Daniel Bryan's WrestleMania 30 Moment Overshadowed by Undertaker's Loss

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterApril 8, 2014

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The echo of Undertaker's loss at WrestleMania 30 was still ringing when Daniel Bryan celebrated the biggest moment of his career.

The media and the fans both focused more on the end of The Streak than the start of Bryan's reign. As magical as Bryan's ride has been, there hasn't be a more shocking moment in WrestleMania history than Brock Lesnar pinning Undertaker. The significance of that result is greater than any title win.

Bryan was a part of two stellar matches in New Orleans. He stood on center stage as a compelling drama played out, one that ended in a storm of confetti, echoing chants and a pair of championships in his hands.

He had to follow an act that couldn't be followed, though.

Bryan's story was flash fiction compared to the novel that was Undertaker's. The Deadman began his streak back in 1991.

He was closing in on a quarter-century's worth of wins at WrestleMania. It was widely assumed that his undefeated run would continue. After all, it hadn't ended in 21 tries.

When Lesnar hit his third F-5 and the referee counted to three, fans wore their surprise on their faces.

Fans react to Undertaker's loss at WrestleMania.
Fans react to Undertaker's loss at WrestleMania.Credit: WWE.com

So when Bryan stepped into the ring to face Randy Orton and Batista, a chance at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship before him, he didn't have the audience's full attention. Many folks were discussing, griping about and questioning the end of The Streak.

Sycho Sid spoke about just how emotional an outcome it was:

Emotions were still raw when Bryan ended WrestleMania as champion. No palate-cleanser match was going to get fans ready for another dramatic ride.

Bryan vs. Orton vs. Batista was spectacular. WWE played puppet master and pulled the strings around our hearts in that bout, but many hearts were elsewhere.

Tweets like this one from @christinem91 flooded the Internet:

Bryan, Orton and Batista did plenty to make some fans forget their swirling emotions over The Streak's death. Near falls, violent crashes and Triple H trying to screw Bryan over once made for an instant classic.

Still, many of the headlines that emerged after WrestleMania focused on Undertaker.

Even on Tuesday, WWE.com had Undertaker's story in a more prominent spot than Bryan's. "The Phenom" remained front-page-worthy, his defeat taking up two of the five main stories on the site:

Screenshot from WWE.com
Screenshot from WWE.comCredit: WWE.com

Outlets that rarely touch pro wrestling zeroed in on the Undertaker narrative.

Gawker reported on it. The Huffington Post added to the discussionUSA Today wrote about it as well.

One day after WrestleMania, when Woody Paige earned a few minutes to tackle any subject on ESPN's Around the Horn, he chose to mourn the end of Undertaker's streak:

Bryan's two victories didn't spark that kind of response. His was simply not as big of a story.

Champions are crowned all the time in wrestling. Bryan's win marked the 117th time the title has changed hands in WWE Championship history.

Lesnar, on the other hand, became the only wrestler ever to beat Undertaker at WrestleMania. The novelty of that accomplishment, the surprising nature by which it was achieved and the fans' passionate response to it happening all pushed Bryan's accomplishments from the forefront.

Should he go on an fantastic run and become this generation's Steve Austin in terms of popularity and marketability, the headlines will focus more on Bryan.

For now, though, more eyes are pointed at Undertaker.

His loss likely marks the end of his Hall of Fame career. Bryan's championship win has every chance of becoming the catalyst for a new era, the coronation of the next megastar.

At WrestleMania 30, those narratives overlapped, forcing one to cast the shadow and the other to suffer standing in it.