So it’s official. The Undertaker’s next WrestleMania opponent is “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar.
And for many fans that aren’t enamoured by the Randy Orton vs. Batista main event title match, Lesnar vs. Taker for The Streak is the one that people are turning to in order to salvage a WrestleMania that has already been blighted by the reluctance to put Daniel Bryan in the title picture and CM Punk deciding to take his ball and go home.
For those of us old enough to remember The Undertaker’s first appearance in the WWF where he initially debuted as Kane The Undertaker, you’ll realise that time is finally catching up on The Dead Man and his matches move at a slower pace than we’ve become accustomed to.
If this is to potentially be The Undertaker’s final WrestleMania then why not have him put over Brock Lesnar and let him beat The Streak this year?
My reason for this suggestion is that it would be an angle we could believe in.
As Paul Heyman mentioned in his promo on Raw this last Monday night, Brock is a legitimate championship-winning wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter. He won the NCAA heavyweight championship in 2000, he is the youngest ever WWE world heavyweight champion, and he went on to wrestle in Japan winning several top titles there and then made the leap to the UFC and became a heavyweight champion, beating the likes of top class veterans like Frank Mir and Randy Couture in the process.
Since Brock Lesnar returned to the WWE in April last year and bloodied the mouth of John Cena, many of us who follow both the UFC and the WWE were hoping Brock Lesnar would be allowed to bridge the gap between the two sports with his presence and bring an edge to the watered-down PG-rated nonsense that has stifled the brand somewhat. However, the terrible booking of the Lesnar vs. Cena match that followed at Extreme Rules saw Lesnar dominating a fight which Cena baffingly went on to win.
A terribly booked feud with Triple H then ensued, and once again, it made Brock Lesnar look weak. In their match at WrestleMania 29, there was a spot where Brock Lesnar used a Kimura lock which Triple H seem to reverse rather effortlessly and it just seemed silly in a match made to look more like an MMA encounter than an archetypal WWE clash.
The only decent match Brock Lesnar has been involved in since his return was against CM Punk at Summerslam 2013 and the storytelling in that match reminded me a lot of the match Brock Lesnar had against Eddie Guerrero at No Way Out in 2004. Lesnar was booked as the monster heel who throws the smaller guy around like a rag doll for the majority of the match, and then the smaller guy exposes a few chinks in the armour, capitalises on them, and is made to look stronger as a result.
Brock Lesnar has only really reappeared back on WWE programming since December where he laid waste to Mark Henry and The Big Show and then declared his desire to get back into the WWE World Heavyweight title picture. However, the storyline seems similar to Daniel Bryan’s problems with The Authority, where those in charge are putting roadblocks and buffers in place to stop him getting a title shot.
So this brings us to his confrontation to The Undertaker and where the WWE goes from now. Surely it would make more sense to continue Brock’s surge of dominance over the WWE’s biggest and most feared superstars by allowing Lesnar to take The Streak and then move on to the inevitable The Beast vs. The Animal showdown for the WWE World Heavyweight Title against the probable title holder Batista?
The Undertaker and Lesnar have both mentioned in interviews since that they had genuine beef with each other in real life so this confrontation adds another layer to this match
If we’re to have a WrestleMania moment that is etched in people’s minds for the foreseeable future, and do something that nobody would expect the WWE to do, then it would be to have Brock Lesnar beat The Streak, and I am pretty certain people would understand why they made that call.
It puts Lesnar back into the main event picture and draws money, and sets him on course for a Rock vs. Brock showdown as The Rock teased on Twitter last year by putting him on an unstoppable run as champion.
It also gives Paul Heyman the chance to cut more brilliant promos.
From another perspective, it also gives The Undertaker a chance to make amends with Brock Lesnar after he challenged Lesnar as he passed by him during an interview with Ariel Helwani moments after losing the UFC Heavyweight title to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121.
The Undertaker and Lesnar have both mentioned in interviews since that they had genuine beef with each other in real life so this confrontation adds another layer to this match, and for some, many believed The Undertaker crossed the line and should’ve shown Brock Lesnar more respect.
The fact they’re having a match with each other at WrestleMania suggests that this heat between the two of them has probably faded since then but why not play upon it in future promos and segments in the run-up to WrestleMania and really make this Lesnar-Taker feud look like it is going to shape up to be a “real slobberknocker” as Jim Ross would famously put it.
In reality, we’re unlikely to see Brock Lesnar go over The Undertaker as The Streak seems to be one of those sacrosanct things that the WWE doesn’t want just anyone to break. There were some rumours that the guy to eventually break it would be John Cena as some form of “passing the torch” symbol, but it makes no sense because it suggests that everyone who came before him who tried to beat The Streak weren’t as strong, weren’t as talented or weren’t as believable as John Cena, and I’d be pretty certain that the WWE Universe as it stands at the moment certainly wouldn’t accept John Cena as being the guy to break The Streak.
There was also talk of an eventual The Phenom vs. The Icon match between The Undertaker and Sting but as time goes on, and both wrestlers get older, this contest looks less and lesslikely to happen.
So if this is going to be The Undertaker’s last ride, let it be Brock Lesnar who ends the streak.
Lesnar is a money-making draw, he is believable and legitimate as a competitor, both men could use the heat they had to cut great promos and do entertaining segments. It also sets up Lesnar as an unstoppable monster heel who will light up a stale and uninspiring WWE World Heavyweight title scene, and in the process it might actually bring out the best in the likes of Batista and Orton.
Who knows, maybe somewhere down the line we could have another Lesnar vs. Guerrero-esque match between The Beast and Daniel Bryan for the title.