WrestleMania 30 ensured itself a relevant place in the event's history in dubious fashion.
The Undertaker, a wrestling legend, fell to an F-5 from Brock Lesnar and suffered his first defeat in WrestleMania history on Sunday night. Taker's 21-0 mark at WrestleMania entering the event was arguably the most well-known stat in the sports entertainment world.
Have a look at the results from the exciting night, and then we'll further discuss the event's most memorable moment.
|Pre-Show: The Usos vs. The Real Americans vs. Rybaxel vs. Los Matadores||The Usos|
|Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H||Daniel Bryan|
|The Shield vs. Kane and the New Age Outlaws||The Shield|
|Andre the Giant 30-Man Memorial Battle Royal||Cesaro|
|John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt||John Cena|
|Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar||Brock Lesnar|
|AJ Lee vs. The Rest of the Divas||AJ Lee|
|Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan||Daniel Bryan|
Source: LA Times
Needless to say, people were shocked when the streak came to an end. WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross helps explain:
75,000+ stunned...shocked...has the mat world imploded? The Streak dies....but the legend will live forever. #WrestleMania— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) April 7, 2014
As is said, a picture is worth 1,000 words. It was pictures like the one shared by Mushpower that inspired that comment:
This guy just lost his bankroll on the undertaker pic.twitter.com/9N9vodvbEP— Mushpower (@spbetting1) April 7, 2014
Now, jaws dropping to the floor is often a great thing in the entertainment business, and those kinds of moments have worked out well for the WWE before. Hulk Hogan turning heel is the first that comes to mind.
There is no doubt that this outcome gives WrestleMania 30 an eternal spot in wrestling history. The problem is with the way the streak was ended.
On the surface, Lesnar is a good choice to end the streak. He is one of the most physically imposing wrestlers and a quality heel. For Taker to fall to an F-5, it is certainly no blight on his resume.
Are you happy with the way the streak ended?
However, why waste this notable win on a part-timer? Lesnar is already a star in his own right. This win isn't going to do much to boost his drawing power. Also, while a rematch would generate plenty of interest, there isn't a lot of room to work storylines given the part-time status of both wrestlers.
Introducing a loss that no one saw coming helps keep fans on the edge of their seat and interest high. There is no doubt this match will accomplish those feats.
Still, this streak was an event in itself. It generated interest in every WrestleMania, and The Undertaker's matches have been a perennial highlight. If the WWE was going to take this marketing tool away from itself, it should have done so in a way it could regularly build upon for the next year.
The only thing Lesnar is going to build off this victory is his waistline in between his spotty WWE appearances. Well, that and maybe some credibility to Paul Heyman's hype, courtesy of PWTorch.com's Wade Keller:
Loved Paul Heyman's line: "That's not a prediction, that's a spoiler" regarding Lesnar ending Taker's streak.— Wade Keller (@thewadekeller) April 1, 2014
Had a full-time player snapped this streak, the WWE could've built off of that all year to help build another icon in the sport and pump up a rematch with The Undertaker.
Instead, the streak fell to a well-known, part-time figure, and although that gives this WrestleMania a place in history, this match will be largely irrelevant in the present for the WWE moving forward, and that is a waste.