In what was easily the most shocking moment in the recent history of pro wrestling, The Undertaker lost to Brock Lesnar at WWE WrestleMania XXX. The Undertaker had never lost at WrestleMania, having won his first 21 matches at the WWE’s signature event. During the match, The Undertaker was not at his best and he collapsed backstage immediately after the match. Now that “the streak” is over, should The Undertaker wrestle at WrestleMania 31?
Since the early 1990s, no one has personified excellence at WrestleMania quite like The Undertaker has. His undefeated streak had become its own brand as WWE fans waited all year to see him win at WrestleMania. Now 49 years old, The Undertaker’s best days in the ring are clearly behind him and his epic undefeated streak is now a part of history. Seemingly, The Undertaker has nothing left to prove and he should retire from pro wrestling.
However, I attended WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans and The Undertaker’s loss to Brock Lesnar left me feeling like his career should not end this way. Honestly, I’m surprised I feel this way because when other streaks have ended in the past, I quickly lost interest in that person or team’s next game. But I believe a great wrestler like The Undertaker should not go out on such a bad note and he deserves one more match at WrestleMania 31.
Of course, my desire to see The Undertaker have a match at WrestleMania 31 is predicated on his health and well-being. When WrestleMania 31 takes place, The Undertaker will have just turned 50 years of age. His health scare after WrestleMania XXX could have been much worse and the WWE was close to dealing with another crisis in addition to the death of The Ultimate Warrior. Nothing is more important than a wrestler’s welfare.
But if The Undertaker can pass the WWE’s physical and he wants to work another match, I believe WWE fans would want it to happen. Also, if it were advertised and marketed as The Undertaker’s retirement match, then WrestleMania 31 would break viewership records. Despite his advanced years, pro wrestling is entertainment and the WWE bookers could script a great match with a talented opponent to send the fans home happy.
Of course, this would be the last chance for wrestling fans to see the most anticipated match in history. But even if Sting wouldn’t be the ideal opponent for The Undertaker’s last match, I wouldn’t care whom he wrestles at WrestleMania 31. Assuming he is healthy enough for another match, The Undertaker deserves one more victory at WrestleMania.
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