At WrestleMania 30, Brock Lesnar shocked the world when he ended The Undertaker’s 21-game winning streak. They square off in what’s being called “the biggest rematch in WWE history” on Sunday at SummerSlam, but the questions remain. Should Brock Lesnar have ended The Streak? Was it the right call? How would any of us have done it differently?
In celebration of SummerSlam, that’s this week’s Friday Conversation. If you were booking The Undertaker’s streak, how would you have done it? Would you let Brock go over at WrestleMania 30, or would you have ended it earlier? Where? When? Why? Should it have ended at a previous WrestleMania, or should the honor have gone to someone Taker hasn’t yet faced? Would you have ended it at all?
(As a helpful reminder, here’s a rundown of all the pre-Brock Undertaker WrestleMania matches.)
I’m not sure I would’ve ended The Streak at all, but if I had to, I would’ve given it to Randy Orton at WrestleMania 21. Here’s a young guy you’re counting on to be a part of the company for the rest of his life, positioned as the Yang to John Cena’s Yin. If he goes over Taker here, you end The Streak after it’s become a thing, before it becomes too stressful to end. Orton moves forward with an accolade nobody else in wrestling history can have, so, 10 years later, when he’s a 12-time champion, he’s got something to throw in John Cena’s face besides, “I’m the slightly less effective, anti-social version of you.” Orton’s the youngest WWE Champion ever and the guy who ended The Undertaker’s streak, so if John goes on to be the 20-time all-times-quarterback champion, Orton’s got a reason to be in the conversation for greatest ever.
So, what would you do? Let us know in our comments section below. Be sure to let people know what you think of their ideas, too, or else the “Friday conversation” becomes the “Friday lonely posting in a column.”