WWE DVD Review: 'Undertaker: The Streak' Is Entertaining If Not Informative

T BDContributor IJuly 18, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15. The Undertaker enters the arena during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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WWE's latest DVD offering Undertaker: The Streak will be released on Tuesday, July 24. The rare four-disc set release includes every match from Undertaker's unblemished WrestleMania history, along with a documentary chronicling each victory with comments from several of the combatants.

With recent DVD releases, WWE has pulled back the curtain further than ever, in ways fans weren't necessary used to seeing.

In Randy Orton's "Evolution of a Predator" release for example, there are several moments backstage, including interaction at catering with WWE superstars and legends, including John Cena.

For a fan that has never been in that environment, it's a rare glimpse into sacred ground for WWE superstars.

This DVD doesn't necessarily provide you with the same context, perhaps a large portion of why Undertaker has been so successful in his career is because there still exists an aura of mystery and a prolonged protection of character.

The Undertaker, still today, feels different as a Superstar than others on the roster. As an interviewer, for example, I could see myself securing an interview with any Superstar or on air personality through WWE, except the Undertaker.

This does not seem unusual to me, in fact it is expected (I sometimes joke that my career covering pro wrestling started three years too late, after the "American Bad Ass" character had wrapped up, an iteration where he was performing interviews with the media).

The line that describes this DVD best in my opinion is in the headline: entertaining, if not informative. Many WWE fans will not learn anything new from watching this DVD, but WWE's level of production quality and their ability to evoke emotion through illustration and sound is second to none.

It's an enthralling journey through Undertaker's 20 wins at WrestleMania, and as a long time fan myself who can be afflicted by "wrestling ADD," it kept my attention the entire time.

After watching the DVD, you are left debating whether you want the streak to end. In my humble opinion, one day the streak will end, simply because all great things come to an end, and also because there is no greater moment for someone to become spectacular in WWE.

Here is my fantasy booking: after John Cena wins the Royal Rumble in 2013, he announces the next night on RAW that he will give up his title opportunity and wants to face the Undertaker at WrestleMania.

During the match, Cena comes close to breaking the streak, but can't, the Undertaker simply wont die. Finally, in a similar situation to WrestleMania 17 between The Rock and Steve Austin, John Cena does something so brutal and so unexpected that the fans turn on him.

Cena destroys Taker with multiple chair shots, to the point where it becomes uncomfortable to watch, and then, Cena simply puts his foot on Taker's chest for the 1-2-3.

Though the "will Cena ever turn heel" talk has simmered down recently, imagine if this happened. He could instantly become the most hated man in WWE history for not only ending an institution, but in the method in which he did it.

That's my idea on how the streak will end, what is yours?

Arda Ocal
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