There's plenty of intrigue and drama surrounding the WrestleMania 28 Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Triple H. What will Shawn Michaels do? Will this really be the end of an era? Will this be the final match for one or both of these legends?
The intrigue is there, but there is no doubt about one thing: The Undertaker's WrestleMania winning streak will continue to 20-0. The reason is simple—nothing else makes sense.
Think about all that's happened in this streak. He has downed some of the best wrestlers in the history of the company, even ending the career of the aforementioned Shawn Michaels. What sense would it make to give Triple H the nod with a win here?
If we were talking about a current main eventer (John Cena, CM Punk, Randy Orton), it would be completely sensible. Conversely, if we were talking about a young up-and-comer (e.g. Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes), this would also make sense. I don't know that I would agree with those booking decisions, but I could make some sense of them.
But Triple H is basically retired as it is. We see him more in an administrative and authoritative role today, and is not an active in-ring star. It probably wouldn't take more than one hand to count the matches he'll have between now and WrestleMania 29. As a matter of fact, you may not even need one finger to count the matches that he'll have for the rest of his career.
Triple H's legend is not in doubt. He's one of the best to ever lace up the boots, and even if he continues wrestling (even full time), he doesn't need the boost that comes with ending the streak. And that is the real deciding factor here.
Even established stars like Cena, Punk or Orton would get a huge bump adding that to their resume. Barring some injury, there's no reason to think that those guys wouldn't have at least five more quality years left dominating the main event.
Think about the bragging rights there. It's not that uncommon to hear Chris Jericho remind us that he beat The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin in one night—and that came in 2001. Bragging rights from monumental events last a long time, and ending Undertaker's streak would certainly be monumental.
Triple H doesn't need it, and it would be a complete waste for him to be the one to get that honor. He's done more than enough, and isn't around that often anymore.
There's a number of ways this match can end, and I can't wait to see exactly how we arrive at a finish. But the Undertaker has to go over in Miami, giving him a 3-0 WrestleMania record against The Game, and a clean 20-0 mark overall.
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