WrestleMania 28: Why Triple H Is the Wrong Opponent for Undertaker
It has not been officially announced, but with the way the promos and the vignettes are indicating, we are going to see The Undertaker put his undefeated WrestleMania streak on the line against Triple H for the second year in a row and for the third time at the event overall.
Let me make this clear: I love both Triple H and The Undertaker. They are going straight into the WWE Hall of Fame and deserve any other accolades that come their way.
I respect their contributions to the business of professional wrestling (or sports entertainment) and the sacrifices they have made to please us, the viewing audience.
I also believe that they will put on a good match—or as good as they can do at this point of their respective careers—at WrestleMania.
But I do not believe that they should be having the match to begin with.
Their match at WrestleMania X-7 was great, underrated even.
Their match last year was good bordering on great, but a third time between these guys is unnecessary in my humble opinion.
I do realize The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin main-evented WrestleMania on three separate occasions, but there was actually a demand for them to go at it time and time again.
I'm not so sure if there is that same demand for Triple H and Undertaker.
Here's why I don't think they should go at it again:
I believed, and have done so for a good while now, that Undertaker's streak should come to an end at some point.
Do you think The Undertaker should face Triple H at WrestleMania?
Some people may disagree, but I believe it has to happen.
No wrestler ends their career with a win.
They always lose in an effort to put their opponent over moving forward.
At this point, The Undertaker's streak means more than all of the championships combined in the WWE, so it should not be handed off to just anyone.
The Undertaker should lose to someone who will benefit tremendously from the win and will make him an instant star.
The Undertaker's streak ending should make a star, not cement one who already has it all.
That's my big issue with Triple H being his opponent: Either way, I think people would not be too happy with the outcome.
If Triple H loses, it will be because he should have lost. He doesn't have anything to gain from defeating Undertaker.
If he wins, he gains nothing and people look at him as if he abused his power to add another feather to his kayfabe cap.
The most exciting Undertaker matches were the ones where you thought heading in that some young up-and-comer could end it.
Not to say no one was excited for both of his encounters with Shawn Michaels, but people should have known that he was not going to be the one to end the streak. He had nothing to gain from it.
When Undertaker went up against Randy Orton at WrestleMania 21 and Batista at WrestleMania 23, I think people had a creep of doubt that may lose simply because WWE may use the streak to further the star power of both Orton and Batista.
Another reason why I don't think this match should happen again is because we've seen it before.
There's no newness to it.
If Undertaker was going up against a guy like Sheamus or Wade Barrett, the opponent would greatly benefit and there would be a difference between his past feuds because it would bring a different dimension to the rivalry.
WWE, because of its overexposure, puts a lot of main-event wrestlers in matches together, but a newer guy going against Undertaker would feel special because it would be a new matchup people have yet to see.
Guys like Sheamus and Barrett are believable because of their look and they could do wonders with a win over Undertaker.
I sincerely hope that this isn't Undertaker's final match.
I know he's getting up there in age, but I don't want the last memory to be win or a loss to Triple H.
I think his last match should be a loss to guy that's going to have the proverbial rocketship strapped to his back as WWE will push him to the moon.
Undertaker should pass the torch in his final match.
It's almost like an unwritten rule in wrestling to do so.
Hulk Hogan did it with The Rock at WrestleMania X-8.
I believe Undertaker should do the same.
Undertaker's last match definitely should not be a loss to Triple H, a guy that has his legacy set and is preparing to take over the wrestling business one day.
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