The Undertaker finally gets back in the ring to wrestle and put his famous streak on the line against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30. The question is, does anyone really think Lesnar is going to win? And dare I say…. has the streak run its course?
I think we all know the unbelievable streak of the Undertaker. 21-0 at WrestleMania! He has dispatched some heavyweights and not so heavyweights in the wrestling world. The streak list includes, in order, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Giant Gonzalez, King Kong Bundy, Diesel, Sid, Kane, Big Boss Man, Triple H, Ric Flair, Big Show and A-Train, Kane again, Randy Orton, Mark Henry, Batista, Edge, Shawn Michaels, Shawn Michaels again, Triple H again, Triple H a third time and finally CM Punk.
Concentrating on the last 5 matches the Undertaker has had, I guess there was some question as to whether or not the streak could end.
You had arguably one of the greatest superstars of all time in Shawn Michaels. Both matches were great and Shawn took an amazing amount of abuse, especially in the second match, He survived 2 tombstone pile drivers and you thought at that point, maybe, just maybe he could fight back and end the streak. However, Undertaker prevailed.
Then we have HHH. We all know that he is married to Vince’s daughter, Stephanie, will most likely take over once Vince retires and we are all aware of the backstage politics that he is known for. So in my opinion, this was the best chance for the streak to end.
The first match was pretty brutal for the Undertaker. To me, it made HHH look like a monster and pretty much the aggressor. If you scored a wrestling match like a boxing match, HHH would have won on points. Undertaker survived three Pedigrees, a Tombstone pile driver and multiple chair shots. He was also put through both a table and the Cole Mine (a glass box that Michael Cole was in when he was playing the part of a heel announcer and antagonist). All of this was not enough as the Undertaker prevailed. However, he could not leave the ring under his own power and was carted out of the stadium and not seen for a long time.
The next year it was HHH again and you thought that with what happened last year, he could pull it off and end the streak. This match was fought in Hell in a Cell and again Undertaker was brutalized with more chair shots than the previous year, ring steps, and the infamous sledgehammer. Again though, the Undertaker was able to take all this abuse and come out on top.
Finally it was CM Punk’s turn at the streak. With all of Punk’s momentum from his “pipe bomb” and his overall standing in the company, maybe he had a chance. But in reality, once he and Paul Heyman got possession of the urn after Paul Bearer’s death and were constantly screwing with the Undertaker with it, you kind of figured Undertaker would get his revenge at WrestleMania, and indeed did.
And in reality, there is no way that the streak ever dies in my opinion. And certainly not this year against Lesnar.
Now WWE will definitely try to plant seeds of doubt, especially by using Paul Heyman in any way he can. Heyman is a master on the mike and a master at both telling a story and compelling the listener to believe what he is saying. But is it enough to make people believe?
I think most wrestling fans understand Lesnar has no shot, but as long as there is doubt in some minds, the WWE wins. Certainly during the match there will be doubts because I am sure Lesnar will brutalize ‘taker and score a few near falls, but in the end, we already know the outcome.
The thing that I wonder about, at least this year is why the Undertaker chose or agreed to fight Lesnar. I understand this was all kind of set up at UFC 121 way back in October of 2010 when Lesnar and Undertaker had a confrontation and Undertaker asked Brock “You wanna do it?”
But that was three and a half years ago. Also, when you watch Lesnar wrestle or attack someone, it always scares me that he is actually going to hurt someone. It just looks like he is always out of control and half of the time, not knowing what he is doing. So I am surprised the Undertaker would get in the ring with him. Who knows what Brock can do to ‘taker? In a long match, Lesnar is liable to hurt Undertaker while trying to execute a crazy move.
But maybe I am way off base here. Maybe in the wrestling world, people believe that Lesnar can take out the Undertaker. Maybe they believe the streak is indeed in jeopardy.
What do you think? Can Brock Lesnar win? Has the streak run its course? Let me know by posting comments below!