The rubber match too big for WrestleMania is set. The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar will fight once more in a venue fit for both: Hell in a Cell!
The two behemoths, who will battle inside the demonic structure on October 25, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, are going to settle the score once and for all.
Lesnar started the series by defeating Undertaker at WrestleMania 30, ending his WrestleMania undefeated streak. April 6, 2014 is a date that will live in infamy for many WWE fans. Things would never be the same.
That led to Undertaker seeking revenge at WWE Battleground. He cost Lesnar his WWE world heavyweight title bout against Seth Rollins and sought another battle with the Beast.
They fought at SummerSlam, where the Deadman got his wish with controversial results.
Lesnar trapped Undertaker in the kimura lock, wrenching Taker’s arm behind his back. Taker tapped out, and the timekeeper rang the bell. The problem was that the referee never saw it.
Lesnar turned his back, unaware that the match continued. Taker stumbled and hit Lesnar between the legs. He put the Beast down with Hell’s Gate, a variation of the gogoplata submission. Lesnar passed out, giving rise to the Undertaker as winner.
The score is even at one victory apiece, and these two are on a collision course for Los Angeles. While it would be bittersweet to settle the rivalry at WrestleMania 32, WWE has made a smart booking decision.
Having Undertaker-Lesnar III at Hell in a Cell is the right call.
It has significance for both men, who have history inside the most sadistic match in WWE.
Undertaker was one of the first two competitors to compete inside Hell in a Cell. He lost to Shawn Michaels at Badd Blood: In Your House on October 5, 1997. Taker would make Hell in a Cell one of his staple matches, fighting various opponents inside the structure over the years.
His last such bout was against Triple H at WrestleMania 28 with Michaels as the guest referee. Taker came out victorious, making Triple H his victim at the Showcase of the Immortals for the third time.
The Deadman has fought many opponents inside the cell, including Mick Foley, Batista and Edge. He also battled another wrestler who was very young at the time.
WWE No Mercy took place on October 20, 2002. Undertaker headlined that event in a losing effort against the WWE champion at that time: Brock Lesnar.
It was one of the WWE’s bloodiest battles. The thriving Lesnar overcame the veteran Taker. It is also Lesnar’s only match inside the cell to date.
Lesnar was still learning the ropes inside the ring. Now, he’s a seasoned veteran in his own right. He really is the Beast, an unstoppable suplex machine destroying everything in his path.
Being locked inside that structure spells disaster for Undertaker. There’s nowhere for him to go to regain composure if Lesnar instills his dominate ways. Maybe that’s what Undertaker wants, though.
Frankly, Undertaker has always sought fights. He enjoys competition, even under the most extreme of circumstances. Perhaps this is his last hurrah in WWE. It would be poetic given the cell’s history.
Hell in a Cell has always been billed as the match that ends feuds. Taker and Triple H settled their issues after their WrestleMania 28 encounter. Another example was the nearly two year-long war Triple H had with Michaels.
One way or another, the rivalry between Brock Lesnar and Undertaker will end. It’s apropos they will settle the score on October 25 inside the WWE’s most treacherous structure. It’s also why Undertaker versus Brock Lesnar at Hell In A Cell is the right call.