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5 People Who were Better Suited to End The Streak

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.

undertaker final formThe 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.┬áThen 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.

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Wrestlemania XXX- The real End of an Era

Wrestlemania XXX was last night, and it was quite the rollercoaster ride. I enjoyed the vast majority of the show, so let’s see how I did on my predictions.

  • Tag Championship: 4 teams- Usos: Yes!!!! The Usos retained in most epic fashion. The exchange with the Real Americans towards the end was amazing, and these guys deserve to be promoted beyond just the dark match every pay per view.
  • Daniel Bryan vs HHH- DB: Daniel Bryan won after a solid match despite his injured shoulder. And I’m pleased that they saved all the underhanded tactics for after the match. By the way, HHH had one of the greatest entrances I’ve ever seen, and I really miss the days when everybody did something elaborate on their way to the ring. (Don’t act like you didn’t want that helmet, too.)
  • Shield vs Kane + NAO- Kane: Wrong. The Shield pulled it out rather decisively. I’m not surprised. I just wanted to see the old heads win for my own selfish creativity. It’s a shame that New Age Outlaws didn’t get to deliver their usual spiel before the match, though.
  • Memorial Battle Royale: 30 contestants- Sheamus: Extra wrong. I am not a fan of Cesaro, but I am glad WWE decided to let a younger talent shine in this match. I loved the tribute moment to Wrestlemania III where Cesaro slammed Big Show out of the ring to win. That said, I was generally disappointed with the Inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. It could’ve been so much more eventful.
  • Cena vs Wyatt- Bray Wyatt: Wrong again. Cena won. No surprise there. He’s not done being superman. But the way the match played out I get the feeling that this feud is not over, which is good. Bray Wyatt is holding his own against main event level stars, and I like it.
  • Undertaker vs Lesnar- The Streak: My heart is broken and I died a little inside. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear after I got over the shock of watching The Streak come to an end. I do not think Brock Lesnar deserves the honor that he just received. I am happy for Undertaker, however. He deserves to retire a million times over, but I would have rather he came out and said he was done and leave The Streak intact than lose to Brock Lesnar. While I’m still critiquing, if this match were going to end this way, it should’ve been billed last. The crowd was noticeably deflated after this match ended. I could barely finish watching the show myself. Maybe it’s a sour note to end on, but at least the WWE Universe could give Undertaker the goodbye he deserves.
  • Divas Championship: 14 Divas- Naomi or Natalya: Wrong yet again. AJ retains, which is better than someone like Eva Marie winning I guess. I hope that now that Naomi is healthy, they’ll be able to get a good feud going.
  • WWE Championship: Orton, Batista, TBA- 3rd person: That third person ended up being Daniel Bryan. And I was correct, he did win! I was kind of annoyed that he didn’t participate more in the match from the beginning, but I am glad he finally got his Mania Moment. I expect Randy to get on RAW and complain for a rematch since he wasn’t involved in the pin, but for now I’m happy for DB.

bray wyatt bridgeOut of 8 matches, I correctly predicted three. Definite fail on my part. BUT, aside from The Streak ending, I thoroughly enjoyed the show. And I think it represents a genuine fresh start for WWE this year. I hope they keep it up, because I’m tired of watching a 3-hour PPV each month where none of the titles change hands. Recently, HHH coined the phrase “Reality Era” for the current WWE generation. I’m interested to see what it will bring. As a fan through the Golden Era, Attitude Era, and PG Era; I’m hopeful that the Reality Era will be worth watching.

PS: If Undertaker isn’t the first name and headliner for Hall of Fame c/o 2015, we riot.