The Undertaker is returning to WWE soon, a fact that is surely on the minds of many fans who have been impatiently awaiting his return.
After all, we haven’t seen the Deadman perform in the ring since his epic match with Triple H at WrestleMania 28 this year and as we approach the Royal Rumble, the anticipation is growing more intense than ever before.
So, for the million dollar question. Will The Undertaker win or lose at WrestleMania 29?
Speculation as to just who Taker will face has been running rampant, with some of the usual suspects being mentioned by fans. Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, John Cena, and possibly even Kane are all guys who could be in the running to face Taker on the stage that he has owned for 20 years.
All of these Superstars are worthy opponents, and each one is more than capable of defeating Undertaker and ending the streak.
Not buying it, are you? Yeah, me neither.
Taker’s WrestleMania streak has gone on for so long now, it is ingrained into our collective consciousness. Just saying that Undertaker is undefeated at WrestleMania is as natural as saying Ric Flair is the 16-time World Champion. Everyone knows it, everyone respects it.
And no one really expects it to change.
I will say, however, that a part of me believes Taker should do the job at Mania, to pass it on to the next generation of WWE Superstars. After all, many workers put Undertaker over as he was building his WWE career through the years. Maybe he should now do the same.
The wrestling business survives on the respect and professionalism that the talent show each other in the ring. Despite the size or grandness of the production, it’s the responsibility of the workers involved to maintain the art form of pro wrestling, to ensure that it exists in the future.
As the song goes, “to everything there is a season.”
Undertaker’s generation of stars has, one by one, given way to the current crop of WWE talent. And that talent will one day pass it on to the next. The business, especially WWE, cannot stand still. Basically, it’s evolve or die.
Taker is an old-school pro wrestler, a man who surely understands what it means to do the honors, thus doing the right thing for the industry. It makes perfect sense that when the timing is right and the opponent has been chosen, that Undertaker will be ready to end the streak and move on.
But the truth is that even though I believe and stick by every word I said in regards to the Deadman taking a three-count at WrestleMania, I really feel that it just won’t happen.
This does not negate my belief that Taker is the old-school pro I feel he is. He has done nothing over the years but show respect to the business, the fans, and to the other workers around him.
But this is tradition we’re talking about here. The streak has reached epic proportions, and has grown even bigger than The Undertaker himself. It’s part of the WWE mythos now, a legendary accomplishment that perhaps should remain intact for the next generation to respect, to talk about, and to honor.
The undefeated streak also says something about Undertaker, and how much the company appreciates all he’s done for them over the years.
In a company like WWE, where stars come and go and plans are constantly changing, Vince McMahon could have pulled the plug on Taker anytime he wanted to. He could have inserted anyone he wanted, given the rub to a hand picked Superstar of his choosing.
He alone could have made the call, deciding that Undertaker’s time was over and given him a firm, albeit gracious, sendoff.
But Vince is the master promoter, the ultimate showman. He understands the incredible amount of drama and hype that surrounds the streak and how important it is that it continue as a selling point of WrestleMania each year.
And when you have an employee of Undertaker’s stature who has proven his loyalty and willingness to take on any challenge, then you reward that type of commitment. Taker deserves the streak; he is the one who makes it all worthwhile.
As long as he is physically able and feels he can go, then he should be allowed to perform. He has more than earned that right.
So bring on WrestleMania 29. Bring on the hype. And let the speculation about who will take on The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania 30 next year begin.
That’s right, I’m moving on.