The wrestling world is buzzing following The Undertaker’s shocking loss to Brock Lesnar at the WrestleMania XXX pay-per-view. Various questions are flying around: Why did WWE make the decision to end the legendary streak?
Is it possible Undertaker was legitimately injured and the match was booked on the fly? There were reports of Undertaker’s hospitalization after the show, via PWTorch.
Did legitimate shoot fighter Lesnar go into business for himself and beat up the veteran for real? (OK, so that theory is totally absurd and barely worth a nanosecond of consideration.)
Perhaps most importantly, following his loss, is Undertaker done wrestling? Have we seen his last match?
Thankfully for curious fans, in the aftermath of the show, some rumors have emerged from F4Wonline (via WrestlingInc.com). Per this report, Undertaker losing to Lesnar was the original plan and, in fact, something “The Deadman” has been eager to do for several years.
It's said that this was indeed The Undertaker's decision. We noted before that back in 2010, Taker wanted Lesnar to be the one to end The Streak. This is not confirmed yet but the impression was given backstage that Taker is done. No word yet on how this changes a potential match with Sting at WrestleMania 31.
Likely Undertaker’s willingness to lose is rooted in his respect for Lesnar’s real-life fighting skills.
While Lesnar may not be a star at the level of Shawn Michaels and Triple H—who have both had several shots at ending The Streak—he is easily the toughest guy on the roster and could likely flatten anyone on the roster in under a minute.
Honestly, you could make an argument that former UFC champion Lesnar losing to a broken-down 49-year-old like Undertaker in a match was hugely unrealistic, even for pro wrestling.
Certainly, losing to him doesn’t make Undertaker look bad or weak at all.
As for Undertaker’s presumed retirement? Well, it makes sense. With The Streak now done, is there really any point in him coming back?