Now that we're deep into WrestleMania season, talk of Undertaker's streak of wins at the "Showcase of the Immortals" has come creeping back into the discussion. The question is always the same: Should someone end the streak or should he retire with it intact?
For his money, Shawn Michaels, Mr. WrestleMania himself, doesn't believe it should end (from his appearance on the 30 Years of WrestleMania podcast):
"Oh, no. I think the streak is the streak. It can't really be called the streak if there's a one in the loss column, now can it? The main thing is the clarity in which you can see things in retirement, you know, the unbelievable ease of grasping reality when you're in retirement. That's something that I have now. I think the streak is a phenomenal thing. I think the key is just having the ability to make them question it. I think once you do that, once you can even convince people that it's in jeopardy, I think your job's been done. That's not easy to do but I enjoy the streak and I think the Undertaker will be undefeated and that's the way it should go."
Not for nothing but Michaels tested the streak twice at WrestleMania 25 and 26, respectively, and came up short both times, the latter match representing his retirement showcase. It would make sense, then, that he wouldn't want someone else to come along to end the streak.
Even if it's all kayfabe.
Legacy is a difficult thing to determine in an industry like pro wrestling because accomplishments are given, not taken. That doesn't mean they are not earned, however, and it means something that Undertaker has never lost at WrestleMania.
That's why this discussion will continue. It's an endlessly fascinating debate.
Your thoughts on Michaels' take, Cagesiders?