Paul Heyman and his client Brock Lesnar wanted a chance to make history at WrestleMania. Lesnar will get that opportunity in the form of having a chance to put the first blemish on Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania.
Undertaker, who will turn 49 on March 24, will meet one of the strongest, most physically gifted Superstars WWE has ever seen. It truly will be one of the biggest challenges of his career.
Lesnar returned to WWE the night after WrestleMania 28, attacking John Cena. Since then, Lesnar has competed just a handful of times, exclusively on pay-per-view.
However, he has managed to come up with victories over the likes of Triple H and CM Punk. So what will make The Undertaker any different?
The answer to that is simple: the streak. One of the most impressive accolades in the history of pro wrestling is the winning streak Undertaker has put together at WrestleMania.
Twenty-one times he has entered the squared circle at the biggest event of the year, and all 21 times he has emerged victorious. Among his list of victims are Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kane, Ric Flair, Batista, Randy Orton and Edge.
Why would Lesnar be any different? Lesnar is younger, bigger and stronger than Undertaker. He's also a former UFC Heavyweight champion, and it's not completely believable that Undertaker, or anyone on the WWE roster for that matter, could defeat him.
Or is it? Undertaker himself has long been considered one of the legit tough guys in the business, capable of both taking and dishing out a beating. A war is looming at WrestleMania 30, no doubt about it.
So how will WWE build this match over the next five weeks? Hopefully, they don't do what they've done way too many times in the past, ignoring their own history.
History Between Undertaker and Lesnar
These two men have met several times in the past, including at No Mercy in 2002 and 2003. Because Undertaker was competing under his biker persona at the time of these two matches, it's highly unlikely WWE will acknowledge it now.
In 2002, the two men met inside Hell in a Cell for the WWE championship. The match was a back-and-forth dogfight that went on for over 27 minutes.
In the end, Lesnar was able to defeat the Deadman, handing him arguably the most devastating beating of his WWE career.
One year later, at the 2003 No Mercy pay-per-view, Lesnar defended the WWE championship against Undertaker, this time in a Biker's Chain match.
In this match, there was a steel chain attached to a pole above the ring that each Superstar could retrieve and then legally use on his opponent.
Though Lesnar was given a lot of assistance due to outside interference from both the Full Blooded Italians and Vince McMahon, he was able to strike the challenger with the chain and defeat him once again.
So why will WrestleMania 30 be any different?
Undertaker becomes a completely different competitor on the grandest stage, putting it all on the line. Even at his age, he still puts on a top-notch performance at WrestleMania.
He has survived some hellacious attacks. Giant Gonzalez tried to use chloroform, Kane couldn't stop him with Paul Bearer in his corner and Triple H couldn't get the job done despite smashing the Deadman with his sledgehammer.
Undertaker has been equally vicious and willing to take risks at WrestleMania. The tombstone piledriver on the floor outside the ring to Jake Roberts at WrestleMania 8, his "hanging" of the Big Boss Man following their Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania 15 and the death-defying dive over the top ropes he performed at WrestleMania 25 are all indicative of that.
If Lesnar is going to win, he must pull out all of the stops and be willing to go outside of his element. Maybe he could attempt the shooting-star press off the top rope again? It will take something like that, only this time he'd have to be successful, of course.
Confrontation at UFC Event
Many fans may be conjuring up the memory of Undertaker and Lesnar coming face to face at UFC 121 in October 2010 following Lesnar's devastating defeat at the hands of Cain Velasquez in which he lost his Heavyweight title.
In the video, Undertaker can clearly be heard asking Brock, "Do you wanna do it?" That can be taken to mean many things, but it does add some intrigue into their upcoming match in New Orleans.
Who Will Win?
The real question will be if Lesnar has any chance of ending the streak. It's surprising to have to ask that considering Lesnar's many accomplishments both as an amateur wrestler and a mixed martial artist, but Undertaker's streak means that much to WWE.
Undertaker will take a severe beating, no doubt about it. But he'll likely surprise many fans in what he throws back at Lesnar, proving that he is always at the top of his game for WrestleMania.
The match itself will be physical. It will be very interesting to see if Lesnar applies his kimura lock and how Undertaker defends it. It will be equally interesting to see if Undertaker attempts to get Lesnar in the gogoplata he calls Hell's Gate.
In the end, it remains difficult to believe that Lesnar, or any other WWE Superstar, will end the streak. It would be as shocking as anything that has ever happened in WWE to see someone do it.
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