Everyone is well aware of the events that transpired at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. WrestleMania XXX was the night The Undertaker's streak was broken.
Regardless of what you thought about the build-up and the match itself; you cannot deny that the WWE pulled off one of the boldest and most shocking moves in their history. No matter how much fans try to think otherwise, the streak should have ended. The Undertaker shouldn't have gone out undefeated. The only question is whether Brock Lesnar was the right man to have ended it.
The biggest problem with Brock Lesnar is that he too has aged. He is not the same superstar he was around 10+ years ago when he was dominating everyone put in front of him on SmackDown. Feuding with The Undertaker who was still competing under his 'American Badass' persona; The Undertaker was never able to overcome Lesnar because he was just that scarily good.
But the problem is Lesnar is not the same Lesnar of past, if a 2002 Brock Lesnar ended the streak then it would have gone down a lot easier with fans, but not the current Lesnar who has lost to the likes of Triple H at WrestleMania; a superstar who tried and failed to beat The Deadman three times at WM.
The WWE created art when they played The Undertaker out as a weak, frail, old man who was just bettered by somebody younger and hungrier. They managed to silence 75,000 fans and staff members in an instant; exactly what they were going for.
At first I was a little apprehensive as well, wondering why the WWE would even dare to have Lesnar defeat the streak; but I understand why it was done. The Undertaker doesn't have many years left in him, in fact after watching his match last night I will not be surprised if his match against Lesnar was his final and he finally hangs up his boots.
Just like the older WWE fans I too want to see him face Sting, simply to see who the better man really is without having the streak on the line, but it remains to be seen if The Undertaker things he can compete at the grandest stage again.
So, did Brock Lesnar deserve to end the streak? Continue reading for the points for and against.
Brock Lesnar is a part-timer: This is perhaps the biggest issue with Lesnar ending the streak; but I find it surprising that whilst watching it live and showing my anger at the streak ending, this is the only negative I can piece together. Brock Lesnar is a pay-per-view performer, he puts fans in seats and that is a great thing but you need somebody who will do such a thing every single night, not one night a month.
It would have been more fitting for somebody that travels and competes 365 days a year to end the streak through hard work, not somebody that turns up once every three months for big money. Lesnar is not exactly a revered name in the business and doesn't have the same legacy in professional wrestling as most other superstars.
This is exactly why fans across the globe are chanting CM Punk's name even during a main event. Not only was a part-timer brought back to headline WrestleMania; but a part-timer was brought back to end this historic streak.
There is nobody bigger than The Beast Incarnate: If The Undertaker was ever going to lose at WrestleMania against any of the current talent on the roster, then only a handful of superstars would be legitimate threats to the streak. The two men have faced of plenty of times during their SmackDown days when Brock was in his prime, and The Undertaker never managed to beat Lesnar when it mattered the most.
After defeating Triple H, CM Punk and Kane in previous WrestleMania's, Brock Lesnar is the only man on the roster who has beaten The Undertaker and would prove to be a real threat to the streak. More so than somebody smaller and less powerful. The Undertaker has beaten guys from The Big Show to Mark Henry with ease, Lesnar has always been his kryptonite and that was highlighted last night in brilliant fashion.
He is the most believable superstar to end it: You can talk about Sting all you want but Sting trying to end the streak will definitely not be as believable or as realistic as somebody like Brock Lesnar. Lesnar is worthy of ending the streak; a former UFC Heavyweight Champion losing to an almost 50-year-old man who wasn't in his prime and looked terrible in the ring would not be believable, the WWE are trying to be realistic and it isn't Lesnar who has beaten The Undertaker but it is reality.
Time has caught up with The Undertaker, he is no longer the same force he has been for all those years. Take a look at the WrestleMania results, every superstar past their prime lost on the night, Kane, The New Age Outlaws, Triple H, Batista and The Big Show, only John Cena reigned supreme by defeating Bray Wyatt; whereas the new era of younger superstars has officially begun. The SHIELD were victorious, Daniel Bryan walked out as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, AJ Lee is still Divas Champion, Cesaro cemented his place as a future main even superstar and Brock Lesnar further solidified the fact that the time for the old guard is running out, unfortunately for The Deadman the time is already up and the new era began at WrestleMania XXX.
One man could sell the streak like no other: The fantasy scenario is that we see somebody end the streak and see The Undertaker and said opponent hug it out in the ring and we all go home happy. That's not what the WWE want, the WWE pulled the biggest swerve in history by doing something we never believed would happen. They know that only one person in the company's history could draw so much nuclear heat, so much anger from the fans that even though the streak is over, it remains relevant.
He will push our emotional buttons to ensure Brock Lesnar goes down in history as one of the biggest heels in history. The monster that destroyed The Undertaker as 21 men failed. Paul Heyman will get booed the loudest as one of his clients ended the streak, and he will make sure he reminds us of that every time he is on screen.
Now that WrestleMania XXX is over and so is the streak; Brock Lesnar was the man to do it.
What do you guys think? Did Lesnar deserve to end the streak? Or would you have preferred to see The Undertaker go undefeated? Have your say in the comments section below or come discuss all things WWE with me on Twitter @RazK28!
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