Since it was first recognized as a streak, the question has been, "How do you end it?"
There are many who feel the Undertaker should retire with a perfect record. Others feel it is his duty to put someone over and thus pass on his legendary patronage. Many names have been mentioned, but as yet, no one barring Shawn Michaels has come close.
The following slideshow is a bit of fun. This is merely a satirical look at how bad wrestling can be creatively and in NO way reflects either what will happen or what should happen.
Given all the various scenarios people have thought of regarding the streak, the following ideas are what we might call in betting terms, "long shots." Or put another way, we have more chance of winning the lotto than these finishes happening.
Picture it, 30 minutes into the match. Hellacious moves. Finishers. Kick-outs. Then the Undertaker gets counted out. Yes, 10 seconds are counted and the streak is over.
I imagine complete silence for about five seconds after, before the crowd spontaneously erupts and demands their money back.
It would almost be worth doing just to see the expressions on the fans faces as the 10 count is completed. It would be a traditional WWE moment of WHAT?!?!?!
Note to WWE, try this in any shape or form, and we will invest our hard-earned money in TNA.
Enough said. I think if 20 years' worth of history was to end on the Cobra, the crowd might begin to throw chairs on an ECW scale. As talented and as comical as he is, Santino's hope of ever ending the streak are as long as Khali's tights.
Sorry Santino, it just will not be you.
McTaker is the leading Diva in the WWE and so a partnership at some point isn't beyond the realms of.........well okay, its not very likely. But if it were and he needed some way of proving his affection, might he take the defeat to save his wife from an Edge spear, Kane tombstone or Michael's superkick?
It would arguably be one of the worst finishes in wrestling history, but I am not surprised by what wrestling does. After all, we had Khali dancing two weeks ago and yet that amazing promo of the Rock the next.
Giving up the streak for love......hmmmmm, maybe not in this case. He can just buy her something nice.
It remains one of the dirtiest moves in wrestling and yet one of the most effective. Of course, however, it is not legal.
There are a number of moves that would bring a similar result if used. So could the Undertaker really lose on a DQ? Of course not, but it remains another scenario that at least someone has thought of to end the streak.
Like before, should this happen, there would be just enough time for the crowd to ask "what" before they then said "cashback."
A dark day in wrestling history was the night that David Arquette won the big gold belt. It was in many ways the final nail for WCW. So if he was to reappear again at a WWE event and challenge the Undertaker, older fans may have cause to hide behind the couch.
If Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff have just been signed by the WWE to encourage ratings, and this match appears, we know the streak is doomed.
Do it, Russo and Bischoff, and it will result in me taking up gardening.
It would shatter the image that we all know and love if the Phenom, the Undertaker, was challenged to a bra and panties match at Wrestlemania. I shudder to think of the Taker in an evening gown, but thankfully this is so ridiculous that we will never have to imagine it.
That being said, Goldust ended up in a bra and ladies knickers at Wrestlemania 12, so if Roddy Piper calls out the Undertaker any time soon, telling him he's "going to make a man out of him,"then we may begin to wonder.
Quite a way to lose a 20-year streak, although maybe "streak" isn't the best word to use here.
Designed to be thought-provoking and clever, that Cena/Batista match was kind of an anti-climax once the duct tape came out. The WWE often attempts to be clever, when a simple solution would be the better choice.
And so if the Undertaker becomes 18-1 because of such a finish, the wrestling world would be up in arms.
Diesel, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka......all vanquished.
Undertaker.....vanquished by sticky tape........disaster.
As ridiculous as it sounds, would you honestly put it past the WWE? I know it's scary to think such things. Dancing seemingly has become the "in" thing for wrestlers who can't dance to do. Any ideas what Undertaker would even dance to?
Monster Mash.....it was a graveyard smash.....by Bobby Pickett?
Dead Man Walking by David Bowie?
Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult?
It is now kind of worrying to think of the Phenom as Fred Astaire, but thankfully not likely. Or is it...
If Shawn couldn't win, nobody from DX can. And yet would you put it past the WWE to have Triple H and Undertaker locked in a hellacious battle only for Hornswoggle to appear and deliver his tadpole splash?
I can picture it now, an empty arena. The closed sign at WWE headquarters in Connecticut. Eric Bischoff smiling and holding wads of cash.
As extremely unlikely as this scenario is, you just never know with the WWE.
Ohhh, finishes on a controversial one! But there is nothing in John Cena's current character that warrants his match at Wrestlemania with the Taker. In order to get there, he needs to learn how to lose cleanly even if only now and again.
How often have we seen Cena lose legitimately in the last two or three years? The Cena/Undertaker feud would be a good one but it cannot result in a 15-minute squash, it has to be a hellacious match lasting 30 minutes-plus; I don't know if the current Cena character has that amount of material.
Cena ends the streak and half the WWE will head to Florida for the next set of tapings of TNA. Or more than likely they will simply watch something else. Wrestling as we know it might very well end.
These are of course ridiculous scenarios and are in no way reflective of either sense or likelihood, apart from perhaps No. 10. They are simply a satirical look at how wrestling can be creatively poor in some of its past decisions. The Undertaker streak is sacred in terms of wrestling, and the WWE at least knows how to respect it.
That being said, until the Undertaker retires or the streak ends, we will not know for sure quite how much the WWE holds it in regard. I fear a Montreal moment or alternatively some anti-climatic moment that will forever tarnish the two-decade legacy.
But we will wait and see—that's part of the fun of the streak.
Hope you enjoyed this little Tuesday afternoon bit of silliness.