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Wrestlemania XXVII Preview: Can Triple H End "The Streak?"

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Giant Gonzalez
King Kong Bundy
"Big Daddy Cool" Diesel
Sycho Sid
Kane
The Big Boss Man
Triple H
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair
The Big Show and A-Train
Randy Orton
Mark Henry
Batista
Edge
Shawn Michaels

What do all of those men have in common? They've all been beaten by the man from the dark side on the biggest stage in wrestling. Seventeen different men in eighteen different matches. . .the match with Big Show and A-Train was a handicap match, and Kane and Shawn Michaels have each been defeated twice. . .have helped The Undertaker to an astonishing 18-0 record at Wrestlemania over his illustrious career.

You'll note that the name of The Undertaker's Wrestlemania 27 opponent, Triple H, is on that list as well. He and the Undertaker had an outstanding match at Wrestlemania 17 (I refuse to call it X-Seven) in 2001, with the Dead Man ultimately emerging victorious. This will be Triple H's first match in over a year, as he's coming off of an injury, and he picked a heck of his opponent to come back against. On Raw this past Monday night, Shawn Michaels. . .Triple H's best friend and the man who has lost to the Undertaker at both of the two most recent Wrestlemanias. . .told The Game straight up that he couldn't beat the Undertaker, which has to plant a seed of doubt in the mind of the Cerebral Assassin.

Let's be honest. . .betting against the Undertaker at Wrestlemania is a lot like betting against the Harlem Globetrotters. It's not the smartest thing to do. Even with as large as Triple H's ego is rumored to be, I still don't see any good reason for him to go over here. This is my early pick for match of the night, as I'm sure these two veterans will put on the same kind of performance that they always do when the lights are at their brightest. In the end, however, I think we get the same result that we've gotten 18 times before at Wrestlemania.

Prediction: Undertaker wins by pinfall

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.