“The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania should never end.”
That’s the stance that I, along with many other wrestling fans, have taken essentially since the WWE started making a big deal out of “The Streak” several years back.
But opinions, like so many other things in wrestling, change all the time, and my opinion has changed. No longer do I think that “The Streak” should never end or that The Undertaker should ride off into the sunset without a blemish on his WrestleMania record.
No, “The Streak” should end, and it should end at WrestleMania 29 at the hands of none other than CM Punk.
While that statement is bound to cause a major freakout among fans who think that Taker’s streak has become untouchable at this point, there’s a logical reasoning behind it: The only one who benefits from “The Streak” never ending is The Undertaker.
If the most impressive streak in wrestling history were to be ended by Punk, however, multiple parties benefit. The fans, the WWE and, perhaps most importantly, Punk would reap the rewards of something that we never thought we would witness.
For the fans, we would get a truly mesmerizing storyline—a rarity in today’s wrestling world—that flips the WWE on its head and gives us an angle that has literally never happened.
At no point in the history of the WWE has a superstar been able loudly proclaim that he did the impossible by beating The Undertaker at WrestleMania, and at no point have we gotten the privilege of seeing the fallout that comes after “The Phenom” is defeated at “The Show of Shows.”
Because pro wrestling has been around for so long, almost every storyline is recycled in some way. While some minor details here and there may have been changed, virtually every storyline is eerily similar to a storyline that has already happened.
Punk ending “The Streak” wouldn’t be.
The fans would be treated to an angle—one that’s 20 years in the making—with unlimited potential, and of course, so would the WWE. The creative team would be handed a goldmine on a silver platter, with Punk emerging as arguably the most impressive heel that pro wrestling has ever seen.
In an instant, we would get something that has never followed one of Undertaker’s WrestleMania matches: a world where “The Phenom” is beatan on the grandest stage of them all. A world ruled by Punk.
That is perhaps the biggest benefit to ending “The Streak.”
If Undertaker’s undefeated streak stays intact, who benefits from it? Other than The Undertaker, who is going to be able to get anything out of “The Deadman” retiring with zero losses on his WrestleMania record?
After all, when you look back at the history of sports—not sports entertainment—the real intrigue is not created when a team or player goes undefeated. Though the ride is obviously entertaining, it’s the end of the ride that really gets people talking.
What do people remember most: UConn’s women’s basketball team winning 90 straight games or the end of that streak? The New England Patriots going 18-0 or that impressive streak coming to an end in the Super Bowl.
When it’s all said and done, it’s not the journey that matters most. It’s the end of the journey—who ends it and how it ends—that becomes ingrained in the minds of the fans who watched the journey take shape.
The same can be said about The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania.
It’s been awfully impressive to see “The Phenom” win match after match on the grandest stage of them all, and it’s been really fun to see some of the biggest legends in the history of the business try and fail to end “The Streak.”
And make no mistake about it, a legend is what Punk will be if he becomes the one and only man to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania.
Punk has solidified himself as one of the greatest stars of his era, and barring something unforeseen happening, he’s absolutely a surefire future Hall of Famer. But if ever there was a way to solidify Punk as a living legend and an immortal in the wrestling world, it would be to have him end “The Streak.”
Punk has emerged into the WWE’s clear-cut top heel and is as close to replacing John Cena as the biggest star in the company as anyone has ever been. A win over The Undertaker at WrestleMania takes him one step closer to being the biggest name in pro wrestling.
He is the one and only person currently in the WWE who could feasibly beat The Undertaker and benefit tremendously from it. Cena doesn’t need it because he’s been the WWE’s top star for almost a decade, and truthfully speaking, no one else on the roster is worthy of accomplishing something so special.
But Punk? He’s the one man who both deserves to end “The Streak” and could use his career-defining victory to take over pro wrestling.
The WWE doesn’t get the opportunity to turn a superstar into a legend very often. Now that is has that opportunity, it can’t be missed.
Punk must beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania and end “The Streak.”
If he doesn’t do it, no one ever will, and an angle that’s played out for more than 20 years will end with no one but The Undertaker truly benefitting from it.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!