Bonus post! Or perhaps “vent” would be the more appropriate word. Either way, I’ve got to get it out and you’re here so read on and feel free to share your thoughts.
The Undertaker’s undefeated Wrestlemania streak came to an end last night. Yeah. The Streak. The 21-0 one that includes a whose who list of Hall of Famers, some of whom considered it the ideal method of retirement and a badge of honor. Brock Lesnar broke it last night. Take a minute to let that sink in. I needed to. Then think about the fact that Brock Lesnar’s WWE career is riddled with title reigns and huge accomplished that it seems like he never genuinely earned. Someone who comes and goes with the wind shouldn’t have a resume as sparkling as he does. Did I mention his habit for injuring people? He’s a selfish performer who happens to be blessed with all the physical assets that WWE tends to want in it’s top talent, but he’s hollow. I’m never entertained or impressed when he’s on the screen. Yet every time he shows up (part-time as that is), he’s billed at main event status. And this guy gets to break The Streak? Give me a break. I can think of 5 wrestlers right now who would be more deserving of this REALLY big feather in their caps.
- Bray Wyatt- He’s young, he’s a well-rounded talent, and he’s creepy. Creepy in the way that few characters have pulled off. He’s creepy in the style of Undertaker, Kane, and Boogeyman. While he’s not quite portrayed as more than human, he pulls off the aura. Most of the current roster does not do the “larger than life” style gimmicks anymore. This could’ve been a great passing of the torch to let Bray Wyatt get even crazier with his character.
- Kane- I don’t mean corporate Kane. I mean put-the-mask-back-on-and-set-off-the-pyro-at-will Kane. With Paul Bearer dying last year (RIP), they absolutely could’ve had one last brotherhood rivalry. And while Kane doesn’t really need any push, I think their history would’ve made it an appropriate end to Taker’s career.
- Goldust- Yes. I do realize that historically this makes zero sense. But Undertaker’s matches have always included some of the most elaborate entrances of all time. Goldust makes this list solely because I would LOVE to see what kind of craziness he’d come up with to make his way to the ring.
- Sting- It’s the dream match we always wanted to see that never happened. Granted, today it wouldn’t have been as awesome as if they’d done it 10 years ago, but how sweet would it have been to finally see it?
- Randy Orton- Hear me out on this one. (And yes, I know that rumor has it he was offered the opportunity in the past and turned it down. So would I, out of respect.) But Randy has gotten incredibly stale and boring. I rarely find myself cheering for him, but don’t you remember when the Legendkiller was showing up every night wrecking shop? I liked that version of him, and I think he needs to refresh his career in order to keep moving forward. He’s supposed to be in his prime right now. To spend it whining about how he should be getting handing even more opportunities than he already gets is ridiculous. He could’ve used the jumpstart that it would’ve provided.
There’s also my preferred option of not having the Streak be broken at all. They could’ve had some kind of ritual with all of his victims coming out to lay flowers on a casket or something. He could’ve come out and introduced a new type of match to take the place of his regular event. And please don’t misunderstand me. I am overjoyed for Undertaker that he has finally decided to call it a night; if that is, in fact, what he did. And really, if he wasn’t done, why take the L? Of course he’s retired. I knew it was coming soon, and honestly I thought he would stop at 20 since that’s a nice round number. I just wish he would’ve done it against an opponent who wouldn’t waste the opportunity. But congratulations, Undertaker. You deserve to Rest In Peace.