While The Undertaker, albeit in a controversial way, gained his redemption over Brock Lesnar for constantly gloating and mocking him over ending his undefeated streak at WrestleMania 30 – the man behind the Undertaker persona gained a kind of redemption that was much more important to him.
Although it contradicts the philosophies of how a wrestler should retire, by looking up the lights while the wrestler they are putting over pins them, wrestling fans believed the undefeated streak should never end. The streak, to them, was just too historical and larger than life to ever end, and it was just too big of a landmark in wrestling history.
Other people conversely people believed the streak would end eventually. They also believed it would be the ultimate passing of the torch, as something them prestigious could elevate the right wrestler into superstardom. And the Undertaker would then ride into the sunset.
After Brock Lesnar shockingly ended Undertaker’s streak, for the most part, everyone thought that was the end of Undertaker. He would likely get this big sendoff and it would be the last time we saw him in a WWE ring. That, however, did not end up being true, as he faced off against Bray Wyatt in a rather pedestrian match.
Undertaker has stated before he wanted the streak to end. In fact, on many different occasions, he was willing to lose it. He wanted to lose to Kane at WrestleMania 20 and was all for losing to Randy Orton at WrestleMania 21. However, due to plans changing, the streak lived on and grew stronger.
After all, in order for a winning streak to have actual merit, the wrestler himself has to make that happen. A booking team can only help a wrestler so much and hide his flaws so much before the fans start catching on. The Undertaker’s undefeated streak did not become special until he made it special by way of having classical matches.
From WrestleMania 23 to WrestleMania 29 is when Undertaker made the streak special. That is because he stole the show at every one of those WrestleManias. The streak consequently elevated itself from just an attraction to the main focal point of the entire show. It became more important than everything else was on the card – including the title matches even.
For six years straight, The Undertaker had the most high-stakes and highly-dramatic matches at WrestleMania until WrestleMania 30. Against Brock Lesnar - in an anticipated match - Undertaker had one of his worst matches. It was a slow, plodding and sluggish brawl filled with downtime, sloppiness and through-the-motion action. But, in spite of the match being lackluster, the ending overshadowed everything. The ending was the only thing people were talking days after it happened.
Due to the fact that Undertaker is such consummate professional, he had to be not pleased with that match. He received a concussion early in the match, which threw everything off. And, besides, Brock Lesnar is one of the best in-ring workers in WWE; so, to have a bad match with Lesnar does not say much about yourself.
Undertaker has wrestled over two decades and currently is 50 years old. Needless to say, his body is not meant for professional wrestling anymore; but, at SummerSlam 2015, nobody could have told him that. In the main event, he did everything in his power to give the fans a match they would remember.
He was tired, but it did not prevent him from taking Brock Lesnar’s vicious suplexes. He was gassed, but it did not prevent him from keeping the pace flowing. He was beaten down, but it did not prevent him from taking a F5 onto the announce table. The Undertaker gave everything he had in that ring, hoping to seek his ultimate redemption: which was giving the fans the Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar match they deserve, and finish be damned, he did just that.