As WrestleMania XXX looms on the horizon and the professional wrestling world gears up for the greatest spectacle of their yearly calendar, one major question remains unanswered.
Will the Streak remain intact?
The Undertaker’s yearly appearances at WrestleMania have so far allowed him to boast a 21-0 record, but this year, he faces a new challenger in Brock Lesnar.
And while the question of the whether or not the Streak will stay intact is quite relevant, the importance of where the match is placed on the card could be just as crucial.
The match that places the Streak on the line at each passing WrestleMania is one of the most important singular contests of the year. This year though, there are several matches that have either higher stakes or have far more intrigue surrounding them.
With regard to the ‘Taker/ Lesnar affair being the main event of the night, the likelihood is incredibly low. With a world-title match that carries heavy implications also on the card, it stands to reason that a match without gold on the line will take a backseat.
And frankly, a triple-threat match pitting Randy Orton, Batista and either Triple H or Daniel Bryan deserves that spot simply because it is not going to disappoint.
The same could be said for the proposed match between John Cena and Bray Wyatt.
Wyatt, one of the most talked about and mysterious competitors that the company has seen in many years, will be trying to end the reign of the resident savior of the company, Cena.
And if the matches before it and the promos supporting it are any indication, Cena and Wyatt are likely going to steal the show.
However, just the Streak alone is enough to overshadow that match and any other one that does not involve the WWE World Heavyweight title.
But despite the fact that the Undertaker is a living legend, his in-ring performances in recent years have been very limited, and despite his incredibly light schedule, he is beginning to show that he is human after all.
At 49 years old, he is simply too beat up to be a major player anymore. Add Lesnar, who is not especially electric in the ring, to the equation and you have the makings of a match that will probably be heavy on a slow and steady pace, and not especially heavy on electrifying action.
And sure, Lesnar is perhaps one of the hardest-hitting superstars currently on the WWE roster. But keep in mind that though he will probably put everything that he has into the contest, working with a very physically limited Undertaker will not equal an instant classic.
And let’s be honest here, every year we all hear endless talk about someone potentially ending the Streak. And this year has been no different. Week after week, the WWE Universe has had it drilled into their heads that Lesnar is unlike anyone that the Undertaker has ever faced before.
He is supposedly more dangerous, skilled and impressive than anyone who has ever set foot into the ring with the Phenom.
But the same was said in past years about Shawn Michaels.
And CM Punk.
And Triple H.
But at the end of the night, the Undertaker and his Streak were still standing tall.
And WrestleMania XXX will be no different than any other event.
The Undertaker and Lesnar, squaring off in what will likely be the penultimate match of the night, will deliver a decent, but predictable ending.
When all is said and done, 22-0 will be a number to remember for the next year or so.