#AskRingRap - 01/17/14 - Who Will End The Undertaker's Streak?
Hey guys! It’s been a little while since I’ve written an #AskRingRap article, but with the WWE Network announcement, the Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, The American Wolves joining TNA, and more, it’s a good time to jump back in. Lots of stuff to talk about, right? Right.
This one comes from Andrew, a good personal friend of mine. We spend our workdays shooting each other instant messages at work, almost always about pro-wrestling. These chats extend into the evening hours after work as well. It’s safe to say we’re both pretty big wrestling fans.
His question is a question that comes pretty frequently, and it’s never an easy one to answer.
“Who do you think is ending The Streak?”
Specifically, The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak.
The truth of the matter is, I don’t think anyone will end The Undertaker’s streak. Once The Undertaker retired Shawn Michaels, I believe The Streak hit another level, and became more important than anything Taker or anyone else has done. I would even say that The Streak is more important than any title WWE has.
In order for anyone to qualify to end The Streak, there has to be a number of things in play. First of all, they must be seen as a credible opponent that can defeat The Undertaker, and defeat him soundly. If someone is going to beat him, it cannot be a fluke. It has to be a believable, clean pin, in the middle of the ring.
Secondly, whoever defeats The Undertaker has to benefit from the win. That eliminates most of the top-tier talent. Let’s look at a few examples.
If John Cena ends The Streak, what does it really do for him? As far as I’m concerned, it’s just another notch on the belt of “Super Cena.” Ultimately, I think it does more harm than good, especially in the eyes of the fans that already hate his character. Cena is at the point now where not even the WWE World Heavyweight Championship benefits his character. Ending The Streak will do absolutely nothing for him.
How about Daniel Bryan? Well, I suppose he’s just about to that point. He’s portrayed as an underdog, yet someone that is talented enough and a hard-enough fighter to take down any opponent credibly. However, despite Daniel Bryan being a top talent in the eyes of the fans, WWE has yet to prove they are 100% behind the machine. If The Undertaker is able to wrestle a year or two from now, perhaps Daniel Bryan could be a candidate, but not this year.
Randy Orton? No.
Andrew brought up Roman Reigns as a possibility, and I suppose he could be a candidate, but not yet. Reigns has yet to prove himself in a one-on-one singles match in a main event role, and I feel that his match against CM Punk on Raw a few weeks ago was pretty weak. They built it up to something presentable at the end, but frankly the first part of it put me to sleep. He, like Daniel Bryan, could be a candidate, but not this year.
Thirdly, while The Undertaker will likely be willing to put over the right person, I think he is highly protective of his character. Taker won’t rest his shoulders to the mat for just anyone: They have to be respectful of the business, hard working, deserving, and will have to have gained something from 21 Wrestlemania victories being broken.
In that respect, I would say the closest person to that criteria IS Daniel Bryan, but I don’t see it happening this year, and maybe not ever.
Who do you see, if anyone, ending The Undertaker's Streak? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments below!
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