The Undertaker Returns To His American Badass Days In Brilliant Boneyard Match
The Undertaker returned to his leather wearing, motorbike riding ways in the most unique match in WrestleMania history, as he faced AJ Styles in a Boneyard match.
Taker faced Styles in the first ever Boneyard match, on the first ever Saturday night WrestleMania, but on a night of firsts it was his return to old ways that first caught the attention.
The Deadman rolled into his fight with the former two time WWE World Champion on a motorcycle and clad in leather like his days as the American Badass from 2001-2003.
It was a unique night of wrestling with the show mainly emanating from WWE's Performance Centre in Orlando, with no fans at the gym, instead of an open air stadium in Tampa with tens of thousands of fans, as originally planned.
But Taker and Styles didn't fight inside and it wasn't a normal wrestling match at all.
No one knew what to expect from a 'Boneyard' match but it was filmed outside in a creepy location with an incredible cinematic vibe.
The two men beat the hell out of each other, as the build up to the match suggested they would, with Taker eventually burying his opponent in an open grave, after nearly suffering the same fate himself.
The original feel to the match was a huge hit amongst fans on social media TalkSPORT's Alex McCarthy said, "That was AMAZING. This Undertaker/AJ Styles Boneyard match will live in history as one of the most inventive, captivating ideas WWE ever brought to life. SO many layers of 'Taker on show. I can't praise the execution enough - perfect for our crazy wrestling world."
One fan exclaimed, "Holy fuck. That was legit one of my favorite things WWE has ever produced. I'm speechless right now."
Another said, "The storytelling in that match was fantastic. The presentation was amazing. Everything about that was literally fucking perfect. The effects & music was incredible. You couldn't have done that any better. I can't get over how fucking good that match was. Legendary."
And a third added, "That was actually an awesome ending. Every Taker match from now on needs to be shot like that."
Despite all the reservations beforehand, and the mixed reviews of the early matches, night one of this once in a lifetime 'Mania' ended up being a big hit.