Brock Lesnar is on a collision course with The Undertaker for WrestleMania 30. The April 6 extravaganza is of course WWE's biggest event of the year and once again The Deadman's undefeated streak will be on the line in New Orleans.
But for fans that have followed Taker's career over the past several years, the truth is that the company's pattern of pitting him against veterans has become all too apparent. And while many of those matches were indeed entertaining, it could be that Brock Lesnar should be the last veteran that The Phenom faces on the grandest stage of them all.
The biggest reason Undertaker should move on to facing younger opponents is perhaps the most obvious: at some point he will move on from WWE.
While it's unknown when exactly that will happen, the fact is that Undertaker is only getting older. Working a full-time or even part-time schedule for WWE is just not in the cards for him because his age prevents him from having to live the life and endure the grueling road schedule that the company requires.
And when the time comes for Undertaker to hang up his boots, the question is: should he lose at WrestleMania? Should The Deadman take his final bow at the showcase of the immortals and then ride off into the sunset of WWE history?
If WWE did indeed go that route, then Taker could very well pass on his first and only loss to a member of the company's next generation.
However, even if the plan was not to have Undertaker lose at Mania, he should be booked against younger Superstars all the same. And the reason for that is because on many levels, it only makes sense.
To imagine that veteran stars would keep challenging Undertaker is not as logical as younger stars stepping up to the plate. In fact, it has arguably been since WrestleMania 24 that Taker has faced a man not on his way out of active competition, when he faced Edge.
Since that time, he has faced both Shawn Michaels and Triple H twice. And even though he faced CM Punk at WrestleMania 29, the fact is that many fans felt it was only a matter of time before Punk left the business.
The easy answer is that Taker wants to work guys that he knows, that he's comfortable with. He had a history with Hunter, Shawn and Punk. He also has a history with Lesnar. And understanding that Undertaker wants to put on the best match possible, it's only logical that he wants to work talent that he's already familiar with. There is usually no time to fully establish a long-running rivalry to warrant a WrestleMania match.
But in terms of storyline, there is just no sense in younger Superstars not deciding to test themselves against one of WWE's greatest of all time. Again, it's not logical for veterans to keep challenging Taker at Mania.
Veteran stars have typically already had full careers. Championships, fame, notoriety, it all goes hand in hand with being a veteran in WWE. And while the prospect of doing what no other Superstar has done before by beating Undertaker at Mania is compelling, the truth is there's no drama there.
For the most part, fans likely do not believe that Taker's streak is in any real danger of being beaten. He has come too far and done too much to see it end now. The only real drama that exists at all is in the match itself.
And as far as overall entertainment value is concerned, that fact is really not that much of an issue. Fans see a great match, they see a dozen near falls at the end and then they get the expected finish. Undertaker's arm is raised and immediately fans begin looking and speculating for next year's WrestleMania.
It's a formula that fans are very accustomed to and honestly it's been working for the most part.
But for many fans, there is no real reason to emotionally invest unless Taker's undefeated streak is truly in jeopardy. And the only way that could happen is if the challenger is young, hungry and wants to prove himself against WWE's most infamous outlaw of all time.
Roman Reigns is a talent that fans have debated in the past as a good choice to pit against Undertaker and even to defeat him at WrestleMania. Considering that many feel Roman is the next top guy, there would be so much drama in that bout.
Would his rise to the top begin with The Deadman? Could WWE simply end the streak and give the honors to a man that could potentially lead the company to its next evolution?
The fact is that despite the answer, Roman would be a more logical choice than any veteran that Undertaker could face in the future. Of course, there is the issue that WWE needs to sell the match and that is much easier to do when there is another veteran with name and face recognition in the mix.
But Undertaker has beaten nearly every veteran that is worth working. And if the moment comes that either he or WWE decide the streak should end, it will likely not be at the hands of a veteran star that has nothing left to prove and whose time is ticking away.
That is why Brock Lesnar should be and perhaps will be the last veteran that Undertaker faces at WrestleMania. The streak may not be in danger this year, but next year? The speculation on that will surely begin very soon.
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