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WWE: Referee thought The Undertaker would beat Lesnar

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It has been reported that Chad Patton, who was the referee when Brock Lesnar faced the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX on Sunday night, thought The Undertaker was supposed to win the match.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Patton was told prior to the match that The Undertaker would be going-over and would make his streak 22-0.

Many members of the WWE Universe though noticed a slight hesitation from Patton as he went for the last count to finish the match, which was done so he could allow The Phenom the opportunity to kick out.

But The Dead Man has obviously been in the industry for a number of years and could well have accepted that Lesnar was to be the one to break the streak. 

The Undertaker could have even requested that Lesnar be the one to end the streak as he may have felt he could not continue wrestling for WWE much longer, with his 50th birthday fast approaching.

Another possible reason for this rumoured change in outcome could have been that Vince McMahon had always wanted the streak to be ended at WrestleMania as it was such a big anniversary event, meaning both wrestlers would have had to go along with his choice. 

Whatever the reason, the result was a shocking one. Leaving the 75,000-strong crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans stunned when Patton completed the three count, declaring Lesnar the winner. 

Patton it seems was just as stunned as the fans as he had to abide by the golden rule for WWE referees which states that if the pre-planned winner does not kick out of a pin, you must continue the count and award the victory to their opponent.

The experienced referee clearly made a very brief hesitation just in case he altered the outcome of the match by mistake. After all it is not like he would have been able to stop the count after two and cover it up, even with the high quality level of acting WWE referees display. 

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Vince McMahon
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The Undertaker
Brock Lesner
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