Have you been decidedly underwhelmed by the current Undertaker-Brock Lesnar storyline? Well, you may not be the only one. It seems people in WWE aren't exactly thrilled with the direction of the program either.
As Dave Meltzer notes in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there is an increasing feeling among those involved with the angle that it should have gone in a different direction and made Lesnar look much more dangerous and threatening:
Virtually everyone involved in the Undertaker/Lesnar scenario believed that Lesnar should have been booked differently and more of a threat to Undertaker, since the only point Lesnar did anything was the go-home angle and that was still a sneak up from behind distraction with the announcers calling Lesnar a coward.
Undoubtedly, the current storyline between Undertaker and Lesnar, which at one point seemed to have huge potential, hasn't really lived up to expectations. As noted, Lesnar has barely looked like a threat to The Deadman.
In fact, he's usually emerged from their confrontations on Raw looking weak and ineffective. That's amazing considering he is a former UFC champion and could almost certainly beat the 49-year-old Undertaker in a real fight in about 30 seconds flat (maybe less).
It's hard enough to convince cynical fans in this day and age that anyone can end "the streak." You don't need to make Lesnar look bad as well. No wonder the people involved aren't happy; this whole thing feels like a wasted opportunity.
It seems like so long ago that Undertaker and Lesnar had their dramatic ringside confrontation at UFC 121, doesn't it?
In fairness to the writers, they may be wary about allowing the fragile Undertaker to take big bumps. One bad bump, and the star could be out of the match entirely.
If this is the mentality, I can understand where they are coming from. But really, this half-hearted booking has only served to damage the bout and Lesnar's credibility.