LaBar: The best end to Undertaker's career
The way The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak ended couldn't have been done any better.
Make no mistake, I've been extremely outspoken and against any fantasy booking from fans for the past five years on The Undertaker's perfect record at WrestleMania being broken.
I've said it's a streak that nobody wants to see end. It's a streak that if anybody were to break it, the pressure on their career would be ridiculous and if their career doesn't live up to a certain mega-level, then it's a slap in the face to The Undertaker's legacy.
All of this is true, but I'm okay with what went down at WrestleMania 30.
Brock Lesnar, in shocking fashion, pinned The Undertaker after 25 minutes of a physically and methodically paced contest.
Close ups of fans showed some of the most genuine emotion WWE cameras have ever captured. I would have thought going into WrestleMania there was a better chance of Daniel Bryan not walking out as world champion even though he was the only babyface in the title picture.
The pin, the reaction of Paul Heyman, the way it was sold by the announcers, the delay of the music and everything was a perfect one-take performance.
I always thought John Cena would be the big money match against the streak and that he was the only guy who could possibly beat it. The reason being because Cena could beat the streak and retire the next day, and the streak would have ended on the hands of someone who will forever be one of WWE's greatest attractions.
I'm glad this didn't happen because hindsight is 20/20 and it all makes sense now.
Lesnar just added legitimacy to that streak. After 21 victories by The Undertaker, Lesnar conquers the streak. A man who could retire tomorrow and will be in WWE's Hall of Fame. A man who is former WWE world champion. A man who is a former UFC world champion.
Had Cena or any of the past opponents been the guy to beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania, it would have been a pin, then back to having a beer and toasting a good match with their peers.
Not with this.
Lesnar beat the streak and then The Undertaker even had to go to the hospital. This medical trip prompted the boss, Vince McMahon, to leave WrestleMania 30 before the main event to ride with Undertaker to the hospital. That's significant and a moment in history.
When we look back in 20 years, we'll remember the stunned conclusion of the match and the events that followed. It makes it that much more legitimate that things went down the way they did.
I don't want it to be The Undertaker's last match, but perhaps for both his health and his legacy, it should be.
Justin LaBar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7949 or firstname.lastname@example.org.