Brock Lesnar's name is now permanently etched in WWE's history books. And the reason for that is not only due to The Beast's own career but because he was the man to end The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania 30.
And while many of the WWE faithful are likely still in shock as they attempt to process the events of April 6, the truth is that if the streak was indeed meant to end, then Brock was the right man for the job. The fact is he was the only man truly capable of carrying that burden.
The reason the loss stung so much for so many surely has everything to do with Brock himself. The former UFC champion and longtime Paul Heyman guy has been less than a part-time Superstar since returning to Vince McMahon's company back in 2012.
Since that return, he had faced a total of four Superstars: John Cena, Triple H, CM Punk and Big Show. While each man was a WWE mainstay and provided different sorts of angles for Brock, the fact remained that Lesnar appeared to be just picking and choosing his opponents.
While there is nothing necessarily wrong with that, the truth is that many WWE fans expected something more of the man who would eventually end Undertaker's streak.
They wanted someone who was full time, a WWE Superstar who was always there and always dependable. The streak was the most treasured tradition in the eyes of so many that it seemed only fitting the win should ultimately go to someone who would be there to carry on the momentum.
A younger Superstar would have eternal bragging rights. He would always be able to hang his hat on the fact that he did what no one else in WWE history was ever able to do: beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. It's an accomplishment that could potentially take any man carrying it straight to the top of the industry.
The WWE World Championship would definitely be in play, as well as a main event spot that could very well become the top spot in the company. Beating the streak would be the springboard to a whole new career in WWE.
And that career would belong to a rising star, someone who would be working to reach that top tier. All of his time and energy would be spent in giving back to the business he loves, and he would be fully invested in not only his own career but the company itself and what it is trying to do. Roman Reigns was a name that many had believed could more than fill that role.
Basically, the rising star WWE eventually settled on would be a younger John Cena with a lifetime of great WWE moments ahead of him. He would be ready to begin that upward climb, and he would get there thanks in large part to the incredible rub he received from The Deadman at WrestleMania.
But Brock Lesnar was none of these things. And he had not been in a very long time.
Again, Brock was less than a part-time Superstar. He seemed perfectly happy to stay on the outside until the company needed him to come back and work a high-profile match. His best years were not ahead of him—they were behind him. And in terms of carrying WWE forward, Brock was in no way the man to fill that role.
That was likely not what WWE fans wanted when imagining who could carry the honor of ending the streak.
But therein lays the beauty of the angle. Instead of going with an unproven talent who was still working to get over and establish himself, WWE went with a veteran who is not there most of the time. The incredible pressure of ending the streak, then doing everything possible to get over and make a main event career out of it will not be an issue.
At the end of the day, perhaps beating The Undertaker and ending the streak was both an honor and a burden.
For Lesnar, it's definitely the former. Brock does not have a future main event career to build or a top spot waiting for him if he continues to grow and do well. He does not have to worry about his every move being scrutinized, and he also does not have to worry about an audience full of fans who would love nothing more than to see him fail because of ending Undertaker's streak.
WWE needed to put a man in that spot who could handle the heat that goes along with it. Fans can hate Lesnar for committing the sin of beating The Undertaker, and it doesn't matter. They can despise him for what he did, criticize him for being a part-time Superstar who doesn't care about the company or the streak, and it's of little consequence.
WWE needed the biggest antagonist it could find who could take all of that hate and vitriol and laugh it off as if it didn't matter. It needed Lesnar, and he's who the company got.
All of the harsh spotlight and all of the negative press that is currently swirling around Brock is doing nothing but giving him more heat with fans. He's getting over like he never has before, and it's all because the company, as well as The Undertaker himself, needed someone to wear the black hat.
Lesnar is the villain this storyline deserved and definitely the one WWE needed. He was the only man who could carry the burden of ending The Undertaker's streak, and he was by far the best man for the job.
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