The most famous and celebrated recognition of The Undertaker is the 'Streak', an unprecedented record of 21 consecutive victories at the annual and main pay-per-view event of WWE, WrestleMania, where he fought in the main event of the XIII editions, XXIV, XXVI, XXXIII and XXXVI, while he suffered his first defeat at WrestleMania XXX against Brock Lesnar.
He is also known for his pairing with storyline half-brother Kane, whom he has alternatively feuded or teamed with as The Brothers of Destruction since 1997. With Kane, he held the WWF and WCW World Tag Team Championships during The Invasion storyline.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, The Undertaker is a seven-time world heavyweight champion in WWF/E, having held the WWF/E Championship four times and World Heavyweight Championship three times.
Speaking on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, Taker recalled when Vince McMahon told him The Streak was ending: "Internally and the way this business works, I knew someday it would end," he admitted. "In our industry, you don't walk away like Floyd [Mayweather], undefeated, or Rocky Marciano.
It just doesn't happen that way in wrestling. It was always in the back of my mind that it would end. Although, most of my peers and people that I work with thought it was a horrible decision, and I just asked Vince, 'are you sure? Is this what you want?' He was like, 'if it's not Brock, who can beat you?' Alright, well, it's your call.
My last memory from the day of that WrestleMania is about 3:30 in the afternoon when I had a conversation with my wife backstage," Taker recalled. "Now, there is a process that I go through from when I start stretching and going to see the doctors.
It's a big process. I did it all. I don't remember doing any of it. My memory picks up that night in the hospital at about 4:00 a.m. That's when I remember what my name was and where I was at. It was bizarre. It was like I was a lamp and somebody unplugged me.
That shook me. I've been injured in matches. I've had my orbital bones busted out and continued with matches. I've wrestled with broken ribs, broken foot, torn muscles and I've been caught on fire, and I've always been able to will myself through it.
This was just like wow, this has never happened to me. I watched that match back, and I had no clue what was coming next."