Brock Lesnar ended The Streak 
You know… it makes perfect sense. Bare with me.
Last night, Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania. This victory is a feat that no one has been able to conquer over 21 WrestleMania matches. The Undertaker has faced off against 19 men over 22 years and has defeated nearly every one of them… except for one. The brawl at WrestleMania XXX came to a shocking conclusion when Brock Lesnar delivered a third F-5 to the Deadman, pinning him and gaining the upset victory.
Fans reacted accordingly. There was silence among the 75,000+ in attendance, and an air of disbelief swept over the WWE Universe watching at home. Professional wrestling has had very few solid, unmodified changes in its long history and one of them was that the Deadman simply does not lose at WrestleMania. Last night, however, for the first time in history, the WWE completely shocked the world and said “Here…. something different.”
First of all, let’s focus on that. Last night, John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, Brock Lesnar, The Big Show, Kane, Triple H, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Christian… all of those men competed at WrestleMania, and yet none of them- NONE OF THEM left the show as the World Heavyweight Champion. Who did? Daniel Bryan. A giant battle royal ensued to dish out a new crown in pro wrestling and who won the match? Cesaro. John Cena had a top profile match against a superstar that wasn’t a main eventer, that wasn’t a company guy, that wasn’t a heavily muscled and tattooed guy. Granted, he won, but he didn’t squash the guy, and it made his opponent, Bray Wyatt, look like a legitimate star. The Shield took on a group of “part timers” and “Attitude Era” guys… and won. These are all things that are completely different from pro wrestling’s recent history, and yet the world is focused on Brock Lesnar ending the beloved streak.
People, let’s be real here, could The Undertaker, the man, REALLY defeat Brock Lesnar in a fight? Maybe the character The Undertaker could, but at some point, you’ve got to stop and realize that this isn’t the same Deadman that defeated Hogan in the early 90’s, this is The Deadman that no longer has Paul Bearer. This is a guy who had to be carried out of the show 2 years ago by his opponent. This is a man who nearly lost to CM Punk, who’s about a hundred pounds lighter than himself and who The Undertaker would have squashed a decade earlier. This is a guy who’s had multiple hip and leg injuries, who’s pushing 50, and who for years, has beaten EVERYBODY.
This is also a man who has lost, multiple times, to Brock Lesnar. Let’s go back 12 years ago when Brock was “the next big thing”. Who did Lesnar defeat in his consecutive pay per view title defenses following his title win at SummerSlam? The Undertaker. The man who couldn’t defeat Lesnar for the WWE Championship, and we’re all meant to believe that a dozen years later, Taker has a fighting chance, after Brock has done nothing but train to be a stronger fighter?
I think we, as fans, also forget that in 2011 and 2012, Triple H nearly defeated The Undertaker to the point that in 2011, he had to be carted out of the ring on a stretcher, and in 2012, he had to be carried out yet again. There’s also last year, 2013, at WrestleMania 29, where CM Punk came within inches of defeating The Undertaker too. Who defeated both of those men last year in dominating matches at Extreme Rules and SummerSlam? Brock Lesnar.
Plus, come on, we all wanted it to be a “young up and comer” who defeated Lesnar. Someone who it would have “made their career”, but who the fuck could have beaten The Undertaker at WrestleMania that NOBODY would have bitched about? Kane? Maybe. PROBABLY. I could see wrestling fans nodding and saying “Okay, that’s fine.” But think about it: if someone defeated The Undertaker at Mania, whether it was a new face or someone like Roman Reigns or Cesaro, they would have to be completely unstoppable following the match or it would have been ridiculous. Imagine Roman Reigns defeating The Undertaker at Mania 31 and then two months later, he’s ‘jobbing out’ to Cena.
That’s another point to consider, if you’re feeling really shitty about Brock beating The Undertaker. It WASN’T John Cena who did it. It wasn’t Randy Orton. It wasn’t a guy who has beaten everybody and has been booked to the moon and back a hundred times. Instead, it was guy that people genuinely hate and want to see get destroyed, and now, people are REACTING. Who would be mentioning the match at all if Lesnar hadn’t won last night? Nobody. Daniel Bryan would be the focus and we’d all be like “Oh, Taker? Well, of course he won. He’s The Undertaker!”
What’s next for Brock Lesnar? There’s literally only one place that he can go from here, and that’s to the top. He must now target Daniel Bryan. After defeating the peak echelon of the WWE at the biggest show of the year, what more is there to do but make a bee line for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? As fans, we have all waited on impatient hands for Daniel Bryan to secure the championship, and it has finally happened. No WAY that Daniel is going to lose the title any time soon. People would go insane. If anything, he’ll likely at least hold it until SummerSlam. What the next few months will hold will define Daniel Bryan as the champion. He’ll either lose to the beast incarnate or prove why he’s the greatest Goddamn wrestler in the world and dominate the man who beat The Undertaker. If and when this happens, not only is Lesnar giving Bryan the rub, but The Undertaker has officially helped make Daniel Bryan a star.
Plus, what’s next for The Undertaker? The big Goddamn rumor for the last 600 years has been TAKER VS. STING. Well, get your toilet paper ready, because if the rumor is true, tonight on Raw, you just might shit yourself if Sting debuts. I could see The Undertaker coming out to give his farewell address and Sting coming out and cutting some “whoa, whoa, whoa” promo to set up for Mania 31.
You know, or not. Either way, The Undertaker has finally lost a match at WrestleMania and the streak is officially over. It has ended, for now, at 21-1. At the end of the day, that’s still a hell of a win/loss record for any superstar at WrestleMania. How many wrestlers have even competed at 22 WrestleMania’s? Let alone won all but one of them? C’mon. This isn’t a bad thing. The match wasn’t great, but at the end of the day, it’s just professional wrestling. Unless this has completely turned you off and you just hate pro wrestling now… just breathe. It’ll be okay. It’s all gonna be… okay.