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Shawn Michaels: End of WrestleMania streak was late surprise

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A couple of days ago GiveMeSport Senior Contributor Phillipa Hopwood reported that Shawn Michaels was set to appear on 'The Ross Report' and discuss the truth behind the streak ending at WrestleMania XXX.

Last night legendary commentator Jim Ross was joined by 'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels on his podcast where they discussed a number of things; however the majority of part one of the highly anticipated episode - which is now live - was spent discussing the controversial ending of the streak, and how that decision was made.

It was widely expected that the episode was going to feature a lot of the streak ending, as Michaels also shared his surprise at the decision to have the streak end to Brock Lesnar. He mentioned that not only him, but everyone else backstage was also surprised at the events which unfolded on that night. He reiterated that even though the fans of the business want to believe that a number of authoritative figures in the WWE made the decision, the decision was always going to be made by one man.

Whilst listening to the episode it came as a real surprise when Shawn Michaels mentioned that the decision to end the streak was only made four hours before WrestleMania was due to go live. Up until that point it was expected - by him and everyone else backstage for that matter - that The Undertaker would defeat Brock Lesnar and go 22-0.

Jim Ross also had his input on the matter, as we know The Undertaker finally made an appearance at the Hall of Fame ceremony last month where he paid tribute to the late Paul Bearer, and Jim Ross spoke about how he met The Deadman during the ceremony and hugged him before asking 'Taker how many matches he thought he had left in the tank.

"I don't know, I'll let you know in a few hours" was the response The Undertaker gave to JR, where he obviously meant that he would let him know after his match with Brock Lesnar came to a conclusion, at that point it was still expected that the streak would remain intact.

It comes as no secret that The Undertaker is getting old and he isn't in the best shape right now, and his injuries over the last few years have only allowed him to wrestle one match per year at The Showcase of The Immortals and now another WrestleMania match looks unlikely to occur. With injuries and the fact that Brock Lesnar conquered the streak.

However, Shawn Michaels said that all the things being said about The Undertaker's body being 'beat up' are 100% true, but in fact those injuries and his physical health had no affect on the outcome of the match with Brock Lesnar.

Michaels mentioned that he would have preferred to see The Undertaker defeat Brock Lesnar, go 22-0 and retire undefeated; before stating that he is unsure whether The Undertaker has wrestled his last match or not in the WWE, but Michaels said that 'Taker told HBK he would contact him again in a few weeks, whether that's happened, we're not sure.

There are rumours going around that Sting could set to be his final WrestleMania opponent with no streak on the line, whilst others believe The Undertaker will be bowing out with a loss to The Beast Incarnate.

Another interesting topic on part one was the whole CM Punk situation. Shawn Michaels told JR that he can relate to Punk leaving after feeling burned out, but he doesn't know all of the inside details but can relate to how Punk may feel.

To listen to part one of 'The Ross Report' with Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels - click here.

WWE fans - what do you make of the fact that the decision to end the streak was made four hours before WrestleMania? Are you pleased with the outcome? Have your say in the comments section below or come discuss all things WWE with me on Twitter @RazK28!

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