More than a month ago, I put forward the argument that Brock Lesnar should be the man who ends The Undertaker’s Streak, and last night at WrestleMania 30, we saw it become reality.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar wasn’t the greatest match in the world. In fact, it was a disappointing match, which I think was mainly due to Brock Lesnar having to dial down his usual brutal style to compensate for The Undertaker’s physical state these days. No disrespect to The Undertaker, but he is nearing 50 years of age and his body has been battered with injuries for many years now.
Some of the moves he tried to perform, particularly the Last Ride and the Tombstone, were poorly executed and it looked like picking up a man of Lesnar’s size took a lot out of Taker.
I think it’s better that The Undertaker relinquishes The Streak now than years down the line where we’re still having to convince ourselves that he can beat a younger guy who is physically fitter than him, because he is some kind of metaphysical “Deadman” who can’t be beaten.
We’re well aware that Mark Calaway is The Undertaker and he is merely a human being who feels pain and the age process like the rest of us, so to lose to a guy who is a legitimate athlete and who was a UFC Heavyweight Champion and who beat top fighters like Frank Mir, Randy Couture and Shane Carwin in his tenure is no shameful thing.
Does anyone honestly believe that in a real-life situation that The Undertaker would’ve beaten Brock Lesnar in a fight? If we’re going to invest some drama and authenticity into a fake fight between the two guys then surely given what we know about Brock Lesnar’s past, we’d sooner believe he would beat The Undertaker in a match like this?
The worst thing that could happen to The Undertaker is for him to be in a position where he can’t give the crowds the showstealing matches they pay a lot of money to travel from all over the world to see.
Don’t forget, that The Undertaker chooses his WrestleMania opponents so it’s patently obvious that he thought Brock Lesnar should be the guy to break The Streak so for him to put Lesnar over, considering the legit problems they’ve had with each other in the past, is quite a respectful thing on his part.
You also have to remember that despite Brock Lesnar being “a part-time superstar”, he is still contracted to the WWE for another year, and with a scalp like The Undertaker’s Streak on his resume, Lesnar will now be positioned to make a run for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and will undoubtedly win it before WrestleMania 31 rolls around next April. We’ve seen him involved in promos recently where Paul Heyman has talked on his behalf about putting him in the WWE World Heavyweight title picture.
People don’t tend to see the bigger picture when it comes to what the WWE are doing by allowing Lesnar to break The Streak.
It’s good that they’re finally booking Brock Lesnar right by having him destroy guys like Mark Henry, Big Show and now The Undertaker because it makes him look like a legitimate threat to Daniel Bryan’s title reign. As he looms on the horizon, it also gives the WWE a chance to book him into matches with Batista and Orton too.
People don’t tend to see the bigger picture when it comes to what the WWE are doing by allowing Lesnar to break The Streak. It means they can now turn Lesnar into the apocalyptic monster who is here to destroy the roster and take the title. He has vanquished The Undertaker and now he wants the title. You don’t need to book it any better than that really.
The only problems people might have with Lesnar being booked like this is the amount of appearances he’ll likely put in in the run-up to PPVs. They’ll be sporadic but regardless, with him being a contender or Heyman talking about his desire to ascend to the summit, we’ll see some thrilling segments and some great promos from Heyman as Lesnar stakes his claim for the gold.
The WWE will undoubtedly book a match between Lesnar and Batista, and Heyman will talk that match up as The Beast vs. The Animal. They’ll do a David and Goliath-esque encounter between Bryan and Lesnar.
They’ll probably eventually get round to doing their much-rumoured Rock vs. Brock match at Wrestlemania 31 or at a Summerslam somewhere down the line too.
So in conclusion, if you want to see a silver lining to all this, The Undertaker’s Streak being beat is just a narrative strand in an ongoing storyline that is going to build up a lot of feuds and matches in the coming year, and that is what a WWE wrestler’s job is meant to be.
So stop whining, and in the quiet words of one David Bautista Esq – “DEAL WITH IT”.