In 2014, Brock Lesnar stunned and silenced a New Orleans, Louisiana crowd when he ended The Undertaker‘s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania XXX. There has been much debate and speculation as to whether or not, Brock Lesnar truly deserved to be the one to end the Dead Man’s astonishing streak. People have criticized the rationale of having a well known part-time wrestler be the one to defeat Undertaker. Thus gaining all the perks that come with being the one in 21-1.
Brock Lesnar: the New Streak in WWE
The Undertaker’s streak is sacred to fans. There’s a camp that thought no one should defeat Undertaker at Wrestlemania. The Phenom deserved to retire with the streak in tact, cementing his career with an astonishing statistic. Then there’s the camp that thought the streak would be the perfect catapult to cement a new star. A victory over Undertaker would have been huge for someone’s career in WWE. Instantly making a brand new superstar for the company to get behind. Instead, Brock Lesnar defeated the streak and did nothing for either camp.
Lesnar’s Past Accolades
Lesnar was billed as “the next big thing” during his first run with the company. He defeated The Rock to win his first WWE Championship. Lesnar would also go on to hold that Championship two more times as well. Not to mention, Lesnar defeated The Undertaker several times during that run too, including a Hell in a Cell match at No Mercy 2002. Lesnar won King of the Ring and the Royal Rumble too. He was considered the most dominant man on the roster after only two years. Even with all those accolades, Lesnar left WWE and went to UFC. Where he made a name for himself winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Essentially, becoming a legit badass. So, Brock Lesnar did not need to defeat Undertaker to solidify himself. This is why he was the perfect man to beat the streak, because now Brock Lesnar is the new streak.
The Right Choice
People should realize that while Lesnar may not have needed the streak to make his name, Lesnar beating the streak was the right choice. Lesnar made a clear statement to everyone that night by beating Undertaker. That statement, Brock Lesnar, not the Undertaker, is now the standard bearer for anyone wanting to be a star in WWE. Lets face it, while ending such a legendary streak would have been an important accomplishment for any future breakout star, how much would it really mean in the long run?
The Undertaker was getting less and less intimidating as the years passed by. How much longer would he really have been able to keep the streak going had he left that Wrestlemania at 22-0? Maybe five years maximum. If he had held off on passing that torch just a few more years, than the recipient of said torch, would be beating an old man way past his prime. Then The undefeated streak wouldn’t mean nearly as much. But now that Brock conquered that torch and forcibly took it from the Undertaker, Lesnar can be the big target everyone looks to surpass.
Lesnar After Beating the Streak
Let’s look at Lesnar’s track record for this second run with WWE. He is a special attraction, which already makes him more unique than the other members of the roster. He has absolutely dominated people like John Cena and Randy Orton. Since beating Undertaker’s streak, Lesnar has been virtually unbeatable. In hindsight, even his Wrestlemania 32 victory over Dean Ambrose may have been for the best. Nobody looks to be even in the same league as Brock Lesnar.
The Streak’s Future
Did you want the Undertaker’s streak to create a new star? Well, I think you’ll get your wish. Brock Lesnar conquering the Undertaker’s undefeated streak will create the biggest star the WWE could ever imagine. One day, Brock Lesnar will lose. It won’t be a fluke, it won’t be to the Big Show or in his rematch with Randy Orton. Brock Lesnar will lose to the next future star. The next guy the WWE feels confident enough to fully get behind. All because he beat the streak and has lived up to his nickname.
Brock Lesnar will lose, and the guy that beats him won’t just say he made history by beating a statistic. No, he’ll be able to say that he slayed the Beast. The man who destroyed Randy Orton, the man who embarrassed John Cena, the man who conquered the Undertaker’s undefeated Wrestlemania streak. Brock Lesnar is the new streak, and Brock Lesnar will make someone else the next big thing.