Much like Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hit streak, The Undertaker's 21-year winning streak at WrestleMania was part of the very fabric that made WrestleMania the holy grail of wrestling spectacles. The Streak, as it has been named, is long considered one of the few untouchable records in professional wrestling. Yes, streaks in professional wrestling are silly, we all know this, but like everything else in professional wrestling our belief in reality is always suspended and we just accept the utterly ridiculous knowing it's all a part of the show.
So it came to be that The Undertaker's two decade run was so inexplicably great that, even when a possible threat might have been within striking distance, it seemed almost impossible. Unless The Undertaker, real name Mark Calaway, has terminal cancer that the viewers are not aware of, the decision to end the streak really angered most fans. Personally, I can understand their frustration over the now 21-1 record. Many feel that the company should have instead had The Undertaker beat by a promising star who deserved a push, one that is actually going to stay in the company for an extended period of time. But who are we kidding? The WWE has an A-plus roster of talent but who can pose such a threat to take the streak, John Cena? John Cena's own legacy is already cemented he doesn't need the streak rub.
The Undertaker lost to someone that is an actual fighter. Brock Lesner is one of the only men in the company that has been an actual professional fighter, in fact he's a former UFC champion. People already know he can kick anyone's ass and is a legitimate tough guy. If there's one guy that doesn't need the rub from taking the streak it's Brock Lesner. Brock gains no extra accolades and becomes no bigger a draw by being the one that ended the streak. From a fan's standpoint it's disappointing to see The Undertaker lose in this fashion. Re-watching that match, it feels as if the Undertaker was barely there. Brock did nothing to hide any of The Undertaker's fatigue and Calaway looked like a 49-year-old man who now moves like a grandfather.
To be completely honest, The Undertaker has been in the twilight of his career for some time. The reactions I saw on social media mostly seem to feel that The Undertaker does not have another year or two left in him. He was barely able to get Brock in the tombstone. It's important to remember that nothing lasts forever, and wrestlers traditionally end their careers with a loss. The Undertaker is as old-school as it gets and values certain long gone traditions. Most fans, including myself, were expecting an epic clash with another legend like Sting, but now WWE can do Sting vs Undertaker and the storyline for it could actually be better without the cloud of the streak hovering over the match and the need to shoehorn that into Sting's motives for taking on The Undertaker.
The mystique is dead now he's just another aging legend with an act that we all know to a T. The Streak had to end we just wish it ended on a better note.