On Sunday, April 6, millions of WWE fans across the world and within New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome watching WrestleMania 30, witnessed the end of an era as The Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania Streak was broken.
Fans and WWE superstars alike were in complete and udder disbelief as a moment many thought would never come arrived. Brock Lesnar had defeated The Undertaker, bring The Undertaker’s WrestleMania record to 21-1.
Many fans took to Twitter and other social media outlets to weigh in on the outcome of the match. Some expressing gratitude to The Undertaker and thanking him for years of entertainment. Others sharing their complete disappointment with the WWE for allowing The Streak to be broken.
As the days have passed, members of the WWE Universe have starting questioning the validity of the match, and the circumstances surrounding it’s outcome.
In a new report from Dave Meltzer, of wrestlingobserver.com, Meltzer notes that Vince McMahon was ultimately the one who made the decision for Lesnar to defeat The Undertaker. McMahon felt that The Undertaker should do the best thing for business and lose in what was likely his final WWE match:
Vince McMahon was going on the assumption that this was Undertaker’s last hurrah, and he could either win, or lose. McMahon chose the idea that it was better to lose on your way out…One person close to the situation said McMahon talked Undertaker into doing it. Another, who would also know, described it as McMahon making the call and Undertaker agreeing and that he wasn’t talked into doing something he didn’t want to do. It was not his original call, but he was in on it and never protested the call.
The reporter also noted that only a small handful of people actually knew prior to the match that The Undertaker was going to lose. From the announcers to the referee, outside of that small group of insiders no one knew that Lesnar would walk out of WrestleMania 30 victorious (based on manager Paul Heyman’s reaction after the match, one has to wonder if even he was aware of the plan).
While McMahon is correct in thinking that Lesnar has more to still offer the WWE, you have to wonder if his future contributions will outweigh legacy of The Undertaker’s Streak had it remained in tack.
If The Streak was going to end, why not let it be at the hands of a relative newcomer? Allowing an up-and-coming superstar to end The Streak would give said superstar the ultimate corporate push and pave the way for what could be an amazing legacy.
What do you think of McMahon’s choice to end The Streak the way he chose to do? Who would you have rather seen end The Streak or do you wish it had never been broken? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.