Undertaker is a perfect 19-0 when it comes to battling at WrestleMania. And this Sunday, Undertaker will triumph once more, and the streak will continue.
Because, you see, whether you like him or not, Undertaker is, and always will be, a huge draw. Fans across the world (including myself) enjoy seeing him wrestle. Even at 47, he can still put on great matches, even if he does wrestle but once a year.
Even then, he's still a moneymaking draw. People will pay money for tickets or watch it on pay-per-view and keep wondering whether or not the streak remains intact. Heck, even though this is the third Undertaker-HHH match at WrestleMania and the winner will easily be Undertaker, I'm still looking forward to the match, just to see how it all plays out.
That's what makes Undertaker, even at his advanced age, so great. Next year, who will face the Undertaker to end the streak? John Cena? CM Punk? Maybe Randy Orton for a second time? Or Kane for a third time?
And whether you like WWE's creative tactics or question them, you have to admit, that they are smart when it comes to Undertaker and the streak. They know, so long as Undertaker's record at Wrestlemania isn't blemished, we'll continue to be putty in their hands. We'll still watch the match, we'll still watch the buildup on Raw and we'll still buy Undertaker merchandise.
If the streak were to ever be broken, Undertaker's character would no longer be necessary to use.
The thing is, Undertaker's streak could have ended at anytime. Heck, it didn't even have to start at all. Look at the some of the stars he's faced at WrestleMania: Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Sid Vicious, Kevin Nash, Ric Flair, Batista, Edge, Randy Orton, Kane (twice), Shawn Michaels (twice) and Triple H (already twice). Any one of these guys could have been booked to beat him at WrestleMania, but it's never occurred.
But there's a bit more to this. What if they're just continuing the streak to set up a match for a future main eventer? Create a new superstar, a new "Phenom" if you will, by beating Undertaker at WrestleMania. There are certainly a few candidates:
Wade Barrett, the British bare-knuckle brawler, has been one of the more interesting heels over the past couple of years. Since being leader of the Nexus, and subsequently, The Corre stables, Barrett has been presented as one of the top heels of the company, specifically on SmackDown.
In addition, he and Randy Orton had one of the better feuds in 2011, and it looked like it would continue in 2012, until Orton was injured (and later Barrett, as well).
A Barrett-Undertaker match wouldn't be the most technical match ever presumed, but it would sure be an entertaining brawl to watch.
Or what about Cody Rhodes, the current Intercontinental Champion?
Since Barrett's injury, Rhodes has taken over as the top heel of the brand. He's had an eventful 2011, feuding with the likes of Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton and the brief return of Booker T.
Rhodes has been one of the more entertaining wrestlers over these past couple of months, and it looks like WWE will continue to look highly of him in 2012. He lasted more than 40 minutes in this year's Royal Rumble and eliminated more wrestlers than anyone else, with six.
Now, he's currently embroiled in a feud with the Big Show and the Intercontinental Title—a feud that personally, has been an enjoyable one so far.
However, the superstar I'd like to see challenge Undertaker and possibly win at WrestleMania is Ted DiBiase Jr. It would be a simple, yet effective storyline to use; DiBiase Jr. talks about how his father, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, brought him into wrestling as part of the Million Dollar Corporation in 1990. That, if it weren't for him, he wouldn't have had all this success in wrestling, nor would a streak even exist. As such, DiBiase Jr. will be the man to take him out and end his career.
Currently, he's stuck in midcard land, feuding with the likes of Hunico and Jinder Mahal. But if they give him some solid feuds and wins upon his return, and he beats Undertaker at WrestleMania, it would firmly establish their credibility and stardom in the industry.
So, with that being said, Undertaker's streak is a lock this year. His drawing power and ability to make money for the company, plus the possible utilization of bringing up younger talent, is why HHH will not win in Miami on Sunday.
What's your take? Do you think Undertaker's streak is intact? Who do you think should challenge him at WrestleMania 29 (and possibly beyond)? Or will the streak never die? I'd like to see what your opinions are.