Win or Lose, Will WrestleMania 28 Be the Undertaker's Last Match?

Drake OzSenior Writer IIDecember 6, 2011

The Undertaker is one of the most accomplished wrestlers in WWE history, and especially over the last year or so, he’s become one of its most talked about stars as well. 

The Phenom’s WWE future has become a huge topic of debate among fans like you and me, as we continue to wonder when he’s coming back, who he will face at WrestleMania 28, if there’s a chance of him losing and whether or not he will have his last match ever at the biggest pay-per-view of the year. 

We’ve grown frustrated as well because we can’t seem to get a clear-cut answer to any of those questions at this point. We just don’t know. 

But allow me to speculate. 

For those who are wondering if 'Taker is going to lose at WrestleMania 28, my answer is a resounding “NO!” 

The Undertaker has gone 19-0 at the granddaddy of them all so far, and you’ll never see that record end with a "1." The primary reason why I don’t think 'Taker will lose is because the WWE doesn’t want to get absolutely nothing out of it. 

Let’s say, for example, that Wade Barrett beats 'Taker at the show and then bolts the WWE a year later. That would be a huge waste of ending the streak, and given that guys like Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley left the WWE in the midst of giant pushes, I don’t think Vince McMahon wants to risk having someone go over Undertaker, no matter how much it would help that star. 

If we can accept that Undertaker will not lose, it doesn’t really matter all that much who he defends his streak against unless, of course, WrestleMania 28 will be has last match ever as many fans are speculating. 

At least to me, it would make perfect sense for 'Taker to win at the pay-per-view, run “The Streak” to 20-0 and then ride off into the sunset. But I just don’t see that happening. 

I mean, we all know that The Undertaker has had one of the most storied careers in WWE history. He’s been around for 20-plus years, he’s competed against countless Hall of Famers, he’s won world titles, he’s won a Royal Rumble and he’s put on some of the best matches we’ve ever seen. 

So, don’t you think the WWE would make a monumental deal out of it if The Undertaker was going to be done for good following WrestleMania 28? 

Jim Ross basically echoed my sentiments on his blog at a couple of weeks ago: 

“A man with arguably the most storied, tenured career in WWE, ever, will not go quietly into the night or without fanfare.  I can easily see Undertaker defending “the Streak” on April 1, 2012 at WM 28.  Exactly when he returns is not on my radar but he will return and, just as his retirement will be some day, it will be HUGE news.” 

See what I’m saying? 

Like Ross, I just don’t think that the final match of such a huge WWE star like The Undertaker would be taken so lightly if it was actually going to happen. 'Taker wouldn’t be sitting on the sidelines and nursing his injuries without so much as a mention of his name on WWE TV. 

At the very least, the WWE would bring up The Undertaker on RAW or SmackDown, and then question why he hasn’t been seen in so long and whether that means that his career may be in jeopardy. The WWE is not just going to bring him back sometime early next year and say, “Hey, The Undertaker’s last match is coming up in a few months.” 

No, they’re going to have tremendous build for The Undertaker’s final match. Just like the WWE did for Ric Flair. Just like it did for HBK. 

If that final match was going to take place in less than four months from today, then chances are that we would already know about it by now. 

But we don’t, and I’ll take that as a sign that The Undertaker has more than one WrestleMania moment left in him.