Wrestlemania 30 has come and gone, but there's only one thing that people are still talking about: Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker to end the streak.
No one in the Mercedes Benz Superdome could've predicted that the former UFC-fighting Lesnar would be the one to end The Undertaker's impressive 21-0 record, but to the surprise of everyone in attendance, the unthinkable happened.
It just doesn't make sense that a part time WWE star would be the one to end both the streak and an era like this. Surely the WWE would give that distinct honor to a young and promising up-and-comer worthy of a future title shot. Wrestling legend X Pac certainly thought so.
With all due respect, that should have been saved for a Roman Reigns or someone else to build towards the future. — Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) April 7, 2014
This confusing decision, that even shocked the pro wrestlers watching backstage, of course doesn't go without an outpouring of conspiracy possibilities.
Was Brock Lesnar really supposed to win? Was this Vince McMahon's decision? Or was this the only way for a legend like The Undertaker to go out? Let's debunk some myths.
1. Brock Lesnar changed the script and will be fired?
Let's put this one to rest immediately. No, Brock Lesnar didn't change the script, and no, he won't be fired. The satirical site Huzlers.com broke this interesting headline where they went on to further explain that the result was against the company's will.
"Owner of WWE, Vince McMahon, was privately interviewed by reporters right after Lesnar beat Undertaker and said Undertaker was supposed to win the match and how Lesnar will be fired for changing the script."
At the end of the day, everything that happens in the WWE universe happens for a reason and there's no changing the script like that, even with a psycho like Brock Lesnar.
2. Was the match supposed to happen in 2010?
According to the Inquistr, the orignial matchup was supposed happen back in 2010 when Brock Lesnar was fighting in the UFC. But Dana White didn't want Brock involved with the WWE while under contract, despite The Undertaker's opinion.
“Undertaker believed it would be the right thing for business, however, nobody took it seriously. Lesnar and Undertaker did a worked shoot around the time of this suggestion, the infamous face off at UFC 121 during Ariel Helwani’s interview with Taker. "In the end no match ended up being put together, despite the buzz from the face off, Lesnar was still a UFC contracted fighter.”
The world may never know, but considering the type of buzz Lesnar was receiving at the time, it would have been a fitting match to lose to a guy in the prime of his prowess like that.
3. Will Sting challenge The Undertaker in Wrestlemania 31?
This may be a little far out, but according to Bleacher Report, there is some possibility that retired legend Sting will come out to challenge The Undertaker for a match in Wrestlemania 31.
"With the streak a thing of the past, the possibility of a legend like Undertaker squaring off against another legend like Sting in a dream match would be the perfect culmination to his storybook career."
This would be the smartest way to restore some of The Undertaker's legacy and undermine the huge deal that was Brock Lesnar's victory.
4. Losing to Brock Lesnar was the only way for The Undertaker to end the streak.
The conclusion of The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar match at Wrestlemania 30 was the only way the streak could have properly ended. At the moment, it was boring, uneventful and tiring, but in retrospect, it was one of the greatest bouts ever.
Ending the streak to a guy as vicious as Brock says a lot about how Taker esteems him as a colleague, as those 25 minutes of action represented exactly how much The Undertaker really has left in the tank. And ironically enough, the casket he rolled out with was for his damn self.
We should appreciate The Undertaker for all of the great memories he's given us throughout his career, with 21 consecutive years of excellence at Wrestlemania, and pray that he has one more left in the tank to go out the way he really needs to.
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