WWE Flashbacks: The Ultimate Opportunist Strikes & Sparks A Rated R Rivalry With The Undertaker, Part 1

Edge and ‘Taker just had an incredible, amazing match. It’s a well-respected match in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment, but I don’t think it gets its credit for just how amazing it was. Like it was just off-the-wall incredible.” Curt Hawkins on the Edge/Undertaker WrestleMania match

In 2008, two of the greatest WWE Superstars of all-time stepped inside a ring together many times. What would ensue was pure magic, however, this magic has somehow been overlooked over the course of time. It was overlooked in favor of Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho, which was for good reason. Still yet, I fail to understand how this great rivalry is nearly forgotten by some.

This rivalry was between one of the most decorated wrestlers in WWE history, “The Rated R Superstar” Edge and The Phenom, The Deadman, the one and only Undertaker.

Today, as WWE Flashbacks returns, I will look back at the Edge versus Undertaker feud that took place throughout later 2007 and the majority of 2008. Enjoy.

Opportunity At Its Finest

After being trapped inside a steel cage with “The Animal” Batista, The Undertaker was ripe for the picking of a returning Mark Henry.

Henry would dismantle a bloodied and beaten Undertaker and seek revenge on him for beating him in a casket match at the previous year’s WrestleMania. If there was little left of The Undertaker—the World Heavyweight Champion at the time—after Batista was through, there was absolutely nothing left by the time the World’s Strongest Man was finished.

As Henry made his way to the back with boos cascading from the rafters, the man known as the Ultimate Opportunist came out, looking to take advantage of an opportunity of a career. Of a lifetime.

He had defeated Mr. Kennedy to become the new Mr. Money In The Bank, giving him a world title shot anytime he wanted. And this was when he wanted it.

“No Edge, Not this way!” JBL screamed, who was usually supportive of such tactics. Even he, in this scenario, was sympathetic towards the knocked out champion.

It was going to be this way though. Referee Jimmy Korderas, previously tending to the downed Deadman, now had no choice but to make this match official.

Tony Chimel announced Edge’s intentions to cash in to the stunned WWE Universe. This was the second cash in ever, firstly also done by Edge to John Cena.

The bell rang and Edge pounced on his prey for the pin; 1,2, kickout! Another try; 1,2, kickout!

Edge’s eyes bulged from his skull and fury poured out of his veins.  The wheels turned as this evil mastermind realized he was going to have to do at least a little bit of work to kill the heart and soul of the ironically already dead champion.

He backed up into the corner, stalking The Undertaker. Undertaker had attempted to sit up but just didn’t have it in him. When he finally did stumble to his feet, he met a Spear from Edge; 1,2,3!

JBL, now rethinking his stance, put it best; “Sometimes you win by attrition, but the important thing is that you win.” Edge won. Edge had climbed up the the proverbial ladder and captured the second world title of his career.

As Undertaker tried to resurrect himself once more, Edge bashed him in the skull with his briefcase. Undertaker would be carried off by his druids and not seen for months.

 The Reemergence of a Rated R Rivalry

Once The Undertaker returned, he quickly received his vengeance over Mark Henry and went back into a program with World Heavyweight Champion, Batista.

With “Stone ColdSteve Austin as the special guest referee, Batista remained champion at the Cyber Sunday pay-per-view. The following month, Undertaker was on his way to winning the gold at Survivor Series. He had just nailed a Tombstone on Batista onto steel steps.

The referee’s hand slapped the mat for two, making it a forgone conclusion that the SmackDown Kingdom was going to have a new king sitting atop its landscape. However, as the referee’s hand neared the canvas to make it official, he was pulled by Edge.

Edge had been injured  and thus stripped of the world title months earlier, and now he was coming back with an impact. He smashed Undertaker in the skull with a camera, much like he had done with the briefcase months  previous. He also smashed his head into the steel steps enroute to hitting a con-chair-to.

He pulled the unconscious 300-pound behemoth over his fallen foe. Batista had retained the World Heavyweight Championship, but it wasn’t the way he would’ve liked.

The Armageddon of One Championship Reign, The Beginning of Another

Interim SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero’s response to Edge’s actions were very befuddling to many. She pulled Edge into her office and said; “This was such a great match to see and you went in there and interrupted it? This was the last chance Undertaker had for the title! And you went and ruined that chance!” She paused then went on with the befuddling part; “I’m going to punish you! Next week, I’m going to give you a world title match against Batista on SmackDown!”

To make things even stranger, Edge thanked her before planting a long, passionate kiss leaving many to wonder the relationship that these two had. It would soon be revealed that they indeed had begun a romantic relationship.

The Undertaker would interrupt this match the following week, leaving the returning General Manager Theodore Long to say the same thing to Undertaker that Vickie had said to Edge. He gave him a world title match against Edge and of course the champion, Batista at Armageddon.

The fates of these three men had been intertwined since Edge cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase on that faithful SmackDown.

Batista was looking to beat a man he never could beat when the world championship was on the line. Undertaker was looking to renew his rivalry with a man he respected, Batista, while getting his hands on the man who had cost him his world title not once, but twice in Edge.

Edge was just looking to escape a match to win back the title he technically never lost, which featured two superstars that hated his guts.

The bell rang and unlike the first two times Edge won a world title, both his opponents were standing upright.

Batista overpowered Undertaker when they locked up, sending Undertaker out of the ring and Edge running for his life.

Edge was in between a rock and a hard place, as Michael Cole put it on commentary. He was going to have to pick his poison on this night, although he had inadvertently chose both poisons here.

Batista tugged on one leg and Undertaker tugged on the other as Edge had tried to slid into the ring. Luckily for Edge, Undertaker opted to go after Batista on the outside and allow him to scurry free for the time being. The Deadman pounded the champion kidney first into the guardrail before setting his sights on the Rated R Superstar.

Edge would beat ‘Taker to the punch though, stomping him as he had yet to reach his feet after he slid in the ring.

A series of punches and an Irish whip followed, but Undertaker reversed and signaled for the Chokeslam, a Chokeslam Edge avoided by rolling to the outside.

Batista attacked Undertaker from behind, showing just how dangerous a triple threat match can be.

Batista soon took advantage and sent Undertaker to the outside. ‘Taker would come face-to-face with Edge, whose neck he grasped in another attempt to hit the Chokeslam, but a Batista dropkick to Edge would put a stop to those plans.

Undertaker angrily pounded Batista into the steel steps before hitting him with his patented Leg Drop on the apron. Next, he went for Snake Eyes to the steel post, but instead Batista squirmed out and Undertaker was the one hitting the unforgiving steel.

Picking his spot, Edge tossed the champ back into the ring to go for an unsuccessful cover. He would spear Undertaker off the apron only to run into a spinning slide slam from Batista; 1,2, kickout.

Batista took it to Edge for the next several minutes, utilizing his power game to wear down the future Hall of Famer just enough to go for another pin. This time, Undertaker would intervene by pulling Batista similar to Edge had pulled the referee at the prior pay-per-view.

He tossed Batista into the steps then back into the ring and focused his offense on Edge. Undertaker was now back in the driver’s seat of this match and looking to reclaim the top prize SmackDown had to offer. The three opponents would trade this advantage for the next little bit, in a thrilling encounter of three of WWE’s biggest stars.

Edge grabbed two chairs after Spears to each Batista and Undertaker failed to get the win. He placed a chair under Batista’s head for the con-chair-to, but to no avail as Batista booted the chair into his face.

Undertaker clotheslined Edge out of the ring, and was the victim of the same move from Batista (only this staying in the ring.) Batista headed to the top rope, something he didn’t do often, and it backfired. The crafty vetertan, Undertaker, got to his feet and leaned on the top. This caused Batista to lose his footing and fall into the turnbuckle crotch-first. The Undertaker would take advantage by hitting a superplex. 600-pounds of humanity crashed onto the canvas, shaking and rattling the ring to its very core.

Undertaker rolled over to place a hand on Batista for the pin; 1,2, no!

Edge’s head peaked up over the apron, as he watched these events transpire. He watched as his hopes of emerging as the World Heavyweight Champion improved. His two opponents were beating the hell out of each other, and he loved it.

As Edge remained on the outside, Batista reversed Undertaker’s Old School maneuver into a Spine Buster.

He signaled for the Batista Bomb, but firstly Speared an incoming Edge. Undertaker would reverse the Batista Bomb, powering the champion into the corner like a  battering ram.

The camera panned to the outside to show two Edges. Yes, two Edges were on the outside. One recovering from the Spear he had just eaten, the other just comfortably resting.

Meanwhile, Undertaker hit the back body drop and Chokeslam on Batista. He signaled for the Tombstone, but first had to Chokeslam Edge, who was coming off the top rope.

Another Edge appeared at ringside while Undertaker and Batista dueled it out inside the ring. Eventually, Undertaker nailed the Tombstone and went for his signature pin, but it was broken up by Edge number two.

Undertaker ate a second vicious chair shot before being knocked out, and Edge pounced onto Batista for the pin; 1,2,3!

Edge was the new World Heavyweight Champion, and although it may have taken three of him to do it, he looked to be an untouchable, invincible champion with his girlfriend now as SmackDown’s full-time General Manager.

The Master Manipulator had manipulated his way into his fourth world title reign. It looked as if the fourth try at the Rated R Era would be the charm.

WrestleMania 24: The World Heavyweight Championship vs. The Streak

The two Edge look-a-likes from the Armageddon pay-per-view would be revealed as the floundering ECW tag team, The Major Brothers. These brothers would reveal their true identities as Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, or the Edgeheads. Meanwhile, Vickie would accept Edge’s marriage proposal on Valentine’s Day.

They wouldn’t be the only ones to join Edge’s ever-growing familia either (soon referred to as La Familia), you see. Edge would help Chavo Guerrero defeat CM Punk for the ECW Championship. Despite Chavo previously denying any involvement with Edge and company, he would join the group and its mission to defeat Rey Mysterio at the Royal Rumble, which they did.

Meanwhile, The Undertaker emerged from the Elimination Chamber victorious and gained the right to Edge to seek retaliation against the man who had cost him the world title on three occasions, the World Heavyweight Champion, Edge.

The Undertaker was defending his streak against Edge’s own WrestleMania undefeated streak and world title, but Undertaker didn’t only have to beat Edge, but Edge’s cronies known as La Familia.

It was a tough task, but a task The Undertaker was up to nonetheless. The WrestleMania main event was now set, along with its high expectations. However, I think it’s safe to say that The Undertaker and Edge surpassed all expectations and stole the show at the Showcase of the Immortals.

Through hell, fire and brimstone, the fable, the legend, the Demon from Death Valley, The Undertaker made his ominous and always chilling WrestleMania entrance. Words simply cannot do it justice. It in itself is a spectacle to behold and something that once you see; you will never, ever forget.

Edge then made his way out with a grin on his face. Theodore Long came out behind him, wheeling Edge’s fiancé Vickie Guerrero in a wheelchair with him. Guerrero had been Tombstoned by The Undertaker and was now looking to have a front row seat to seeing his WrestleMania streak end at the hands of her soon-to-be-husband.

On this night, the biggest night of his career and quite possibly his life, he could use The Undertaker as his stepping stone to immortality. He could submit his status as a legend in the professional wrestling business and retain the World Heavyweight Championship in doing so.

He would shake his arms to rid himself of the numbness he felt, as he would later explain in his DVD release. This wasn’t a neck issue, this was chills running down his spine. The kid from Canada who grew up with one goal—which was to be a WWE Superstar—had not merely achieved that goal, but was reaching the pinnacle of the industry. He was about to face The Undertaker in the main event of WrestleMania 24.

I was really happy because it was my first main event at WrestleMania. I’m walking down the isle, and I see Undertaker standing in the corner. My arms are numb I’m so amped up. You can see me shaking my hands out because I couldn’t feel them. And this wasn’t a neck issue, it was purely adrenaline. -Edge

Over 74,000 fans packed the Citrus Bowl to witness history. Jimmy Korderas raised the Holy Grail of the WWE up high, the same Holy Grail Undertaker hoped to bring back to the dark side.

The bell rang and we were off in this championship encounter. The Undertaker taunted Edge by making his throat slashing gesture, yet Edge showed no intimidating. In response, Edge shoved Undertaker and unloaded with punches. Getting in a slugfest with The Undertaker is never a smart move, that is unless he isn’t punching back.

Undertaker countered with a stiff clothesline to down the champion. Edge would get back to his feet only to be met with another clothesline, this time sending him over the top rope.

Undertaker headed to the outside however Edge ran and squirmed back inside the ring. Undertaker followed, losing the cat and mouse game, get stomped over and over again by the Rated R Superstar.

Undertaker was now the one squirming, only to the outside. He grabbed Edge by the neck and hit a neck breaker to buy himself some time. Edge bounced off the ropes and onto the canvas.

Undertaker headed back in the ring and went to work on Edge. Being that ‘Taker was nearly to impossible to stop once he had built up a head of steam, this was exactly what Edge didn’t want to happen this early in this critical match.

Strikes in the corner would leave Edge reeling. He was finding out first hand why Undertaker was and still is known as the best pure striker to ever lace up a pair of boots.

Undertaker whipped Edge to the opposite side of the ring, but rather than nailing another clothesline, he ate a boot to the face. Edge looked to capitalize on this opening, yet it didn’t happen. The challenger instead again downed the champ and continued his flurry of offense by torquing Edge’s arm around. He used his shoulder as a battering ram in addition to attempting his Old School move to continue to weaken the arm of Edge. Edge would counter, however Undertaker adjusted and hit a massive arm drag.

Undertaker’s brutal offense carried on. This wasn’t a pretty attack, yet it was effective nonetheless. The Undertaker’s old school approach was working so far, just as it had the previous fifteen years at WrestleMania to beat opponents such as Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Ric Flair, Triple H, Big Show, Randy Orton, Batista and many others.

He flew into the corner and Edge moved out of the way, though still catching the brunt of the move. Undertaker got caught in ropes and was carried to the outside for a hard fall by his momentum.

Both men stumbled to their feet and Undertaker back onto the apron. Edge took a run-and-go and Speared ‘Taker right back off the apron and to the ringside area.

You could feel the tides beginning to turn, the waves of momentum starting to turn Edge’s way as Edge nailed a sliding dropkick to The Deadman.

Edge, now on the outside, liked to call himself a predator. Well, if he was the predator, then Undertaker was prey that was being methodically dismembered. Second by second, minute by minute the energy was sucked from the capacity crowd and from the lungs of The Undertaker, while Edge was a like a train headed downhill.

After this stretch of dominance, the tides again turned when Undertaker shoved Edge off the top rope. He needed to seize this opportunity to take full control of the match, which he did with a breath-taking Suicide Dive over the top rope, perfectly landing on top of Edge.

He went for the cover inside the ring after a leg drop on the apron, but only received a two count. He position Edge for the Last Ride, however was shoved away and given a big boot. Edge was now back in control.

He headed to the outside and threw Undertaker over the barricade. The body of The Deadman folded and contorted, landing on top of some fans’ feet and onto the hard area floor.

Once back inside the ring, Edge went for another cover on Undertaker only to garner same results. The Undertaker was usually the one to punish his opponents, but at WrestleMania 24, the roles had been reversed. He was the one being punished. Could he persevere through this attack to extend his streak? Or was it only a matter of time until Edge went down in the record books as the man to finally end The Undertaker’s undefeated, unblemished streak?

Edge locked in a half Boston Crab, in hopes of cutting off the power source of this enormous monster. It was like chopping a tree away from its roots; without the source of water, the tree would die. In this match, if The Undertaker lost his power, his streak was going to die. Or as he would put it, his streak would rest in peace.

Undertaker briefly countered into a pin attempt before Edge went right back to the leg and lower back. The Master Psychologist was at work as the Citrus Bowl stood eerily quiet.

The Undertaker soon fought out of the submission from Edge and powered his way to a vertical base. He stood toe-to-toe with Edge for a striking standoff. Though Undertaker was indeed hailed as the best pure striker in the game, Edge matched him blow-for-blow.

Despite Edge’s impressive striking ability, he would lose the encounter and be victim to three corner clotheslines and a Snake Eyes  from The Undertaker.

Undertaker went for his big boot, but Edge had other ideas and hit him with a dropkick. Cover; 1,2, no!

Edge went to the top rope, trying some high risk offense. It is called high risk for a reason; that reason showcased when Undertaker grabbed him for the Chokeslam coming off the top rope, but was countered. Another Chokeslam attempted ended with a second counter, this time that counter being an Edgecution DDT. The subsequent pin was merely enough for a two count.

Edge awaited Undertaker in the corner for the Spear. He charged upon ‘Taker reaching his feet, but Undertaker reversed and hit the Chokeslam. Pinfall; 1, 2, no!

Undertaker crawled up the ropes for Old School, only for Edge to again counter. He followed up with a superplex from the top rope. Yet another pin attempt had the same result.

Edge looked to finish off The Undertaker. He had claimed he did not fear The Undertaker and had yet to show otherwise. He had shown no fear. No fear as he pounded Undertaker’s head in a succession of punches.

Undertaker lifted Edge in the air for the Last Ride, but Edge somehow countered again with a neck breaker. Everything The Undertaker pulled out of his arsenal, Edge had an answer for.

Undertaker did kickout, but doubts had to begin to linger in his mind. Could he beat a man he hadn’t yet beat? Did Edge simply have his number?

Edge rebounded Undertaker off the ropes, but Undertaker kicked him in his gut to set up the Last Ride. This Last Ride was the one he would hit. “We’re going to have a new World Heavyweight Champion!” Jonathan Coachman proclaimed on commentary.

I remember the match going, going, going. I was like ‘we’ve got a thing going here. We’ve got a great chemistry together. We truly trust each other.’ You know, when he gives the trust back to, it’s one of the biggest compliments I could ever get…” -Edge in his 2011 WWE DVD release

The Phenom crawled to the cover, was this going to be it; 1, 2, no!

The Undertaker called for The Tombstone, but Edge countered one more time. The cover afterwards failed.

The Undertaker answered with a big boot and Old School, before Edge ducked a boot that instead connected with the referee. He hit a neck breaker on ‘Taker, but there was no referee to count the pin.

Edge instead decided to seize the moment and taunt The Undertaker. Needless to say, that was a bad idea; Undertaker grabbed him by the throat, got to his feet and would’ve hit one more Chokeslam if not for a blatant, desperate low blow. A low blow no referee was there to see.

Edge took out a camera man at ringside to end this rivalry the same way it had been re-ignited at the Survivor Series of 2007. He awaited Undertaker’s recovery and promptly nailed him upon turning around. The camera shot nearly collapsed the skull of The Deadman.

Edge tried to revive Jimmy Korderas, but Korderas simply rolled out of the ring as Undertaker stirred. He went for The Undertaker’s Tombstone, but Undertaker wouldn’t allow it and hit the move himself.

Undertaker crossed the arms of Edge for the cover. Referee Charles Robinson ran down the ramp, into the ring for the count; 1, 2, kickout!

Hawkins and Ryder made their way out, with Undertaker quickly ridding himself of them with a Chokeslam of one onto the other. This, however, was a big enough distraction to allow Edge to hit the Spear; 1, 2, kickout!

The question had been how Undertaker would beat Edge, but now perhaps it was how would Edge beat Undertaker? Was it possible to beat The Deadman on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

Edge readied for one last Spear. A Spear in which he hit but was almost immediately stunned by the sudden Hell’s Gate submission of The Undertaker. The same Hell’s Gate that had taken out three men and had yet to be reversed.

Edge struggled and flopped all he could, frantically seeking an answer to this submission. There was no answer, though. The lone thing left for Edge to do was tap. And tap he did.

The new World Heavyweight Champion and now 16-0 at WrestleMania, The Undertaker!

Edge Attempts to Put The Undertaker Through Hell

Edge felt naked without his World Heavyweight Championship, and had every intention of getting it back at the upcoming pay-per-view event, Backlash.

He used Vickie Guerrero to give The Undertaker four physically draining matches the four SmackDowns leading up to Backlash, while they relaxed at a spa. The first week it was Undertaker’s brother Kane, the next Festus, the third week Batista and the final week was a no disqualification match against Batista for the world title.

It seemed like a master plan. Edge and Vickie were putting The Undertaker through hell so he would be weakened by the time Backlash arrived. Would the plan work, or would Undertaker be more angry and ready than ever after overcoming three Goliaths?

*Note: The video package in the following video begins at 1:34:30, which proceeds the match.*

The Undertaker mouthed the words “I’m going to hurt you” to Edge seconds previous before the bell sounding. If Edge somehow wasn’t intimidated during Undertaker’s chill-inducing entrance into the arena, he surely had to be now. The Undertaker was not a man who made idle threats. If he made a threat, it was a promise. A promise he intended on keeping.

Edge jockeyed for position as Undertaker stalked him. He ducked a punch, using his superior speed to his advantage before locking up.

Edge may have been of superior speed, but very few were superior to The Phenom in the strength department. Undertaker pushed Edge through the top and second rope and out of the ring with ease. Edge regrouped himself momentarily before stepping back into the squared circle with this menacing presence.

He locked up with Undertaker once more, even wrenching in a headlock before being taken to the match with a shoulder bump. Undertaker tried to pick Edge back up, but Edge weaseled away, essentially saying this match was going to be at his pace and his terms.

Edge pulled himself up in the corner and was met with a series of strikes from the fists and even head of The Deadman. Once grounded, Edge was the recipient of vicious stomps to the head, arm and chest area.

‘Taker pulled Edge back up and pounded his head into the turnbuckle. He Irish Whipped him across the ring, but Edge reversed Undertaker’s attempted offense and opted for a boot in the corner then a clothesline to send his opponent to the mat.

These two combatants looked to gain the upper hand in this match-up by being the first to hit some significant offense. Possibly more important for the challenger Edge, as Undertaker was nearly impossible to stop once he got going, as Edge witnessed firsthand at the previous month’s WrestleMania.

Mick Foley, on commentary, had much experience as Undertaker’s opponent. Undertaker, though, had changed drastically since the last time they had a match. He had defied mother nature by adding speed and becoming much more multidimensional. He had added countless moves to repertoire as well as his intimidating factor, mystique and aura growing over the years.

Edge built up a head of steam by clotheslining Undertaker out of the ring and following up with a baseball slid. He leaped off the apron but was caught in mid-air by The Undertaker and rammed spine-first into the cold, hard steel post.

Further punishing the man who had punished him over the past four weeks, Undertaker tossed Edge into the barricade. The savvy Undertaker rolled into the ring to break the referee count before continuing his assault on Edge.

He hoisted Edge and his shoulders and his Snake Eyes on that same barricade he had opportunistically utilized moments earlier. He again broke the count before hitting Snake Eyes one more time, this time on the ring apron.

In vintage Undertaker fashion, Undertaker placed Edge on the apron. He booted his skull before nailing his 300-pound leg drop on Edge’s already once surgically repaired neck, the neck that would ultimately lead to his untimely retirement.

Undertaker suplexed Edge in the middle of the ring and went for a cover, which Edge kicked out of at two.

Edge reversed a move from Undertaker, a move which could have been a bevy of things, into the Edge-O-Matic (a sit out rear mat slam.) An attempted cover by the Rated R Superstar would be unsuccessful.

He pummeled The Undertaker with a series of offensive maneuvers. Like much of Undertaker’s offense, not necessarily pretty but surely effective. Even spearing Undertaker’s damaged back in the corner, soon setting up a pin attempt; 1, 2, kickout by The Undertaker.

Edge followed up with leg scissors, trying to suck the air from The Undertaker’s lungs. If Undertaker couldn’t breath, chances are he could not hit the majority of his moves.

Realizing he was in dire straits, Undertaker waited no longer to pound Edge with punches to the head, forcing him to unhook his leg scissors. However, Edge would get back on the offensive almost immediately with a dropkick to the lower back of the charging Undertaker.

With one more kick, this one sliding, Edge sent Undertaker out of the ring with a groan. The Master Psychologist had keyed in on this giant’s weakness and turned the tides of this match in his favor.

Edge tossed Undertaker back in the ring and continued his onslaught on his lower back. This controversial superstar had created a gameplan without any flaws thus far. It appeared to be only a matter of time until the Rated R Era entered its fifth rendition.

Undertaker tried to power out of Edge’s Camel Clutch-like hold, but his lower back gave out, now placing him in leg scissors from Edge. He grimaced in pain before finally grabbing the bottom rope, which dangled before his eyes as a key to relieving the pain he felt.

Back to the modified Camel Clutch Edge went, looking to tire the injured Deadman. Nonetheless, Undertaker somehow powered out, slamming Edge back-first into the canvas.

They recovered and Edge ducked a clothesline, only to collide with Undertaker in mid-air with double clotheslines. Once they got up, they both were on the receiving end of a double-boot.

Under normal circumstances, as Mick Foley pointed out, Undertaker would have gotten the better side of these exchanges. However, he was weakened so much that perhaps he would be the one getting the brunt of these moves this time.

Both men stirred to their feet into a grueling striking encounter in the center of the ring. Undertaker won, which he usually does, and followed with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner. This sequence would be reversed the second time by Edge, though only a small win for him due to the fact that Undertaker would respond with Snake Eyes and a big boot. Cover; 1, 2, no!

Undertaker went to the top rope for Old School, but Edge answered by countering the move and going to the top himself. He looked to hit a hurricanrana but was grabbed by the neck by Undertaker and dismissively slammed down to the mat below.

Undertaker looked to capitalize on the downed Edge, but missed his attempted Elbow Drop from the top rope. Edge went for the cover; 1, 2, no!

Edge crawled out of the ring and grabbed Undertaker’s title, hiding it from referee Charles Robinson as he awaited The Deadman on the apron. Unfortunately for him, he dropped the title and was forced to hit a neck breaker on the ropes to buy himself some time.

Edge countered two Chokeslams from The Undertaker, the second into the Russian legsweep. Pinfall; 1, 2, kickout! With every kickout however, more stress was placed on the lower back that the cunning Edge had been dissecting throughout the match.

Edge went to the top rope, but was slammed down by The Undertaker. Undertaker crept to the cover; 1, 2, rope break! Edge placed his foot on the rope in the nick of time.

Undertaker called for the Tombstone, heaving Edge in the air. In desperation, Edge grabbed the turnbuckle, pulling it off in the process. He leaped down from Undertaker’s arms and battered the injured lower back of The Phenom into to corner.

Edge would run into a clothesline from Undertaker, leaving both men neutralized.

Undertaker positioned Edge for the Last Ride while the referee put the padding back on the turnbuckle. Out of nowhere, Curt Hawkins nailed him in the back of head with the World Heavyweight Championship. Cover by Edge; 1, 2, no!

Edge went for his signature Spear but Undertaker reversed into a DDT. Cover; 1, 2, kickout!

Undertaker positioned Edge for the Chokeslam but Zack Ryder intervened. ‘Taker pushed Edge into him, causing him to fall off the apron and putting Edge in place for the Last Ride. Edge, though, reversed into a roll-up; 1, 2, counter into the Hell’s Gate submission. The submission that nobody had yet reversed, would Edge be the first? Or would he fall victim to it a second time in the span of a month?

Edge, though looking for every conceivable way out, had no choice. He had to tap to avoid serious injury, which he did.

The Undertaker had again prevailed over the Rated R Superstar, even fighting off Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins in the process. Still angered, he prolonged the agony and kept Hell’s Gate locked in for a good minute as Teddy Long wheeled down Smackdown General Manager Vickie Guerrero to check on her loved one.

Blood trickled down Edge’s face; his final battle wound from a grim defeat. The Undertaker lurked in the corner as Vickie sobbed mercilessly over the fallen Edge. How would this duo respond from the pain suffered at the hands of The Undertaker? Only time was going to tell us the answer.

Stay tuned to WrestleEnigma.com for the second and final part of this series, which will cover Undertaker and Edge’s Judgment Day, TLC and Hell In a Cell matches. Thanks for reading and may I be the first to prematurely wish you the happiest of holidays.