I really enjoyed this piece on The Undertaker and his Wrestlemania streak. It was a sound list of reasons why The Undertaker’s streak should end at Wrestlemania XXX.
The only problem? I don’t believe that now is the time to end it.
As pointed out, the streak is one of the most important aspects of Wrestlemania history, perhaps more by accident than design, and has seen the great and the good of the WWE try, and ultimately fail, to bring it to an end.
By Craig Wilson – @CraigW4584
Yet for it to be a good idea then there has to be someone who will benefit from that victory at ‘mania. As it stands, I don’t see that person on the roster.
The streak really is unique. After all, in what other fields can such a winning streak be accumulated yet the fans still care about it? And why would the WWE want to end that? They know that the streak, to them, is big bucks and once it is gone it is gone for good. That’s a big risk.
For the streak to end not only would the company have to be really sure about the guy that was ending it but so would The Undertaker. It’s clear that he has a great deal of control over who he faces. After all, in the physical condition he is in he needs to work with guys that he can trust. It’s largely why we’ll never see him face up with a superstar like Ryback whose still style would cause ‘taker’s body some problems. There’s also the fact that if Undertaker didn’t like the idea of a certain superstar defeating him at ‘mania he could simply say no.
In terms of the WWE; they need to know that the guy defeating The Undertaker really would benefit from it and is ‘the guy’. Some of the names currently being thrown about as that guy to face ‘taker at mania include John Cena, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Sheamus and Daniel Bryan. Of that list, I think we can remove Lesnar as a potential opponent with his hard-hitting style not being one that will suit a man in the condition that The Undertaker is in.
But from what is left of the list; who would benefit most? Cena is this generation’s Hulk Hogan so doesn’t need it and Sheamus and Bryan are over enough as it is. Of that list the one that would benefit would be Reigns. The Shield member is on the cusp of what looks to be a substantial push in the WWE but, at this stage, is not at the level to defeat The Undertaker.
The Undertaker has very successfully managed to put the ball firmly in his court. Year in, year out he makes a return, usually just after the Royal Rumble, ahead of his Wrestlemania match. Financially he must do very well out of this arrangement and it’s clearly still a deal that the WWE are happy with too.
The article last week was right to point out Undertaker’s age and physical condition but I can’t help but think that as long as he wants to perform at Wrestlemania then the WWE will be happy to let him. After all, a procession of big names are linked on an annual basis with a Wrestlemania appearance as Vince McMahon continues to seek the crossover appeal that makes the event the spectacle that it is. One of the big names now associated with the event is The Undertaker and the WWE will want to stretch that out as long as possible. As the WWE strive for increased star power every year at Wrestlemania I don’t see the streak ending any time soon.
I don’t think there is much gas left in his tank but I still see a couple more Wrestlemanias left in the dead man. Certainly as long as the fans remain invested in the character and the streak.