19/01/14 - The Streak: Wrestlemania VII (Jimmy Snuka) and VIII (Jake Roberts)

Wrestling Roundup host, Joshua Tucker is back with his new series of blogs entitled, The Streak. Over the course of the next 11 weeks, he will catalogue the legendary 21-0 Wrestlemania streak of The Undertaker. Today, he reviews the first two matches at Wrestlemania VII against Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and at Wrestlemania VIII against Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

Wrestlemania VII
March 24, 1991
Vs. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
1-0

Backstory of the match:

There isn’t any backstory to this match, it was just a random under-card match that was put together to put over Undertaker and got the legend started.

The match itself:
Pretty one-sided match as Snuka got next to no offense in on The Undertaker. Little was it to be known that this match would begin the legend of The New Phenom of WWE. Jimmy Snuka was known as the Phenom back in the day so in a way this was a passing of the torch as Undertaker became known by that nickname. The Streak began here with a tombstone of the first of 4 WWE Hall of Famers to fall at the hands of The Undertaker at the Grandest Stage of Them All Wrestlemania.

The effect on the opponent after the match:
The WWE Career of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka was at its end, he had not been before nor was he used on TV much after. This was really more of passing of the torch and farewell for the former great looking back though at it, though at the time it was probably looked more like it was to gather a push for the Young Undertaker who would later on in the year at Survivor Series 1991, win the WWE Title beating Hogan at the height of Hulkamania for 6 days before losing the title back to Hogan.

My rating of the match:
2 Stars out of 5



Wrestlemania VIII
April 5, 1992
Vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts
2-0

Backstory of the match:

In February of 1992 after the end of the Roberts/Macho Man Feud, Jake Roberts tried to attack Miss Elizabeth with a Chair. The Undertaker stopped him, adding fuel to the face turn The Undertaker had been recently starting. This led to a segment on Undertaker’s manager Paul Bearer’s Interview segment The Funeral Parlour where Roberts wanted answers as to why The Undertaker stopped his attack on Miss Elizabeth and when he wasn’t getting the answers he wanted, Roberts DDT’d Bearer and attacked Undertaker with a chair, however Taker was able to end him off and chased him off while dragging a coffin behind him.

The match itself:
For the second straight year The Undertaker faced a legendary figure in building the streak, this time it was Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Unlike the Year before this time Taker was a Face, a gimmick that should never have gotten over as a face did through the work of Taker and manager Paul Bearer. Roberts got a lot more offence in on Taker than Snuka did but ultimately most of it had no effect on the Demon from Death Valley. This match also began to show some of The Undertaker’s overall ability and athletic ability in the ring for his Wrestlemania matches. The Undertaker took 2 of Jake Roberts’ signature DDT finishers and sat up from both like they were nothing building on the lore that you could not hurt Taker.

The effect on the opponent after the match:
Jake Roberts was another star in WWE that was at the end of his major run with the company when he faced Undertaker at Wrestlemania. He was leaving the company after the match and would not return for 4 years. This match helped solidify the Babyface turn of The Undertaker and got the fans to rally behind him. Once again The Undertaker benefited far more than his opponent did from this match.

My rating of the match:
2.5 Stars out of 5