Is the Undertaker’s streak still important?
I am old enough to remember when the streak was not even referred to as “the streak.” It was merely a coincidence that the Undertaker was perfect at WrestleMania.
As the years went on, the writers realized that he had never been defeated at that particular pay-per-view, and hence they have marketed it as “the streak” ever since.
It wasn’t until tonight where I truly began to realize that I no longer care about the streak as much as I care about the Undertaker’s true legacy.
For me the Undertaker is more than an irrelevant streak; he is the true icon of wrestling. The streak is only a small part of what has made the Undertaker’s legacy so celebrated.
How important is the streak when the Undertaker has not been seen in the WWE since that LAST time he wrestled at WrestleMania? Having him continue the streak is not as significant as having the Undertaker around on a regular basis. If he cannot be the Undertaker full-time, then it is time for him to retire.
I know a lot of fans think the streak is the greatest accomplishment in the world, but the Undertaker is so much bigger than that. His persona has captured the attention of millions of fans and never has gotten old and that is just unheard of.
It did not matter if he was a heel or a face, he was always the Undertaker. As a fan you always got excited when he made his entrance to the ring no matter what version you were getting.
Shawn Michaels is my favorite wrestler of all time. Greg Maddux is my favorite baseball player of all time. The one parallel Michaels and Maddux have is that they were the best at their sport at one time and retired before they got too old.
Both could have performed for another year or two, but rather than become shells of themselves, they left with some dignity.
Beating the Undertaker does not mean anything if he is just going to be on vacation for a year and make his return for the billionth time right before the next WrestleMania. He is so much more than that.
So I will ask once again: Is the Undertaker’s streak still important? Or is preserving his legacy?
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