried Alive match between Vince McMahon and The Undertaker, Kane appeared on the crane and helped Mr. McMahon put Taker into the grave and bury him. Kane had thought that he had gotten rid of The Undertaker once and for all but at the Royal Rumble the following year, Undertaker’s music played spooking Kane, getting him eliminated in the match. Over the next few weeks, there were paranormal events happening which could not be explained. Finally, at WrestleMania 20, The Undertaker returned with Paul Bearer, defeating Kane again.
The reason why this will likely be the last chapter in their rivalry is because they are both getting older (Taker is 45 and Kane is 43) and both have said that they are going to retire within a year or two. The most likely scenario for these two is to have a match at Night Of Champions for the World Heavyweight Championship, followed by a rematch at the Hell in a Cell PPV, a concept that both the Undertaker and Kane helped to pioneer. Both of these competitors have brought us wrestling fans many great memories and this last feud will be a fitting farewell.