Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30, ending the streak of Wrestlemania wins for the Dead Man. This happened in front of a sold out crowd of over 75,000 screaming wrestling fans in New Orleans. Although wrestling fans worldwide knew that the winning streak would have to end someday, nobody saw it coming at Wrestlemania 30. Brock Lesnar’s win over the Undertaker will be remembered for it’s shock factor. However, it’s a win that will ultimately mean nothing in the long term. And this is why.
Brock Lesnar, despite his massive wrestling talent, is not a true pro wrestler. Lesnar has a tendency to jump from sport to sport, without any thought. After ditching the WWE in 2002, Lesnar briefly tried out for the National Football League. Despite an effort to work with the Minnesota Vikings, Lesnar ultimately failed in his venture. Years later, he found much success in the UFC. As their champion, Lesnar drew strong ratings for their pay per views. But again, when Lesnar got bored, he left the UFC for the WWE. Ending the streak of the Undertaker is a huge deal. But given Lesnar’s track record, he’s not going to be around long enough to reap the rewards. In fact, given the recent rumors of his return to UFC, it wouldn’t be surprising if Lesnar is gone from WWE within the next six months.
Another reason the victory was wasted is because Brock Lesnar did not need the win to establish himself as a legend. Brock Lesnar is already a multiple time WWE Champion. He is already a game changer in the world of wrestling. Adding more credibility to a man of his stature did nothing because he was already regarded as one of the greats. However, had the WWE given the win to a young guy like Roman Reigns, it would have catapulted him into a main event star. Then the WWE would have another marquee superstar to draw audiences and ratings for the next ten years. Instead, it was wasted on a part-time employee who shows up five times a year.
The Undertaker’s winning streak has been a huge selling point for the WWE. On most occasions, it was more important than the main event championship bout. Despite the streaks premature death, the Undertaker will go down as one of the most iconic sports entertainers in the history of the sport.