WWE Never Say Never: Ryback Could End Undertaker's Streak

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2013

From WWE.com
From WWE.com

It's WrestleMania speculation season, and the possibility of Ryback ending Undertaker's streak has won out as the main rumor. 

The streak has survived backstage political entities from Shawn Michaels, to Diesel, to Triple H. It has felled both old and new, from Ric Flair at WrestleMania X8 to CM Punk at WrestleMania 29. 

Just imagine the mountain of institutions the Undertaker has conquered to keep his undefeated WrestleMania streak intact. Surely if a man exists who will put this annual WrestleMania selling point to an end, it couldn't be a man of Ryback's ilk. He hasn't even won a world championship. 

But that's where the beauty of Ryback going over the Undertaker lies. 

Ending the streak would do nothing for a Triple H or even a John Cena. It might attach another feather on their proverbial caps. But fans would raise their eyebrows in temporary surprise and disbelief before casually filing out of the building as if there were nothing to see there. 

There would be a businesslike feel to an established star finally beating Undertaker on the WWE's biggest stage. 

John Cena has had enough torches passed to him to lead the next handful of opening Olympic ceremonies. Ending the streak would be just another meaningless torch lost in his own profound legacy. 

But Ryback? 

Ryback has accomplished so little in the WWE to this point that ending the streak would put him on the map. He would be defined by such an unthinkable win. And as long as the match is halfway decent, the win would force fans to take him seriously as a viable perennial contender. 

Ryback's alliance with Paul Heyman comes with built-in animosity toward Undertaker, who last year defeated former Paul Heyman guy CM Punk in a spectacular WrestleMania match. 

Ryback's immense frame turns pro wrestling purists off before they even get the chance to see him in the ring. His musclebound build is too easily associated with a limited hoss looking to take advantage of Vince McMahon's proclivity for pushing larger wrestlers. 

It's not "cool" to cheer the type of heel that Ryback is. He represents the WWE's status quo that violently contrasts with anti-establishment types like Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. 

It's what makes him fine-tuned to pull off an upset that would send WWE fans into panic mode. Paul Heyman lives to smugly smile and preen during moments like this. 

Ryback's own undefeated streak wasn't enough to win fans over. In fact, he was mocked for it. To this day, fans continue to sarcastically chant "Goldberg" in reference to the superior talent they feel Ryback is ripping off.

One win would do what so many consecutive victories couldn't. It would put him into a different stratosphere, devoid of sarcastic chants.   

Undertaker's streak may never come to an end. It really shouldn't. He has always been an attraction wrestler who was never been looked upon to carry the WWE for an extended period of time. The streak and his fabled career go hand in hand. 

But if it were all to end one day, it would be one of the few promotional tools that could make a WWE superstar overnight. 

Ryback may be the only logical choice for such a distinct honor. 


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