Commentary: The End of the Streak is Not WrestleCrap

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When Brock Lesnar’s third F5 begat the pinfall that ended The Undertaker’s iconic WrestleMania streak, the impact was immediate. Hundreds of visible fans on camera, out of the 75,000 at the Superdome, leapt from their chairs, eyes saucer-sized, jaws slack, and emitting grunts and screams of incomprehension.

That WWE would take modern-day folklore, carefully (in the early days unknowingly) crafted for over two decades, and put a hatchet through its neck with the benign coldness of a poultry farmer doesn’t sit well with a lot of fans. In fact, there’s still a vocal majority of them nine months later that will decry the decision to have Lesnar be the streak’s executioner.

For one thing, Lesnar’s a part-timer, they’ll tell you. As someone who once left WWE high and dry at age 26 after a fruitful two year run, in which he won a King of the Ring, a Royal Rumble, and three WWE Championships over marquee talent, Lesnar shouldn’t be rewarded for his lack of appreciation, they’d argue. Why not Bray Wyatt or Roman Reigns or Cesaro or, a year earlier when the chance was presented, CM Punk? Why not build tomorrow’s legend, someone presumably with many tomorrows left, than let someone with a reduced schedule be the one?

That line of thinking holds more water when you see that Lesnar has maybe two physical dates left to fulfill before he’s rumored to the fly the coop back to UFC, joining Punk. Lesnar’s not advertised for WWE’s February event, Fast Lane, taking place in Memphis, so it’s likely just the Rumble and WrestleMania, and then adios, Beast Incarnate.

When Lesnar broke the streak, I was one of its defenders. The reactions of my brother, our lifelong friend, and I while sitting in my brother’s living room on April 6 are something I’ll never forget. We were as stunned as anyone, partially because we thought the streak would never die, and in part because we didn’t think Lesnar was going to be the one to end it anyway. I commented aloud to neither my brother or my friend, following that third F5, “Is Taker really kicking out of *three* of them?”, thinking Lesnar couldn’t win.

When he did, I turned to my friend, four years older than me, and effectively the man that made my brother and I wrestling fans 25 years ago. He’s as jaded as I am, without that glimmer of ‘it’s-still-real-to-me’ that sometimes creeps into my soul. His eyes were bugged out like a Tex Avery cartoon character, before he let out an exaggerated “WHAT?!” And he’s a Lesnar fan; someone who gleefully chipped in when we ordered the Shane Carwin fight, and leapt off the couch when Lesnar choked Carwin out following a miraculous comeback, exchanging cheers and high fives with me and others. My brother, the least emotionally-charged of the three of us, did a double take after a beat and let out an extended “Wow!”

Me, I raised my voice and said, almost like making a definitive proclamation, “THE STREAK IS DEAD!” I was just fresh off gathering quotes for my first Fighting Spirit article, speaking to a few entrants in CZW’s Best of the Best tournament taking place the following weekend, noting to the boys that I needed non-kayfabe answers, and here I am, believing in the story like I’m ten again.

The montage afterward is easily recalled: the stunned faces at ringside, Heyman’s disbelieving screams, the faint ‘bullshit’ chant, the ’21-1′ graphic appearing on the overhead jumbotron, Lesnar’s pounding hard rock music finally disrupting the silence, and he and Heyman walking up the ramp together as the commentators muttered disbelief (this is a case where I feel the fiery screams of Jim Ross would have been out of place; it needed mostly stark silence).

In that moment, for the first time since the Monday Night Wars, I called a friend to tell him what had just happened on a wrestling show. This usual fourth member of our party was absent, caring for his mother who was getting through a recent medical issue. Though not too much of a fan anymore, he grew up cheering Undertaker, and still joined us for the big three WWE PPVs annually. He answered, asked how the show was, and I dropped the bomb.

“WHAT?! WHAT THE FUCK?!” was his cry. I explained it in brief detail, with him trying to wrap his head around it all. He wasn’t upset, just blown away. I dare say there was even a giddiness to his voice. Looking at my brother and older friend, they weren’t upset either, just trying to comprehend what was until then the incomprehensible.

Don’t even get me started on my Twitter feed; it was ALL about Lesnar/Taker, and so was yours. I think even the sponsored ads for Tide were saying, “Lesnar broke the streak?! Get the fuck out of here!”

Nine months later, these are all feelings I recall vividly, and I couldn’t tell you my last three dinners. For this primary reason, it’s hard to add the streak’s demise to the Gooker voting. It wasn’t my decision; RD made the selections (I only suggested adding the 2014 Rumble when he omitted it when putting the list together, which he obviously added). But it’s an omission on RD’s part that I strongly agree with.

It’s actually more memorable than Daniel Bryan winning the belt at the end of the night. Once Bryan held his “Occupy Raw” YES-in in March, and set the course for a title match, you knew WWE was going to make up for six weeks of thick-headed booking and cave in to the demands. Anything less than Bryan coming out of WrestleMania XXX with the belt would have seen the Superdome go up in flames like the Branch Davidian compound. Once Bryan slapped the YES Lock on Batista, we all knew it was over, and we cheered requisitely, but still. When you were nine and asked for a bike for Christmas, you knew you were getting that bike for Christmas. You still smiled when you saw it Christmas morning, but it confirmed something you already knew.

Something as thuddingly memorable as Lesnar’s win cannot, and will not, ever be ‘Crap’, no matter how much they mangled the booking after the fact (or, simply, how much they were mindlessly boxed in by Lesnar’s inflexible contract). What was the last profound WrestleMania moment that you’ll never forget, prior to the streak dying? Michaels or Flair’s retirements? Everybody saw those coming, even if they didn’t want to admit it. Benoit’s World Title win was a bit more stunning than Bryan’s, given how much Benoit was strategically set up as an underdog afterthought, and making 2004-era Triple H submit was true icing on the cake.

There you go, ten years since something so profound took place at WrestleMania. It’s a subjective opinion, but I feel strong about that notion. If not Benoit’s win, then Hogan’s reaction in Toronto at WrestleMania X8 is next on my list. In the pantheon of unforgettable moments, Hogan’s unexpected face turn and Lesnar’s conquering sit on the same couch, absolutely.

Would Reigns or Cesaro or Wyatt or Punk have gotten the reaction? Of course not, because they have large segments of support from different walks of fandom. Lesnar’s the ultimate villain, one who doesn’t care if you hate him. Whoever broke the streak was going to be vilified, so why not the man that only gets cheered when he’s brutalizing John Cena?

Lo and behold, Lesnar is a HEEL that you HATE. Imagine that. With Cena, Sheamus, and Reigns as faces that you hate, and Wyatt, Cesaro, and Punk as heels that you love, WWE finally came up with something it hasn’t had in years: a credible villain that even the ironic, anti-establishment fans will outright hate (well, many of them). I’d have loved to have seen WWE tell fans the year before, “Alright, we’ll let Punk break the streak, but only if you promise to never cheer for him again.”

That’s the real reason Lesnar’s win was effective: because you hate him.

The business is exposed. We look back at heels with fondness for their ultimate treacherous acts (Hogan joining the nWo, Savage striking Hogan out of jealousy, Andre confronting Hogan on Piper’s Pit, Shawn launching Marty through the window), a fondness that undercuts the rage and anger and even fear that those moments were meant to invoke. As a kid, luring Warrior into the den of snakes made me hate Jake Roberts, as intended. Now I see it as a semi-corny skit, and appreciate it for the absurdity, as well as Jake’s iciness in spite of the far-fetched set-up.

Seth Rollins’ heel turn worked because it broke up a group that mark-love and smark-love alike had turned face in 2014. Rollins dissipating the group without prolonged build-up was astonishing, and Rollins STILL draws “You Sold Out” chants.

I like Lesnar’s run of dominance because there was no attempt at being cool, the ultimate no-no for a heel (something the first nWo incarnation beat into the ground). Lesnar stood there smirking the next night on Raw while Heyman extolled his resume, not playing to any fan’s rebelious streak, aside from relegating Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler to common nouns. Heyman cut a helluva promo, which admittedly, yes, would have been more effective had Lesnar not vanished for three months afterward. But hey, memorable is memorable.

Being memorable, being profound, stunning ‘know-it-all’ fans, necessitating a phone call to someone that swore off weekly wrestling a decade earlier, these are qualities that do not equal ‘Crap’, and never will. It’s not ‘Crap’ if the ‘wrong guy wins’. Hell, if Cesaro had ended the streak, you’d probably cheer him for doing it, the opposite of WWE’s intent.

This is what it boils down to: if you’re reading this, you’ve probably immersed yourself into wrestling’s going-ons to the point where nothing surprises you. You know every swerve that’s coming, you know every turn. You know every push and de-push, or have some idea of why they are what they are. You’re no longer spectators in the academic sense, but rather amateur analysts that critique and search for the meaning in every little thing. I do it too, obviously. As we learned how the ‘sausage is made’, we’ve abandoned much of our fanhood to become social commentators.

Lesnar conquering the streak planted us all back into the seats of fanhood, whether you realize it or not. We all commentated socially on it, but without the passive, ‘hip to the room’ voice that we all put on. The comments on that moment cracked with emotion, which is an indication of wrestling at its organic best.

An emotional reaction that reduces us to the most base-ishness of our fanhood? That will never be WrestleCrap.

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31 Responses to "Commentary: The End of the Streak is Not WrestleCrap"
  1. Mister Pink says:

    I had to be apart from my Son during this WM. There was a half hour discrepancy between us watching it. He sent me a text saying: “I can’t believe they gave The Streak to Lesnar.”. Did I mention that I was half an hour BEHIND him? I paused my DVR and openly wept on my couch, alone. There was no one to call, no one who understood. The last link to my youth had just been broken. Flair was gone, Savage was dead. Foley had to retire too soon. But The Streak…

    It was never meant to end. If ‘Taker made the call, then I respect that. It doesn’t mean I like it, or agree at all. It was to be THE Legacy of Legacies, because a workhorse like him, who worked so hard for so long, through so much pain, deserved to have it. Not Flair, nor Savage, nor Foley deserved to have such a Legacy.

    The Undertaker deserves his place on the Mt. Rushmore of Pro Wrestling, next to Rogers, Flair and Sting. The Streak SHOULD have been his place in History. But it’s not, and like so many things as we grow older, The Rolling Stones make more and more sense.

  2. Matthew J. says:

    Very well put. I myself was a tad apprehensive about the match, I wasn’t really sure what to make of it, but then I read this article from last April:
    http://www.cagesideseats.com/2014/4/7/5589772/wwe-telling-fans-undertaker-streak-ending-in-denial

    Which made the case, for me at least, that as slow of a match as it was, it had almost perfect storytelling and that was enough to convince me that it was the right call.

  3. M. Calliham says:

    It’s my opinion that Lesnar winning legit saved an otherwise-dreadful match.

    I mean, this was a match *everyone* was writing off before the PPV even started, even Forbes stated that Undertaker winning was “as close to a sure thing as you’re going to find”. Looking at it again, the crowd isn’t even seriously into it! Until the final 3 count, they’re almost completely dead the whole way through.

    And then the match actually started, and Undertaker quickly looked… off. Right off the bat, his face was noticeably red, like he’d fallen asleep in a tanning booth or something. He might have been a bit smaller than usual too, it’s hard to tell. Then, whether it was due to an in-match concussion or not, as the match went on he looked worse and worse. He got tired, and he started having trouble even standing upright. Some of his moves, like the Last Ride, were sloppy.

    I think if Undertaker had won, and the streak improved to 22-0, the reaction would’ve been almost the same: mixed-to-negative. Everyone would be talking about how he “doesn’t have it anymore”, how “the streak has gone on too long”, and that it should end at WM31. Heck, some would probably have argued that “Lesnar *should have* won at WM30, dammit!” There would probably still be people asking for the match to be inducted into WrestleCrap, and in that alternate universe, it probably would be.

    But at least this way, Lesnar got a huge push out of it (which I think he needed, considering he lost to Cena after his return, had a ‘meh’ feud with HHH, then had a dud match with Big Show 2 months prior to WM30), and we all got a match whose ending A) made news all over the world, and B) made us jaded, cynical wrestling fans feel like young marks again; and frankly, I think that alone made it worth it.

    • Justin Henry says:

      I would’ve saved time by just writing this. Well put.

    • K7 says:

      A push to disappear with the title for months? Woo. Great push there.

    • KatieVictoriasSecret says:

      Lesnar got a push that resulted in what, one match for the entire full year? The company absolutely didn’t revolve around him after April.

      Y’know what made me feel like a wee mark? Daniel Bryan’s win. That’s also what made the cover of the local papers after WM.

  4. Chris says:

    Not sure if I can get away with posting this, and yes, I’m bragging a little, but I did argue that Lesnar should end the streak before he did at – http://www.pwmania.com/why-brock-lesnar-should-end-the-undertakers-streak

    Still, I was as surprised as anyone when it actually happened.

    Great article, Justin.

  5. Alexandru says:

    Agree the streak ending not only saved a match but helped the PPV out big time as it was a rare genuine shock. Now as it relates to Brock’s title run yeah that’s a different story. Actually what is wrestlecrap/a hugely dumb business decision is Brock’s contract. The WWE screwed up big time by giving a ton of money to Brock to barely work and they missed golden opportunities to have him wrestle guys like Batista and Orton. Whatever extra they would have to pay Brock to make those extra dates would have been worth it. for the draw of those matches alone Hell people said WCW gave out asinine contracts well this contract is right up there.

  6. Saint Stryfe says:

    I gotta disagree. No single match on its own can decide that. Choices in this sport can only be reflected on based on what happens next. And we know now that they had no plan for how to use the rub Lesnar got, beyond get him the title. NOTHING built up, no payoff, and no one got benefit. It built up Lesnar and Heyman, two people who did NOT need that much rub to start, and it slowly petered out.

  7. lipe says:

    there are 2 things that made no sense to me while recapping the feud these 2 had:
    1) how come wwe does not have memory of what happened 12 years ago, when lesnar and taker feuded? how come nobody on the commentary team can say that the beast is undefeated against the deadman? how come the phenom does not say that he wants revenge, now as the dead man and not as the american badass?
    2) how come wwe can’t even acknowledge that the undertaker went to a lesnar ufc fight and confronted him? for god’s freaking sake, the pain is the only guy to ever have been wwe and ufc’s heavyweight champ ever….EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEvEEEEEEEEEEEERrr
    maybe you should not induct the match (although technically is worth an induction, the storrytelling is the correct and, as you said in the article, the result, unlike the streak, will live forever), but the feud was horrible
    another thing: the original guy that was supposed to face lesnar at summerslam for the wwe whc was daniel bryan, which explains how come roman reigns has not been able to take off as the new face of wwe, they need lesnar to beat down bryan, so reigns can make the save and have the face heat the face of wwe needs

    • Jeremy says:

      Agreed, they should’ve included the confrontation they had after the UFC fight. I mean how poetic is it that they had that face-off at UFC 121 then the Streak ended at 21-1?

    • Guest says:

      To paraphrase Chris Jericho quit living in the past.

      To your second point if that did happen smarks would still not give a shit about Reigns and would complain about Daniel Bryan’s Wrestlemania track record.

  8. Down With OPC says:

    As WrestleMania XXX was well underway, I actually had to go to work…right in the middle of this match. Sure, I could have called in to work that night, but the jaded fan in me felt it was unnecessary. It would be on the Network, and I could just watch it later anyway (which I would the next day).

    While at work, I did my best to ensure I wouldn’t be exposed to the spoilers in any way. Usually I have a lot of down time on Sunday nights to peruse the internet, in particular social media and the Craphole…but I deftly avoided them all night. It never occurred to me that I would be needing to avoid the results because of the Taker match; I mostly wanted to wait and see the World Heavyweight Title match and its victor for myself.

    Come 6 AM, the end of my shift, one of my co-workers who knows that I am a wrestling fan asked what I was even doing there. I told him I would finish watching later that day, and that I had left right in the middle of the Undertaker’ s match. He looked with a straight face and said, “He won”. I replied back, “Well of course! The Undertaker always wins!” It would later turn out that he had heard about Taker’s loss on the radio, and was just trying to spare me from what actually happened.

    I wouldn’t resume my viewing of WrestleMania XXX until well into the afternoon, when my dad joined me (he had been watching the night before). I told them that I already heard Undertaker would win. Then…it happened. 1. 2. 3. For a brief moment, I was expecting a ref, or authority figure, or ANYONE to come down and dispute this finish. I quickly realized, this was not Smackdown, Raw, or any ordinary PPV. This was WrestleMania. This was the streak! That’s it! There was no botched finish. It was over!

    I just stared at the TV, not saying anything. After a few seconds my dad piped up, “I thought you said he was going to win!” “He usually does!” I said back. Usually.

    My dad just kind of laughed off the whole thing. He didn’t get upset, even though I don’t think he cares for Lesnar in general. He just enjoyed the match put on, and was ready for the next match. That made me realize, there’s no reason for myself to be mad about this either. It is, in the end, entertainment. In this instance, it’s a moment we are still talking about, and will for a long time. It’s all a show, but some times we just get way to caught up in the emotion of wrestling, good or bad. Even when something like Undertaker’s streak ending happens, we shouldn’t let it be a burden on ourselves. Sometimes, we just need to sit back and relax. If we can’t do that…maybe it’s time to turn off the TV.

  9. Rose Harmon says:

    You guys all said it so well. Great article, Justin!

  10. Black Swagger says:

    I’ve always said that The Undertaker’s streak was the last thing in professional wrestling that I believed was real. Everything else stopped being real to me a very long time ago. When that streak ended, it’s like the 8 year old kid in me who remembers his debut at the 1990 Survivor Series got the wake up call that The Undertaker was human like everyone else.

  11. Jerichoholic Ninja says:

    A bit off-topic, but it’s unbelievable that a mere 8 months ago, a lot of wrestling fans (myself included) actually thought the WWE might be on the cusp of something brilliant, with some even using the magic words “boom period”. At the time, everyone thought the Raw the night after Mania was one of the greatest ever. The Network had just debuted. You had Heyman’s promo, which in my mind validated the streak ending. Cesaro seemed to be on the verge of a breakout. The Wyatt Family was in full swing. The Shield was about to enter into a feud with three of the biggest WWE stars of era. Paige debuted. And Daniel Bryan actually lasted longer than a day as WWE Champion. It was easy to think that this was the start of something great.

    Now its sad to watch that episode, because of the death of Warrior the next day and because the WWE took all of that and threw it away with both hands. Only Seth Rollins (and maybe Brock) has really taken steps up since that show.

  12. Mark says:

    While I myself didn’t like the fact that Brock Lesnar won, I do agree it was not Wrestlecrap. The WWE went on to do something that was effective with it (it wasn’t the best thing they could do, but it was something).

    People who are calling this wrestlecrap misunderstand the definitions of yore, which if memory serves was not something that the fans simply don’t like.

    • Adam says:

      Was it effective?

      He bragged, disappeared, came back to smash the least-likeable guy on the roster… disappeared again, coming back to face the same opponent and get a cheap DQ to pad things out.

      • Guest says:

        Ziggler’s the least likeable guy on the roster?

        • Adam says:

          Cena – especially if you go with the idea of “boo Lesnar for being a part-time UFC guy, instead of actual heel heat”. Under such meta-booking logic, demolishing Cena is a face turn.

  13. Nick Nutter says:

    Excellent writing sir, as always. I think I need to peep your Fighting Spirit articles now.

  14. travis says:

    Tooooo long to read.

    Come on man.

  15. KatieVictoriasSecret says:

    Y’know, this got me thinking. And to me, the ultimate question boils down to: was that shock worth what we got later?

    And believe you me, the whole streak-breaking moment was a nifty little shock, and the match was decently booked. I would have had Taker give the rub to a Ziggler, Reigns or Ambrose – but that’s just my unprofessional spitballing, and in the end it doesn’t matter. It was a nice, consummate moment of pro-heel booking and got a lot of eyeballs on the company. They followed it up the right way by having Lesnar win the belt. I’ve got no qualms about the initial execution.

    And that’s when it hit me: it isn’t the breaking of the streak that feels like Crap to me.
    No, what feels like crap is everything we got afterward.

    Months of silence in the championship picture. Weeks of endless Cena versus Authority bullshit. They flushed so much useful heat down the toilet – the heel heat Lesnar got from WrestleMania, the momentum the angle had, this image of Lesnar as an all-powerful badass monster heel. He became this guy who needed Heyman to talk for him – and hell, they even wasted Paul Heyman for weeks before hooking him up with Cesaro, then sticking him in a studio to rant at the audience from a distance. And what are we building toward, after nearly a full year of them doing nothing with the heat he had? Whatt’re we gonna end up with? Them either feeding Lesnar to Cena or Reigns.

    Ultimately a single mark-out moment wasn’t worth months and moths of rock-stale booking. It’s not worth the rating choking and dying a slow death (this past week’s Raw has fallen all the way to a 1.3 per hour, which is damn dreadful for a show that used to regularly pull in 2.0’s and 3.0s). There’s a huge difference between booking a brilliant moment and booking a brilliant angle or storyline.

    • Autrach Sejanoz says:

      Well said, well said.

    • KatieVictoriasSecret says:

      I should add, all of the above also contributed to the awkwardness of Seth Rollins running around with the MITB briefcase for nearly a full year, being unable to cash it.. It’s damn hard to build excitement for the ‘will he or won’t he’ when there isn’t a champion around.

  16. Deathedge says:

    Good read. I don’t totally agree, but a good read nonetheless.

    It IS certainly a memorable moment, but much like the Summer of Punk and the Pipe Bomb, the poor booking afterwards is what, arguably, makes the moment Wrestlecrap. I really don’t think it’s THAT bad myself, but I understand why a lot of people do. WWE couldn’t fully capitalize on Lesnar’s momentum due to the circumstances of his employment. I guess it IS a good thing that they waited until Summerslam to put the belt on him, but then his one sole title defense is him retaining by DQ and it being a “Cena got screwed” moment.

    Furthermore, I wouldn’t even mind Lesnar not being around for months on end… If they made it out to be a big deal kayfabe wise. Have Triple H not want to give Cena a rematch right away, have Lesnar not want to defend against “inferior” challengers, have Lesnar play the chicken. The last of those choices would of been terrible, but they still would of been doing SOMETHING with it. Instead, everyone just kind of rolls with Brock being gone, with no reason being given why he’s getting special treatment during his title reign in regards to his defenses.

    All that being said… If you AREN’T going to use the streak to build up a new star (of which only two at the current moment could really be considered viable options: Bray Wyatt due to his gimmick, and Roman Reigns since it could of been a “passing the torch” moment of sorts, though I don’t know how well the crowd would like it) Brock Lesnar is the most logical choice. He has the credibility (unlike Kane after years of poor booking and the current direction of his character) he has the physical tools (Unlike… Well, I’ll just say it, Sting) and he isn’t John Cena.

  17. akraP aL says:

    While I agree that it isn’t “crap”… I still disagree on how much of an impact it really caused. Sure at the time it was a very powerful statement, however the ripples have long quieted now and the impact is only felt if you experience it for the first time and never continued watching. It was painful for me to watch at the time and I even fell silent for a long time after because as a child I was a Taker mark…

    I knew the man was old, I knew the streak couldn’t last forever, and I wanted to believe that he went out on his own terms… but part of me still screamed “not Brock… anyone but Brock”. Yes it’s better than Cena and yeah it’s better than Punk but I still feel like this was an audible called at the last minute… at the time when I fell silent I actually didn’t question it and felt it was a pretty good call. But I see how it’s treated now and I’m very disappointed at how instead of it being a “farewell” to the streak, it’s now just a notch on Cork Lazar’s belt as he holds the title hostage.

    I feel that while this isn’t “crap”… the effect has long worn off, this isn’t as shocking anymore and to most of the marks that I can’t speak for I would say that this is less infuriating than it is just very disappointing and perhaps downright insulting if it was supposed to illicit any feelings after so long.

  18. Dean says:

    Excellent reading with very valid points, however:

    I don’t hate Brock Lesnar. There’s no doubt he’s got *some* talent, whether it be in a wrestling ring or a UFC octagon (I’m sure anyone would agree you have to have yourself at peak physical fitness to do both of those things, obviously). My problem was with the epilogue to the famed “streak” ending.

    At the end of the match, Taker looked old and worn out, which, in my opinion, is no way to have a true icon like The Undertaker look (I say “true icon” because if you ever read the dirt sheets, you never hear about Taker destroying hotel rooms or causing a scene on airplanes. That, to me, is the true definition of having class in and out of the ring). Not even to have Kane or Vince himself or other wrestlers from the locker room come out clapping? Does the WWE Creative Team think people from NYC go to see The Harlem Globetrotters lose? Yeah. Didn’t think so.

    Then, the next night on Raw, it’s “business as usual.” Are you kidding? We get a Hulk Hogan 60th birthday party on Raw. We get a Ric Flair retirement party, but absolutely NOTHING for a guy who’s been a company man since 1990? Like I said, I don’t hate Lesnar, but I, like alot of people, have been an Undertaker fan since I was 9. I’m 33, now, and this is the payoff to a story line that’s literally taken over 20 years?

    THAT, my friends, is TRUE WrestleCrap. Not WHO beat The Undertaker. Or WHY “The Streak” had to end (supposedly, Taker himself wanted it done and over-with). But the company’s lackluster reaction to such a big event besides the world title changing hands.

    In other words, typical WWE under-achieving.

    • Jordan says:

      I sort-of-agree with you, but Undertaker was never the type of character that would get a big send-off like Ric Flair or HBK. It kind of fits him to just vanish and never been seen again (well until he’d inducted into the WWE HOF anyway). And also, I think at that time, they really didn’t know if it was going to be his last match or not. I’m not even sure if they know that now.

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