The Undertaker’s Streak Ends At WrestleMania XXX

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The very second Undertaker made the statement on Raw, that the streak cannot go on forever, he had me suspecting it would one day end. Undertaker wasn’t going to walk off into the sunset with the streak in tact. He was indicating that at some point, he was going to go out laying flat on his back. At WrestleMania XXX, it all became reality. Brock Lesnar was the one to conquer the streak. I was equally as shocked as everyone in the Superdome tonight. I just expected more match build up and suspense before the conclusive ending of the streak. It was like F-5, boom, 3 count, streak over.. WTF?

I know I wasn’t the only one expecting it to go to replay and maybe, just perhaps Taker’s shoulder wasn’t down. I was expecting Vince McMahon to come out and order the match to continue. I kept waiting and waiting, as I watched Brock walk up the ramp, with Taker left in the middle of the ring. No replays. No Vince. The streak’s fate by the moment was becoming more and more clear, that it really had just ended. The camera then cuts to a shot of Undertaker, who has the very same look on his face that Ric Flair had at Mania 24 or Shawn Michaels at Mania 26. In the least, the streak was ended, but Taker’s career may not yet be over.

A historic run of Mania victories spanning through all but 7 years of my life. My childhood, teenage years, college years, young adult years and my adult years. So many things have come and gone in my life and in the WWE. Undertaker’s streak, through it all, has always been there.

Father time has caught up with Undertaker, and from WrestleMania 27 in 2011 onward, it has become apparent that matches were getting more difficult on his body. WrestleMania 25 took things to a higher level performance wise for Taker. He needed that epic match and Shawn Michaels helped him achieve that. We got another epic match between the two at WrestleMania 26. Triple H then worked with Taker to give us two more epics at WrestleMania 27 and 28. It was clear that since Mania 25, Taker was now expected to wrestle matches superior to that of streak’s past, in a point in his life when his body was far less capable.

When you take into account age and injury, and the fact he’s been wrestling less and less every year, ending the streak was becoming more realistic. Undertaker just couldn’t walk away undefeated, because we the fans, would always summon him back. We already have been for years. We live in a world where people still want Austin vs. Hogan and Bill Murray to return to make ‘Ghostbusters 3’ even with Harold Ramis now deceased. For Undertaker, I don’t think he wanted that future.

Undertaker’s streak was forever sealed in history at WrestleMania 28 when he ran the streak up to 20-0. No one will ever forget that night and no one will ever even touch 10-0. It was a historic run. No one loss will ever make anyone look past 21-0. We’ll always write 21-1 off to old age and retirement. The greats go out on their backs in the wrestling industry. Undertaker truly passed the torch to the future stars of the business tonight, to go out there and make a name for themselves.

We’ll likely still see Undertaker vs. Sting next year, or so I assume. I am just not sure if Sting, signed under the agreement he would defeat Taker at WrestleMania 31. Perhaps Taker informed WWE he wouldn’t surrender the streak to Sting, so he did so to Brock. We may never know.

21-0 was an amazing achievement that words cannot express. If the streak had ended any year before perhaps maybe CM Punk at WrestleMania 29, I believe fan backlash would be up a good 40-60%. I think over the years, we’ve come to understand that we don’t see Taker on TV anymore. The only big reaction during Taker-Brock was when Taker lost. The crowd really wasn’t into it, and seemed to go through the motions. One has to wonder if this new generation of fans, not seeing him on TV on a weekly basis has no connection to him. I suspect but I’m not certain.

The Undertaker’s WrestleMania Legacy Still Lives Forever.

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