When Brock Lesnar ended The Undertaker's streak last night at WrestleMania 30 (Sun., April 6th, 2014) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, fans were left dumbfounded and wanting answers.
Did we just see The Undertaker's last match? Who decided it was time to finish the streak? Why was a work-shy part-timer like Lesnar chosen to be the man to break it?
It's to early to say whether The Deadman is now retired for good, but the severe concussion he suffered last night might encourage him to hang up the boots, if he hadn't decided to already.
As to the latter two questions, it now seems clear that The Undertaker himself decided that this was the year to finally lose at WrestleMania and handpicked Brock Lesnar to be the wrestler to defeat him, a theory I speculated about in my column last night debating whether he was a deserving choice of such a prestigious honour.
That was the word from Dave Meltzer on his WrestleMania 30 aftermath subscriber only radio show:
"As far as I can tell nobody knew about it. I mean it was kept a secret from just about everyone and it was Undertaker's decision I'm pretty sure. I mean I just brought up this about a week ago that when this program was first suggested and this is going back three years, probably more than three years, Undertaker's idea was to lose to Brock Lesnar, but that was three years ago and I honestly, even though I knew that I didn't actually think there was much of a chance of it and I don't know if this sets up a rematch next year or if this is it for Undertaker, I think it could go either way.... I guess in his mind, The Undertaker's mind, [he] was the guy because [he] was a real guy, you know, I lost to a real fighter, so it's OK."
For those that don't remember, WWE attempted to book The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar for WrestleMania 27 whilst Lesnar was still a UFC fighter and under contract to the organisation, but the match never happened as Dana White refused to let him fight and wrestle at the same time.
Lesnar and Undertaker even went into business for themselves by staging a quick confrontation after UFC 121 was over where an out of character Taker asked Brock "Do you wanna do it?" as each gave the other the evil eye:
Clearly, if Undertaker was willing to lose to Lesnar in 2011, then three years on and being even more banged up, he probably didn't have to be talked into it.
So Cagesiders, if The Undertaker wanted Brock Lesnar to end the streak, that makes everything alright then?
P.S. However, Meltzer was incorrect that "nobody knew", as although the finish wasn't reported on any major wrestling news sites, enough people knew on the day of the show that the betting odds favoured Lesnar come bell time. In his daily news update today, Meltzer claimed that WWE was shocked that the news got out, as they went to extreme lengths to keep the result hidden from their staff:
"An interesting note on the late swing in betting odds where Brock Lesnar actually was the favorite in some places is that those in WWE are surprised noting that even the most high up people didn't know until the three count hit. Vince kept it a surprise from virtually everyone. I know of people who know the outcomes because they have to, and they had Undertaker winning."