If you didn't believe that Roman Reigns was really going to be 'The Guy' for WWE moving forward, all doubts should have been cast aside this past April at WrestleMania.
The Undertaker is the greatest performer in the history of WrestleMania, at one point having racked up an amazing 21-0 record at the event throughout his over 20 year career with the promotion. That undefeated streak came to an end when Brock Lesnar became the first man in WrestleMania history to have defeated The Undertaker at the event when the pair met at WrestleMania 31. It was truly one of the most shocking moments in WWE history and fans were legitimately upset by the decision.
Fast-forward two years later and Taker has since picked up two more wins to add to his WrestleMania record, making it 23-1 at the event following wins over Bray Wyatt and Shane McMahon. Heading into WrestleMania 33 earlier this year, WWE began laying out the groundwork for a feud between Undertaker and Reigns.
It all started at the Royal Rumble when Reigns eliminated Taker from the Royal Rumble match, sparking upset from "The Deadman" who would later confront Reigns and challenge him to a match at WrestleMania.
After a great back-and-forth match between Taker and Reigns, it took numerous Spears from Reigns to finally but Taker down for the three count, and hand him his second ever loss at WrestleMania. Following the match, Taker left his signature hat, cloak and gloves in the middle of the ring, most likely symbolizing the end of his in-ring career.
Recently Reigns participated in a media call, via the Inside The Ropes podcast, and discussed defeating Taker at WrestleMania. He discussed the epic match-up and revealed one reason why he was a bit concerned being in the ring with the longtime veteran (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"It was a great honor," Reigns admitted. "We have a whole new generation here. We have a young generation of talent coming up and it's going to get to a point one day where there's only a handful of us that can say yeah, I've been in the ring with John Cena, I've been in the ring with Randy Orton, I've been in the ring with the Undertaker, with Shawn Michaels, with Kurt Angle, with Triple H.
"There's a lot of young guys who are never going to have that experience and are never going to have that opportunity to learn from being out there with guys like that.
"Being in the ring with the Undertaker, I was able to feel that respect for the business from him. I was able to feel that responsibility and also to see that weight lifted off of him.
"That was one thing that was really neat, but it was semi-concerning. The times that I've wrestled these legends, these guys who have plugged in all this time, you could see a sense of relief on their faces after the match.
"They could finally take a breath for once. And for me, I know that's quite the responsibility."
What are your thoughts on Reigns' comments regarding his match with The Undertaker? Do you think Reigns should have been the man to retire Taker from the squared circle once and for all? Or is the WWE simply misleading fans and "The Deadman's" last match inside the ring has yet to take place? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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