WWE WrestleMania 28: Why Triple H Has No Business Ending Undertaker's Streak

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Triple H attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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It would be an absolute travesty to have Triple H beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania 28.

WWE is billing this as an "End of an Era Match," and to a certain extent, it makes a lot of sense. Shawn Michaels, Triple H and The Undertaker represent the last holdovers from the Attitude Era.

Chris Jericho was in the company around that time, but those three guys carried the flag for the company in ways that Jericho never did.

This is of course a rematch of the classic from WrestleMania 27.

It seemed a hard sell that these guys should face each other again, but the buildup has been very good this time around.

The Undertaker carries with him one of the greatest achievements in pro wrestling, his 19-0 record at WrestleMania.

Realistically, though, does anyone believe that Triple H will win?

The predictability isn't a bad thing because fans will want to watch WrestleMania to see The Undertaker go 20-0. There is a segment of WWE fans that want to see him lose, but it's the minority.

It's not as if The Undertaker could never lose a match at WrestleMania ever, but Triple H cannot be the guy to do it.

Beating The Undertaker would be a huge feather in his cap, but it would be unnecessary. Triple H's legacy has already been decided. He's one of the best wrestlers of the modern era, winning 13 world titles and multiple other accolades.

Win or lose, Triple H is already a WWE Hall of Famer and no one is going to look at him differently.

Also, what would the fallout be? The Undertaker's last match was at WrestleMania 27. He's been off for an entire year.

It's doubtful that either Triple H or The Undertaker would start wrestling again full time. They both have done enough in their careers to warrant not putting their bodies through the rigors of a full-time, or even part-time schedule.

No one would be satisfied to see The Undertaker lose and have that be the end of it.

If the streak was to end, it needs to be to a young guy who is looking for legitimacy. Beating The Undertaker at WrestleMania would be a huge step in making an up-and-coming wrestler become a star.

It's hard to say who that person would be now because the company has done such a lousy job of actually giving legitamite pushes to younger stars.

But can you imagine if a guy like Zack Ryder, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan or The Miz was to beat the Undertaker at WrestleMania?

All of those guys are relatively popular and have shown some promise, but not every fan thinks they are or could be a star.

A win against The Undertaker would mean instant star status. That wrestler would forever be known as the guy who broke The Undertaker's streak.

Again, it would have to be somebody the company was completely confident that he's committed to the company and has massive potential.

Think somebody like the Rock in 1998 or John Cena in 2005. Brock Lesnar in retrospect would have been bad because he left WWE so abruptly.

There's also probably a segment that believes The Undertaker's streak shouldn't be broken at all. It would be hard to argue that as well.

He might be a seven-time world champion, but Taker's streak represents so much more.

When wrestling fans think of The Undertaker, they think of the WrestleMania streak. Taking that away from him would be depriving him of so much of his legacy.

The streak is also representative of what Undertaker has done for the company. Fans can physically see what he has given to WWE. There's a reason he's been off for an entire year.

The Deadman has also been the kind of guy to put over the young stars. Even a loss against The Undertaker can help some unproven wrestler begin to be taken seriously.

Ken Anderson (formerly Mr. Kennedy) said as much in an interview a few years ago on an ESPN radio show.

He said there were two mountains in WWE. On top of one mountain sat The Undertaker. He would throw a rope down to help you out.

Atop the other were guys like Triple H and John Cena who would pull the rope up so you were on your own.

The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak has been 20 years in the making. There's no reason Triple H should be the guy to put an end to it.