Cole talks about the tradition of the night before WrestleMania, and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. We get a recap of the inductees, and snippets of their speeches to the crowd.
When we cut back to the arena, Howard Finkel introduces all members of the class of 2014 WWE Hall of Fame inductees. Everyone gets nice pops from the crowd. Lita gets lots of love, as does Scott Hall, and of course so does the Ultimate Warrior.
Daniel Bryan is shown in the back being checked out by the trainer. Bryan grimaces as he lifts his arm and clenches his fist.
Cole says that it’s streak time, as he throws it to a video package highlighting the history of the streak, and the threat that Brock Lesnar poses to the streak tonight.
Back in the arena, Brock Lesnar’s music hits, and the Lesnar makes his way to the ring to a nice pop, getting some impressive pyro on his way to the ring. Of course Lesnar’s also got Heyman in tow.
Taker of course gets a very ominous and creepy entrance. There’s a nice video package as well, which shows the victims of the streak, falling to Undertaker over the years. The lights go out, and Taker comes out to a great reaction from the fans.
Taker turns his head to the left as he comes out on the ramp, and a casket with the number 22 on it pops open, in a bit of foreshadowing for Lesnar. Lightning comes down and strikes the casket, setting it on fire, and Lesnar looks concerned. It’s worth noting that Taker’s in some old school Taker attire, with his wide brimmed hat and duster jacket, instead of the hooded robe outfit he’s worn more recently.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
Taker and Lesnar get eye to eye before backing away slowly. The bell rings, and Lesnar goes for a right hand. Taker blocks it and lays in with a series of body shots and strikes to the face. Lesnar comes back, whipping Taker across the ring and hitting a belly to belly suplex. Lesnar clotheslines Taker over the top rope, and Taker lands on his feet. Taker gets up to the apron and Lesnar buries his knee in Taker’s stomach. Lesnar hits a couple of clubbing blows to Taker’s chest, but Taker sends Lesnar’s neck snapping across the top rope. Taker comes back into the ring and hits a series of right hands before wrapping Lesnar’s arm around the top rope and wrenching back. Taker sends Lesnar shoulder first into the ring post.
Lesnar bails to the outside and Taker follows, sending Brock crashing shoulder first into the ring post again. Taker pushes Brock back into the ring and he follows, wrenching Brock’s arm and heading to the top. Brock avoids Old School by catching Taker with a big right hand. Lesnar whips Taker across the ring, but he misses a spear and connects shoulder first with the ring post again. Both men head to the outside and Taker slams Lesnar’s head into the ring steps, then kicks at Brock’s arm. Right hands from Taker stagger Lesnar, sending him reeling. Taker sends Lesnar into the ring, and places his head on the apron. Taker kicks Lesnar in the side of the head, then stands on the apron, hitting a big leg drop across Lesnar’s throat.
Taker picks Lesnar up and shoulders him, dropping him face first on the turnbuckle. Taker goes for a chokeslam, but Lesnar fights out and shoulders Taker. Taker fights down to his feet and shoves Lesnar into the corner. Taker charges in with a big boot, but Lesnar ducks and Taker gets caught on the top rope. Lesnar grabs Taker’s leg and slams him ankle, then his thigh into the ring post. Lesnar hits Taker with some clubbing blows on the outside, but he walks right into a big elbow to the nose. Lesnar grabs Taker’s leg and plants him on the floor, sending him crashing to his back hard. Brock sends Taker back into the ring, and he follows, kicking him in the chest.
Lesnar grabs Taker’s leg and slams it to the mat, then kicks him in the chest again. Lesnar knees Taker in the side, then chokes Taker with his boot. Lesnar drags Taker to the middle of the ring and stomps away at him. Lesnar punches Taker, and knocks him back to the mat. Heyman yells for Lesnar to break him down. Lesnar kicks Taker in the back of the knee, then stomps repeatedly at Taker’s knee. Lesnar wraps Taker’s let around the bottom rope and wrenches back. Taker drops down to the floor.
Lesnar follows to the outside and kicks Taker in the back of the leg. Taker blocks a whip into the ring steps, but ends up whipped into the barricade instead. Lesnar sends Taker back into the ring, and he follows. Lesnar powers Taker up, and suplexes him over. Lesnar knees Taker repeatedly in the chest, and Taker falls to the mat.
Brock clubs Taker’s back repeatedly, but Taker won’t stay down. Body shots from Lesnar stagger Taker. Lesnar whips Taker into the ropes, and Taker comes back with a DDT out of nowhere.
Both men stagger to their feet, and Lesnar runs into a big boot from Taker. Taker hits a big right hand, then another few. Taker whips Brock into the corner and follows with a big clothesline. Taker backs up and hits another running clothesline. Taker shoulders Brock and drops him face first into the top turnbuckle again, the hits a big boot. Taker hits a leg drop and pins Brock for two.
Taker signals for the chokeslam while Heyman screams. Taker gets Lesnar up and slams him to the mat, but he’s only able to get a two count.
Taker shoulders Lesnar, but Lesnar fights out and shoulders Taker, hitting the F5. Lesnar goes for the pin, but Taker kicks out at two.
Lesnar stands over Taker, and Taker gets him in Hell’s gate out of nowhere. Lesnar teases tapping, but instead, he stands and picks Taker up, slamming him back down to the mat to break the hold.
Both men struggle to get to their feet, and Heyman screams encouragement at Lesnar. Lesnar pulls Taker into the middle of the ring, and Taker clamps on Hell’s gate again. Lesnar won’t quit, again picking Taker up and slamming him back down to the mat hard.
Both men get to their knees, and Lesnar traps Taker in the kimura lock. Taker screams in pain, but he refuses to give up. Taker reverses the hold into a kimura of his own. Lesnar sweeps Taker’s leg, but Taker won’t break the hold. Lesnar gets to the ropes to force a break.
Lesnar backs Taker into the corner and hits a couple of shots to the kidney, then buries his shoulder in Taker’s midsection. Lesnar backs up and runs right into a big boot from Taker. Taker looks exhausted. Taker grabs Lesnar’s arm and heads to the top rope. Taker walks the ropes, but falls across Lesnar’s shoulders for another F5. Taker is still able to kick out at two.
Taker uses the ropes to pull himself up. Lesnar stalks Taker, sending him over with a big German suplex. Lesnar keeps his hands clasped and hits another big German, launching Taker across the ring.
Brock walks over to Taker in the corner, and stomps away at his chest, hard. Lesnar picks Taker up and continues to lay in with shots to the body. Lesnar stands on the middle rope and hits Taker with a series of rights. Taker grabs Lesnar and hits him with a powerbomb, not quite a last ride, but still impressive.
Taker waits for Lesnar to stand, and he shoulders him. Taker hits the tombstone, and he pins Lesnar, but Lesnar kicks out at two, and Taker looks worried.
Undertaker sits straight up. He drags his thumb across his throat, then picks Lesnar up. Taker shoulders Lesnar, but Lesnar counters, getting Taker over his shoulders again. Lesnar hits a third F5, and gets the three count.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Fans are completely in shock, and there are many, many dropped jaws. It’s like the air completely went out of the SuperDome. Fans are not happy with the outcome of this match.
Crowd shots continue to show people saying ‘Wow!’ or simply shaking their head. Lesnar walks to the back with Heyman telling Brock how great he is. Lesnar raises his hands high, and Taker is still laid out in the ring.
Taker sits up slowly, then falls to his back. He sits up again, and fans are chanting, and clapping for the dead man. Taker gets to his knees, and slowly makes it up to his feet.
The announcer’s, and fans all stand to clap for Taker. Lots of ‘Thank you Taker’ chants from the crowd, as 21-1 is shown on screens around the arena.
Taker walks slowly to the back. Fans are cheering for Taker, but still seem completely in shock. You have to wonder what this means for a possible match against Sting at Mania 31. Taker’s music plays, and he walks slowly into the fog.