The time has arrived. After weeks of high anticipation comes an epic battle years in the making. A resurrected Triple H will face off against The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred clash of WWE titans at WrestleMania XXVII.
Weeks of a campaign filled with ominous “2.21.11” imagery finally culminated on February 21 when the two Superstars met in the ring on Raw after each had spent months recuperating from injury. Although no words were spoken, the men reached a tacit agreement to compete against one another at The Show of Shows.
Two weeks later, The Phenom raised the stakes even further, proposing that the epic showdown be a No Holds Barred Match. A driven King of Kings accepted the challenge five days later on SmackDown.
Precisely 10 years ago, the two respected and feared Superstars squared off on The Grandest Stage of Them All at WrestleMania X-Seven. During that contest, the action spilled outside the ring in a memorable display of power and determination. In the end, The Demon of Death Valley prevailed by pinfall.
Despite their legendary status, each man goes into the match with something to prove, having suffered major setbacks in 2010. The Game had been sidelined for 10 months after King Sheamus ambushed him at Extreme Rules while The Demon of Death Valley was waylaid by his brother Kane during a Buried Alive Match at WWE Bragging Rights.
In order for The Cerebral Assassin to overcome The Deadman, he'll first need to negate the psychological advantage of his opponent. After all, The Undertaker's famous win streak at WrestleMania hit 18-0 last year, and the list of his fallen foes remains littered with renowned Superstars, including Randy Orton, Edge and more recently, Shawn Michaels.
Not only did The Phenom defeat HBK two WrestleMania's in a row, he ended the man's career. A fact certainly not lost on Michaels’ close friend, Triple H, who may well use the misfortune as a motivator.
For his part, The Game also possesses a list of enviable accomplishments. Not only is he a former King of the Ring, Triple H has also reigned an incredible five times as World Heavyweight Champion and eight times as WWE Champion. Despite all the accolades, though, he has never beaten The Undertaker at WrestleMania, a feat only a Superstar of Triple H's caliber could achieve.
It will be No Holds Barred on The Grandest Stage of Them All. And with both powerhouses eager to prove to the world that they are now running on all cylinders, the match will prove to be both a test of wills as well as strength. Can The Undertaker possibly continue his extraordinary record of victory at WrestleMania? Or will his formidable foe finally put an end to “The Streak?”