There's been a great deal of speculation regarding the decision to end Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania 30 on April 6, 2014, when he was pinned by Brock Lesnar in New Orleans. From rumors to conflicting reports, it's been difficult to piece together how everything came together.
Now we can get a better idea of the situation thanks to Shawn Michaels and his appearance on Jim Ross's podcast, The Ross Report.
In it, Michaels reveals it was, in fact, Vince McMahon who made the call to end the streak:
"You know as well as I do that one person and one person alone makes that call. As much as everyone wants to think other people have some say so in that, they don't. I was stunned like a lot of people. I was there when it all happened. I know what happened. I make the calls around here in my house. That's the way things go. ... I'm sure in Vince's mind, he's got a reason. ... That's just a decision that's made. One person makes it. And everyone has to abide by it. The reasons for that, I don't know. I don't know, you don't know. I'm sure he does. Like Mark said a number of times, 'I've got the worst record with that man.'"
That's not surprising at all. What does come as a bit of a surprise, is the fact that the decision was apparently made just four hours before the show. When Ross said he wouldn't be surprised to learn the call was made "the weekend of", Michaels responding by saying "I can tell you: four hours".
All that's left to learn now is why McMahon decided this was the right time, place, and opponent, to do it.
As for Undertaker wrestling again, neither Ross nor Michaels could give any insight into that other than Undertaker telling Ross he wasn't sure how many more WrestleMania matches he had in him and he would let Ross know after this one.
The one where he suffered multiple injuries, including a bad concussion.
There you have it.
Stay tuned or more, as always, but in the meantime, you can listen to Ross's podcast with Michaels below: