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Posted On 03/24/2014 By In Columns, Featured With 211 Views

Why Brock Lesnar Should End The Undertaker’s WWE WrestleMania Streak

In pro wrestling, as in life, there are certain universal truths. John Cena will always emerge victorious, Dolph Ziggler will never receive the kind of push most feel he deserves, and The Undertaker’s Streak will remain in tact for all eternity.

Whether Cena should remain at the head of the pack whilst the undeniably talented Ziggler languishes around the midcard is a topic of much debate, though it’s hard to argue against the idea of The Dead Man continuing to have his hand raised in victory for as long as he chooses to show up each Wrestlemania.

Few things in wrestling are bigger than WWE as a whole. The Undertaker and his Streak are a notable exception.

The Defending of The Streak is an event unto itself, possibly bigger than anything else in wrestling. People talk about The Streak, they debate its merits, and likely challengers, endlessly. They pay money and tune in to witness the once-a-year spectacle of seeing The Undertaker fend off another challenge, add another name to the list of those who tried and failed, and usually have the best match of the night.

This year, perhaps the only thing fans are talking about more than The Streak is Daniel Bryan. After Wrestlemania season ends and normality is resumed, it’s likely that the only subject which occupies more forum discussions on a consistent, year-round basis than The Streak is who is, or isn’t worthy of a Hall of Fame induction.

The Streak makes WWE money. It gets people talking about the product. As long as it continues to do that, there’s no viable reason why it should end.

Brock Lesnar and the Undertaker confront each other after Lesnar's fight at UFC 121

Brock Lesnar and the Undertaker confront each other after Lesnar’s fight at UFC 121

Though if that’s all there was to it, this article would end here. Instead, for the sake of argument, let’s play devil’s advocate and say that it not only should end, but that it should end this year, at the hands of Brock Lesnar.

Why? The answer is simply this:

Brock Lesnar is a wuss
A little harsh, sure, but in this writer’s not-so-humble opinion, Lesnar’s return to WWE television over the last couple of years has been far from compelling.

Lesnar is a former UFC champion, a legitimate tough guy who should bring an aura of being genuinely terrifying to a land where every Superstar looks as though they could kick the ass of mere mortals like you or I.

Yet whenever he makes an appearance, the other guy still looks as though he could stand up against Brock and hold his own.

Since his return, Lesnar has clocked up victories against bonafide main event players such as CM Punk and Triple H, but in both these instances, his opponents looked as though they stood a chance against him.

He may have come across as the aggressor in most cases, including his brief tussles with Mark Henry and The Big Show, though even then you never really got the impression that anybody feared Lesnar and his reputation for being the baddest of the bad. They were just unlucky enough to get their backsides handed to him by the erstwhile Minnesota Viking hopeful.

And that, for this fan, is where things have gone wrong for Lesnar. He should be presented as a terrifying beast, bigger than the biggest, tougher than the toughest, more dominating than them all. Other wrestlers should be afraid of Lesnar, so that when somebody does eventually stand up to this monster of a man, that somebody automatically looks like the bravest S.O.B on the planet, a wrestler fans would gladly get behind and tune in to support in his crusade against The Baddest of Them All.

There’s still a chance that Lesnar could achieve this kind of reputation, simply by doing what nobody else could do; walking through the valley of infernal hell with The Undertaker and emerging on the other side with his hand raised in victory.

Played correctly, being known as The One Who Ended The Streak could add more credibility to the right performer than any championship reign or main event spot ever could. In Brock’s case, this is certainly true.

Imagine if Lesnar was The One, an aura would surround his every appearance the likes of which this writer can hardly imagine. Boy, that Lesnar guy must sure have something special if he could stand toe-to-toe with the legendary Undertaker and pin his shoulders to the mat at Wrestlemania.

But wait, isn’t Brock Lesnar one of those crusty, old part-timers we all resent for coming back, working a reduced schedule and taking the top spots away from guys like Punk, Ziggler and their ilk? Why the hell should he get the honor of ending The Streak?

Because:

The Undertaker won’t be around forever
Let’s face it, The Undertaker can’t continue to compete at the top level (even if it is only once a year) forever. The man made his professional debut in 1984. That’s thirty years between the ropes, twenty six of those spent working a tough schedule crammed with high calibre matches for WWE. Ultimately, there will come a time when The Phenom rides off into the darkness, never to return.

Conversely, Lesnar is in his mid-thirties and made his professional debut fourteen years ago. Despite his much-publicized foray into MMA, he isn’t in bad shape. He could, if he chooses to, keep working for a long time to come, especially if he preserves his health by continuing to work a part-time schedule as a special attraction.

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And therein lies the main appeal in Brock Lesnar: Streak Destroyer.

The Undertaker is a special attraction whose time is drawing slowly to an end. Brock Lesnar is also a special attraction, one who could easily fill the void left behind by The Dead Man. If he does so as The One Who Killed The Undertaker, his star could be as beneficial to WWE as The Undertaker’s Streak is today.

But hey, that’s just one man’s crazy argument. What do you think? Should Lesnar end The Streak? Should anybody ever end The Streak? Am I completely off the mark as far as Brock’s recent WWE run is concerned? Let me know below.

About Chris Skoyles: Chris Skoyles is a writer who once saw Shawn Michaels hurl Marty Jannetty through a window and has been hooked on pro wrestling ever since. He tweets about wrestling at @Allpwrestling

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  • James Woods

    Hell no! The Streak, for 1 should never end. It’s become a part of ‘Taker’s legacy now. Let him go with the streak intact.
    2. IF, ONLY IF, the streak has to be broken, then let it be somebody who has worked for it. Let it be by a genuine badass that has been dominating for at least a couple of years. Nooo not Super Cena. Sadly not D-Bry either.. Needs to be a badguy so there is reason to challenge him. Needs to be completly dominating now, and when he is making his own streak. Other than that, let it carry with Undertaker to his grave. Retire that specific belt and create a new one.

    One request. If it is Lesner who ends the streak, then get rid of Heyman as his manager. Its OBVIOUS Heyman is getting paid to say BRRROCK….LES-NER, as much as possible. I’m sick of hearing they guy’s name now thanks to Heyman.

    • Chris

      I agree, I don’t *want* The Streak to end and don’t necessarily think it should, but if it had to, well, there’s my argument for it being Lesnar.

      You make a great point about the person who does eventually defeat ‘Taker (IF it ever happens) being somebody new. Is there anybody on today’s roster you’d pick?

      • Tiny

        Give Reigns a shot Wrestlemania 32 as a heel (if taker is still wrestling) and i think he could dominate and would be worthy of the win

        • Bryan Thomas

          Did you just say reigns? …………………………..(sigh)…….

  • Sir William McCormick

    The Streak ends only when The Undertaker says it does. That is the truth. It is his legacy and he should give it to whomever he deems worthy. If that is no one, so be it. But can you truly believe that Taker wants to give his legacy to Lesnar. I like Lesnar a lot, but he’s not the appropriate guy.

    • Chris

      I believe that if Undertaker thought it was, to steal a phrase, ‘best for business,’ then he would want to. Like I said though, if he’s still got it in him to carry on defending The Streak, then there’s the argument that he absolutely should beat Lesnar at ‘Mania.

      • Sir William McCormick

        I think on his schedule it could go on for a long time. Maybe even make it to 25 or 30. It depends. The trick is for me to care about The Streak match because the first time it under performs, the people will turn on it.

        • Chris

          Certainly. I suppose it was fine, to a degree, to have forgetable bouts against the likes of Gonzles, Roberts and Bundy before The Streak became what it is, but these days there’s a lot riding on The Undertaker vs. Whoever at ‘Mania to deliver.

    • Frank Black

      It ended at WM 30.

      • Sir William McCormick

        Yes, it did. It was really awesome.

  • Martin Koehler

    I would agree Lesner should win if he was at more than 30 shows a year. He isn’t around enough.

    While I agree Undertaker should choose to have the streak end or not, it has become boring in the sense that you know he will win. That is why I hated seeing Punk in the match last year. It was an automatic win for the Deadman.

    • Chris

      Great point Martin. I agree that it takes something away from the match if you automatically know ‘Taker will walk away with the win.

      Part of my argument here was that Lesnar appearing infrequently is a reason *for* him being The One, with the absence adding to the mystique, but I can certainly see why people are against it for the exact same reason.

      • Martin Koehler

        While I agree the the win should have gone to a full timer or up and comer who could use the rub. Lesnar was at least a legit person to end the streak. So I am personally fine with it.

    • Frank Black

      It didn’t win this time, did he?

  • Takesi Risteska

    That’s an excellent point, Chris: nothing could quite compare to The Streak, but The Man Who Ended The Streak comes awfully close. I think the likeliest reason we won’t see this is because it’s TOO obvious: the WWE isn’t listening to fans about Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler, they aren’t listening to the fans about Randy Orton and Batista… why would they start now? WWE will do what it wants to do with The Streak.

    • James Woods

      True about all exept for D-Bry. They actually are listening to the fans, just not doing exactly what we want…yet.
      The whole “keeping the midget billy goat down” thing is a work.
      I haven’t been into wrestling as much as I was when I was a kid.
      That night when D-Bry and the whole “YES” movement was in and around the ring…
      Thats when I realized that WWE is actually behind Bryan. They do and did have faith in him to carry the brand.
      Soon, he will be the face of WWE. He pretty much is already.
      That night, I actually stood up in the middle of the livingroom chanting “YES! YES!YES!YES!”.
      Mom gave me that look like: “MY God!” She told me she hasn’t seen me so interested in a show since Steve Austin.
      Aaaaand thats where its at. D-Bry is the modern Steve Austin…in terms of fandom.

      side note..
      Would be awesome to see: “If you think Daniel Bryan should woop some ass in Hell in the Cell, Give me a HELL YEA! *Crowd* “Hell Yea! YES!YES!YES!YES!” HHH comes out with corp Kane. Both gets stunned, Kane in YES lock while Austin is in HHH face cussing him out. Then Glass Breaks and they both share an ice cold beer together. D-Bry’s beard is soaked with beer, Austin wears more than he drunk…. Stephanie is watching, getting off to seeing the beating, with her usual “rape face” on.

      For real, did u see her face when she smacked Bryan? I feel more sorry for the bed that night…..

      • Chris

        That ‘Occupy Raw” segment was definitely compelling TV. Hard to deny that the company are getting behind Bryan in some form, whether this results in the big pay off at ‘Mania or whether we’ll all be left wanting for a little longer remains to be seen, but I’m definitely interested in seeing where it goes.

    • Chris

      Thanks Takesi,

      It’s certainly true that WWE can book The Streak (or its demise) however they like, however I think short of some huge fall-out between Vince and ‘Taker, it will probably carry on for as long as The Dead Man feels he’s able to give 100% at Wrestlemania.

      I think WWE do listen to fans, but more to the sound of their money dropping into the company’s coffers than to the huge ovation at arenas. Obviously, a big pop at an event makes the company take note, but if that doesn’t translate well into revenue they may not act on it.

      Like a lot of fans, I’d love more Bryan and Ziggler on my TV screen than Orton and Batista who are doing the same thing they’ve been doing for years.

  • Brandon Smith

    taker wins obviously…..bryan gets screwed once again in one way or the other either at wrestlemania or wins title and screwed out of it some how within next month or next night.

    • Chris

      I have a feeling you may be right, Brandon. Not that that’s what any fan wants, but I imagine it’s likely to happen.

  • TGov

    Keep the streak going but have Lesnar completely destroy Taker after the match leading to other wrestlers(creditible ones, not jobbers) coming to avenge Taker only to get there asses handed to them by Lesnar thus creating the “Baddest of the Bad” Beast that you speak of…

  • Chris Ayles

    I agree with you on the point where they haven’t let Lesnar destroy life basically, the only time this has happened is when he annihilated Cena but sadly Cena must win all the big ones so we knew he was never going to win that but the dominance that was shown in that rivalry is what he should be shown at all times, so nobody does want to go near him. The Undertakers streak is just brilliant and wouldn’t like it to end but if it should then it should be to a complete animal like Lesnar, the age Taker is at now when you think about it just says that in all fairness he shouldn’t even have a chance of beating someone like Lesnar anymore.

  • Frank Black

    LOL, I wonder if the guy who wrote this article had some inside info?