Richard Reacts To The End Of The Streak

Sunday, April 6, 2014 marks the end of an era. An era 23 years in the making. An era that ended the career of Shawn Michaels. An era that can be defined in two words – the streak.

WWE shocked the world on Sunday night when they booked Brock Lesnar over The Undertaker clean at Wrestlemania 30. In a bout where most assumed Undertaker going over was a given, WWE swerved and gave Brock Lesnar the biggest rub in Wrestlemania history. The decision was so shocking, it wasn’t even met with contempt but complete astonishment.

Wrestling fans are ordinarily very vocal when they turn on shows (the reaction to Batista winning the 2014 Royal Rumble is still fresh), however, during this moment, there are still not words to appropriately articulate what happened. As I sit at my desk exhausted from the long work day I find myself struggling to put words together to depict my reaction.

While a struggle, I can unapologetically state to you that I feel WWE made a mistake on Sunday night. Not just in their creative plan but in its execution. My issue is not so much that WWE chose to end the streak, it’s how they did it and who ended it.

I have no issue with Brock Lesnar. I’m one of the few that approves of his part-time schedule for big money deal because the fact of the matter is he earned it. Brock left WWE and millions of dollars in earning potential a decade ago because he despised life on the road. He was determined to do something else, anything else, before he chose to live in airports and hotels 300 days out of the year. Few believed he could do it but he exceeded any and all expectations. Following a failed attempt at the NFL, Lesnar burst on the MMA scene. While mocked by purists, Lesnar won the UFC heavyweight championship and drew 7-figure buy rates.

Brock’s fighting career ended prematurely due to diverticulitis and he returned to WWE as a much bigger deal. Vince McMahon, no longer allergic to part-time contracts, made Brock a lucrative offer and was determined that Brock’s first post-UFC appearance would be for him. For the past two years Brock has been booked questionably but still proven to be a draw. At SummerSlam 2013, in a bout against CM Punk, he also showed he can still work.

Brock is a draw and has adequate in-ring ability, however, I’m concerned about commitment and longevity. Once considered a very good in-ring worker, Lesnar’s run since returning to WWE in 2012 has featured a slower-paced style that bills him more as a fighter rather than an All-American amateur wrestler. While Brock is capable of more, he relies on his size to carry his bouts. He can still work, as he proved with Punk, but it’s not like he’s gone out of his way to push his abilities either.

A good example of this was on display less than 10 minutes into his bout against Undertaker on Sunday night. Lesnar appeared blown up, gasping for air and sweating profusely. The crowd was quiet and wanted more but he was exhausted. It could have had something to do with his health, however, he didn’t appear to be optimal physical condition. Lesnar’s health will push me right to my next issue and that is longevity.

Brock will be 37-years-old in July and hates life on the road. He’s past his prime and he’s not going to start working the full-time WWE schedule. So what’s the point in giving The Undertaker’s iconic streak to someone that appears to be back for a couple cups of coffee and isn’t necessarily concerned about his pro wrestling “legacy?”

It’s nothing against Brock but we could easily list five other workers that would benefit greatly from such a feat. In fact, there are people fully committed, willing to work every date thrown their way and would do anything for such a rub. Instead, WWE has created quite the quandary.

Not only did Brock end the most iconic element to Wrestlemania but he did so in unimpressive fashion. Lesnar vs. Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30 left a lot to be desired, never had the crowd and even the biggest Undertaker fans were Tweeting for them to take it home. Just not like that. Now the streak is history and WWE is left with little to show for it.

They do not have an up and coming talent about to hit their prime to push to the moon, they do not have a historic 5-star match to send Undertaker out on and they do not have an iconic promotional element for next year’s Wrestlemania (one that could possibly include Sting).

As I mentioned, not only was WWE wrong in their creative plan but also in its execution. If WWE was going to end the streak, they had to close the show with it. I understand Daniel Bryan was due his big pay off and was already pulling double duty, however, there was no way to get the crowd back. The company used the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational as the comedown bout and I might has well have been intoxicated because I don’t remember it.

Even as WWE tried to push forward to the main event, it felt like a large portion of the audience had “checked out.” The only way to prevent this would have been for the streak to close the show. The risk there is you send the crowd home in the astonished state, however, I’ll argue they still did that even after a stellar main event.

The plan was bad, the execution was worse and now WWE has a major situation on their hands. This isn’t something they can undo. This isn’t the Royal Rumble where they can spin everything into a storyline and “right the ship.” The streak is over and Undertaker walked out with the L. Even if WWE ran an angle on Raw that Undertaker’s shoulder wasn’t down or Paul Heyman “paid off” the referee or any other hint of ridiculousness we can think up, there’s no undoing this.

The streak is over and it ended in unimpressive fashion. The streak was ended by someone that is not going to benefit from it.

All and all I should be celebrating right now and putting WWE over for doing the right thing with Daniel Bryan, however, I cannot do that tonight. All I can do is shake my head at a blatant creative misstep that wasn’t clearly thought through. The Undertaker will still go down as the greatest of all time at Wrestlemania, however, this blemish, this ridiculous streak ending blemish, didn’t have to be. It’s truly a shame that I tell you we have witnessed the end of an era. We have witnessed the end of the streak.

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  • mark

    Undertaker really chose this. We can all be upset but it really is his decision. All we can do is respect it, remember the fun regarding the streak, and give him respect.

    • Tom Lee

      We still respect undertaker !

  • Kacie

    Im the minority here, but Im glad the streak is over. Takers WM matches have gotten to the point of being so boring because we all know whos going to win. Im glad they decided to end it. I just wish they would have picked someone else aside from Brock.

    • James

      If you haven’t enjoyed the last 5 matches at wrestlemania for the streak, then I’m sorry but you must be really hard to please. The 2 against HBK and HHH were just amazing with in ring work and telling the story. CM Punk also had a great match with Taker.

      This match for the streak was just flat from the start and to end the streak at all is just sad, Taker deserved/earned to retire with the streak undefeated.

      • Kacie

        His match with Punk was good. What I was trying to say was because we already know whos going to win, it makes the match boring.

    • Rambo Commander

      You’re an idiot, plain and simple, if you think that all the earlier match-of-the-year matches he gave the last 7-8 years were boring.

      • Kacie

        I’m an idiot because Taker matches bore me? Grow the f up.

  • NotoriousRambo

    Lesner would pretty much disappear now smh so disappointed the way they choose to end it like it never mattered or it wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be are u kidding me? Was hoping sting would have ended it or someone who has put in work in the wwe for a decade or more that truly deserved it **sigh**

    I can see it now when Vince or hunter are being interviewed because there is gonna be a lot of disappointed fans who will want an answer as to why it ended so horribly and they will answer the fans with well people seem to forget this is the entertainment business just like they said about the Montreal screw job smh.

  • Kleck

    Thank you Undertaker…thank you Legend!

  • Santa

    I would not have mind lesner wining if the whole thing didn’t feel anti-climatic….

  • Good ol’ JR

    If this is his retirement match its a damn shame especially after his recent performances over the 5 years. Why would he choose Brock to break the streak?? It doesn’t make sense to me in terms of building new talent and it doesn’t make sense to me in a business sense to stop a major draw for the biggest show of the year. It’s shocking and there is nothing we can do to change it. On a side note I thought I did see taker kick out but I do wear fairly thick glasses so maybe I was just seeing things.

  • Dave Barton

    I can see ending the streak for the sake of elevating/solidifying someone who is dedicated to WWE. But that man is not Brock Lesnar. Brock is a part time talent with an unastounding record since returning to the WWE 2 years ago.

    How could it have been more acceptable? First, we should’ve booked Brock to win ALL his matches since returning. Second, we should’ve put into the promos leading to WM30 that the Undertaker has never been able to beat Brock. And third, Brock should have been willing to go the extra mile and return full time in exchange for this enormous honor.

    I know Undertaker called for himself to finally be defeated at WM, but he really did it in a horrible way.

  • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

    I agree with every syllable of this. The match was terrible, no compelling story was told, and the streak was sacrificed at the service of absolutely nothing. Any other plan would have been better. Daniel Bryan’s big night was lessened by all of this as well. Absolutely the worst thing I’ve ever seen on any Wrestlemania.

  • Cubed56

    LET IT GO! There was nothing wrong with this decision, it was Taker’s and nobody else’s. If your crapping on this decision, your essentially crapping on Taker, who you all claim to love.

    • Ashley

      We are allowed to have an opinion and say how we feel on probably the biggest moment ever in wrestling history–just like you can say you hate the ending to Cena/Bray.

      • Cubed56

        Absolutely. However, if people are gonna place blame or be mad it was Brock Lesnar dont be blaming the wrong people, or get mad at Brock Lesnar. Like i said this was Takers decision and only his, dont place blame where its not due. You really wanna be upset, be mad with Taker for letting you down and choosing to end it this way. You say he deserved to retire with the streak, well he also deserved to say who ended it. IMO all the fans whining about how it ended are selfish, it wasnt your decision it was his, instead of pissing and moaning you should be celebrating and applauding everything Taker has done.

        • Ashley

          Yes, instead we should piss and moan about the end of Cena/Bray and bury how great of a match it was.

          • Cubed56

            I never said it wasnt a good match, i said the end was the wrong decision based on the motive of the build to the match. All cena had to do was use the chair or something once and it wouldve all tied together, instead we get the same old finish weve been getting for how many years, big difference.

        • Ashley

          Ok, I think you are missing my point but I also don’t think I have been clear either. When Cena/Bray ended, you had a very strong reaction to it as you were unhappy with the outcome. The streak ending is like 100,000x more than that and people are obviously having a very strong reaction to it as literally the unthinkable happened. So I think we are all allowed to come to this website with our common interest of wrestling and express our feelings on this moment. Will some of us feel differently tomorrow? Probably. But tonight is raw feelings.

          Am I disappointed Brock was chosen? Yes. So UT carries that. But like I said earlier, if it was a great match it would have been easier to take. Brock being gassed so early on, hearing reports that he didn’t want to spend the full week in Texas to go over match–just feels he didn’t take it seriously. The build wasn’t the greatest either, so there is some blame all around.

          Though in the end, I am soooooooooooo happy I went to RAW in Green Bay as that was my last shot to ever seeing Taker and I finally got to check that box.

          • Cubed56

            You and me both, it was nice seeing Taker one last time. I agree maybe we weren’t being clear with one another. I had a strong opinion about Bray/Cena your right, but my blame went in the right direction. I understand the emotion with Taker is raw and you can absolutely feel however you want, I was just simply saying if blame is gonna be thrown around for this decision make sure its thrown the right way.

          • Ashley

            Agree. We will most likely find out more tomorrow about this. If Taker knew he couldn’t go, he shouldn’t have had the match. I am just sad that all that, his whole career came down to that match. If it had been Flair/HBK or HBK/UT 1 &2, THOSE are matches you end your career too. I am also sad that he is most likely done. He has been here for 24 years, and for it to end like that, just disappointing.

          • Cubed56

            I can agree it wasnt the ideal match we would’ve liked to see taker ride into the sunset after.

          • Ashley

            You can just move along Nick. I have no time for you.

          • K kcin

            You wanna go that route that’s fine but that’s the truth, I get what you’re saying I truly do but that’s the reality. You and I had an issue because you jumped the gun on a story and as time went on what I said to you ended up being true. I’m not sorry for that, instead of holding resentment maybe you should learn from that. I had a great night, I’m not here to fight. I just wish more you could grasp what an important night this was.

          • Ashley

            Well actually on that story, it turned out the initial reports were true as there were follow ups and Punk also commented on it but ok. I understand how important of a night this was. The streak ending is huge. Huge bump to Lesner as he legitimately is a monster again. DB finally winning (and hopefully with a longer title run) is the payoff after a 9 month storyline. Cesaro got a great rub tonight. Bray proved he can go and am hoping for a bigger payoff with that as well. I am not here to fight either, nor do I want one again with you.

          • K kcin

            That moment of Cesaro with the big show was just amazing, that dude is an animal. Bray made a star of himself too and I bet he gets the win back at extreme rules. And of course the 8 month pay off with Daniel Bryan, and the opening with Hogan/Austin/Rock just a truly great night with so many memorable moments.

          • Ashley

            I really hope Bray and Cena continue for the next 2 PPVs with Bray coming out on top. I think that has huge potential. Cesaro definitely got his WM moment and a throw back to WM 20 when a relatively newcomer Cena FU’ed Show twice.

    • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

      Sorry. I don’t dig watching Taker’s streak end in a match where he’s continually “spot calling” and where the match crawls at a snail’s pace throughout.

      • Ashley

        Yes! Had it been like Flair/HBK, HBK/Taker 1 & 2, it would be easier to swallow (still wouldn’t be happy about it) but this is how it goes down?! Unbelievable.

      • Cubed56

        Ok then put the blame where it truly belongs, and thats with Taker. It was his decision to let Brock end it and no one else’s.

        • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

          I’m not afraid to do that. There will likely be more that comes out of this and we’ll get more info. Until then, if it’s Taker’s fault, so be it.

          • Cubed56

            That’s all im saying man everyone is so quick to blame everyone but Taker. Look I love Taker too, but it was his decision you know? He knew what type of match he was gonna get out of Lesnar. Sure Lesnar could’ve been in better shape, but either way what did you expect from Taker, hes 48-49 and coming off of another hip surgery and a recent shoulder surgery, he wasn’t gonna give 5 star matches anymore.

          • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

            That wasn’t even a 1-star match. It was awful.

  • AB

    Well said, Richard.

  • santos

    very anti climactic… not sure why brock was the one chosen to do it, he was so gassed by the end of the match he didnt even gloat, may as well have just pinned kofi kingston. I would assume taker chose him, be interesting to find out why

  • Oliver

    Even if it was Undertaker’s decision, it is quite disrespectful. All those great match against Shawn Michaels, Triple H, CM Punk, Randy Orton… for what? It was ended in very simplistic fashion by a part-time guy who will just be gone next month.

  • Patrick

    Lesner was the wrong person to end the streak with….I don’t like it and while I respect Undertaker…..I do not respect lesner who does not benifet from this win.. if the streak was to end give it to a up and comer not a part time worker.

  • TJ Moore

    Richard…. One of the most articulate responses I have ever read from you… It truly felt like a death of some sort… If they would have dropped the streak to a guy like HHH or even CM Punk, then great, understandable….But this just seems all wrong and seems like because they couldn’t continue to crap the fans with what they have being doing to DB, they did this…. I almost never get overly invested in a WWE storyline. I take it for what it is, but this seems like, I can’t put words to it… You did the best job I think anyone can say regarding what went down at WM30. I’m lost for words…

  • Nails

    Brock and Taker have a history before this match. Though nobody will benefit, the streak went to a guy who is believable and a worth opponent. Giving it to Brock insured that it was ended by one of the best. I’m happy that Taker went out on top.

    • Ben

      He went out on top? What match did you watch? It was dreadful, not quite Vince/Bret bad but pretty close. Lesnar hardly was worthy; he definitely looked blown up and was equally responsible for the very poor match as Taker was. All power to Lesnar for taking that part-time deal, he made himself a huge star worth that contract. Having said that, it is completely baffling to me why a man like Taker, who has given everything he has to the business for so many years, would choose to give the biggest rub ever to a guy who could care less about the business. It’s so disappointing.

  • BIG M

    I honestly can’t believe they decided to end the streak.
    I never thought in a million years that would EVER Happen.
    I said before that I thought this would be Taker’s last match.
    But I never thought he would go under.
    For 22 years of my life there were four things I could count on to never change.
    1. The Essendon Football club would always hold the record for most AFL Premierships.
    2. My Celtic decent would always result in an inability to ever Tan.
    3. My knack for somehow always hooking up with Women who have some serious Daddy issues.
    And 4. Undertaker would never go under at WrestleMania.

    • Xavier

      It’s really true what they say. All good things must come to an end sadly

      • BIG M

        Yeah sadly your right but still who would ever thought it would actually happen.
        Not me that’s for sure.
        I know I’m really marking out here but im I’m still in shock holey cow you know.
        But it doesn’t change the fact Taker’s name could’ve been thrown into the greatest of all time debate years ago.
        Amazing performer Amazing career.
        In my opinion The Undertaker is the greatest pro wrestler of all time.
        Enjoy your retirement Mark Callaway thanks for the memories.

    • Bradley

      Sorry to do this but since I’m a Carlton supporter, technically Carlton holds the record for most premierships since we got to 16 first. That was just the die hard Carlton fan in me. I never thought the streak would end and The Undertaker would lose, let alone to Brock Lesnar

  • Scott Davies

    I think it did what it intended to do. It stunned the whole crowd. I don’t like the outcome. But look at the reaction to the fans. The last time WWE pulled a shock outcome to this level was when Bruno first lost the world title. Nobody saw that coming, nobody saw this coming. Everyone kept saying this card was weak & something needed to happen. Well you got something that happened. The impossible thing happened. Everything comes to an end & the way Undertaker looked. I think he was done. I think we should just let it go as it is said & done. Undertaker is still a legend in my eyes. He gave us an awesome run. If this was his last match. Then I wish him the best.

  • ThatGuy99

    I don’t care who made this decision: it was the wrong one. If Undertaker wanted to retire and wanted the Streak to end, why pick a part-time guy like Brock Lesnar? He’s going to be around for what… maybe another month before he’s gone for the majority of the summer and who knows how long after that. Maybe… MAYBE it would have taken the sting away if it had been an excellent match, but we didn’t even get that. Instead of using a major feat like that to possibly push a younger, FULL TIME worker to the moon, it was absolutely wasted. I so badly just want to be happy for Daniel Bryan and celebrate his WrestleMania moment, but Brock Lesnar ending the Streak has put a blemish on it.

    • Cubed56

      I just cant believe how people are letting this affect your lives, its fake for god sake, there is far worst stuff taking place in the world to be upset about rather then some pre-determined mythical streak.

      • ThatGuy99

        Honestly, why are you on a Wrestling news website? Your response seems like it’s entirely focused on insulting people who are passionate about something and are upset by what was obviously a poor decision. And I’m not sure if you watched WrestleMania and saw a stadium full of 70+ thousand people who were absolutely stunned and shocked when they realized the Steak had been ended.

        • Cubed56

          It was obviously a poor decision? By your standards, or whose standards? It was Taker’s decision. So your saying Taker(the guy you love, as do I) made a terrible decision? WOW, way to give him the respect he deserves. Also, I’m on a wrestling news website because I’m a passionate wrestling fan just like you. Yes, I did watch WM and I was just as shocked as you and everyone else watching and in attendance. However, I got over it, life goes on, its not the end of the world. The shock and awe was gonna happen no matter who ended it. People are always complaining they want less obvious booking, well we got it tonight, and look, everyone is crying and complaining, and losing sleep over it, its ridiculous.

          • ThatGuy99

            If I could go back and rewrite my response to yours, I would. I definitely don’t like the way I responded because I didn’t think about it before writing it. Looking through your first response just felt like it was all meant to just insult me. I’m sorry I questioned your being a wrestling fan or your being here.

            I understand that it was Taker’s decision to have Brock end the Streak, but I guess I just don’t get it. Nothing’s going to change my feelings on that. Maybe it’s the past that makes me still wish the Streak wouldn’t end. I don’t get why he would want Brock to end it instead of an up and coming guy. Maybe it’s still the shock that it actually ended hitting me, I don’t know. Until we find out what they’re going to do with Lesnar going forward, it just feels like they had a guy who could be gone from sometime between tomorrow night to Extreme Rules until the build up for SummerSlam or something like that begins. I guess if I knew about things better, maybe I’d be more than just a fan. Haha.

            It’s just weird to think that the Streak is finished.

          • Cubed56

            Like I said , we’re cool man. I agree its surreal that the streak is over

          • ThatGuy99

            I hope Brock ending the Streak does take us to some good story and matches, but it’s hard not to be a little worried with how he performed tonight.

          • Cubed56

            I agree with you, they have a tremendous opportunity with Brock right now, but he does have to step his game up. Again though, I do feel the whole thing was limited by Taker’s health.

      • Xavier

        Lol

      • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

        If you weren’t affected by it, you wouldn’t have been in the blog with us, you wouldn’t be posting here as much as you do, and you wouldn’t be bothered by what we’re saying as you are. You aren’t too cool for the room…and we aren’t either… ;)

        • Cubed56

          Your right. I never said I was too cool for this room or anybody in it. Im simply trying to state the fact blame is being thrown in the wrong direction. Am I disappointed the streak ended, yea I am. However am I gonna lose sleep or over it, no. Im just pointing out that everyone is blaming the wrong people for this decision and that everyone who wanted WWE to not be so predictable got it tonight, and now look they are complaing about it.

          • eskymi

            It’s no different than someone being upset that a TV or Movie character dies. You have a passion for something and you care about it, thus people are shocked or upset about Taker losing.

      • Win

        Then go worry about those things you feel are worse, dumb dumb. It’s actually a contradiction you would tell us to worry about more important things, while at the same time worrying about why we are worried about the Undertaker. Lol.

        • Cubed56

          Ha, valid point. However, im not worried about why you are worried about the undertaker, there is nothing to worry about his streak is over. Im trying to get the point across that blame is going everywhere else, except for the one guy it truly belongs with.

          • ThatGuy99

            I never tried to blame someone other than the Undertaker for this decision. I just don’t get it. That’s been my main thing this whole time. Maybe I just still feel surprised that the Streak really ended. I’m sorry if I attacked you or insulted you.

          • Cubed56

            We’re cool, I never took anything you said as an insult or an attack, and I apologize if you felt that way about what I was saying also.

          • Steve pritchard

            It’s over! It sux! Let’s move on. D Bryan is champ. Yes YesYesYes!!!!

      • pow

        Wrestling is fake?.

        • Casey Fitz

          IT’S STILL REAL TO ME, DAMMIT!

      • Mel

        Hey Cubed, yeh that’s a good name. Just the fact your on here bashing people’s comment show you at least look at wrestling. So who are you to say such things. It is entertainment we all know that , but we still have options just like you.

  • Dustyn

    I went on YouTube and watched back the last couple minutes of the match, and I don’t know what to feel. I did post this on another story, and I felt all these feelings. If tonight you were happy, excited,sad, crying, angry, or pissed off, then WWE did their job. They did what they set out to do. They entertained us, they played with our emotions, and gave us memories (one in particular) that we will NEVER forget.

  • monty

    i was there richard and words can’t describe how everyone felt, i saw thousands of people walking out. People were pissed,shocked,curing etc,

    maybe you can tell us but is undertaker seriously hurt right now? he didn’t look like his old self even from last year. This didn’t feel like a taker match even though his entrance was quite long

    Streak should have ended, but not against brock

    Wyaat
    Roman Reigns
    DB
    even Cena or orton

    i hope there is some sort of twisted angle because this isn’t the way the streak should have ended. I hope this turns into a storyline and this match just don’t count

  • Xavier

    I’ll never for the life of me understand why Taker chose Lesnar to drop the streak to. I never had an issue with the streak one day ending but to drop it too a guy who walked out of the company a decade ago after pretty much getting pushed too the moon in his 1st year as a professional wrestler and going over pretty much every big name in the company at that time CLEAN (Rock, Angle, Hogan, Flair, Taker, Big Show, Benoit) is really beyond me but if that’s who Taker wanted to do the honors to then we as fans have to respect that decision no matter how much we disagree with it. On the other hand I’m sad that my dream match at Mania (Cena/Taker) is up in smoke :-(

    Having said all that Lesnar going over Taker reestablishes him as the monster. Le’s not forget that a lot of people have been complaining that Lesnar wasn’t being booked as unstoppable anymore, well be careful what you wish for folks. With Bryan going over Orton, HHH & Batista clean all in one night and Lesnar ending the streak a Bryan/Lesnar match at Summerslam seems like a done deal and will come off as a very big deal so in that regard the WWE really set themselves up nicely for a blockbuster Summer program that should draw huge with both guys coming out of Mania looking as strong as ever.

    I also wanted too say that it has been a honor and pleasure to watch Mr. Mark Calaway preform for the past 24 years. So many memories. It’s almost surreal to think that a man that’s been on my TV since I was 6 has finally reached the end of a legendary career. Hopefully we get to see you one last time on RAW before you walk off into the sunset

    • Cubed56

      Well said. It’s also refreshing to see someone else look at it logically.

      • Xavier

        Gonna be honest the decision to go with Brock leaves a bad taste in my mouth but there is some upside here going forward. If we can get a Bryan/Lesnar feud this Summer with Bryan getting the rub that sets up Bryan very nicely. But again, my hopes of Cena/Taker are dead :-( lol

        • K kcin

          Glad there’s someone that gets it.

        • Cubed56

          Yea I would’ve liked to seen Cena/Taker or Taker/Wyatt but o well. Like I said I hat doing it, but the blame for now goes to Taker for making the decision. However, Vince, HHH, and the rest of creative fail to make something epic from this then that’s a whole different story. Also, IMO, Brock is the only one who can handle the amount of heat hes about to get for ending the streak, im not sure there is a younger guy that was ready for that.

    • Ben

      I would have been satisfied with Cena ending The Streak. Granted, he wouldn’t have really needed it, but it would have been a fantastic match if Taker was healthy enough and would have given The Streak the proper sendoff it deserved.

      If I’m the WWE brass I’m concerned about Lesnar’s work ethic going forward. Him being blown up tonight reminded me of the lackadaisical attitude he had at WM 20. All he had to do was be in good shape for one match where a huge honor was being bestowed upon him… and he looked pathetic. It seemed pretty disrespectful that he couldn’t give his best effort regardless of how limited Taker might be at this point. Will he do better for Daniel Bryan? I’d like to think so, but it’s hard to put much faith in a guy who hasn’t been shy about his lack of love for the business.

      I share your sentiments on the pleasure of watching Undertaker. It’s a shame this is how it ends.

      • Cubed56

        I agree Lesnar could’ve been in better shape. However, him and Taker are close friends, I thought he did well to protect Taker from serious bumps knowing the condition Taker was in.

        • Ben

          That’s about all he did right. I’m sorry, but if my “close friend” put that kind of effort into something that meaningful in my life, suffice it to say he wouldn’t be a friend anymore.

          • Cubed56

            Ok that’s fair, but how do you and myself know if that was all taker asked of Brock in that match. Taker was pressured by WWE brass to be there this year, knowing full well he wasn’t even remotely close to the shape hes been in the last years. There is no sense in him risking his permanent health for one match.

          • Ben

            I guess that’s possible, but then why even do the match? I’m not saying you’re wrong at all, it just doesn’t make sense to risk his health for that match. Hopefully some sort of line of reasoning will be revealed.

          • Cubed56

            I hope so. That’s what I mean though, if Taker knew he couldn’t go and he had to put limitations on himself and Brock, where does the blame really fall?

          • Ben

            If I think hard enough, I’m sure I can come up with a way to blame Zack Ryder for it. Seriously though, point taken.

      • Xavier

        Agree x 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

  • K kcin

    Richard Gray shows why at the end of the day he’s just a mark.

    • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

      And so are you. You read what he wrote and you commented on it. Congrats!

      • K kcin

        That’s not a very intelligent response, look I get you’re upset but like I said, taker chose this cause he wanted it. As batista would say…deal with it.

        • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

          You may think as you wish.

  • tone

    people always complain about wwe being the same with no surprises. I liked that Brock ended the streak because he was the only believable guy that could do it… the steak is over life goes on…..

    • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

      Yeah, the steak is over…and we didn’t even get any worcestershire sauce!!

  • Xavier

    Oh and one more thing guys, let’s not forget that Daniel Bryan won the title tonight, that’s what we all wanted right? So before anyone decides to jump of the bridge tonight over Taker losing let’s remember that the Daniel Bryan story came full circle tonight. Tonight one era closes while another one is born

    • Cubed56

      Exactly what I said during the watch party, the face off wwe leaves tonight, but the new one steps right through the door.

      • Xavier

        Lol, great minds think alike

    • ThatGuy99

      It would have been a little too disappointing if the PPV ended with Cena winning, the Streak ending, AND Daniel Bryan not leaving with the titles. :-P

    • Ashley

      I honestly believed he was going to get screwed again! Great moment for him, glad the crowd came back. Wish they would have sent Brie out there with him but oh well.

      • Xavier

        I agree, that would of been a nice little cherry on top

    • Ben

      Until Randy Orton wins the title back tomorrow night after demanding an immediate rematch due to not being pinned or submitted… SWERVE!

      …oh no please don’t let that actually happen… lol

      • Xavier

        Lol

      • Cubed56

        Ha, I can see it now.

  • Thomas M.

    Most of you say that it is a mistake, and yet, after Daniel Bryan did exactly what the IWC wanted this is all anyone can talk about. The Streak became a promotional element that, some years, surpassed the WWE title match. It was a great part of the business but in the end it was what I just said: a promotional element. It was something designed to create buzz for Wrestlemania.

    This move has nothing to do with Undertaker’s “legacy”. If one loss ends Taker’s legitimacy, then he was never anything to begin with. I think WWE pulled this off brilliantly. No one, including myself, thought that Lesner was ending the Streak. WWE just made me believe that “anything could happen”. The reactions of the crowd were so amazing that I had to go back and watch the ending twice again.

    This singular event made this Wrestlemania so memorable to me. Was it what I wanted? No. But I am not going to come on here and whine about a smart business move that left me entertained.

    You know that you all are watching Raw tomorrow night to see the fallout.

    • Ben

      The problem is that the match was awful and didn’t provide proper service to honor Undertaker’s legacy. Ending The Streak is fine, but it was legitimately disappointing that it happened in that fashion. I’m pretty sure that’s what most are upset about- HOW it ended, not the fact that it ended.

  • Mandy

    I couldn’t agree more! I am disappointed that the WWE chose Brock of all people to end Undertaker’s streak, there are many in the business who could have ended his streak over the years but they didn’t yet all of a sudden Brock can. I just don’t buy it and I am shocked that he lost this way, even if it were his choice to lose they should’ve chosen a more fitting opponent.

    • Xavier

      That’s the thing though, it wasn’t the WWE that choose Brock, Taker choose Brock.

      • Ben

        WWE didn’t screw Taker. Taker screwed Taker.

  • Mandy

    I felt bad for the Divas who had to come out after this for their match, granted it was probably the match least looked forward to by fans but that was quite a blow to not only them but also to Randy vs Batista vs Bryan who delivered one hell of a match

  • Ashley

    Richard is now reporting Taker was hurt legitimately during the match and is now at a hospital. Obviously, if you want more info, go to his story.

  • ryan

    I think a little piece of my soul was taking away from me I’m still in shock and it 2 in the morning!
    .

  • Avalanchian

    If Undertaker was truly taken to the hospital. I wonder if the script was meant for Taker to win. I feel we have seen the last of him. His body just can’t take it anymore. If WWE meant for Lesnar to win then I can see why CM Punk was angry with how the company treats a part timer. Anyways when Heyman comes out with Lesnar, I will be changing the channel. Makes me that sick to think about it.

  • jdl

    Ending the streak is fine with me, just not to a clumsy, overrated, piece of garbage part timer like Lesnar. Taker capped off one of the worst matches he’s performed in at Mania with a loss to a guy who won’t be here in a month or two. He really messed up by choosing to allow Lesnar to beat him.

  • Gary Robert

    Richard, I agree with everything you’ve said, but you forgot one thing: maybe it was Undertaker’s call. That is the only thing that would make sense to me.

  • Steff

    I thought it was brilliant, WWE did something nobody thought would happen. And the ending was done really well, kudos to the undertaker for selling it just right. Match was slow but the shock value at the end, priceless! I thought the crowd were fully invested in the main event after about 5 mins of work. Great WM!

  • Scott Davies

    Bruno Sammartino said when he first lost the World Title the crowd was stunned silent. 2014 we had probably one of the most shocking moments in wrestling history. Pro Wrestling & Wrestlemania is about the moment. Weather it be Macho Man reuniting with Miss Elizabeth or Hogan slamming Andre. Warrior even said all things must come to an end. Undertaker wanted to do the old school thing of leaving a lasting impression. He probably could not do it physically in the ring. So he sacrificed the streak. The guy had an awesome streak & the man is still a legend. So I’m cool with it.

  • jman72485

    I was shocked and a little pissed when it happened but the main event sorta made up for it. The match was pretty slow and I just wanted it to be over. I was pretty my just waiting for Takers tombstone piledriver and the 123. Pretty bad and boring match. Sucks for Taker…

  • Smedley_Butler

    The muted quality and slow pace of the match may have been due to Undertaker being injured in the early going. Undertaker looked hurt at the end of the match not “wrestling hurt” but “my car hit a tree” hurt and was reported to have been taken by ambulance and treated for a concussion. as the ambulance didn’t drive into the arena I don’t think it was part of a promotion. I don’t believe the match went it’s intended length.

    Another “tell’ that the match may have been cut short by an early injury was that a some of Taker’s signature behaviors were absent from the match no “throat slice” no sitting up back from the dead and others. I believe that if it were to be your last match you’d try to include as many of the elements that built your legacy as possible.

    Why Brock Lesnar not a young up and comer? The short answer is; would you really want want to be the one to end the streak as a young wrestler? It might take a long time for the “hate me” to wear off. The victory does however burnish Lesnar’s “super heel” image and draw.

    The savvy of the WWE in one respect is that they haven’t just elevated one one big ticket heel’s status they’ve elevated two. Paul Heyman has been overlooked as the big winner in all this. Heyman is arguably one of the biggest A list heels in WWE history and a huge audience draw. The WWE is in the business of selling ass-kicking and Heyman sits high in the top echelon of WWE heels who folks would pay to see beat like a rug.

    I hope Undertaker isn’t seriously injured and can go on to a well earned retirement in peace,

  • Jamie

    Great piece RIchard. I totally agree with all the points you raised and I really feel WWE has majorly ruined this iconic legacy. It should have been someone like Bray Wyaat that ended it in a year or two, someone who would benefit from the win. Lesnar benefits in a fashion but does it really do anything for him in the bigger picture? Not in the slightest. Bad decision WWE but thank you Undertaker.

    • david

      That assumes he would still be around in a couple of years and it’s too early for Wyatt to get it now. Roman Reigns doesn’t even have a gimmick outside of the shield. I think he might have known going into it that this was the last year and I think we saw his last match. If you think about it Lesnar is supposed to be a beast and is capable despite the performance last night. I think ultimately it was up to Undertaker if he lost the streak and he chose to because it betters the business. Lesnar has had too many loses since he came back so now he can plausibly challenge for the title.

  • K!NG

    Richard do u beleive taker was capable of giving a 5 star match ?

  • GOR

    I still think the ending of match & the streak was not planned. Borck lesner took 2 big moves, kicked out. Taker took 1 n all over. That’s not possible. They must have ended the match coz taker could not continue.
    Luckily for brock that puts his lazy ass in record books.

    • david

      Taker had plenty of opportunity to go home if he was too hurt to continue so I dont think there is any chance that Lesnar winning was an accident.

    • Ben

      There were three F-5s, including a countered Tombstone attempt. There were enough big moves from Lesnar to make it look legit.

  • K!NG

    Forget about lesnar this was paul heymans wrestlemania moment he is never gonna shut up about this

    • Justin Daniels

      I do think this is a big deal for Heyman as well — next “Paul Heyman Guy” they introduce can really be pumped up by being “selected” to be managed by him.

    • Ben

      Really awesome point. He’s now managed the longest-reigning WWE champ in the modern era and the man who ended The Streak. He’ll give a huge sense of legitimacy to all of his Guys going forward.

  • DanfromOz

    He was 21-0. Still an impressive legacy if you ask me. It had to end some time and although I think a younger wrestler could have done the job I think lesnar was the most plausible candidate.

  • Justin Daniels

    As much as I hate to say it, The Undertaker looked poor in this match, worse than Brock in my opinion. It all felt phoned in, holds didn’t look good, lots of spot calling, etc. In my mind, he was done before he even stepped in the ring.

    I presume he was going back and forth on retiring after last year, Brock was the person they wanted to book him with for WM XXX, and since he loves MMA, he was fine with ending it with him. It gives Brock supreme heat, and even though he’s not a long-term asset, the possibility still exists for a very compelling program after this.

    I do agree, I would have preferred him to give the rub to a full-time, younger worker, but that wouldn’t have guaranteed a 5 star match either. When one competitor is phoning it in and loses their drive, it’s not going to end well.

    • Justin Daniels

      Just read he was possibly concussed early on, which would explain the sloppy work. That said, same article said the ending is still as they wanted it. If that’s how The Undertaker wanted to go out, then I’m fine with it. He can’t perform forever, and retiring with The Streak intact helps no one, other than to add a statistic to WM promo videos years from now.

  • Donnie Stuart

    that ending was horrible, heartbreaking, and should NEVER have happend, so screw brock lesnar

  • Guest

    If they/taker wanted to end it in this match, they should have gone completely over the top, i.e. Lesnar kicking out of 3 tombstones (not in a row), taker kicking out of 4 f5s and a lesnar shooting star press, so that finally the 5th f5 does the trick…the fact that the crowd was never really into the match because of the pace took sooo much away from it, it’s a shame…

    • Guest

      which is to say they should have turned it into an epic, historic, titanic battle worthy of ending the streak…the way it played out, unfortunately, felt lacklustre…

  • Harlie Boucher

    I still don’t even know what to say. It was a horrible match and it was completely the wrong thing to do.

  • Justin Daniels

    Reading through the comments, I have a question that keeps circling around in my head — What would have been gained by The Undertaker retiring with the streak intact? *Who* does it help? That was the question I struggled to answer myself.

    I came up with no one — no one is helped by The Undertaker retiring undefeated at WM. The Undertaker’s career is bigger than the streak, it’s not like he’ll get more money or anything in retirement, and realistically, all it would do is add a bullet point to future WM promos — which they’ll probably still do, as 21-1 is still an outrageous achievement.

    The consensus is “he deserves to retire undefeated” — but regardless of what *we* believe he “deserves”, it was his choice, it’s what *he* wanted. He’s been there long enough, and has enough pull, that he could have vetoed it. It was said a year or two ago that he wanted to end the streak with Kane, but Kane declined. Not everyone will decline to win on the biggest stage of them all.

    Are we going to look back and say “Man, The Undertaker would really have been a legend had he not lost at WMXXX” — heck no! I’d hate for that to be his last match, but sometimes you do one more game, match, etc, and you really should have ended on your previous one. Maybe this is one of those, a Brett Favre-type deal where nothing positive is gained by going further.

    I expect The Undertaker will still get a proper send-off, but I’d be surprised if we see him at WM again, unless it’s a Career-ending stipulation.

  • Cody G

    Undertaker wanted Lesnar. I’m a fan of both of them. Undertaker had control of the streak and wanted someone he liked to end it. End of story. Undertaker looked and moved horrible in this match. Lesnar probably slowed down to make the match last longer. I just hope Taker can have one more great match before he retires.

  • DanfromOz

    Seriously, how can you guys not believe that the UnderTaker had complete booking control over that match? There is no way in death valley that a legend like him would sign on to do a match at mania without wanting to be in on every plan and have the final say as to what is done with his legacy.

  • EvilMenace666

    Anybody but why this Part-Time MMA wannabe that only wrestles 3 time out of the year get to do it???? Even john vena deserved to end the streak or someone like Mark Henry or Big Show would of made sense!

  • Matt

    The WWE did exactly what most of you beg them to do each PPV…threw us the biggest swerve since 1996. They got genuine emotion out of us…no one predicted this. Jaws dropped, stunned silence. Lesnar may be a part timer, but Undertaker is a once year attraction. Could they have let an up and comer break the streak? Yes but thats a gamble. Realize that Taker had a huge say in how this went down, and he chose Lesnar. This now sets up the Taker/Sting match, where we truly don’t know if Taker will win. This was a very very good Wrestlemania with huge pushes for Bryan and Cesaro(another big swerve). The last time folks cried at Wrestlemania was when Elizabeth and Savage reunited. THATS how big this was.

  • Mysterion

    I reacted to the match too. Can I have a whole article now?

  • whynot

    Might sound a tad odd, but why can’t they script (like any other time) how X was done wrong or Y wasn’t done. i.e. WHY couldn’t they pull some BS about “the ref came to us after the match and said he couldn’t live with the fact he made a guys entire career end over money” or something like that?

    After-all it’s just writing up a line for them to use?

  • Sean

    I truly have NO reason to watch anymore. I think I’m done!

    • whynot

      Watch what exactly? Wrestlemania or WWE in general? I could see MAYBE saying Wrestlemania but WWE in general… that makes no sense.

      • Sean

        That streak match–for the last couple of WM’s was the only thing keeping me watching, really. Now that it is over, I can’t see any other way that the WWE can keep me interested. I still am going to buy WM 30 when it comes out on DVD—but only for the HOF speeches.

  • https://twitter.com/DannyIWR Danny Murphy

    Anything to say for it being Taker’s decision though?

  • KrisXX

    Now link all the articles over the years about the streak ending and how you gave you opinion like you KNEW EVERYTHING, etc. Then link the articles where someone asks a question and you just reply with a link to your “paid site” on how you answer it! Glad this match brought you down to earth! What, you couldn’t PAY YOUR SOURCE a crap load of money to know this was gonna happen?!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Robert Martin Davis

    This is upsetting but I see the purpose. Undertaker will come out on raw to say that the streak was his sole purpose for staying. Now he has no reason to. Then Sting appears with the challenge of a Wrestlemania 31 match. This takes pressure off of Taker having to protect the streak and also gives Sting a believable chance to win in the fans eyes.

    • whynot

      Unless Undertaker literally cared about nothing but the money for being in the business, I see no real reason (outside of literally retiring now) for him to WANT to lose. Scripted or not, 21 years of something, even a fake “accomplishment” like his isn’t something you really just want to let go.

      • Robert Martin Davis

        I think taker has that old school mentality. You bow out when your time is over. Did he deserve to keep it intact? Yes. But I think he sees it as his way of doing the right thing. It’s very rare for anyone to go out with a win. I hated that Austin came back just to lose to Rock at Wrestlemania for his final match. Rock didn’t need that notch in his belt like Lesnar didn’t need this one. But it’s the old school way of business. I wish the streak would have stayed pure but I know it’s the way Taker wanted to go so I’m good with it.

    • John

      I really don’t think you can do an Undertaker match at WrestleMania without the lure of ‘The Streak’. It makes no sense for him to lose to Brock if he was intending to come back next year. It seems clear to me that he decided that this was his last match and wanted to put Lesnar over.

      • Robert Martin Davis

        I see your point. The potential sting match could happen at SummerSlam to create a big draw for that show. Then they could finish together and head to the HoF next year at W31

  • Bob Andreas

    The problem is..How can anyone beat Lesnar now that he ended the streak,and have it believable? Any wrestler that he faces will have to face a man that got choked slam,tombstoned, last ride and the submission hold put on him and he still won.

  • John

    Richard, i respect your opinion but how can you be critical of how Brock Lesnar appeared exhausted, yet ignore the fact that Undertaker looked horrendous throughout the match? WWE have made terrible booking decisions in the past when it comes to Brock Lesnar, but he was the perfect man to have end The Streak. He is going to be one of the most hated men in WWE history now, which fits him perfectly. Undertaker obviously decided that this was going to be his final WrestleMania match and he choose to do what’s perceived to be “Best for Business” by going out with a loss.

    You can book Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock for WrestleMania 31 right now.

    • Ben

      Because Brock isn’t 50 years old and his limitations were being out of shape rather than being banged up after 20+ years. The only fault to lay on Undertaker is choosing to give that rub to his friend who could care less about the business. Lesnar one of the most hated… great, that’ll be really helpful when he works 10 dates a year. He was the worst possible choice to end The Streak.

      Brock vs. Rock in what, a Finisher match or a “who gets blown up fastest” match? Screw that garbage, I’d just flip to their 2002 Summerslam match instead.

      • John

        Who would’ve been a great choice to end The Streak exactly? I hear everyone saying Roman Reigns or Bray Wyatt which is the stupidest idea I have ever heard! Everyone is furious that The Streak ended, which makes it absolutely perfect that it was Brock that conquered it.

        • Ben

          You just named two of my top choices. I would’ve gone with Bryan or Cena, heck anyone who’s actually going to stick around for the long haul and work hard to make sure there’s a true payoff. What good is it if the anger is at a guy who will disappear from TV for months at a time? Besides, most of the anger/disappointment is at how The Streak ended is due to how bad the match was.

          • John

            Look at everyone’s reaction to The Streak ending.. It’s nothing but anger! There is no way that you could create a star out of beating Undertaker at WrestleMania. I really cannot wait for Lesnar to come out on RAW tonight.. The hatred towards him is going to prove why he was the right man to end The Streak.

  • Robert Martin Davis

    I also see how Taker could have decided ending now would be best for him. If it kept going he may have felt pressured to keep on defending it. Now he won’t feel as though he has to.

  • Streamz

    I can just hear Vince McMahon saying “You want your internet darling Daniel Bryan to be the world champion? Alright, fine! But I’m taking away the streak, damnit!”

  • Chad

    Here’s a question for everyone. Knowing what you know now, that Taker was going to lose at Wrestlemania XXX, who would you have rather had beat him? Character, wise the fact of the matter is Lesnar was/is a credible person to beat the Undertaker seeing as hes supposed to be a rampaging monster, and second of all hes a guy whose main event status is already solidified. Now think of a scenario where they put an up and comer in that spot, a) would we have bought it if someone like Damien Sandow or Cesaro beat Taker? Im willing to bet no. Likewise, there is no guarantee an up and comer’s push is going to stick in the long run. The far worse scenario wouldve been to have an up and comer beat Taker and then for their push to fizzle out and end up going nowhere, that truly wouldve been a waste. We can argue all day about Lesnar’s part time status but he still remains a big draw. In the end it was shocking, but I dont think Lesnar was the “wrong” person to do it with.

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      I would rather have John Cena beat him over Brock Lesnar, or he should have retired undefeated.

      • Chad

        I would’ve hated Cena getting it, because Cena gains absolutely nothing from the win. Hes already a hall of famer and “The” guy whereas Lesnar just gets more heat on him to be the “mega” bad guy. Nobody should be upset because of the belief that “he shoudlve retired undefeated” because it was Taker’s choice to lose, it was his decision to not retire undefeated. Had creative forced him to lose, then ya I can understand the anger. But just because we got an outcome that you didnt expect/want to see is no reason to be upset. Youre basically getting upset at yourself. Taker understands the business is bigger than him, and the rub of losing the streak could help make an interesting story.

        • JR Texx (Jamie)

          I probably wouldn’t have liked it if Cena did either, I was just saying I would rather have Cena go over Undertaker rather than Lesnar.

  • Mr. Smith

    everyone keeps calling Lesner a part time guy, hell Taker has been part time for how many years now

    • whynot

      Someone with some brains.

  • Josh

    Block cubed56 he’s rude

    • Cubed56

      I don’t feel I was the only person being rude, however you are right, I did come off as rude and could’ve chose my words better. See my above post. Sorry if I upset you.

  • The Breaker

    I’m absolutely confounded by the decision to have Brock end The Streak. One must assume it was Taker’s call, and I respect his right to end things any way he chooses. That said, I’m really struggling to see how this will pay off. I mean, we all pretty much assumed that if The Streak was ever broken, it would lead to something huge that would change the WWE landscape for years to come. Something as historic as The Streak deserves to have that kind of effect. But can you really expect that from Brock at this stage in his career, and where he is commitment-wise? We could all go back and forth about whether the rub should’ve gone to a younger, rising star or to a proven vet, but the fact is that Brock is past his prime, not quite the althletic superstar he once was, and won’t be around too much longer. I suppose we will have to wait and see how it plays out. I’m not sure whether to be enraged, or impressed by just how shocking it was. Say what you want about the match itself, but that was a hell of a moment after the ref counted 3 and the camera showed the stunned and even somewhat distraught faces of the people in attendance.

  • Scott

    Well interestingly enough they have a way to back out of this if it blows up in their face. Undertaker never technically signed the contract….just “stabbed” lesnars hand with the pen….so it cant “legally” go in the record book.

  • joe

    I am seriously considering never watching wwe again because of this. I haven’t gotten over this since it happend. Frankly John Cena is the only person in the company that could pull off since a victory and certainly that would have been met with worse reaction that what happened last night.
    I grew up watching the undertaker and it’s a travesty that this had to end. Hopefully, it was his idea.

    • John

      Undertaker works one match a year… Why would you stop watching because he lost in (probably) his last ever match? The Rock lost to Goldberg in his final match as a full time wrestler.. Stone Cold lost to The Rock in his final match at WrestleMania 19.. Shawn Michaels lost to Undertaker in his final match.. This is what happens in wrestling! The Streak was awesome but all good things come to an end.

  • Cubed56

    I would like to apologize to anyone I upset with my comments last night. I was not trying to make anyone feel like I was attacking them personally or telling them not to be upset the streak ended. Everyone here is most definitely entitled to their opinion. I was just as disappointed and shocked as everyone when the streak ended. I was merely trying to get the point across that this was nobody else’s decision but Taker’s, so to blame everyone under the sun but Taker in my opinion was wrong. I understand emotions were running high last night and a lot of people may have said things that offended others or came off as offensive because of the aforementioned emotions going through everybody. So again I apologize to all of you and look forward to continuing to talk wrestling with all of you. Hopefully we will see you all at the Raw watch party later tonight!

  • Ibra

    I’m is shock and disappointed as everyone else the streak is over. I don’t care if it was taker choice or not how could wwe let a part timer beat the streak. Nothing against Brock but since he came back to wwe before taker match he had a 4 win two lost record which isn’t bad but cena beat him in his first match and triple hhh beat him last year at wrestlemania but mr h couldn’t beat undertaker at wrestlemania. I feel Brock breaking the streak is a slap in the face to cm punk because a guy like that had deserve the rub and could benefit much more than almost everybody on the roster. Roman reigns, cesaro, Ambrose,Bryan, Rollins are also good choices to along with ziggler. Those wrestlers deserve the rub more than Brock and could of deserve the break. One thing wwe did do is give everyone to watch raw tonight over NCAA title game to see the fall out of wrestlemania so wwe did a great job with that but still the wrong person broke the streak and I will stick with that big time

    • Xavier

      A slap in the face too CM Punk? You mean the guy who slapped the company in the face by walking out?

      • Ibra

        Yea the same guy that was the champ for 434 days who job to rock twice, then cena, then taker and brock. And You wonder why he left wwe high and dry. Why should someone work 300 days a year and then let a part timer take his chance of getting his biggest rub of his career .What good can Brock winning do for anyone else Ob the roster. Cena beat him already and and triple hhh. So if a guy like Bryan faces him the rub wont be that big cause Brock has been beaten already and won’t seem as special. What will wwedo let roman reigns Beat him when he isn’t ready and Brock can’t carry him either in a match.Then next year the only option wwe has is Rock vs Brock to get buy rates cause without the streak what’s left for taker to do face sting. Sting vs taker might be even more of a disappointed than Brock vs taker match this year. Two 50 plus wrestler at wrestlemania won’t be a very good match. So yea cm punk should be piss cuz he deserve to end the streak last year not a guy who was gas within the first 5 to ten minutes of the match. Wow great job wwe for letting taker get what he want but I would of let Brock get DQ and just destroy taker with like two f5 through a table and one on the steps. Then he could come out tonight on raw say the streak isn’t over but the undertaker is and show him being carry out by an ambulance last night. Point blank

      • Ibra

        And cm punk didn’t just walk out on wwe he took a stand for wwe. Without him waking out would dbget his title shot no. So if punk didn’t do what he did db wouldn’t have won the strap last night. Point blank

        • Xavier

          Please! Just stop with this Pubk heroic took a stand crap, he quit on the company bottom line. Bryan was walking out of Mania with the title regardless of what Punk did or didn’t do

          • Ibra

            Dude who are you trying to fool. Bryan would have never walk out of mania with the belt if punk didn’t quit. The plan was for him to face shemus. Wwe had no choice but to strap Bryan. Batista was the one chosen to win the match at mania. Wwe didn’t change the plan till a few weeks ago cause they knew the match wasn’t going to draw cause wwe mess up big time when Batista return when he hug Stephan and triple hhh. So let’s be real for a minute wee tried they best bury Bryan and punk leaving open that door for wwe to give Bryan this pay off he got last night and still it’s over shadow by the steak. So you could be a fool and think Bryan usgoing be the champ for long causehe won’t.

          • Xavier

            Bryan/Sheamus was just a rumor. Secondly, Bryan would of been added to the main event no matter what because fans still would of forced Vince’s hand on that. So like I said before, Punk didn’t have ish to do with Bryan’s success

          • Ibra

            dude fans wanted Bryan in the rumble, wwe didn’t listen, fans wanted him to win the chamber wwe didn’t listen, fans wanted him to win the belt when he was screw for four months Striaght and wwe didn’t listen so why would they at wrestlemania. Punk open the door for Bryan cause wee hand was force to do so . Cm punk chants every Monday made wee did what they did. Point blank so dude let’s just agree to disagree cause u stand by your point and and I stand by mines. Point blank

          • Xavier

            Oh and actually the running plan of Punk was for him to face Kane at Mania anyway so Bryan/HHH still would of happened at Mania as well

          • Ibra

            But would he get the strap hell no

          • Xavier

            Yeah he would of still came our of Mania as champ. He still would of had 2 matches at Mania. Punk walking out or staying wouldn’t have changed the booking of Bryan

          • Ibra

            No he wouldn’t . But we could agree to disagree dude and that’s it

  • Lebron James

    My theory is that out of respect to the business, Undertaker believed that NOBODY should be undefeated in Wrestlemania. He saw legends like Flair, Hogan, Rock, Austin, HBK, HHH, etc lose in ‘Mania, and he believed he’s no more special than them. After having digested what happened last night, I believe Undertaker did what HE though was the honorable thing. We have to respect it. All though I don’t agree with who he chose, it was ultimately his decision. I would’ve preferred if it was Bryan, Punk, or Cesaro. Hell, even Cena. But again, not our choice. Undertakers legacy wasn’t tarnished AT ALL at WM30. He’s an all time great and we were lucky to witness him for 22 years.

    • packerpf

      Honorable would have been losing to someone worthy not someone who has spit on everything he’s ever been involved in and had little to no respect for the industry. He wants to lose the streak, which I don’t agree with, but if he does, fine find a real opponent then.

      • Chad

        like who?

        • Ibra

          Bryan, a member of the shield, punk last year to me. And cesaro could of benefit big time. Ziggler too
          But he have job to often to give him that rub right now.

          • Chad

            The problem with all of those names (minus bryan because he was in the WWE title match and got the rub for that) is that there is no guarantee those guys become stars later on. Sure they might get a push and all that, but thats no guarantee audiences will accept the push. Look at Ryback, pushed to the moon and nobody gave a crap. Not to mention that, but do you think audiences wouldve really accepted a “up and comer” as the guy to beat the streak considering who lost in the past? I dont think so. Having a new guy get the rub and then ending up going nowhere later on wouldve been a giant waste. Lesnar was a credible guy to actually be able to beat the Undertaker, and a guy who’s main even status isnt going anywhere.

        • packerpf

          There are VERY few legit ones, but I’ve ALWAYS been on the side of him never losing at wm.

  • packerpf

    There is no valid explanation for Brock going over. First off the build to WM was weak at best, secondly he’s not a caliber star worthy of going over undertaker at wm, thirdly it’s an insult to every true legend and hof’er in wwe history that has faced this man at WM; fourthly this is one giant slap in the face to fans to put over a guy who barely works part time and disgraced the industry over the man who without whom there is no way wwe is anywhere like they are now.Idk about anyone else but I honestly didn’t enjoy the rest of the ppv really because of this, even though Db did finally get over

    • Chad

      The explanation is that he was a credible tough guy and a guy whose main event status is already solidified, so WWE doesnt have to worry about his push fizzling out. Combined with the fact that Taker gave the OK for Lesnar to beat him. So basically your saying you are more intelligent and know better than “man who without whom there is no way wwe is anywhere like they are now”, since there is “no valid explanation”.

      • packerpf

        That’s a shitty explanation, and he has already fizzled out. Taker gave the ok to someone’s crazy idea because he knew they needed a huge wm30 moment, but Lesnar is barely cracking the top 10 for who would be worthy to end it; Taker took a hit for the company plain and simple, but it’s not the best thing for the legacy and it’ll honestly probably do nothing at all for Lesnar.

  • Nails

    Folks, Brock Lesnar is a world class athlete. He is a NCAA National champion, and a former UFC champion. The Undertaker choose him to end the streak because of their history in wrestling (look it up) and the fact that Brock is a worthy person to have beaten the Undertaker. By giving Brock the streak, he insures it just doesn’t go to a “wrestler”, but rather tied even deeper to an athletic legacy in Brock Lesnar.

  • Tom Mayer

    Brock Lesnar and Rena Mero..both involved in different lawsuits against the WWE…. Sue the WWE for $100million+ and you too can defeat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania

  • Rambo Commander

    A friend of mine has captured his thoughts at – http://mayankeagle.blogspot.in/2014/04/an-irreversible-loss.html I pretty much agree with all of it and with you. Please read whenever you can.

  • _JIM_

    The finish in this match really shocked me, and I’m not the only one. I consider myself a smart fan. One that has a pretty good grasp on how things work in the pro-wrestling business, and I literally just didn’t see this coming. Ending the streak, in this way and to that person, was a horrible idea. It looks to he like this is exactly the kind of stuff that CM Punk is so upset about. A padt-timer should not have been given the honor of ending the single most important attraction that WWE had for their biggest show of the year. It’s basically a slap in the face to Punk in my opinion. Because if the streak was going to end. It should have ended last year in the match with Punk. Punk was a full-time worker, and ending the streak would have solidified him as a top notch, big time player for the remainder of his career. If Punk wins that match last year, I just don’t see him walking away when he did, and the problems that he is having with the company right now just wouldn’t be happening in my opinion. But by doing things this way. WWE has gone and shot themselves in the foot as far as getting Punk back to work anytime soon. There’s no way that he is going to be happy with how things went down last night, and his feelings toward part-time workers getting too much have now been set in stone. Not only did putting Brock over in that match make the company look even worse to Punk, but they killed any attraction for the fans for a Undertaker vs Sting match. For that match to be the draw that it should have been, the streak needed to be intact and on the line. Of course all of this is assuming that it wasn’t The Undertaker himself who made the decision to put an end to the streak. Maybe because he already knows that he isn’t going to compete next year. Who knows? But whatever the reason behind what happened last night I don’t agree with how it happened, and think that if this should have happened last year if it indeed was going to happen. A part-timer shouldn’t have been the one to end the streak. No matter who it was.

  • http://roapreviews.com Lewis

    I don’t think they should have ever stopped the streak, but if they had to of done it, I think only Bray Wyatt for me would have been the choice. He’s hot and clearly has a huge future, the build up would have been epic and they would have had a far better match than Lesnar/Taker. I think Wyatt could be the new era Taker and while I wouldn’t expect him to have a streak like Takers, he could have at least been passed the torch in a match. But that’s just my opinion

  • Philip Dickens

    i hope they have a rematch at extreme rules

  • Ashley davison

    The undertaker decided that it was time! U can’t put all the blame for this match being not so great on lesnar. Taker was injured early in the match which must of had a impact on it. To be honest when this match was being put forward years ago I knew it wouldn’t be a good match anyway. Now Brock is going to be the ‘destroyer’ at wrestlemanias that taker has been for all these years and a younger guy like maybe a roman reigns will get the run against him and it will likely be a better match than undertaker putting them over. The streak matches were becoming too predictable and isn’t it nice to see a reaction like this to a streak match

    • Ashley davison

      In hindsight think about if he decided to put punk over last year. That would’ve been a fail. If triple h was put over people would’ve blamed it on his ego. If taker retires with the steak intact it would be pointless as it would be a accomplishment no one would’ve been able to reach. It needed to be broken in a matter like this. Brock will put over a younger talent at a wrestlemania in the future and this will all come full circle. With all due respect takers last great match was against punk. His body can’t do it anymore and Brock was the last believe able opponent except for cena to beat him.

  • Bob’s Diner

    I’m confused… Brock Lesnar is past his prime at 37… yet, John Cena is in his prime at 37…
    And that is why I stopped reading at that point