In case you have been living under a rock, this past Sunday, April 6, 2014, Undertaker was defeated by Brock Lesnar and the infamous "Streak" was broken by the beast incarnate.
It was clear to all of us that something was wrong that night, as various reports came out of Undertaker going to the hospital with a severe concussion, and Paul Heyman following up by delivering the interview of all interviews breaking down the damage that was done.
Cagesiders from across the globe have chimed in on the events that took place, and sparked a debate on whether it was the right thing to do to let the streak go. Some of the best articles I have seen on here give 3 different perspectives on the match.
Cagesider rundmb gave us a passion-filled article about why it wasn't appropriate to end The Streak the way it did. Here is an excerpt from his fanpost:
With his extraordinary body of work, Undertaker owes no one, no fan, especially not some once-in-a-while wrestling blogger like myself, a "proper" ending to The Streak. I respect his right to end it the way he did, but I'll be damned if I'm to believe it was appropriate, because it wasn't. For a man willing to preserve kayfabe even in honoring Paul Bearer, The Streak deserved an ending that preserved that aura.
Instead the ending shattered it, and regardless of whether Lesnar or Paul Heyman or Vince McMahon can spin the situation into gold, the fans of pro wrestling deserved much better.
Fellow Cagesider Vectron44 has a positive side to the ending of The Streak in an awesome fanpost outlining the Selflessnes of the Undertaker. Here is an excerpt:
I will be the first to admit that this match did not live up to the 'Streak within a Streak' matches that came before it. However, a few extenuating circumstances should be considered. Firstly, the Undertaker was apparently severely concussed for most of the match so that limited a lot of what they could do. Secondly, the story was not one of great mat wrestling but a slow dissection that was difficult to watch because in a lot of ways it was supposed to be. This was the Undertaker conveying that he would not give up until nothing was left.
By the way, if you were annoyed that this match was not the one that Undertaker should be bowing out on, what makes you think the next one would be better? The guy's 49 and has enough injuries to make Hawkeye and BJ blanche.
To provide us some middle ground, BIGPALE has given us some perspective in what happened in a highly REC'd article that gives us both sides of the coin and tells us that this was supposed to happen, but we didn't listen. Here is an excerpt:
I hope you saw it live. It's the kind of finish you literally will only see once in a lifetime. You can't just MAKE the streak. It happened organically. And once it became a thing (around WrestleMania 21) it became a featured attraction to see who would step up next. Once it became A THING ('Mania 25) it became "how many more does he have left?"
We all thought he had more. We all thought he would have the "obvious opponent and the main event match. The Hall of Fame. The hoopla."
It was always going to be when we least expected it. That was yesterday.
We were just too blind to see it.
These are compelling arguments, for sure. So what's the only way to decide this? Send it to the polls!
You make the call. Was it the right thing to do for the Undertaker to drop The Streak at WrestleMania 30 to Brock Lesnar?