It's hard to shock, truly shock, WWE fans into silence today. The IWC dirt sheets, wrestling forums and gossip mongers unite and serve to provide news concerning professional wrestling months before it actually happens.
A fan begins watching the show knowing the superstars called up for special appearances, the tussle and politics involved in the making of every match and the consequences of its result.
We watch the show, expecting it to play exactly as we think it should. Truly magical moments are created when it doesn't.
The Undertaker's streak was a precious relic preserved lovingly throughout the history of WWE. A streak that was born accidentally, and then nurtured into a trophy and one that finally matured as the highlight of every WrestleMania. The streak lived to link emotions with a fictional character in a fictional world.
Twenty-two years of raising its prestige has now come to this. Brock Lesnar has conquered the streak, and while we can't change the outcome, it is important we look at it objectively before we mope and cry and break some DVDs.
The streak belonged, at the end of the day, to WWE. It created it, protected it and it was the company's to break. The decision to end it does not necessarily symbolise a resounding slap to the WWE Universe, because the WWE Universe wasn't a contributing member of the decision making during the previous 21 wins. WWE made it, and it chose to break it.
Undertaker himself never placed the greatest importance on the streak. If reports (those very dirt sheets) are to be believed, he would be open to losing to anyone if the WWE needed it, which reached its peak before his match with Randy Orton. Undertaker is known to be selfless and always ready to give a push to anyone who required it.
The man has also been destroyed every year in the most brutal matches possible in his late 40s. He is arguably one of the greatest performers of all time, and his body has gone through hell (literally) and back.
We all knew Undertaker was leaving soon, and it made more sense for him to bow out passing the glory of the streak to another to create a new legacy rather than retire undefeated. 22-0 and 21-1 are both legendary streaks, and that is never being erased.
The only question now is whether Lesnar should have been the one to kill the Deadman. The man who openly criticises WWE's working style enough to not be a regular performer. A man who gets paid millions to make a few appearances per year in which he ends up dominating most of the time.
This is Lesnar, the Beast Incarnate, with a legacy that can garner him all that money for not much work at all. He didn't need to break the streak.
But if not him, then whom? Would the fans lap up to Roman Reigns as the next demigod of professional wrestling had he conquered the Phenom, or would he easily become the most hated person ever for ending something so special? We had reached a point where no heroes could be created from the streak, due to the immortal sentimental value people would always attach to it.
For some fans, no one deserves to end the streak, and they would passionately hate anyone who did it. This would be far from a boost for any young superstar looking for a major push.
From that view, Lesnar seems fine. But then again, it's Lesnar—the man who doesn't care much about the WWE, and one who wouldn't stay for long either.
Thanks for the read all.
Shalaj Lawania is a part-timer contributor to Bleacher Report (like Brock Lesnar) is currently coming to terms with this WrestleMania.
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