As we approach WrestleMania 28, I'd like to bring up an oft discussed topic that inevitably crops up around this time of the year: the Undertaker's WrestleMania winning streak.
This year our favorite "Deadman" heads into "The Grand Daddy of them All" looking to extend his streak to 20-0 and while he most certainly should not have his streak broken by Triple H, I'd like to discuss why the streak should end before the Undertaker retires.
Now, I understand that this is a rather divisive subject but I have to admit that I am somewhat baffled as to why. In this wonderful world of professional wrestling it has always seemed to me that the biggest and best things should always be sacrificed for the next generation.
More after the jump. (Side note: I probably didn't need to use the jump but damn it, I wanted to!)
What does the Undertaker gain by retiring with his streak intact? Does it somehow make his legacy bigger than it already is? Absolutely not. The Undertaker is the iconic figure wihtin WWE. If the WWE was a religious organization, their symbol would be the Undertaker up there on his Undertaker cross.
You know the one I mean.
What I'm trying to say here is that the Undertaker's legacy is so much more than his WrestleMania streak. It's the memorable moments like locking the Ultimate Warrior in his casket on the Funeral Parlor, his return as the BikerTaker, and even the time he made us all laugh with the line, "Where to, Stephanie?"
The list is so long I could be here all day and I haven't even started in on his feuds with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Mankind, Kane, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels.
All of this is his legacy, not the streak. The streak is meant to be broken, or at least it should be. What is gained by the Undertaker retiring with his streak in tact? Absolutely nothing. All it would do is leave a gaping hole where a massive opportunity once was.
What massive opportunity? The opportunity to take a current, young WWE Superstar who is already on the bleeding edge of greatness and give him that huge push that solidifies him as a future legend and a force to be reckoned with. To lose out on this momentous occasion would be a tragedy as it would easily be one of the top moments in WWE history.
The streak shouldn't go this year but it should go before Undertaker does.
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