In what was billed as the final clash between two of the most iconic figures in WWE history, Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker on Sunday night at Hell in a Cell.
WWE captured a photo of the epic finish:
Lesnar turned the tables on The Undertaker and delivered a low blow to help seal the win:
The action got bloody, and Lesnar ripped up the ring to expose the wooden boards. At one point, The Undertaker slammed Lesnar into the wood, as WWE Universe showed:
But Lesnar dished out blow after blow to a stunned Undertaker for the majority of the match, highlighted by this sequence:
WrestlingINC.com heaped praised upon The Undertaker for being able to survive such a physical match after some had wondered if his body could ever handle getting in the ring with Lesnar again:
After the match, Bray Wyatt and the entire Wyatt Family (Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Braun Strowman) came out and attacked a fatigued Undertaker. The group then carried The Undertaker out of the ring, which WWE captured:
The Phenom and The Beast have a long and storied rivalry that dates all the way back to 2002. It was rekindled when Lesnar ended The Undertaker's undefeated WrestleMania streak at WrestleMania 30, and additional chapters have been written over the past several months, as seen in this video, courtesy of WWE's official Twitter account:
After watching Lesnar and Paul Heyman brag about ending the streak for more than a year, The Deadman was fed up. His displeasure was apparent at Battleground, when he interfered in Lesnar's WWE World Heavyweight Championship match against Seth Rollins and took down The Conqueror.
That led to a match between Lesnar and The Undertaker at SummerSlam. Although it initially looked like Lesnar had won when The Undertaker tapped out to the kimura lock, the referee didn't see it. That allowed The Phenom to hit Lesnar with a low blow behind the official's back and trap him in Hell's Gate, which caused The Beast Incarnate to pass out.
On the heels of the controversial finish, they had to do battle one more time on the final stop of Lesnar's Go to Hell Tour.
Despite the fact that The Undertaker outmaneuvered him at SummerSlam, the usually silent Lesnar took to Twitter during the buildup toward Hell in a Cell to make it clear that he intended to get revenge:
Fittingly, their latest Hell in a Cell match came almost exactly 13 years after their first one. The Beast won decisively in 2002, and history repeated itself Sunday as he got retribution on The Undertaker for the unfair manner in which their SummerSlam contest played out.
While Lesnar and The Undertaker went toe-to-toe several times prior to their meeting at WrestleMania 30, Sunday's match was ostensibly a rubber match in terms of their interactions since Lesnar returned to WWE in 2012.
Neither Lesnar nor The Undertaker is a full-time competitor at this point, so the result of the wrestlers' Hell in a Cell match won't have a huge impact on either Superstar moving forward.
At the same time, it was a good move on the creative team's part to give Lesnar the victory since having him lose consecutive matches to The Undertaker could have taken away some of the luster that was built up throughout The Beast's impressive reign with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The Undertaker, on the other hand, is a timeless Superstar who has already accomplished so much in the business that a single loss doesn't hurt him in the eyes of most fans.
The focus will now shift toward WrestleMania season, and regardless of whom Lesnar and The Undertaker pair up with, their efforts at Hell in a Cell made it clear that they are capable of helping sell out AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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