WrestleMania XXIX: Will the Undertaker's Streak End Against CM Punk?

Anthony MangoFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2013

WrestleMania XXIX: Will the Undertaker's Streak End Against CM Punk?

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    One of the main attractions of nearly every WrestleMania has been the match that the Undertaker is featured in. The Phenom has wrestled in 20 matches on the grandest stage of them all and in every one of those, he has come out the victor.

    Every year, a major storyline for the pay-per-view revolves around the current challenger of what has come to be known as "The Streak." This year is no different with CM Punk stepping up to take on the daunting and seemingly impossible task of defeating the Undertaker at WrestleMania.

    However, is this the year that it finally ends?

    It's time to take a look at the two scenarios of who walks out the winner: Undertaker or CM Punk.

CM Punk Ends the Undertaker's Streak at WrestleMania XXIX

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    Whenever the Undertaker's streak is up for discussion, there are always two schools of thought: one side argues that it should never end while the other side craves that a talented individual will get a massive push from being the one to finally defeat the Undertaker.

    Is CM Punk the man to finally do it? Many people think so. The argument can be made that no other wrestler in WWE has reached the star power of CM Punk since John Cena, which leads many to believe that he's worthy of the spotlight that would be cast upon him.

    He's viewed as a workhorse that is young enough to reap the benefits from this achievement and a trustworthy enough mainstay that they need not worry about tossing all of their eggs into an empty basket.

    After holding the WWE Championship for over an entire year's span, CM Punk dropped the title to the Rock at the Royal Rumble to allow for the buildup to the John Cena vs. The Rock rematch main event for this year's WrestleMania.

    This course of action has upset many fans in the process that feel as though CM Punk deserves better treatment. Could a streak victory be compensation for his dropping the title?

    It's no secret that the Undertaker has slowed down over the past few years. He has gone from a mainstay on the regular roster to a special attraction who essentially only works the Road to WrestleMania before becoming inactive once more.

    The nagging injuries are building up and the uncertainty of his future WrestleMania matches is called into question regularly. More and more frequently, the concept of his impending retirement is brought up and as the years go by, the more believable it becomes.

    WWE could be finally ready to let go of the commodity of The Streak and pass the momentum on to CM Punk in the process.

    What if, however, they are not ready to have the streak end...

Undertaker Beats CM Punk at WrestleMania XXIX

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    Twenty times the Undertaker has had a match at WrestleMania and every single time he's come out on top. Before the streak was even a fully realized concept, it was already ingrained in our heads that the Undertaker was unstoppable.

    What makes us think it won't happen again?

    While as previously mentioned there are fans in droves that want CM Punk to be the one to end the streak, I would argue that there are even more fans out there that would rather him not. This could be either out of a preference for someone else to do that job or possibly just because they don't want the streak to end at all.

    In fact, over the previous few years when the streak has been a hot topic, virtually every news source seems to come to the conclusion that Vince McMahon himself is one of those proponents of the streak never ending.

    The Undertaker might be slowing down but that doesn't mean he's completely done, either. The consensus amongst various insiders is that Mark Calaway has a handful of WrestleMania matches left before he officially retires.

    These matches become almost pointless without the streak attached to them, as Undertaker will pretty much never be a long enough active roster participant to go into WrestleMania as a defending world champion.

    Perhaps the biggest check mark in the column in support for the Undertaker coming out on top is the death of William "Paul Bearer" Moody. His legitimate death has been exploited as the main focal point of this feud.

    A large number of people feel as though this was tasteless and unethical of WWE to do such a storyline.

    Would they really want to upset more people and leave an even more sour taste in everyone's mouths by having CM Punk do these despicable things and not only avoid his comeuppance but also be rewarded with the streak victory?

My Prediction: Undertaker's Streak Goes 21-0

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    When everything is boiled down, the guess I would have to make is that the smart money is to bet pro-Undertaker.

    History is on his side in more ways than one, the storyline seemingly dictates his victory is a necessity, and the benefits of a CM Punk win are far outweighed by the negatives.

    Even though the numbers are on the Undertaker's side, nothing is a guarantee in the world of professional wrestling. In the end, we'll all have to see on the pay-per-view itself just exactly how things wind up.

    Yours truly will be sitting in the audience rooting for the Undertaker to come out on top. Whether it's the smart-mark adult inside of me that supports the career of Mark Calaway (and let's face it, wants to be correct in my predictions) or the inner-child beneath who has been a fan of the Undertaker since his introduction in WWE, I'll be keeping my eyes wide open in excitement for the results.

    Do you think the Undertaker is going to retain his streak at WrestleMania or do you feel that CM Punk will walk away with the victory? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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