Eat, sleep, confused and repeat. WWE has outsmarted me with this booking of Brock Lesnar versus The Undertaker. Either that, or it just doesn't make any sense and they messed up.
In a match where the odds are against Lesnar in that his opponent has never lost at WrestleMania, I would expect more shine for Lesnar in the build. In a match where The Undertaker's streak being threatened is the selling point as the real proven fighter stands opposite the ring, I would expect that fighter to be lethal in all the weeks leading up to the match.
None of this has happened.
Yes, Lesnar finally got an upper-hand on The Undertaker six days before the big match on Raw. Great, but everything is backward.
The first time we saw The Undertaker and Lesnar in the ring together weeks ago, The Undertaker weakened Lesnar with the stabbing of a pen. He then choke slammed him.
What sense did that make?
The best offense from Lesnar has been the verbal work of Paul Heyman pulling up historical facts and using his rhetoric to sell Lesnar as a threat.
Half of the time, WWE wants him to be “The Beast Incarnate” who we all know is a former UFC Champion and has “broken the arm of Triple H.” The other half of the time, he's booked to where I don't know what threat he really provides to The Undertaker.
It's not a mystery. Every great tale has the villain being menacing, and you wonder if the good guy can possibly overcome the odds. The Undertaker is ahead on the scoreboard, in my opinion.
WWE has the power to make anything happen. Case in point, they've made The Undertaker undefeated with 21 wins over the past 25 years. They did a good job with Lesnar back in January when he was destroying everyone in his path. The beating on Big Show at Royal Rumble or the destruction of Mark Henry on Raw—both good decisions.
You knew they were setting him up as the next big opponent for The Undertaker. The trouble is, the moment The Undertaker showed up, they had Lesnar's tail tucked between his legs. Freaked out by the mind games and physically dominated.
The sight of The Undertaker at WrestleMania is a sell by itself. So because of that, these odd booking decisions get a slight reduction in severity because you're dealing with a legend who arguably sells the event by himself with his legacy.
However, it's still been a missed opportunity to have these two iconic names square off on the biggest stage. All of this build would work, if Lesnar was going to break the streak. But he won't, and he shouldn't.
A lot of pressure is now on the match. Most Undertaker matches at WrestleMania come in around the 20-minute mark in the bell-to-bell length. This should be about 12-15 minutes in match length. It needs to deliver and help me forget the awkward and confusing build.
Better to leave them wanting more. If this match goes too long, the attraction of these two fighting goes away. Plus, this has to be a brawl. That's the kind of thing you expect with Lesnar.
If this match slows down too much with submissions galore, somebody drop Sting from the rafters.
Justin LaBar is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the creator of the "Chair Shot Reality" video talk show and "Wrestling Reality" radio show.
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