The Undertaker's undefeated WrestleMania Streak ended at 21 after Brock Lesnar shocked the world at WrestleMania XXX. Nobody thought The Streak would ever end for over a decade. Surely, if one person was to beat it, nobody thought it would be Brock Lesnar.
The Deadman had sat down many legends throughout the years on The Grandest Stage of Them All: Ric Flair, Kane, Randy Orton, Edge, Triple H, Batista, Shawn Michaels and others. Why would a guy who ditched the company in 2004 and only fights for money be the guy who ended it? Well, it certainly wasn't expected by anybody.
Fans will debate forever as to whether or not a) it was the right call to end The Streak and b) if Brock Lesnar truly was the suitable person for it. Your's truly believes a) makes sense in a lot of ways but b) made no sense whatsoever.
Here's a look at 15 wrestlers who would have been better candidates to end The Streak.
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15 Bray Wyatt (At WrestleMania 31)
Bray Wyatt is one of the more underrated wrestlers on the WWE roster who hasn't gotten the overdue push. I view The Wyatt Family as a faction that should be booked like Triple H's Evolution group that won all the major titles on their respective brand.
Wyatt has had feuds with Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, Kane, Randy Orton, and even The Rock at this past year's WrestleMania. But he hasn't really gotten over because all of the feuds were lackluster at best. A win over The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31 would have done the trick, though.
Now, most WWE fans won't even think about putting Wyatt on the same level as John Cena, Orton, Chris Jericho, etc. But WWE is lacking a top-notch heel. Lesnar seems to get more crowd reactions than boos, the fans often cheer for A.J. Styles over Dean Ambrose or Cena, too. Wyatt could have used this win to get the push to become WWE's new villain. He would have finally gotten over and actually given us a heel to hate.
14 Kane (At WrestleMania XX)
The Deadman and his Brothers of Destruction partner faced off at WrestleMania XIV, which would end up being a victory for The Undertaker (0f course). Back then, The Streak was just coming to light and it wouldn't have made sense for The Big Red Machine to end it then. But at WrestleMania XX, however, would have been another story.
The Undertaker was 11-0 entering his match against Kane at WrestleMania XX at Madison Square Garden. This was at the height of the prime years for both guys as characters and in-ring performers. Having The Streak end before it became insanely legendary would have made the most sense from a fans' perspective.
Now, Kane was never at any point as big as The Undertaker. Still, having The Deadman's keyfabe brother end The Streak at the most famous arena in the world would have been the finest moment of Kane's career. He never had that ah-ha! moment, but this could have been it.
13 Hulk Hogan
There aren't really any certain WrestleManias that stand out as the ideal time for these two to fight on the Grandest Stage of Them All. The Undertaker wasn't an icon to the company until Hulk Hogan left for WCW in 1996. The Hulkster didn't return until 2002. Everyone knows that he simply had to fight either The Rock or Steve Austin when he returned. He fought the former in one of the greatest matches ever.
Of course, Hogan was really in no prime position to fight The Undertaker any time after, say, 2010. If this match was to happen at WrestleMania, it would have had to be between 2002-2009. WrestleMania XIX was probably the ideal opportunity. Hogan faced Mr. McMahon in a Street Fight that could have happened any time. The Undertaker beat Big Show and A-Train in a Handicap match.
But we don't need to go into details as to why Hogan should have won. He's the most recognized and biggest name to the history of pro wrestling. He beating Taker to end the streak at any point would have been the biggest moment of the 21st century for sports entertainment.
12 Roman Reigns (WrestleMania 31)
You could make a case that Reigns could have fought The Undertaker when he was a member of The Shield. Or even at WrestleMania XXX or this upcoming WrestleMania. But WrestleMania 31 simply would have been the time to end it.
As you know, Vince McMahon loves Reigns so much that he's tried pushing him to be the company's top babyface ever since The Shield broke up (two-and-a-half years ago) despite fans always booing him. They don't value Reigns the way the boss does. But for Reigns, he hasn't had an easy time getting over.
Reigns' in-ring ability would have made a victory over The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31 more realistic. Sure, the fans could have booed and turned on him - but Reigns as a top heel getting over would be way better than where he is now. This win would have been huge for his legacy and rise. He remains stuck in no man's land.
11 Kurt Angle
Like Hogan, there isn't a specific year where Angle and The Undertaker should have faced off. Anywhere between WrestleMania X8 and 21 would have been ideal. Angle was one of the company's best heels during his run in the Attitude Era. He was simply one of the most gifted in-ring wrestlers in his prime, too.
Having an Olympic gold medalist end The Streak would be as realistic as it could get. The fans loved hating on Angle - nobody came off as more arrogant and evil on the mic like him. Angle didn't have the WrestleMania moment he deserved. Beating The Undertaker at some point during the Attitude or Ruthless Aggression Era would have given him that iconic moment to ensure he lasts in WWE immortality.
10 Randy Orton (WrestleMania 21)
The Legend Killer had an incredible year building up to WrestleMania 21. He became the youngest World Champions ever (age 24) when he won the title at SummerSlam, 2004. The next day, he was booted out of Evolution and embarked on an awesome run against Triple H, Ric Flair, and Batista. Orton quickly got over as a fan favorite, but turned heel when he expressed his desire to end The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak.
As everyone knows, The Undertaker won this match. But Orton would have made perfect sense - at least more than Brock Lesnar. Having a 25-year-old end The Streak during his Legend Killer gimmick would win more Oscars than Titanic. Really, it would have been the perfect moment for the WWE to capitalize on.
Orton is one of the best wrestlers of his generation. He's had his WrestleMania moments, but his finest is the one that never happened: The man who ended The Streak.
9 Batista (WrestleMania 23)
The Animal may not have been the greatest in-ring wrestler to most fans (I disagree incredibly, by the way) but there's no denying he was a main event star. He and The Undertaker had a pair of rivalries during their respective primes, but it shined through best when The Animal tried to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against The Deadman at WrestleMania 23.
The match was incredible, with Batista just missing out on pinning him after delivering a Batista Bomb. Now, allow me to explain why Batista would have been the right man to end the streak.
In real life, his built 6-6, 300-pound frame would have made a victory over The Undertaker realistic. His build was strong enough to face The Undertaker, and he was one of the company's top heels. Batista himself admitted he hated being the "good guy." Having him beat The Undertaker to end The Streak could have put him over as the heel.
Some may disagree, but he was certainly the right guy over Lesnar.
8 The Rock
Again, there isn't a specific WrestleMania where these two could have faced off and have The Rock win. But it wouldn't have made sense to have him come back (after he left for Hollywood in 2004) just to end The Streak. Sometime during the Attitude Era would have been ideal.
You see, some consider The Rock their favorite wrestler ever. Nobody could electrify a crowd on the microphone alone the way he could. His trash-talking ways and ability to hype up a moment was top-notch. He's also one of the greatest wrestlers to ever live, and we just wish he and The Undertaker went toe-to-toe at WrestleMania. With a Rock victory, too.
The Undertaker was an on-again, off-again heel from 2000-2002. This would have been the time to have The Rock (a fan favorite) slash The Streak. It could have given us a rivalry for the ages, too. There's just too much that lines up as to why The Rock should have ended The Streak.
7 Edge (WrestleMania XXIV)
The Rated-R Superstar was the WWE's top heel (without a single question) in the Ruthless Aggression Era. Edge could work up a crowd like no other as he feuded with D-Generation X, John Cena, The Undertaker, and all of the other top faces you can think of.
The Ultimate Opportunist also started out his WrestleMania streak on a roll: He won his first seven matches, with the first loss coming in a Money in the Bank Ladder match at WrestleMania, 23.
Edge did everything you could have asked for to be an iconic heel. Imagine him ending The Undertaker's streak - now that takes "hated heel," to a whole new level. Edge was a remarkable talent inside the ring and was always able to put on a great match. Ending the streak at 15-0 would have been the better call for Vince, given how Edge was already over as the top heel of his era
These two were supposed to face of at WrestleMania 31. Didn't happen. WrestleMania 32 could have worked if Sting wasn't injured and didn't retire. The last two things did happen. We could have waited until WrestleMania 33. Either way, Sting would have been a great fit to end The Streak.
Here's the deal: There was no way Vince McMahon would have Sting lose. He didn't even book The Icon to win a singles match during his short run with WWE. You think he'd let an old WCW foe beat his favorite wrestler? No, but he could have.
Sting and The Undertaker is the one dream match every WWE fan wants to see. It doesn't matter if this match was in the past or if it happened this year. The fans love Sting, and he deserves one iconic WWE moment.
If The Icon himself ended The Streak, it would just add more to his legacy. Both men have had incredible careers that span three decades. If Sting ended The Streak, say, this year and both men go off into the sunset - you're talking about chills.
Oh man, I got so upset now dreaming this scenario knowing it'll never happen.
5 Big Cass
Here's something you may not know:
This guy (pictured above) is Big Cass. And he's seven-foot tall - and you can't teach that!
Imagine this beautiful scenario: The Undertaker beats Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX, takes care of business against Bray Wyatt and Shane McMahon and moves to 24-0. Now, he and Big Cass face off at WrestleMania 33. Big Cass would make perfect sense for many reasons. He's one of the companies up-and-coming stars and is capable of going toe-to-toe with 'Taker because of his size. So a win would be extremely realistic, too.
And this would be best for business. The Undertaker is probably retiring after this year's WrestleMania, and having one of Vince's rising young stars beat him would surely get Cass over and begin a new generation of seven-foot-tall legends.
And you can't - teach - that!
4 Triple H (WrestleMania XXVII)
Triple H and The Undertaker also faced off at WrestleMania XXVIII inside a Hell in a Cell, when Shawn Michaels was the special guest referee. However, having HBK help his D-X counterpart end The Streak would have been a worse booking than The Fingerpoke of Doom. So WrestleMania XXVII was the year to do it.
The match was one of the best of the year. Triple H nearly put The Undertaker away by mocking his signature gestures before delivering a Tombstone Piledriver and pinning The Deadman in his signature way (with the tongue sticking out and the eyes rolled back).
The Undertaker kicked out and would actually go on to win the match. But I personally believe Triple H should have ended the match right there. Some may say it would have been a disgrace to win by mocking The Undertaker and stealing his finisher, but it would add to the legacy of The Game.
A controversial finish? Sure. But few Superstars have had similar success to The Undertaker like Triple H. That would have been one of the sweetest finishes ever if he had won.
3 Kevin Owens (WrestleMania 33)
Like Big Cass, Kevin Owens is only going to get better with time. His legendary status has only been going for a couple of months - thanks to Triple H helping him win the WWE Universal Championship title.
There's no way Owens should have beaten him at WrestleMania 32 when he was still a mid-card wrestler. But again, as The Undertaker prepares for his anticipated grand finale WrestleMania match, he and Owens would be a perfect bout. Let's say The Undertaker enters this one with a 24-0 streak.
Now, you have the best wrestler of the past vs. the WWE star of the future. Say it's a Universal Championship match, now you have the stakes at an all-time high. If Owens beats The Undertaker, that's the passing of a torch moment. Imagine 'Taker bracing him ringside, holding up his hands and exiting to thousands of fans in Orlando giving him an ovation.
That's a finish to a great streak, folks.
2 John Cena (WrestleMania 33)
Right now, the rumor is that The Undertaker's last match ever will take place against John Cena at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando. They couldn't do this match in the past because Cena was the top face of the company. Having him end The Streak would have led to a heel turn that would take place far too early.
But fans are sick of the same ol' babyface John Cena. So many of us are calling for him to pull off an epic heel turn for the ages like Hulk Hogan did in WCW to form the nWo. If Cena turns heel and ends The Undertaker's 24-0 streak, then he goes on a bad guy run that becomes legendary. Guaranteed. It changes the history of WWE forever in a good way.
Second, Cena deserves to be the one who ends The Streak. Lesnar is a guy who basically fights in the WWE just for money (hence why he returned and only fights periodically). Cena's been the biggest draw since 2005 and has done so much charity work outside of the ring.
The icons of two different generations face off and Cena gives The Undertaker a grand finale to his storied career. Imagine that.
1 Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania XXVI)
If there's one guy who should have ended The Streak, it would be the most talented in-ring performer of all-time: The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels.
These two put on the match of the year at WrestleMania XXV, with The Undertaker pulling out a close victory. The two began a feud a year later, with Michaels begging for one more chance to end The Streak. The Undertaker agreed as long as Shawn Michaels promised to retire if he lost. Spoiler alert: He lost and he retired.
WrestleMania XXVI was the greatest match I ever watched. Both men hit multiple finishers and each time you held your breath: Either a legendary career or the greatest streak in sports entertainment would end.
Ultimately, 'Taker would end Michaels' career. Now think on the flip side: Michaels puts his career on the line and the legend beats The Undertaker to end The Streak.
Very few WWE fans would complain about that. Everyone loved Michaels and his epic career would have kept going. There were two times in that match where The Streak was a half-second away from ending. Because of his status and talents, Michaels made the most sense to end The Streak.
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