However, The Deadman is not unbeatable. Taker's losses are few and far between, usually at the hands of the elite such as Brock Lesnar, Hulk Hogan, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Every so often, though, he has tasted defeat against a decided underdog.
Let's take a look at some of The Undertaker's most shocking defeats.
Goldust was one of WWE's bizarre midcard characters during the 1990s. He kind of started where Doink the Clown left off, however, Doink never received a main event match with The Undertaker.
Goldust not only main evented with The Deadman, he defeated him in a casket match at In Your House: Beware of Dog in 1996—a shocking defeat given that "The Bizarre One" never achieved the status of a regular main event wrestler and struggled to be relevant in the midcard.
During his WWE days, Matt Hardy was an accomplished tag team specialist, winning the championship on eight occasions (seven of those as one half of The Hard Boyz duo with his brother, Jeff). He also won a number of championships on his own including the ECW Championship, Hardcore Championship, European Championship, United States Championship, and Cruiserweight Championship.
However, Hardy never captured the WWE Championship or World Heavyweight Championship. Early into his solo run, he shocked the world by defeating The Undertaker in a Falls Count Anywhere match on SmackDown in 2002. For Hardy, a victory over The Undertaker was probably just as sweet as winning a world title.
The Great Khali's WWE career never lived up to his massive size. Despite the look of a great monster heel, Khali was just too limited in the ring to be the next Yokozuna, Vader, or Big Show.
For this reason, The Punjabi Nightmare's win over The Undertaker at Judgement Day 2006 was extremely shocking. Khali was also given a brief and probably ill-advised run with the World Heavyweight Championship in 2007. The argument could be made that booking him to win the World title was a forgivable mistake, but booking him to beat Taker was inexcusable.
Vladimir Kozlov was an impressive physical specimen who seemed to hold great WWE potential. However, Kozlov may have been a case of receiving too much too soon.
Early in his WWE run, he scored a shocking clean victory over The Undertaker on SmackDown in 2009. It was all downhill from there for Kozlov. Taker soon avenged the loss and Kozlov quickly fell out of the main event scene. He became part of WWE's failed ECW brand before forming a glorified comedy team with Santino Marella.
Kozlov left WWE to pursue other interests including acting and modeling.
If Vladimir Kozlov was a case of getting too much too soon, then Maven holds a gold medal to Kozlov's silver. Maven shocked The Undertaker twice by eliminating him from the 2002 Royal Rumble match and then defeating him for the Hardcore Championship on an episode of SmackDown.
As usual, The Deadman did eventually get his revenge and Maven was relegated to less than midcard status. Oddly enough, Maven received a second failed push in a feud with Evolution before leaving WWE. He has only wrestled sporadically since leaving WWE and has dabbled in acting.
Tito Santana is probably one of the most underrated WWE superstars of all time. His accolades include being a two-time Intercontinental champion, two-time tag team champion, 1989 King of the Ring, and he wrestled in the first nine WrestleMania events. This led to an induction in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2004.
Santana was a great wrestler who made a career of making others look good inside the ring. In the 1980s, he was never able to break through as a top star, but he had classic feuds and matches with the likes of Macho Man Randy Savage, Greg Valentine, Don Muraco, and Demolition.
Santana eventually became a victim of WWE's national expansion. As WWE acquired more of pro wrestling's top talent, he slipped further down the card. However, Santana would have one last great moment in the fall of 1991. During WWE's European tour, he pinned The Undertaker in Barcelona, Spain.
Unfortunately, the match was never televised in the United States because The Undertaker was in the middle of a push to the WWE Championship. This could have arguably been The Undertaker's most shocking defeat. At the time, Santana was a glorified jobber to the stars and Taker was destroying every WWE superstar put in his way. It's a shame that this match continues to fly under the radar—very much like Santana's underrated WWE career in general.
It is always shocking when an elite or dominant star falls to defeat. The shock factor goes through the roof when that loss comes at the hands of an unknown or midcarder. The Undertaker is not immune to shocking defeats and it's interesting to discuss the circumstances surrounding such defeats. With that said, let's hear what you have to say. What did you think of this list? Are there any additions that should be made to the list? Leave a comment below and share what you are able to dig up on The Deadman's Most Shocking Losses.