In Richard Reacts you mentioned how it was a mistake for WWE to end the streak with Brock Lesnar but was it really WWE’s decision? Ultimately wouldn’t it have been Undertaker’s final word as to whether or not he wanted Lesnar to end it?
I am certain that Undertaker signed off on the outcome before he agreed to do it, however, that doesn’t excuse the failed plan or execution. It also doesn’t make Brock Lesnar capturing the streak any more palatable. Sometimes Vince McMahon has to step in to save workers from themselves and if Undertaker wanted to give the streak to Lesnar, there were better ways to accomplish it. I am not bothered the streak has ended, I’m bothered no one got a payoff from it. I’m bothered by the bout’s lackluster build and the fact the streak seemed like an afterthought. I’m bothered that Lesnar was blown up less than 10 minutes in and I’m bothered the bout was squeezed into the undercard and failed to engage the crowd.
How would you rate Wrestlemania 30 from top to bottom?
I plan on recording a podcast later on Monday to give my complete reactions to Wrestlemania 30 but I’ll give you some sweeping reactions. Daniel Bryan got his much-deserved payoff and WWE did the right thing by giving him his big Wrestlemania moment. I love the fact the Andre the Giant Battle Royal was used to elevate an up and comer and the opening segment of Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock couldn’t have been better. Plenty of people will complain about John Cena going over but it’s what I expected and I’ll break it out down later.
Has Undertaker worked his final match?
While I haven’t heard for sure, I’m under the impression The Undertaker is finished. His run will never be duplicated, however, it’s come to an end. The streak was the final major promotional element WWE had for him. Obviously the Undertaker is a big enough name where he would add to any show he was on but we was injured again on Sunday and didn’t appear to have much left. I mean that with all due respect and feel he is a first ballot Hall of Famer and should headline next year’s class.
After The Undertaker’s match finished, Brock Lesnar’s music didn’t play and everything seemed like a mistake. What happened?
As I reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Brock Lesnar was scripted over The Undertaker. We can speculate that Brock Lesnar’s music didn’t play immediately out of a sign of respect for Undertaker. The outcome leaked online about an hour before it happened as was evident by a massive swing in international betting odds. I think I speak for us all in that the streak ended in a disappointing match.
From the Ask WNW vault…
April 2013: When will WWE realize Undertaker should always go last at Wrestlemania? Every year the crowd dies down after his matches no matter what happens next. - I agree, The Undertaker is impossible to follow at Wrestlemania. We’ve seen him do what he did at Wrestlemania 29 before (saving the show with an outstanding match) yet we all wondered going in what CM Punk would be able to get out of him. Here’s a guy that works one match a year and consistently puts on “match of the year” candidates. Following his match against CM Punk, the conversation has shifted. We need to start having serious debate on whether or not Undertaker is the greatest of all-time. I almost feel bad for even doubting what we would get out of the bout this year. Undertaker not only showed he hasn’t “lost a step” in the ring but his physical conditioning was very good as well. He certainly looked the part and did not disappoint.
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