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Martin Anthony Lunde (born September 20, 1958) better known by his ring name Arn Anderson, is a former American professional wrestler and author. His career has been highlighted by his alliances with Ric Flair and various members of the wrestling stable, The Four Horsemen, in the NWA/WCW. He currently serves as the senior producer for WWE's Raw brand. On March 31, 2012, Anderson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the Four Horsemen.

Lunde began his career in early 1982,trained by Ted Lipscomb(Allen) spending much of the year wrestling in various independent wrestling companies across the United States.[2] By the middle of 1983, he made his way to Southeastern Championship Wrestling, an NWA affiliated promotion operating out of Tennessee and Alabama. Taking the name of "Super Olympia", Lunde soon became a member of Ron Fuller's Stud Stable before the year was out. Lunde saw success in the tag team ranks by winning the NWA Southeastern Tag Team Championship three times with Mr. Olympia and once with Pat Rose throughout 1984. It was also here in this promotion that Lunde met and began what would become a lifelong friendship with Flair. By the end of the year, however, Lunde left the company and joined Mid South Wrestling based out of Shreveport. Lunde's time in Mid South was coming to an end and during a TV taping the Junk Yard Dog mentioned to Bill Watts, the owner of Mid South Wrestling, that Lunde looked like an Anderson. Watts called Jim Crockett and convinced him to book Lunde.

Lunde made his way to Jim Crockett, Jr.'s Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling based in the Virginias and the Carolinas. By this time, the company extended its range into Georgia after rival promoter Vince McMahon purchased Georgia Championship Wrestling. There was a strong physical resemblance between Lunde and Ole Anderson, who had achieved legendary status in the Georgia and Mid-Atlantic territories as a tag team wrestler. Ole noticed that Lunde's style was a no nonsense approach in the ring and specialized in working over a part of an opponent's body throughout the match, much like Ole himself. Anderson agreed to work with Lunde, helping to hone his capabilities, and re-formed the Minnesota Wrecking Crew with Lunde replacing Gene Anderson and taking on the name of Arn Anderson, Ole's kayfabe nephew. The team quickly became a force in the territory by capturing the NWA National Tag Team Championship in March 1985.[2] Arn and Ole defended the titles throughout the year, with their highest profile match being part of the card for Starrcade '85 on Thanksgiving night. The Crew successfully defended the titles against Wahoo McDaniel and Billy Jack Haynes.

In the latter half of 1985, the Andersons formed a loose knit alliance with fellow heels Tully Blanchard and Ric Flair, as they began to have common enemies. The foursome frequently teamed together in six and, sometimes, eight-man tag matches or interfered in each other's matches to help score a victory or, at least, to prevent each other from losing their titles. The alliance quickly became a force within the territory, working in feuds against some of the biggest stars in the company like Dusty Rhodes, Magnum T.A., the Road Warriors and the Rock 'n' Roll Express. Anderson also saw success as a singles wrestler on January 4, 1986 by winning the vacant NWA Television Championship.[2] Simultaneously, Anderson was still one half of the NWA National Tag Team Champions and, even though Crockett promotions abandoned the National Tag titles in March, Anderson's success as a duo champion elevated his status within the territory. It was also during this time (in 1986) that the Andersons, Blanchard, and Flair began calling themselves Four Horsemen with James J. Dillon serving as the group's manager.[2] Anderson also had a tremendous ability to do interviews to further the storylines he participated in. His ability to improvise in interviews allowed him to coin the "Four Horsemen" moniker for the stable, as he likened their coming to wrestle at an event and the aftermath of their wrath as being akin to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the name stuck. Anderson continued his reign as NWA Television Champion for most of the year, holding the championship for just over 9 months before losing it to Dusty Rhodes on September 9, 1986.

The first real setback with the Horsemen occurred at Starrcade '86 after Anderson and Ole lost a Steel Cage match to The Rock 'n' Roll Express, with Ole getting pinned. The subsequent storyline positioned Ole as the weak link within the team, possibly attributed to his age. Ole's position with the group was only further weakened after he decided to take two months off after Starrcade. After Ole's return in February 1987, the other Horsemen turned on him and threw him out of the group, resulting in Ole incurring numerous attacks over the next several months. Afterwards, Ole was replaced with Lex Luger and the Horsemen resumed their dominance of the company.

As a member of the Horsemen, Anderson continued to be involved in high profile angles within the company. By mid-1987, Anderson and fellow Horsemen Tully Blanchard began regularly competing as a tag team and rose quickly through the tag team ranks.[2] The duo faced the Rock 'n' Roll Express for the NWA World Tag Team Championship on September 29, 1987 and were victorious.[2] This win further solidified the group's dominance in the company as Lex Luger was the reigning NWA United States Heavyweight Champion and Ric Flair spent most of 1987 as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, losing it to Ron Garvin in September, only to regain it at Starrcade '87 on Thanksgiving night. Anderson and Tully continued to feud throughout the rest of the year and first few months of 1988 with the Road Warriors, the Rock 'n' Roll Express and the Midnight Express being their most frequent rivals.

By December 1987, Luger had defected from the Horsemen and began a heated feud with the group, with Ric Flair especially. In early 1988, Luger formed a tag team with Barry Windham and began challenging Anderson and Blanchard for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. The bigger, stronger team of Windham and Luger were eventually successful, winning the titles on March 27, 1988. The reign would be short lived, however, as Anderson and Blanchard regained the titles less than a month later after Barry Windham turned on Luger during their match and joined the Horsemen. Though Anderson and Blanchard were two of the biggest stars in Crockett's company, they were frequently in dispute with Crockett over their pay. Despite the fact that the two, along with the Horsemen, were helping to generate millions of dollars in revenue for the company, they considered themselves to be underpaid. Their last contracted match with the company took place on September 10, 1988 when they dropped the NWA World Tag Team Championship to the Midnight Express before leaving for the WWF.

Arn Anderson once described his style and that of Blanchard's on national TV: 'I'm his strength, and he's my speed.'

Anderson and Blanchard left Crockett's company to join Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation. Upon being named the Brain Busters, the team took Bobby "The Brain" Heenan as their manager and quickly began rising through the tag team ranks, eventually coming to challenge Demolition for the WWF Tag Team Championship. On July 18, 1989, the Brain Busters won the titles, ending Demolition's historic reign of 478 days; the match would air on the July 29 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event. Although they would lose the titles back to Demolition just over three months later, the Brain Busters continued to be a force in the WWF's tag team division.

In December 1989, Anderson left the WWF and went back to his old stomping grounds.[2] Blanchard was slated to return as well but WWF accused him of testing positive for cocaine. Crockett's company was now called World Championship Wrestling and was under the ownership of billionaire mogul Ted Turner. Anderson helped to reform the Horsemen and he quickly found success in the company, winning the NWA World Television Championship an January 2, 1990.[2] Anderson remained the champion almost the entire year before dropping it to Tom Zenk. Zenk's reign would be short lived, however, as Anderson regained the title, having been renamed the WCW World Television Championship on January 14, 1991.[2] His third reign with the title was also considered successful as he held the title a little more than five months before dropping it to "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton on May 19, 1991. Afterwards, Anderson entered the tag team ranks of WCW.

In the summer of 1991, Anderson formed a tag team with Larry Zbyszko and they called themselves The Enforcers. After competing for several months and moving up in the tag team ranks, they successfully captured the WCW World Tag Team Championship on September 2, 1991. The reign would be short lived, however, as they lost the titles roughly two and a half months later to Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes. Anderson and Zbyszko went their separate ways shortly afterward. Anderson quickly rebounded from his split with Zbyszko and formed a tag team with Beautiful Bobby Eaton, a long-time friend and best known for his time as one half of the Midnight Express. At this point, they were members of Paul E. Dangerously's Dangerous Alliance. They quickly moved up the tag team division and were soon a threat to Steamboat and Rhodes. Anderson and Eaton quickly won the titles on January 16, 1992 and defended the titles against all comers for the next four and a half months before losing the titles to The Steiner Brothers in May.

In May 1993, Anderson joined Ole Anderson and Ric Flair to re-form the Four Horsemen. The Horsemen introduced Paul Roma as their newest member. Although athletic and a skilled in-ring competitor, Roma had spent much of his career as a jobber in the WWF. As part of an interview segment for the Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen DVD, Triple H stated that he thought the addition of Roma made the membership the weakest in the history of the group, and Arn himself referred to Roma as "a glorified gym rat". Although Anderson and Roma won the WCW World Tag Team Championship in August, the group quickly split and was seen as a dismal failure by WCW.

Anderson remained a regular, on-screen performer in WCW over the next few years. He rejoined Col. Rob Parker's Stud Stable in 1994 with Terry Funk, Bunkhouse Buck, "Stunning" Steve Austin and Meng.[3] The Stud Stable feuded heavily with Dusty and Dustin Rhodes until late 1994 when Funk left. In early 1995, Meng left (eventually to join the Dungeon of Doom).

Anderson went to rejoin Ric Flair. Anderson's last championship run began on January 8, 1995 after winning the WCW World Television Championship. Anderson helped restore the prestige of the title, which he held for just over six months before dropping it to The Renegade. He briefly feuded with long-time friend Flair, and was assisted by Brian Pillman in his efforts. However, it was a swerve to reunify the Horsemen with Flair, Anderson, Pillman, and a partner to be named later (who ended up being Chris Benoit).

By the end of 1996, Anderson rarely competed in the ring as years of wear and tear on his body finally started to catch up with him. On the August 25, 1997 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, Anderson formally announced his retirement from the ring.[2] While standing in the ring, surrounded by Ric Flair and newest Horsemen members Steve McMichael and Benoit, Anderson declared that his last official act as the "Enforcer" for the Four Horsemen was to offer his "spot" in the group to Curt Hennig, as he was forced to retire due to extensive neck and upper back injuries. He would work one or two tag matches officially since then, including teaming with David Flair on an episode of WCW Thunder, but his physical involvement was extremely limited in those bouts.

On the September 14, 1998 edition of Nitro, alongside Steve McMichael, Dean Malenko, and Chris Benoit, Anderson ceremoniously reintroduced Ric Flair to WCW after his 12-month hiatus. In doing so, they reformed the Horsemen who then feuded with WCW President Eric Bischoff. Flair would win the presidency of WCW from Bischoff on the December 28, 1998 episode of WCW Monday Nitro followed by winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at Uncensored '99 and turn heel in the process. Anderson remained Flair's right-hand man during this time as he attempted to keep Flair's delusional hunger for power at bay.

In 2000, Anderson was a member of the short-lived Old Age Outlaws. Led by Terry Funk, the group of veteran wrestlers battled the revived New World Order. WCW would be purchased by the World Wrestling Federation in 2001, ending Anderson's tenure there.

Not long after the closing of WCW, Anderson became a road agent for WWF, renamed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in May 2002.[2] He occasionally appears on WWE television trying to, with the help of other WWE management, pull apart backstage brawls. Soon after the WCW/ECW Invasion storyline, Anderson took up color commentary for a WCW World Heavyweight Championship match between Booker T and Buff Bagwell, WCW Cruiserweight Championship match with Billy Kidman and Gregory Helms as well as another WCW Championship match between Diamond Dallas Page and Booker T, which would be his only appearances as a commentator in WWE. He made an appearance on Raw in 2002 delivering a video to Triple H before he was supposed to renew his wedding vows to then-heel, Stephanie McMahon. Anderson was also assaulted on Raw by the heel gimmick of The Undertaker leading up the Undertaker vs. then-babyface, Ric Flair match at WrestleMania X8. During that bout, Anderson made a brief in-ring appearance, delivering his signature spinebuster to The Undertaker. He would later turn heel once again by helping the heel gimmick of Ric Flair in his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin, leading to Austin literally urinating on him. Several months later he became a face once again and attempted to help a then-babyface Flair gain (kayfabe) sole ownership of WWE during a match with the heel gimmick of Vince McMahon, but backed down from a confrontation with Brock Lesnar, who entered the ring to assist McMahon.

Anderson made a special appearance at the October 2006 Raw Family Reunion special, in which he was in Ric Flair's corner for his match against Mitch of the Spirit Squad. Anderson was in the corner of Flair, Sgt. Slaughter, Dusty Rhodes, and Ron Simmons at Survivor Series 2006, where the four faced the Spirit Squad, but was ejected from the arena during the match.

On the March 31, 2008 Raw, Anderson came out to say his final goodbye to Ric Flair and thank him for his career. In October of that year, at the No Mercy event, he was backstage congratulating Triple H for retaining the WWE Championship in a match with Jeff Hardy.

Anderson and his wife Erin have two sons, Barrett Anthony (born 1985) and Brock (born 1997).

Although he was billed as such at various times, Arn is not related to Gene Anderson, Lars Anderson, Ole Anderson, C.W. Anderson or Ric Flair. He was given the Anderson name and was originally billed as Ole's brother, and then later billed as Ole's nephew, because of his resemblance to Ole in appearance and wrestling style and billed as Ric Flair's cousin. Flair is not related to any of the Andersons, but he is a longtime friend of Arn.

In 1993, Anderson was involved in a brutal stabbing incident during a WCW tour of Europe. On October 27, 1993, in Blackburn, Lancashire, Anderson and Sid Eudy were involved in an argument at a hotel bar. After being sent to their rooms by security chief Doug Dillinger, Eudy later attacked Anderson with a chair leg. A pair of safety scissors was introduced into the brawl by one of the participants, with Eudy receiving four stab wounds and Anderson receiving twenty, losing a pint and a half of blood. The fight was broken up by WCW wrestler Too Cold Scorpio, who was credited with saving Anderson's life. Neither man pressed charges against the other, and British police declined to do so since both men were leaving the country. Eudy was later fired over the incident.[4]

As stated in his biography, in a match in 1994, Arn was thrown into the ring ropes. The top rope broke from the turnbuckle, but he was able to land on his feet. Six months later, the same event happened again, but this time he landed full-force on to the concrete and hit his head, neck, and upper back. He never took time off to heal. As time passed, with no down time, the injuries worsened. In his biography, Anderson states that the first sign of problems was, during a match, his left arm suddenly went numb and unresponsive. Later on, they found a rib, possibly torn away from the spine during the accident, was popping in and out of joint, causing shoulder discomfort and weakness.

Upon seeing his chiropractor in Charlotte, North Carolina, and consulting medical experts in Atlanta, Georgia, the damage was found to be much more severe and surgery was deemed the only option to keep his left arm functioning at all. Surgery occurred in Atlanta in late 1996 (resulting in a left posterior laminectomy of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th cervical bones and a fusion of the 7th cervical and 1st thoracic bones) and was successful in repairing most of the damage, but there does remain some muscle weakness, loss of fine motor control, and loss of muscle mass in his left arm. He spent many weeks in the hospital during that time, crediting his recovery to his wife, his physical therapist, and the fact he did not want his children to be fatherless. However, he would be readmitted in March 1997 with symptoms akin to cardiac arrest and pulmonary failure, but was released soon afterwards.

In July 1997, while working out, a friend saw him at a gym and gave him a hearty slap on the back (he recounts this in his retirement speech). He dropped the water bottle he was carrying and could not regain use of his left arm for several hours. He realized that to step back in the ring and take another injury to the neck could leave him paralyzed or worse. Hence, his retirement and subsequent speech on WCW  programming.

The Comedy Central series Tosh.0 has referred to Anderson on a regular basis beginning with its October 15th, 2009 episode featuring a backyard wrestler redemption. Host Daniel Tosh stated that real wrestling is all about "showmanship and tights", and that if "being a great technician were all it took, then Arn Anderson would be the most famous wrestler in the world". Tosh has continued to "call out" Anderson, even referring to a gap between mentions as "(going) easy on you". Tosh's March 6, 2012 memorabilia dump included a signed Arn Anderson action figure.

Source: Wikipedia

Wrestling’s Greatest Rivalries: Kane vs. The Undertaker-The Gateway to Hell
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Professional wrestling is a sport that has spanned over a century. In fact, its foundation may well span to ancient times as early as ancient Babylonia from 3000 BCE.

Through all that time until the modern day, we have seen some of the greatest athletes and performers of all time come and go. We have seen these men and women fight in rivalries that have not only developed the business but molded it through the stories.

The greatest rivalries are so many and so numerous that is hard to limit them, to isolate them in such a way that we can truly find the one that exceeds all others.

So instead, we here at Wrestle Enigma have begun a series known as Wrestling’s Greatest Rivalries where we will be breaking sixty of the greatest rivalries over all of professional wrestling history.

Many of the best rivalries in wrestling’s past and present will be covered by some of the best writers on Wrestle Enigma.

In professional wrestling, uniqueness is hard to come by. This world that we love is filled with all the same ideas. These ideas are in a constant loop, just with different characters.

It is the classic story of the hero vs. the villain. The protagonist vs. the antagonist.

This story, however, is truly unique. It is a brother vs. brother story, but it is so much more than that. This is a story about darkness; about the danger of true evil.

These two monsters are Kane and The Undertaker. Both are vicious. Both are aggressive. Both are dangerous. Yet, their story began long before Badd Blood 1997. It began long before that infamous Hell in A Cell match.

Kane and The Undertaker were both children. They were brothers. Happy brothers. Normal brothers. Their parents ran a funeral parlor, and Paul Bearer was employed at that business.

It was a normal day at their home, except for the fact that both Kane and Taker were playing with matches and dangerous chemicals. Their father punished them for doing that, explaining why it was dangerous.

As the Undertaker was leaving his home that same day, he saw Kane playing with those matches, along with other dangerous chemicals. Taker didn’t think anything of it, and just went along with the rest of his day. This would prove to be the most crucial mistake of the Undertaker’s life.

When the Undertaker got back, he could smell the smoke. He knew right away exactly what was happening. He saw his home and funeral parlor drowned in flames. The Undertaker would come to the realization that his father, mother, and little brother Kane were all burning away in those flames.

The Undertaker’s life was burning to the ground, and he was forced to realize that he could’ve stopped it.

Kane was the Undertaker’s responsibility, and he didn’t take those matches from his younger brother. Those same matches that would go on to set his house on fire. Those same matches that would kill his mother, father, and little Kane. Regret is powerful, and the Undertaker was forced to live with it for the rest of his life.

It was then just days later that Paul Bearer woke the Undertaker in the middle of the night. Bearer brought a young Taker to the neighboring funeral home, and he forced the Undertaker to look at his dead mother. Taker’s mother was the greatest person in his life, and Bearer had forced him to look at her charred body.

It was a day that changed the Undertaker. It turned him to the dark side. It forced him to begin taking power from the dead. It was the moment that turned a harmless child into the Undertaker.

Paul Bearer, however, twisted the story. Bearer said that it was indeed the Undertaker who burned the house down. He said that it was the Undertaker who murdered his parents. Bearer even said that Taker’s younger brother, Kane, was still alive. He said that Kane was badly burnt, but still living.

And Kane was coming for the Undertaker. Kane was coming for retribution.

The very first Hell in A Cell match was nearing its end. Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker were having a classic match. The two had brutalized each other in a wicked brawl, but the Undertaker was nearing victory.

As The Undertaker was about to pick up the win over HBK, the lights went out. And then the haunting music came on. A red light would burn through the entire arena. As fire exploded from the top of the stage, we took our very first look at Kane.

“That’s got to be…..That’s got to be Kane!” -Vince McMahon

Kane would walk down the aisle along with Paul Bearer, and he would snap the Hell in A Cell door off of its hinges. Kane would then enter the ring, and he would stare into the eyes of his brother.

The Undertaker’s look was one of absolute shock, terror even. The Undertaker was looking into the eyes of his brother. The brother that the Undertaker thought had been dead his entire life.

Kane would then pick Taker up, and hit him with his own move: the Tombstone Piledriver. Kane would then leave the ring with Paul Bearer, as a bloody Shawn Michaels would pick up the pieces and win the match.

Though for Kane and Paul Bearer, this wasn’t about costing the Undertaker a match.

This was about them announcing Kane’s existence to the Undertaker. Both Kane and Paul Bearer were looking for revenge on Taker, and Kane’s debut at Badd Blood was just the beginning of the hell that Kane and Bearer wanted the deadman to go through.

Following Badd Blood, Kane and Bearer began their plan. It was a horrific plan. A plan to terrorize the man that Bearer used to respect. A plan to destroy Kane’s own flesh and blood.

And that was the worst part of this for the Undertaker. The Undertaker is a respectable, good human being. He may be intimidating, but he is a good person nonetheless. And for the Undertaker, fighting his own brother was out of the question. Taker simply couldn’t stomach the idea of actually fighting his very own flesh and blood.

That is where Kane and Paul Bearer’s plan came into place though. Kane and Bearer wanted to provoke the Undertaker. They wanted to antagonize the Undertaker. Most importantly, they wanted to make sure that there was simply no way that the Undertaker could resist fighting Kane.

From brutal attacks, to burning the grave of Kane and Taker’s own mother; nothing would get the Undertaker to battle Kane. The things that Bearer and Kane did were sick, but Taker just wouldn’t break his very own moral code.

At the Royal Rumble 1998 event, the Undertaker was facing Shawn Michaels in a Casket Match for the WWF Championship. Taker and HBK had a fantastic match as usual, but DX and men hired by DX were beginning to get involved on the behalf of Shawn Michaels.

This would bring out Kane, who walked through hell, fire, and brimstone to get to the ring and begin taking out every man in the ring.

It seemed as though the monster had turned a corner. It would seem that in his brother’s moment of defeat, Kane had come out to help him. And Kane did. He beat the hell out of D-Generation X, and it had opened up the door for the Undertaker to pick up the victory.

This wasn’t the case though. In a moment of utter betrayal, Kane knocked Taker to the ground with a brutal shot to the face. He then grabbed the Undertaker by the throat, and he savagely chokeslammed him into the casket. The coffin would then be closed, and Shawn Michaels would keep his gold.

Kane had just cost the Undertaker the most important title in the business. To make it worse, Kane had raised Taker’s hopes before doing so. He had put forth a tiny remnant of light in his blackened relationship with the Undertaker, and then he smashed that hope with the lid to a casket.

They weren’t done though. Kane and Paul Bearer would lock the casket shut, and they would proceed to carry it to the top of the entrance ramp. Then, in a moment that maybe transcends evil, Kane and Bearer would pour gasoline on the casket and light it on fire.

The Undertaker was feeling what his mother felt. He was feeling what his father felt. And now, finally, he was feeling what Kane had felt during that fire when they were kids. The Undertaker’s soul was burning away inside of that casket.

Though, when the referees opened the coffin, there was no Undertaker to be seen.

There were more questions than answers about the Undertaker following that event. Where did he go? Would he return? And if he did, would he do the unthinkable, and actually fight his younger brother? Would the Undertaker’s inner emotional struggle finally conclude?

Those questions would be answered when the Undertaker finally did return. As a lightning bolt would strike a casket and an ominous presence would sit up, everyone knew that the Demon of Death Valley had arrived.

Taker told Kane and Bearer that he went to explain to his mother and father exactly why he would have to do the one thing that he promised to never do. He had to explain to them why he would have to fight his younger brother Kane.

The Undertaker had stood against the face of evil for far to long. He had faced a monster’s fist of destruction to many times.

The Undertaker would walk through the fires of hell to face his brother, and he would prove to him exactly why the Lord of Darkness is the most feared entity in the entire world.

WrestleMania XIV. That would be the night that the Undertaker and Kane would go one on one for the very first time. This blood feud had been building since October, and it was all going to culminate in one epic encounter at the biggest show of the year.

Kane and Paul Bearer had put The Undertaker through hell, and tonight was the Undertaker’s ultimate opportunity to get payback on his very own flesh and blood.

After the two monster’s chilling entrances, they had a staredown. It was a staredown that would encapsulate every ounce of hatred and every bit of animosity that had filled their broken relationship.

The Undertaker would then throw the first shots, but it was clear that they didn’t hurt Kane even remotely as much as they would any other wrestler. They would both trade shots at the beginning, but it was Kane who came out of the exchanges looking strong. While the Undertaker’s strikes were more fluent and polished, Kane’s clubbing blows were simply too much for him to handle.

Kane would then show his shocking agility, by climbing to the top rope and hitting a ridiculously impactful clothesline while Taker was draped over the ropes.

Kane then showed the more well-known side of his offense: his vicious brutality. Kane would use the steel steps to crush the Undertaker’s ribs and spine. Even Kane’s simple punches and kicks had more brutality then any wrestler that had ever been seen. And by only ten minutes into the match, Kane had it won after delivering a chokeslam.

As Kane went for the pin, the Undertaker was down and out. Kane’s offense had dominated the Undertaker unlike the audience had ever seen before. The referee counted one, two, and Kane pulled Taker up as the ref was about to count three.

“We are way passed wanting to win a match one, two, three….he wants to destroy his brother”- Jerry Lawler

For Kane, this wasn’t about winning. This was about hurting his brother. He had been successful doing so this far in the match, and he wanted to continue the suffering.

The Undertaker then began fighting back. He had been dominated by his brother so far, but he just kept fighting. And even with the best shots that the Undertaker could throw, Kane still wouldn’t go down. Paul Bearer’s monster simply kept overwhelming the Undertaker.

“No one has ever pummeled, no one has ever assaulted, no one has ever dominated the Undertaker like we are seeing right here at WrestleMania XIV”- Jim Ross

Though maybe Kane’s own offense was wearing him down, because the Undertaker was slowly starting to gain some momentum. And then the Undertaker tried maybe the one move that could turn the match completely in his favor. The Undertaker tried to dive over the top rope in hopes of taking out his younger brother, but Kane had the wherewithal to sidestep his brother, as Taker went crashing through the announce table on the outside of the ring.

That was maybe the Undertaker’s final hope. His body had been ravaged by a monster, and he had now threw himself through a table.

Kane then began his final attack on the Undertaker. Starting with a clothesline from the top rope, Kane would begin delivering his final blows. Kane then hit maybe the final move of the match: the Tombstone Piledriver. Kane would cover the Undertaker, and this time with his full intentions being to win the match

Except in the final moment, Taker would kick out! Kane and Paul Bearer’s looks would be those of bewilderment. They had no idea how the Undertaker could kick out of a Tombstone, especially after the onslaught that Kane had put him through.

Though maybe that Tombstone was the one thing that made the Undertaker kick it into a completely different gear. As when Taker got up from the Tombstone, he began firing on all cylinders.

With a Tombstone Piledriver, it appeared that the Undertaker had defeated the odds and won the match. Except Kane kicked out. Jim Ross mentioned that he had never seen a man kick out of the Undertaker’s Tombstone Piledriver before, and Kane had just done so here.

After a wicked clothesline from the top rope and another Tombstone, this appeared to be the Undertaker’s match to win. Except Kane kicked out once again! The Undertaker was completely shocked, as was Paul Bearer.

And with one of the most impactful Tombstone Piledriver’s that the Undertaker had ever delivered, he would cover Kane once more. This time, Kane couldn’t kick out. The referee counted the pinfall, and the Undertaker had won the match.

It took three Tombstone Piledrivers to win, but the Undertaker did.

Following the match, Paul Bearer and Kane began attacking the Undertaker with a steel chair. Kane would then hit one final Tombstone on Taker, as his skull would bounce off the chair. And maybe then we all realized that Kane and Bearer’s intention were to never truly attain victory, but rather to completely decimate the Undertaker.

Kane would walk out of WrestleMania XIV as the loser, but he would leave with the one thing that he and Bearer strived for, and that was to hurt the Undertaker. And while the Undertaker would walk out of WrestleMania as the winner, he would be the one to leave a broken, dominated individual.

Victory by the Undertaker was met with even more punishment, and that left Paul Bearer and Kane satisfied. The Undertaker had won this battle, but this was a war that had barely just begun.

Maybe Jim Ross defined this match best following its conclusion.

“I’ve seen wars between smaller countries with less intensity than this”- Jim Ross


Paul Bearer had a dream. He had a dream that a ring would be surrounded by fire. He had a dream that the only way to win this match would be to light your opponent on fire.

And that was the inspiration for the inaugural Inferno Match. Two men would be surrounded by a ring of fire. You could only win by having the other opponent catch fire. It was a deadly stipulation between two deadly competitors in the Undertaker and Kane.

The Undertaker had won the last month’s encounter, but he left that match a broken heap of a man. And while Kane lost, he left looking just as much like a monster as he did walking in.

And now, the two monsters would wrestle in an Inferno Match. These two brother’s childhoods revolved and centered around the danger of fire. They both know and understand exactly how fatal the element of fire is, and in this match they will use that deadly element to try and win another battle in their incredible war.

The match begins with the Undertaker, surprisingly, taking it to Kane and getting the upper hand. The Undertaker was firing early and he was firing hard. Though, it didn’t take long for Kane’s ridiculous power to once again overwhelm the Undertaker.

Kane began beating down Taker in a very similar fashion as he did at WrestleMania. This time though, the wrinkle of fire made Kane’s offense even more dangerous. Every opportunity that Kane had he would force the Undertaker as close to the fire as possible. It was almost sick, actually, how determined Kane was to set his own brother on fire.

Paul Bearer then threw a steel chair into the ring, and this was of course used to Kane’s advantage. Kane would strike the Undertaker with an evil chair shot to his skull.

After a savage beating the Undertaker had been taking, he began to muster a comeback. A side Russian leg sweep and massive legdrop should’ve gave the Undertaker some time to recover, but Kane sat right back up.

Kane then delivered a huge chokeslam on Taker. Kane would pick the Undertaker up in an attempt to throw him into the fire, but the Undertaker would retaliate and hit a chokeslam of his own! Kane would sit right back up though, and that would lead to the two monsters hitting big boots on each other that knocked them both out.

This was a destructive fight, and the intensity of every single move showed the hatred between these two individuals.

The fight would continue, as Kane would take a risky maneuver and go to the top rope. Kane’s agility was always incredible, but his inexperience shined through in this instance. The Undertaker, in a veteran move, hit the ropes and knocked Kane down.  Kane’s feet would consequently come dangerously close to the flames.

The Undertaker would then hit a superplex from the top rope that would once again take both men out of the match. These two men had beat each other to hell, and the flames were clearly taking a physical and mental toll on the both of them.

The Undertaker would throw Kane over the top rope, and this would nearly send Kane straight into the fire. Kane would then try and leave this hellacious match, but Vader would come out and fight Kane back to ringside! The Undertaker, meanwhile, would show his astonishing ability and hit an absolutely extraordinary dive from the ring to the floor that would take out both Kane and Vader.

The Undertaker would put Kane out of commission for the time being with two impactful chair shots. And this would finally leave the door open for Taker to go after Paul Bearer.

Bearer, the same man that betrayed the Undertaker and turned his younger brother into an absolute monster, tried to run away from the deadman, but that only fueled the Undertaker’s anger even more. Taker would get some revenge on Bearer by smashing his skull with a drum set and taking a mic stand to his black heart.

It wasn’t even close to the payback that Paul Bearer deserved for the awful things he had done to the Undertaker, but it was enough for the time being.

Taker would then go back for Kane. Kane was ready though, as he had a steel chair in hand by the time the Undertaker was there. The Demon of Death Valley countered this with a big kick to the face, and that was impactful enough to send Kane right into the flames, as his arm caught on fire!

The referee rang the bell, and the Undertaker was declared the victor of the first ever Inferno Match.

Kane had felt the same thing that he had felt as a child. The agony of fire on the human flesh. This time, there was no after match attack. The Undertaker had taken out Paul Bearer, and he had set his brother on fire. The Undertaker got his long awaited retribution, and the two sickening, repulsive human beings in Paul Bearer and Kane finally got what they had deserved since Badd Blood 1997.

This was another battle in the Undertaker and Kane’s deadly relationship, but it had yet to be resolved. The Undertaker may have got what he had wanted, but Kane’s fury was not vanquished. This was still an unfinished war.

Part two of this rivalry will reveal exactly how the rest of this destructive war unfolds. Thank you for reading and leave your thoughts for part one down below.

Source: Wrestling Enigma: http://www.wrestleenigma.com/wrestlings-greatest-rivalries-kane-vs-the-undertaker-part-1-the-gateway-to-hell 


There is no other wrestler that has done it better than the nature boy Ric Flair Tags: ric flair nwa wwf wcw word wide wrestling federation word life production wrestling hall


Ric Flair is among the most famous and well-known wrestlers in the world, and has been one of wrestling's biggest stars since the late 1970s. Flair was often popular with the crowd due to his in-ring antics, including rule breaking (earning him the distinction of being "the dirtiest player in the game"), his cocky interview style, strutting and his shouting of "WOOOOO!™" The "WOOOOO!" yell has since become a tribute to Flair, and is often shouted by the crowd whenever they see Ric or when another a wrestler performs one of Flair's signature moves. A Facebook and Twitter favorite, YouTube sensation, and whose name returns almost 4 million Google hits in under .2 seconds, Ric Flair® is an international icon.

Ric Flair® has always known who he is – “a Limousine-ridin’, Jet-flyin’, Kiss-stealin’, Wheelin’-dealin’, Son-of-a-Gun™.”
Yet incredibly, he almost didn’t become the most celebrated champion in sports-entertainment history. In addition to surviving being struck by lightening twice, on October 4, 1975, he was among five passengers injured after an improperly fueled Cessna 310Q twin-engine plane suffered mechanical failure and crashed down in Wilmington, North Carolina. Doctors insisted that Flair, who had broken his back in three places, would never wrestle again. So he did the only thing he could do: Ignore the doctors, rehab, and become a ring legend with a “flair” for championship gold. “I wish I could say that the plane crash humbled me,” he says, “but I just started living the life of the ‘Nature Boy’ and didn’t look back. I took my insurance settlement and bought my first new Cadillac.”

Flair, whose body has been insured by Lloyd's of London, made his name on wrestling hour-long marathon matches. Taking part in two influential and historical factions, The Four Horsemen and Evolution; “Slick Ric” maintains that the party he started four decades ago is far from over. Flair has never strayed from being “The Man” who most young sports-entertainers – WWE Superstars included – idolize. Even those unfamiliar with his career, the “styling and profiling™” in custom-tailored sequined ring robes, or his “Nature Boy” strut, know one thing when they hear “WOOOOO!” shouted at a live event, a craps table in a Las Vegas casino, or on the scoreboard at the RBC Center, home of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes: They’re in “Ric Flair® Country.”

During his celebrated career “The Nature Boy™” wrote an autobiography “To Be the Man”, a New Yorks Time Best Seller, and released a 3 disc DVD set on his storied time in the wrestling business.

Flair is recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) as a 17-time World Champion (WCW), he also had two stints as a Heavyweight Champion, although his actual tally of World Championship reigns varies by source - some totaling as high as 21. Flair also won the 1992 Royal Rumble and the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

On March 30, 2008, one night after he became the only active wrestler to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Flair ended his 36-year career at WrestleMania XXIV. Ric Flair’s® robe, trunks, and boots worn at Wrestlemania XXIV are permanently exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington DC.

Ric Flair® is the most decorated World Champion in history.

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