There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and the Undertaker’s Wrestlemania Streak. Twenty One times “The Dead Man” (or “The American Badass” depending on the era we are talking about) stepped into the ring at Wrestlemania and twenty one times he came out the victor. Twenty one times the Undertaker faced the best in the business Shawn Michaels, HHH, Jake Roberts and Giant Gonzales. Yes I put Giant Gonzales in this article, it’s my article. Plus at the time that dude was a beast and coming off a hot run in WCW. The only thing scarier than that at Wrestlemania IX, was Jim Ross in a toga.
But I digress, this article isn’t about the streak per se, it’s about the end of the streak. More closely, it’s about why Brock Lesnar was the right man to end the streak at Wrestlemania XXX and why you hate it so much.
- 1. You hate Brock Lesnar.
You do. Admit it. But why do you hate the man so much. He is exactly what he is portrayed to be. He is “The Beast Incarnate.” He is a physical specimen the likes of which WWE has never seen and will never see again. This is the man who once attempted a shooting star press at Wrestlemania. (I use the term attempted very lightly, but let’s see you try it.) This was a former NCAA wrestling champion, a man who almost made the cut with the Minnesota Vikings (cut on the final day of preseason), a man who is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. You hate Brock Lesnar because he is a natural. A natural athlete. He’s the type of guy who comes over to your house in the middle of a game you just made up, automatically picks up the game and beats you at it.
- 2. The Undertaker is the ultimate part time wrestler.
How many matches has the Undertaker had since last Wrestlemania. Anybody? I’ve trolled Twitter, I’ve read the backlash about Brock being a part time wrestler and not being deserving of beating the streak. However, Taker is the epitome of a part time wrestler. He shows up once a year, usually with little to no physical buildup to defend the streak. This year, every buildup was through a promo, until the “go home” segment for the match when Brock finally got his hands on him. Even if Taker won, we wouldn’t see him again until next year, all the while every single “fan” will complain about Batista being allowed to main event from the “part time” role. You either like part timers or you don’t, and most of you don’t.
- 3. The Undertaker is getting OLD.
Did you see those German Suplexes during the match? Did they look to you like maybe Lesnar was being careful with an “older” wrestler? They did to me. I said to myself at that point, if they don’t end the streak tonight, they have to end it next year. If you have seen and recent pics of Taker on the net you can see the man is all gray. This is also the man who won his first WWE title off of Hulk Hogan. Not “Hollywood” Hogan, not post NOW Hogan, seriously Hulk-afreaking-mania Hogan. The original one, when saying your prayers, eating your vitamins and all that mess still sold to the masses. Taker is not what he once was, and that’s OK. Could we really be led to believe that a wrestler in his 50’s could beat a former UFC champ, in his prime. Those German’s were all I needed to see.
So who should shoulder the blame. Maybe WWE Creative should take some of the blame since the buildup to this match led none of us to believe the end of “The Streak” could be near. However, I think this is what made it so brilliant. In the age of the Internet and smart marks running rampant, WWE pulled one over on the fans. The outrage, the look of shock on everyones face. Enjoy the moment and embrace the chaos.
Brock will forever carry the heat with him as the man who stopped the Undertaker’s streak. He’s about to be propelled to a whole new level, possibly the main event to feud with Bryan. Those matches will be classics! The streak is over and you hate it. As a famous sith once said “Let the hate flow through you.” It’s exactly what the WWE and Vince want, but please sit back and enjoy what it will become.