We may never know all the details surrounding the decision to end Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania 30 this past Sun., April 6, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, but the story of Brock Lesnar pinning him and who made the call is a fascinating one nonetheless.
I strongly recommend you subscribe to the Wrestling Observer and read the latest newsletter to read the full story from Dave Meltzer but there are a few particular points of interest:
- The referee, Chad Patton, was apparently told Undertaker was winning the match and didn't know what to do during the final pinfall sequence, which is why there was a "slight hesitation". He went through with it because that's what refs are trained to do, go through with counting whether there is a kickout or not.
- Vince McMahon was looking at this match through the lens of it being the last time Undertaker would work a match for WWE and he had a choice to make if the streak would end or remain forever. Brock Lesnar just so happened to be the opponent on this night for this decision and McMahon chose to stick to tradition.
- Meltzer remarks that two people in the know report two conflicting stories. One is that McMahon had to talk Undertaker into losing and the other is that McMahon told Undertaker he was losing and "The Phenom" simply agreed to it without putting up a fight, despite the fact that it wasn't originally the plan.
- Paul Heyman's promo on Raw the next night describing the backstage situation and Undertaker's injuries was 100-percent true other than the broken neck stuff.
Stone Cold Steve Austin recently stated that he asked Undertaker about coming on his podcast in roughly three weeks when he's in the same city and Undertaker said he "would love to do it". Here's to hoping that happens so we can get some more concrete answers from the man himself.
I can buy into all of this but the referee not being in on the finish is interesting because I've re-watched the match multiple times now, and replayed the finish time and time again, and there is absolutely zero hesitation from the referee on the final three count. He doesn't change his cadence in any way en route to slapping the mat three times before hopping up and declaring the match over.
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