Ever since assuming part-time status the Undertaker hasn’t looked like the same force that once ruled the squared circle.
Having been the cornerstone of the WWE for so long, in 2011 The Undertaker stepped back from regular competition and became an exclusive Wrestlemania phenomenon. For 21 years, he booted, Chokeslammed and Tombstoned his way to victory on the grandest stage of them all but on the 6th April 2015, that all changed.
After 25 minutes, a Kimura lock and three F-5’s, the big dog was put down, and with him, the most illustrious undefeated streak in wrestling history. Losing the streak has got to be one of the most controversial tragedies in recent times.
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While it could be argued The Undertaker should have retired with the streak intact, it was something many of us were not expecting. His loss to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania heavily impacted his future career path.
Having been one of the signature attractions to wrestling’s biggest show, since losing the streak some would say The Undertaker has nothing more to accomplish. However, we often honour the gladiator that does not go down without a fight, no matter the circumstance and that’s what The Undertaker did.
Overcoming The Beast was always going to be a daunting task, but The Phenom refused to turn down the challenge. He had proven year-after-year why at Wrestlemania he was always the one with his hand raised in victory when the bell was signaled. But the sad reality is that time waits for no man, not even the Deadman.
At 50, and with the pressure of the streak behind him, we seem to have entered the next phase of The Undertaker. He’s scheduled to appear at more wrestling dates than in pervious years and looks to be in the best shape he has been in since 2012.
He rebounded from his previous Wrestlemania loss defeating the self-proclaimed ‘New face of fear’ Bray Wyatt and went on to record his first win over Lesnar three-and-a-half months later at Summerslam. The Undertaker is here to prove he is still alive and kicking.
With Vince reportedly stressing about ratings and John Cena taking some time off, it could be a wise decision to call upon an old friend. It’s not a card the WWE haven’t dealt before and with a number of rising stars in the WWE who have yet to have their stories told, legends are something lacking from the current WWE roster.
Kane’s decision to put his mask back on teases the possibility of a Brothers of Destruction reunion. It’s not impossible, but unlikely Kane will win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Seth Rollins at Hell in a Cell, setting up the possibility of one last hurrah.
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