The Undertaker Vs Jimmy Snuka – MSG 21/01/1991
From everything I have seen of WWF 1991 (which isn’t that much tbh lol), this is about as close to “build up” as I’ve seen for The Undertaker Vs Snuka at WrestleMania. Not that the match needed much I guess, since it was pretty low profile and lasted what, under 5 minutes? Looking back on it, the match is definitely significant, being the first match of his now undefeated WrestleMania streak, but at the time it wasn’t much at all.
Brother Love certainly seems pissed with Snuka, saying he should have been buried and shit, then runs away to the outside only to be chased around the ring until the Dead Man stands in Snuka’s way, and even Jimmy Snuka has to stop dead in his tracks.
The early going is all Undertaker, who uses basic offense such as an uppercut and scoop slam, but being his size it all looks devastating anyway.
A flying headbutt (done in a similar way to a flying shoulder block) takes The Undertaker down, but does nothing more than piss off the Phenom, who goes to the outside to regroup, then returns to the ring to continue destroying the Superfly.
Snuka takes a beating for a while, then starts to make a comeback, hitting a few more heatbutts and knocking the Dead Man down once again with a flying heatbutt, but is unable to keep him down for a 3 count. A cross body from the top rope looks like it could do the job… until The Undertaker catches him and turns it into a Tombstone for the win! Pretty much what they wanted to do at WrestleMania (only from the corner here) but didn’t.
Fun match, decent enough too, and a little better than their WrestleMania bout too. Similar in a lot of ways, just executed better.