WWE has set up CM Punk vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29 and now has a difficult decision ahead about whether to have Punk be the man to end Undertaker's streak.
Undertaker returned on Monday's Raw, and the Buffalo crowd welcomed him with great passion. Vickie Guerrero didn't take long to set up a Fatal 4-Way match to determine who would have the opportunity to face Undertaker at WrestleMania.
Sheamus, Randy Orton, Big Show and CM Punk fought in Monday's main event, with Punk eventually coming out the victor. His intimidating, legendary WrestleMania opponent then stepped out of the mist to stare him down.
WrestleMania 29 now has another huge match on its card, and a question arises: Could WWE possibly have Punk win?
Twenty times, men have tried to defeat Undertaker at The Granddaddy of Them All. Twenty times, they have failed.
Undertaker's streak has been one of the company's most compelling storylines. Choosing to end it on April 7 would take some major guts.
WWE has to worry that a Punk win might feel like it ruined one of the best angles it had going. There is certainly a danger of the climax being underwhelming—that won't fit the magnitude of the story Undertaker has told over all these years.
Undertaker has defeated men in the Hall of Fame, seemingly insurmountable odds, superkicks and RKOs.
A loss, regardless of the opponent, could very well feel like a letdown. It would be the end of a heroic run, the sunset on a day we thought would never end.
Undertaker has defeated Edge, Triple H, Ric Flair, Kane, Shawn Michaels, Batista, Randy Orton and more. That impressive list makes it difficult to fathom Punk being the one to finally pin a WrestleMania loss on Taker.
Punk is a great performer and one of WWE's brightest stars, but if men on the level of Michaels and Triple H couldn't do it, how could he? For WWE to let Punk do what no man has ever done puts him on a hallowed level.
Is WWE ready to anoint Punk with this honor?
As unlikely as it seems, WWE is not above bucking expectations. Who would have predicted that Punk would hold the WWE title for 434 days?
Undertaker, though. has seemed superhuman in his WrestleMania matches.
Triple H all but broke Taker's back with a steel chair at WrestleMania 28. Undertaker left WrestleMania 27 on a stretcher. Undertaker faced two men at WrestleMania 19.
Still, The Phenom won each time.
WWE has made it seem like it would take someone beyond human to end WrestleMania's streak. Selecting Punk as the man for the job transforms him into an immortal.
This isn't a decision to take lightly. It isn't a championship someone can win right back.
The Undertaker's streak is a fantastic tale that has to end sometime. Ending it courtesy of CM Punk isn't necessarily the right move, but it would certainly be a ballsy one.