WWE WrestleMania XXIX

WWE: Why CM Punk vs. Undertaker Could End in a Draw at WrestleMania 29

CM Punk can end The Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania without even winning. (Photo Credit: WWE)
CM Punk can end The Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania without even winning. (Photo Credit: WWE)
McKinley NobleCorrespondent IApril 1, 2013

Although there's plenty of matches that aim to steal the show at WrestleMania 29, the lasting impact of CM Punk vs. The Undertaker could be timeless.

Should the self-proclaimed "Best in the World" actually manage to score a victory against "The Deadman" on April 7, one of the oldest and most revered traditions in modern professional wrestling history will come to end.

But does CM Punk really have to "win" in order to win?

More to the point, does The Undertaker really have to be "defeated"?

While most fans may think about this match with the usual "one must win, one must lose" mentality, there's actually another way the WWE can book the finish—a draw.

That's right, a draw.

It doesn't matter if their brawl ends via double pinfall, double count-out or even a double knockout, it's a brilliant solution to saving the hastily built CM Punk vs. The Undertaker feud.

But no matter what, you can bet the house that two of the most respected and versatile workers in the business will have an incredible match.

Heck, the technique on display alone will be more than worthwhile. Essentially, neither Punk nor Undertaker should "lose" in New Jersey.

Besides, even in a draw, CM Punk can still claim that he's the only man to take a win away from The Undertaker at WrestleMania.

While the record books wouldn't officially show it as a loss against The Undertaker's streak, that alone could potentially lay the groundwork for an even hotter angle—perhaps a final retirement match for his WrestleMania 30 appearance.

In fact, when you think about it, that kind of booking is actually ingenious.

And what happens if the 48-year-old WWE Legend is so injured after WrestleMania 29 that he can't immediately compete at the following house shows?


That's simple enough to fix. Just let CM Punk keep claiming that he was the only man to "beat" The Undertaker's streak by taking away his 21st victory.

Even WWE's creative team would have little trouble writing great material for that.

It makes for great promos, automatically sets up new story angles, gives everyone the proper time to build toward The Undertaker's last match and grants the aging Deadman an entire year to get into the best possible shape for his sendoff.

Although decisive finishes are usually a prerequisite for major pay-per-view matches, a draw could really turn out to be a win-win situation.

In that case, CM Punk would look incredibly strong while retaining his heel heat, The Undertaker would stay (technically) undefeated at 20-0-1 at WrestleMania and fans can instantly start thinking about bigger, better things with a future rematch.


McKinley Noble is an MMA conspiracy theorist. His work has appeared in NVisionPC World, Macworld, GamePro, 1UP, MMA Mania & The LA Times.

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