At Wrestlemania XXX, what looked to be a standard Undertaker Wrestlemania streak match turned into one of the most shocking matches in WWE history.
With little build and seemingly no reason for the match, The Undertaker took on Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30. Brock Lesnar had little momentum going into the match, having only wrestled twice (against Big Show and Mark Henry) since he defeated CM Punk at Summerslam 2013, and his match with The Undertaker seemed more of a case of neither man having anyone else to wrestle at the biggest show of the year.
The match was one of the least hyped matches on the card, in fact. The pair had fought in great matches before, but they were over a decade ago. Both men had changed and some thought not for the better.
However, once the referee’s hand hit the mat for the third time and the bell rang, nobody could believe what they had seen.
Brock Lesnar had pinned Undertaker and ended the streak.
But why did Brock Lesnar end the streak. Why did Vince McMahon decide Undertaker was going to lose at Wrestlemania?
The Undertaker’s Streak
It was Vince McMahon’s idea for Brock Lesnar to end The Undertaker’s undefeated streak (unless you believe Paul Heyman, that is). Vince McMahon is the owner of the company and the head booker of WWE so it made sense he was the one to make the call to have Undertaker finally lose at Wrestlemania.
It was revealed by Dave Meltzer after the event that Vince McMahon decided to end the streak because he made the assumption that it was going to be The Undertaker’s final match in WWE.
The Deadman went on to wrestle for 6 more years in WWE, but at the time of Wrestlemania XXX his health was deteriorating and his mobility was slowly going downhill.
Despite having the match of the night at Wrestlemania 29 against CM Punk, The Undertaker seemed past his best and seemed to want to have his “last hurrah” at the historic 30th edition of WWE’s Wrestlemania.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio said about Brock Lesnar ending The Undertaker’s streak’
“Vince McMahon was going on the assumption that this was Undertaker’s last hurrah, and he could either win, or lose.“
“McMahon chose the idea that it was better to lose on your way out…One person close to the situation said McMahon talked Undertaker into doing it.”
“Another, who would also know, described it as McMahon making the call and Undertaker agreeing and that he wasn’t talked into doing something he didn’t want to do. It was not his original call, but he was in on it and never protested the call.“
As it happened, The Undertaker went on the wrestle in many more match and eventually retired with a victory against AJ Styles at Wrestlemania 36. He didn’t “lose on your way out” as Vince McMahon envisioned at Wrestlemania 30, but it was a memorable last match for The Undertaker.
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