The Streak does indeed live. But for how long?
Apparently, it is Mark Calaway himself who believes The Streak must come to an end, worrying that it is a legacy that has begun to outweigh the business itself. I, like many others, think a man of the Undertaker's enduring class and dedication is wholly worthy of an unbeaten Wrestlemania run, but am also aware that rewarding someone with the opportunity of ending the Streak would be the ultimate act of putting over some fresh young talent.
The possibilities are endless; anyone proposed as the person to end the Streak would have their detractors, such is the mystique and reverence the wrestling community holds this legacy in. Others, though, would endorse the idea of a young, upcoming wrestler being given the privilege.
CM Punk, on the cusp of becoming the face of the company, needs only something like this to reach the fabled land of the ultimate WWE icons reserved for the likes of Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, John Cena and, yes, the Undertaker himself.
Triple H certainly doesn't need the Streak added to his fanntastic legacy, but there are cynical IWC members who wouldn't put it beyond Paul Levesque to finally defeat Taker on 'The Grandest Stage of them All'.
Others, like Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, Sheamus or Alberto Del Rio could certainly use the elevation it would give their careers. Stars in the making, these men would become genuine stars if they were to beat the Deadman at 'Mania.
It wouldn't only put someone over though; no, it would also pass them the torch. Not as the biggest star, though that too could come; Undertaker was never really the No. 1 guy in the business; he was that rare performer who always hovered between No. 2 - 4. And he was absolutely fine with that, because he was the veteran; the man who dealt with things backstage, the man who typified WWE more than any other. Whoever defeats him could be given that responsibility.
Whatever the case, Undertaker is a man who understands the business, and his supposed willingness to put someone over on his way out is logical and commendable.