Views From The Turnbuckle: The Death Of The Streak, Why It Happened And What It Means
When Brock Lesnar connected on his third F5 of the evening, it was purely academic as to when the streak was going to be snapped. For some reason, three finishing moves is nearly the ultimate in ensuring victory. No matter how big the event, no matter who the wrestler is, three finishing moves is the end of the line. With the exception of The Ultimate Warrior, who kicked out at 2 after 5 straight elbow drops from Randy Savage, I can't think of another time when a wrestler took three legit finishing maneuvers and still kicked out. In a big match, the first big move is child's play; the second escalates the tension, but the third seems to always be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
Leading up to Wrestlemania, there wasn't a great deal of indication that the streak was likely to be broken. Sure, Brock Lesnar pounded all over The Undertaker on the previous Raw, and Heyman blustered on about beating the streak, but that is all the same stuff we saw in previous years, and The Undertaker went over every single time. Leading up to the show, Brock Lesnar was just another competent challenger to the streak, and for all intents and purposes, didn't stand a chance against The Undertaker.
But for whatever reason, The Undertaker decided that Brock Lesnar was going to defeat him on Sunday. And make no mistake about it; The Undertaker was the one who decided to lose on Sunday. It wasn't Triple H, or Brock Lesnar, or anybody else, The Undertaker holds too much respect backstage to let anyone determine something he is involved in that he was against. And although it was clear that he had sustained a concussion during the match, there is a zero percent chance that The Undertaker was actually supposed to win the match, yet Brock Lesnar flipped the script on him and took advantage of his weakened opponent. The Undertaker's streak is consistently the most marketable thing WWE has going into Wrestlemania each year, and even someone as secure in their position as Brock Lesnar would be foolish to pull a fast one on The Undertaker.
I say these things because many conspiracy theories have been floating around since Sunday, and many of them are obviously too outlandish to ever conceivably happen. The fact is WWE did something so unexpected that it made a lot of fans so skeptical about its occurrence, that the only reasoning behind it must be that SOMETHING went wrong and the wrong outcome transpired. In my Wrestlemania preview on Thursday, I wrote that a good thing about the show was that going into it, there was a lot of possibilities, and that for the first time in a while, the event seemed very unpredictable. A lot of readers scoffed at this idea, and I got some emails disagreeing with me, and that this Wrestlemania was in fact, just as predictable as always. I hypothesized briefly in my preview that The Undertaker could lose on Sunday, but even so, I was just as shocked as the rest of you when he didn't kick out at 2.
The match itself was an interesting debate amongst wrestling fans. Some fans thought the match was very good, and one of the best on the card (myself included). However, a lot of fans felt that the match was bad, and The Undertaker (having sustained a severe concussion during the early stages of the match), looked to be in really bad shape. Despite The Undertaker getting his bell rung, I still felt that he and Brock worked a pretty competent match. Sure there were a lot of rest holds while 'Taker tried to get his bearings, but there were some good spots (Brock taking The Undertaker off the rope while he was trying to do Old School and then plunging him right into the F-5 was phenomenal), and the finish certainly was unique.
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