Everything that has a beginning has an end.

Posted: March 22, 2013 by Kick Out At 2! in Robbie C
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Wrestlemania and The Undertaker – The two go so hand in hand that to talk about one without the other is almost impossible. “The Streak” started at Wrestlemania VII and at Wrestlemania 28 last year “The Pheonom” reached a perfect 20-0 record and remains undefeated at WWE’s biggest event of the year. The Streak has almost become a legend in and of itself and wasn’t really focused on as a storyline until Wrestlemania 25. Basically Wrestlemania 25 to Wrestlemania 28 has been one huge story involving three of the most important wrestlers to have ever performed in The WWE.

I can remember The Undertaker saying “The Streak is not something that I talk about…” when Shawn first challenged him at Wrestlemania 25. Up until that point, that was a pretty accurate statement. When The Undertaker defeated Ric Flair at Wrestlemania 18 Taker held up 10 fingers, which was honestly the first time it hit me that The Undertaker had not lost at Wrestlemania. From then on others had made a point to mention it but Taker himself let his actions do the talking for those that challenged his growing accomplishment.

At the close of Wrestlemania 28 The Undertaker achieved his ultimate accomplishment by reaching a perfect 20-0 with his Wrestlemania victories. As The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Triple H helped each other out of the arena they gave us all a look that at the time had me wondering if we were witnessing a silent bow out. The way the three of these guys handled the end of this match reminded me so much of how Stone Cold Steve Austin walked away after Wrestlemania 19, with hardly anyone knowing he had wrestled his last match. After the close of this epic Hell in a Cell Match I truly thought I had witnessed “The End of an Era” as WWE was calling it.

Throughout this outstanding 20-0 record the last 4 matches are beyond a shadow of any doubt the best of The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania Streak, probably even the best of his entire career to be honest. To this day I firmly believe that Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 25 is the best wrestling match to have ever taken place inside the squared circle. This was a perfect match and I will be surprised if any two performers will ever get that close to perfection as these two did in 2009. With that being said there is only one Superstar currently on the roster that can give The Undertaker the quality match at Wrestlemania that we have come to expect out of The Deadman and that Superstar is none other than CM Punk.

As a Wrestling fan I have always said that “The Streak” would never come to an end. There has been a few times where the streak’s storyline was presented in a feasible way that it could have very well ended. Wrestlemania 21 with Taker’s match against Randy Orton was billed as “Legend vs Legend Killer” if it ever made sense to end the streak this was the first time. At Wrestlemania 24 The Undertaker was challenging for The World Heavyweight Championship against the current champion Edge who was in fact himself still undefeated at Wrestlemania. Then there was Wrestlemania 25 and 26. On a personally selfish level, with all the accolades that Shawn Michaels had acquired throughout his career, this was just simply one more that I wanted added to his list. After all these times that The Streak came so close to ending and with Taker reaching what seemed like a logical closure point in which to retire, I thought for sure we had seen the last of The Deadman at Wrestlemania 28 and the Streak would go down in history as a perfect 20-0 record.

The Undertaker resurfaced on the “Old School” edition of RAW and signified that he would indeed put his Streak on the line one more time at this year’s Wrestlemania. CM Punk later won a Fatal Four Way Match that night earning the right to face The Undertaker. For the first time as a wrestling fan I have a gut feeling and I truly believe this is the year that The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania Streak will come to an end and here is why. For the last couple years now we have only seen The Undertaker during Wrestlemania season, only competing in one match a year. These matches are grueling and take a lot out of The Deadman, so much so that we have often wondered if he would be able to come back. It’s no secret that WWE was skeptical if The Undertaker would be medically cleared or physically able to compete this year. At 47 years old now and after as many surgeries that he has went though and injuries that he has sustained over the years, you have to wonder why he came back this year?

Taker has been with the WWE since 1990 and has been one of, if not the most predominate and iconic Superstar during his time working for Vince McMahon. No doubt that during his career he has amassed enough wealth that he doesn’t need to put his body through the pain and punishment just simply for a paycheck. So again I ask why did he return this year? The only logical reason that I can come to is because Taker is a traditionalist. Undertaker comes from a line of wrestlers that hold certain rules and traditions in very high regard. I firmly believe the reason he has returned isn’t going to be popular with a lot of readers but I do believe that he is there to retire this year and put over CM Punk in a major way.

Like I stated, Undertaker is a traditionalist and one of the oldest traditions in professional wrestling is that on your way out you lose in an epic setting and put over your competitor. It’s a form of retirement that we have seen from such greats as Stone Cold, Ric Flair, JBL and Shawn Michaels. To say that The Undertaker belongs in the list of these great veterans is a given so to think that he would follow in their footsteps isn’t too far of a concept to see play out. I do believe that for Undertaker to do this though it would have to be for someone that he believes could truly be the face of the company and one of the major players in the future of the WWE.

On the “CM Punk: Best in The World” documentary Michael Hayes talks about The Undertaker and CM Punk’s feud in 2009. Hayes goes on to discuss that during this program CM punk earned The Undertaker’s respect as a wrestler and that it was respect he never thought he would give the Straight Edge Superstar. The fact that people like Shawn Michaels, Michael Hayes, The Undertaker himself and of course Paul Heyman saw something in CM Punk that eventually led him to be one of the top guys in WWE, could also very well have given him the ultimate opportunity that nobody ever thought was possible.

During the segment on RAW Monday, Punk used somewhat of the same “Dark Knight” type of analogy I compared him to a few months back. CM Punk stated “I’m the one man in the world that can shoulder the burden of snapping your streak…” This was a very true and bold statement because let’s face it, whoever ends the streak, as much as an accomplishment it would be, would inevitably carry some major heat for the remainder of their career from a lot of the fans. It would almost be like HBK constantly being ridiculed with chants of “You Screwed Bret!”

Only one thing is certain when it comes to The Streak. It will end when and only when The Undertaker wants it to. For years the feasibility that the streak could possibly end has always been the fun element that has added to these matches at Wrestlemania. With all the cards being stacked the way they are this year, I very well see this being the year The Streak comes to an end. There is still part of me that wants The Streak to continue, possibly seeing The Undertaker hang around and make it a perfect 25-0 but the realistic side of me says this is the year history is made and one of the best in the business passes on his legacy to the future and current Best in The World.

-Robbie C.

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Comments
  1. Ben Atkins says:

    Awesome writing once again!!! I can agree that the only way the streak will end is when the Undertaker wants it to end. The only time I ever thought it would end was Wrestlemania 26, career vs the streak. To me in my opinion this was my favorite match off all time, just like the year before. I have been a fan of CM Punk for awhile an he truly is the best in the world. As a wrestling fan the undertaker is my favorite of all time so obviously I don’t want the streak to end, but all good things must come to an end. Do I believe it will be punk, breaking the streak? It’s a thought that has crossed my mind but with the passing of Paul Bearer the undertaker will be victorious. I hope the undertaker comes back next year for one more match, question is who can give the undertaker the match that since Wrestlemania 25 have exceeded expectations. I know the kick out & 2 guys are not John Cena fans but he is the only guy(face of the WWE) that can give Undertaker the match we will love. Just like how CM Punk brings the best out of Cena. If Punk breaks the streak, yes I be disappointed but I know in the end that a truly gifted wrestler whom has earned the deadman’s respect then CM Punk is a great choice to be the one to do it. But I’m still a believer in the streak and I hope it will never end 21-0.

  2. BEF says:

    Wooooo Haaaaaaa!!! Well, punk (intentional lower case p) has enough to brag on and has already had his claim to fame by holding the title the longest time in the WWE. He should have nothing more to prove. Also there is the fact that HHH and HBK could not end the streak, and if they couldn’t end the streak – there is no way on earth punk could end the streak. (I wonder what Shawn Michaels thinks of punk proclaiming to be the ALMIGHTY? After all, Shawn is a reborn CHRISTian…)

    Through CHRIST, I love you guys at KO@2!

    If punk wins at Mania, I will be done with the WWE….

    May GOD bless you all

    (A final thought: The WWE sure don’t want to offend the folks at GLADD or any group of the likeness, but sure don’t mind treading on CHRISTians – oy vey)

  3. BEF says:

    Forgot to mention one thing, the article itself was very well written, and sorry I don’t agree 100%, but I hold steadfast to my creed….

    • Kick Out At 2! says:

      Thanks Brian! Like I said I always thought The Streak would never end but for the first time in a long time this seems like the logical way to close out his career IF this is the year he retires. The fact that Paul Bearer passed away though could cause WWE to really want to keep The Streak in tact. As far as HBK thoughts on Punk, I’m sure Shawn just looks at him from an entertainment perspective since HBK is a main reason CM Punk wasn’t cut shortly after he was originally hired. Deep down it’s all business to these guys and that’s the way I see it. Business and entertainment from some of the most talented individuals on television today.

  4. […] Robbie’s Pick: The Undertaker – Every fiber of my being wants me to pick CM Punk but due to tradition I have to go with The Undertaker. However, for the first time in the history of The Undertaker’s legendary streak this is the first year I could logically see it coming to an end. If you read my previous article you will understand the reason behind why I say this. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out. […]

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