The Streak vs. The Beast.
It's a match many have craved for quite some time—and for good reason. On one side of the squared circle stands The Undertaker and his iconic 21 consecutive wins at WrestleMania. On the other, Brock Lesnar, one of the most physically imposing specimens the sport has ever seen.
There may not be much curiosity about the ultimate result of the match—'Taker checks in with astounding 1-50 odds, according to Oddschecker—and with two part-time wrestlers, the storyline will assuredly end on Sunday. But even with The Deadman approaching 50, these two are tremendous inside the ring and have a good chance of producing one of the best matches of the night at the year's biggest event.
Intrigue is undoubtedly peaking as we approach WrestleMania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, so let's take a look at all of the rumblings surrounding this massive—literally, it will be nearly 14 feet and 600 pounds of man in the ring—battle.
Rumors and News
With The Undertaker so heavily favored, there isn't a whole lot of talk concerning the match itself. The general consensus seems to be that 'Taker's streak won't be ending against a part-time competitor, no matter how strong Lesnar has been made out to be during his time with the company.
It's hard to argue against that viewpoint, but Paul Heyman, who once upon a time managed "Mean" Mark Callous (who became The Undertaker) but will be in the opposite corner on Sunday, explained to Bleacher Report's Jonathan Snowden why it wouldn't diminish The Undertaker's achievements if the streak came to an end:
When Brock Lesnar defeats The Undertaker at WrestleMania, it will not trivialize nor negate or minimize the magnitude of the accomplishment that is 21 victories. Brock Lesnar will never amass 21 victories at WrestleMania. He'll be too old. John Cena is never going to get to 21 in a row. They named the Battle Royal after Andre the Giant. He couldn't get three in a row.
So I cannot agree with the assessment that anything must go on in perpetuity. And The Undertaker's undefeated streak, if it's stopped at 21, does not take away from the enormity of those 21 consecutive victories.
As Snowden puts it, "it's a compelling case, but one I'm not sure I can buy," and most will probably agree.
In fact, rumors are already circulating about The Undertaker's next WrestleMania match.
According to WrestlingObserver.com, via WrestleZone.com's Chris Cash, talk of The Undertaker vs. Sting is strengthening:
The latest regarding Sting's debut and future work with WWE is that he'll only be wrestling one singles match with the company. Of course, the expectation is that if he's only working one match, it will be against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31 next year. However, it's unknown whether or not WWE will decide to reveal those plans on WrestleMania Sunday or the following night on RAW.
'Taker vs. Lesnar may be a highly anticipated battle, but 'Taker vs. Sting remains near the top of the list in terms of potential—and realistic—dream matches left in the WWE.
With rumors that the company may tease the start of that particular feud—Sting is in New Orleans—intrigue around WrestleMania will only continue to grow.
The decision of whether or not the streak should come to an end—and if so, against whom—should ultimately come down to The Undertaker himself.
But 'Taker won't be losing to Lesnar; there are just too many levels for why it wouldn't make sense.
Still, while there is very little mystery in terms of the final result, this is a match that won't disappoint. Both wrestlers are extremely gifted and should have little trouble putting on an enthralling show.
This one is going to live up to the hype.
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