April 6, 2014 is a day that wrestling fans won’t soon forget as The Undertaker’s iconic undefeated streak at Wrestlemania came to a surprising end. Nearly 13 months later, many questions about the abrupt end to the greatest streak in pro wrestling history have already been answered but there are some things you may not know.
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Throughout this post, we’ll look at some “insider” details that you might not have known about the end of The Undertaker’s streak.
Very Few Knew
While there was some last-minute movement in the betting odds after Wrestlemania XXX officially got underway, things were eerily quiet regarding the outcome to Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar. In contrast, the year before, we’d heard [and reported beforehand] there were at least exploratory discussions about CM Punk winning at Wrestlemania 29.
Michael Cole, who was the lead announcer for the match, did not know the outcome before it happened. He later said he was expecting Undertaker to kick out of the final cover and was as shocked as people in the stadium.
Vince McMahon made the final call for Brock to beat Undertaker, however, it was not without Undertaker’s blessing. Undertaker confided to a couple people prior to his match in 2014 that had he lost the streak the year prior, as bad as he was feeling, he probably wouldn’t have wrestled Brock, but he was determined to pass the torch and make sure he didn’t have people putting him over all of those years without making sure someone would get the rub from the streak.
Another reason Undertaker was OK with the streak ending is the level of pressure that was put on him to deliver a show-saving “match of the year” candidate.
Undertaker Was Injured Early
The match, which was officially clocked at 25:12, was carried completely by Brock Lesnar. Many assumed Undertaker was not capable of putting on an “Undertaker caliber” match when in reality he suffered a severe concussion early in the match.
Undertaker was injured on a single leg takedown by Brock Lesnar. He forgot all of his spots and Brock had to call everything on his own. Once Undertaker got to the back, he collapsed and Vince McMahon left the building with him via ambulance.
Undertaker was rushed to Ochsner Medical Center where he underwent a CT scan and other medical testing, which confirmed the diagnosis of a severe concussion. He spent that night (April 6, 2014) in the hospital for observation but was released the following afternoon.
It Wasn’t a Retirement Match
As we saw this year in his match against Bray Wyatt, the streak ending was not meant to be a retirement match. It was meant to be a way to help make Brock Lesnar WWE’s new mega-attraction and take the pressure off Undertaker in any future bouts.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Undertaker came back in 2015 for a bout against Bray Wyatt, when many wanted him to face Sting. In fact, Vince McMahon wanted to do Undertaker vs. Sting at Wrestlemania 31, however, Triple H argued for Sting as his opponent whether or not Undertaker worked the show. As we saw, for the first time ever, Sting and Undertaker were on the same card but not programmed against one another.
Many had assumed Undertaker would retire at 21-1 with "nothing left to prove" but he was able to return and show he has plenty left in the tank, especially when given the opportunity to compete in a lower leverage situation.
The Legacy Continues
The Undertaker's Wrestlemania record currently sits at 22 wins and 1 loss. We heard after Wrestlemania 31 this year that Sting wants his dream match against Undertaker next year. However, we also heard he has not committed to work the show yet.
Now that the streak is over, WWE wants to put less pressure on Undertaker and will be moving his match lower on the card each year hoping that he’ll want to keep wrestling a few more times if his body holds up.
Sting and Undertaker did their part to plant the seed with this iconic airport photo less than 48 hours after their respective matches at Wrestlemania 31. We've also learned they'll be appearing together in August for WWE.
Having written that, it certainly seems we have not seen the last of The Dead Man.