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He was dodging the world titles and the main event pretty well 2003-2006 and seeing him getting beat was a much more common sight.

Was there a reason for him getting (what looked to me to be) a giant push?
 

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Because the fans called for it, whether they realized it or not. They wanted big feuds, big matches, and year after year, WWE gave it to them.
 

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Huh come again?
He went from frequently feuding with midcarders (Rapper Cena, Hiendrich, Kennedy, Orton (Back when no one cared about him), Mark Henry, Khali) to well what he is now despite getting further over the hill
 

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He went from frequently feuding with midcarders (Rapper Cena, Hiendrich, Kennedy, Orton (Back when no one cared about him), Mark Henry, Khali) to well what he is now despite getting further over the hill
Well the talent depth was deeper back then, when was Undertaker never not pushed or protected during that time?
 

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Because that was before the WWE's roster was filled with green cookie cutter FCW clones that can't carry a world title or work a main event feud.
 

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Well Orton might have been a Mid Carder but it elevated him, the Match at Mania and the HIAC at Armageddon(you know the kind of HIAC that makes sense and isn't just thrown together), with great Build Up. As a Fan that really let me see Orton play with the big players and he did it great.
 

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The Undertaker has the ability to stay out of the title picture and losign a match here and then and still not losing overness.
 

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There is a reason why they protect certain guys. Wins over them actually mean something in your career. Look at Sheamus why do you think he's been bragging about beating Triple H and ending his career for the last year?
 

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I was just thinking about this myself. I think that they wanted him to spend his last few years on top.
 

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He was dodging the world titles and the main event pretty well 2003-2006 and seeing him getting beat was a much more common sight.

Was there a reason for him getting (what looked to me to be) a giant push?
Til about 2004/5, Undertaker was a big dog in a sea of big dogs. As more and more main eventers started to retire, management started to see how valuable he really was without everybody else taking the spotlight. Rock and Austin could steal the spotlight from anyone.

With that, more OVW/FCW guys started coming up and they needed somebody established (who could put on a match, sell merch, work an angle etc) and one of the top guys was Taker.
 

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In between 2003 and 2006 the roster on SmackDown alone was quite stacked and full of people like Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Brock Lesnar, The Big Show, Eddie Guererro, Edge, John Cena, JBL, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, Batista, Randy Orton, John Heidenreich, Mr Kennedy, MVP, Christian, Rey Mysterio, Bobby Lashley, Finlay, Mark Henry and The Great Khali and in that time we saw The Undertaker feud with the majority of them as well as taking quite a bit of time off in between after feuding with Vince McMahon and later the cross brand feud with Kane.

By the time 2007 had rolled around the SmackDown roster was pretty thin because as always in WWE once a year Vince McMahon decides to rip apart the SmackDown roster and overload Raw with their top talent so in 2006 and going into 2007 there was only really Batista or Chris Benoit who was more or less a mid carder by then for people who The Undertaker could feud with whilst Raw had John Cena, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, Edge, Rob Van Dam, Kane, Mick Foley, Jeff Hardy and also Umaga.

I think that WWE would have liked to have had The Undertaker have a really title reign in 2007 but couldn't because of his injury and that is why Edge was moved to SmackDown but from the minute Edge was moved there everyone was clamouring for a feud between The Undertaker and Edge and because of injury the only place they were even able to have that feud was at WrestleMania 24. It worked out well though because if it wasn't for the great feud between Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho the feud between The Undertaker and Edge would have been the best of the year and carried the SmackDown brand for the whole year.

The Undertaker was out for most of 2009 after he feuded with Shawn Michaels for WrestleMania 25 and that allowed people like Jeff Hardy and CM Punk to carry the SmackDown brand for half of the year but once The Undertaker did move back into the main event scene it was more because WWE wanted to build a feud between him and Vince McMahon going into WrestleMania 26 until Shawn Michaels told Vince McMahon he wanted that match because he was retiring. The Undertaker was only World champion going into The Elimination Chamber PPV so that Shawn Michaels could screw him out of it to set their match up.

The reality is though that obviously John Cena apart The Undertaker is the biggest draw that WWE has and when it comes to the big PPV's it makes sense from a business standpoint to have him in the main event because it will draw and make money. As much as i believe that The Undertaker should now give it up because his body can't stand anymore then three months working even the short schedule that he works without breaking down again and requiring more surgery he isn't going to go anywhere right now and is likely to come and go in the main event scene up until WrestleMania 30.
 

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What else could Smackdown do in 2007?

Batista was the World Heavyweight Champion and there was no-one to feud with him. Besides, Batista/Undertaker was a match that anticipated ever since Batista went to Smackdown. In 2007, for Wrestlemania, that was one of the biggest main events we'd have had in several years. It made perfect sense for it to happen.

The build up was also easy because Undertaker had not really went for the title in a long time (not seriusly anyway where you thought he'd get it). So with him winning the Royal Rumble for the first time ever, and challenging for the title at Wrestlemania for the first time in a decade, and doing so at a show where he had an undefeated streak, against a superstar who had essentially ruled Smackdown and had never been beat for the title was just the obvious choice for a big-time match-up.

There was a lot of firsts for that match.

Then in 2008, it was a natural extension of there being no feuds on Smackdown. Batista had already feuded with everyone. They needed to get him off Smackdown which they eventually did. The only fresh main event feud for Smackdown in 2008 was Undertaker/Edge and they ran with it.

The reason why Undertaker's presence increased since 2007 is because WWE failed to build up any other stars aside from the ones built early on in 2005 so they were kind of stuck when pretty much all the feuds had been done. So, when Batista, the top face of Smackdown, was shipped off to Raw, they needed to replace him with someone. Undertaker was that man. Only issue was that he's not full-time superstar hence why they built up Jeff Hardy but then he left also and Taker was only supposed to be temporary.

If you're referring to his big match-ups with Shawn and the fact that he had a lengthy title reign in 2009, that's mainly because Jeff left (which basically screwed over WWE in a way) and also because most of the big matches in the WWE involving other stars had been done (Batista/Cena, Batista/Triple H, Cena/Triple H, Batista/Undertaker, Shawn/Cena, Cena/Orton, Batista/Orton, Batista/Shawn).

They can't have Batista and Cena face just anyone and make it feel big. They basically ran out of matches for those two.

All that was left was Cena/Undertaker (something they won't do for a while), and then old matches like Triple H/Undertaker and Shawn/Undertaker. They did the obvious thing and brought Undertaker forward more to help out in the main event scene, which for a time, made it feel fresh.
 
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