The Undertaker: Why His Sacred Unbeaten Streak Has Lost Its Appeal

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2012

The Undertaker is a WWE legend, and should be treated as such. On one hand, his WrestleMania unbeaten streak is a well-deserved tribute to the wrestler.

On the other hand, it is totally boring.

Here's the thing: Everyone knows The Undertaker is going to win at WrestleMania at this point. It seems obvious enough to me, at least. To have him lose at this stage of his career would seem like a slap in the face of a legend in every possible way.

And it would really, really piss off WWE fans in general, because they would all see it as a sign of disrespect to the performer rather than an interesting twist in the story line.

If the Undertaker were going to lose, he would probably have to have lost five years ago, when it would still rile people up but wouldn't come in the twilight of his career. Now, it would just sour the entirety of the streak.

So knowing that the Undertaker is unlikely to lose at the event sort of cheapens the whole sacred nature of the thing to me. Knowing the WWE probably lost its window to end the streak if it wanted to makes the outcome of his WrestleMania matches a foregone conclusion.

Now, there is one way the WWE could add intrigue to the match. Assuming the Undertaker participates in next year's WrestleMania, the WWE could create a super-heel to be massively despised by fans if they had that wrestler interfere with the Undertaker's match, thus ending the win streak.

Then, they could put an asterisk on the streak, create a huge villain and give The Undertaker a great story line heading into another WrestleMania—defeating the villain and restoring his WrestleMania prestige.

It's a shot in the dark, of course, but it would be an interesting way to handle an old and, in my opinion, boring story line.

End the streak, I say. And in the process, make it more meaningful when The Undertaker restores his WrestleMania dignity in the end.

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