The Undertaker is one of the true greats of professional wrestling. In an industry where many come and go without really making much of an impact, the Deadman has been such a huge and influential figure on the scene for a couple of decades now.
Somethings that have made him such a memorable character are his unforgettable WrestleMania endeavours, clocking up an unrivaled 20-0 streak at the event.
In those 20 bouts, Undertaker has had to fend off some very formidable foes. Triple H, Ric Flair and Randy Orton have all fallen to the phenom, and Shawn Michaels retired as a result of one of these battles.
That really is a key word there, "battle." Every streak match for the past dozen years has been fought with blood, sweat and even tears spilt across the canvas.
In 2013, the Undertaker is expected to return once again. However, the plans being laid out for his next coming are a bit unexpected.
WWE's creative team are discussing numerous opponents for the Undertaker to face in a high-profile match at WrestleMania. According to WrestleZone, the current target for this duel is WWE Champion CM Punk. While that in itself isn't too astonishing, given Punk's meteoric rise to super-stardom, the ideas surrounding this line-up is.
In the above link, WrestleZone is reporting that Creative are contemplating having Punk end the streak and, as a result, "earn everybody's respect." Creative also suggest having Taker win the Royal Rumble and thus challenge Punk for the belt.
When I first read that, I was rather astounded. The fact that WWE is considering ending the streak now is just shocking. The time to end it has long passed; the perfect window was the Randy Orton match seven years ago at WrestleMania 21. At that point, Orton was one of the hottest prospects in the promotion and could have skyrocketed further than he is today by winning that match.
But the streak isn't 12-0 like it was leading up to the Orton match. It's 20-0, a whole twenty WrestleMania matches. A truly marvelous achievement, one that will never be matched.
By having anyone end it now, be it somebody with as much potential as 2005 Orton or 2012 CM Punk at his very best, would really be a major spit in the face of the Undertaker.
Not just that, but Punk would earn nobody's respect by winning that match. WWE can try to force it as much as they want, but anyone who ends the Undertaker's streak now would be hated for his entire career.
It wouldn't even be great heat to work off of; it would be X-Pac heat. Nay, it would be far worse. No fan would ever accept the man who killed the Taker; I know I sure as hell wouldn't.
I would be all for a CM Punk and Undertaker brawl at WrestleMania 29; assuring that the Phenom makes it 21.
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