Last week, I was working on a column about the Undertaker’s loss to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30. However, once news broke of the Ultimate Warrior passing, the streak didn’t seem all that important. Now that I’ve finish the piece, I’m still not sure how I feel about how it ended. It makes sense if that was Taker’s last match, but Lesnar being the guy will always cast a shadow of doubt.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that Vince McMahon made the decision to end the streak and Undertaker agreed. I don’t think Vince would have argued if Taker didn’t want to put over Lesnar, which ultimately makes it his call, and why some feel it shouldn’t have been considering the result. As fans, we often forget about the performer’s feelings when debating these matters. What if Mark Calaway didn’t cherish the streak as much as we did?
A few years ago, Lance Storm wrote an article suggesting Undertaker cut a promo stating the streak would end, and he would retire when that occurred. His reasoning was the near falls would mean more as each one could mean the end of a legendary career. I really like Storm’s idea, but implementing it would’ve meant removing an essential core element. You’ve already told the world Undertaker is going to lose. The idea of whether or not the streak would ever end is what gave it such an ominous allure.
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