WrestleMania is the showcase of the immortals, it is the granddaddy of them all. WrestleMania is also synonymous with Undertaker and his streak. The Undertaker has competed in 20 WrestleMania events, compiling a perfect record of 20-0.
This streak is something that nobody in the WWE will ever be able to replicate. That being said, the time has come for Undertaker's streak to end.
Like the name of his signature move, Undertaker is old school. He comes from an era of wrestling that delved much more into the belief of respect and honor than the current product does. The times of a wrestler wanting to do what is right for business over themselves are few and far between these days.
Behind the scenes the feeling is that Undertaker himself wants the streak to end.
In 2010, Michael Essany of Examiner.com published an article describing how Undertaker feels about the streak. In the article Essany quotes a WWE official familiar with the situation who said;
"The Undertaker loves the business too much to retire with a legacy that's almost bigger than sports entertainment itself."
I would have to imagine that if there were one man in the WWE that believed in the value of "passing the torch," it would be Undertaker.
Being one of the last of his kind, it would only make sense for Undertaker to pass that proverbial torch on to someone else before he retires. Allowing someone to end the streak would be that passing.
Undertaker's beliefs and old-school style of thinking aside, you cannot ignore the fact that he is getting old. He will turn 48 years old prior to WrestleMania 29. Even the most optimistic person has to admit that he doesn't have that many more matches left in him.
The longer the streak continues, the more broken-down Undertaker is going to become. Nobody wants to witness a WrestleMania match with Undertaker where you walk away thinking that he no longer has it.
The Undertaker cannot truly retire if the streak remains intact.
The first few years after his retirement, you will run through the list of current WWE superstars that never got a shot at the streak and wonder "what if?" As the years go by and WWE builds new superstars, you will wonder what would have happened if they had only wrestled five or ten years earlier.
In all of these scenarios, the dream matchup isn't about the iconic Undertaker, it's about his streak. The streak itself has become larger than Undertaker, thus minimizing everything that he has accomplished in his career.
From a business standpoint, the WWE has a very unique opportunity here. If done correctly, the WWE can send one of their greatest superstars off into the sunset, while jump-starting another superstar's career in the process.
The man that ends the streak will forever hold a place in the annals of WWE history. Whomever the WWE chooses to bestow this honor upon, it would immediately launch them to the main event scene, assuming they were not already there.
That being said, I feel that the man who ends the streak should be someone that needs this spark in their career. For example, a established mega star like John Cena should not be the one.
Undertaker's story has many chapters in it. He is an eight-time World Champion, six-time WWE Tag Team Champion, one-time WCW Tag Team Champion and one-time WWE Hardcore Champion. He also won the 2007 Royal Rumble match. Undertaker has feuded with some of the biggest names in the history of WWE and leads one of the most well known stables, The Ministry of Darkness.
His 20-0 WrestleMania streak is another chapter in his illustrious career, but the final chapter should come when that streak ends.
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