We are barely 24 hours removed from quite probably the biggest and most shocking moment in WWE history. You may say the Montreal Screwjob is more significant due to its real-life consequences; the end of the Monday Night Wars ended the WWE’s competition (possibly forever) or even something else.
But last night Brock Lesnar put an end to a run spanning 23 years; Taker didn’t compete at Wrestlemania 2000. I quite literally sat staring at the TV with my mouth wide open in absolute shock for a good 5 minutes.
It was ground-breaking and the deafening silence of 75,000 people said it all. But the WWE did it so well. Vince obviously anticipated the reaction of the fans and by not playing Brock’s music upon victory, it let us a) savour the extraordinary atmosphere b) it just left a seed of doubt in our minds as to whether someone would come out and restart the match or SOMETHING. Alas, nothing happened and everyone had to try and comprehend that the Streak was finally over.
Just a little disclaimer to say that I haven’t read Casey Pelsinger’s article about the Streak, but I will once I finished my own article. These are the genuine thoughts from a passionate wrestling fan with lots of thoughts.
First of all, the ridiculous conspiracy theories plaguing the internet right now need to be addressed. How on earth could Lesnar have changed the script by himself? It would have taken 4 people to change the script; Brock being the first.
Do you think Brock would jeopardise his obscenely lucrative contract by changing the course of wrestling history? Not a chance.
Secondly, the referee would NEVER have made the 3-count if it was only Brock trying to change things. Go back to No Way Out 2001 and watch Earl Hebner mess up in the main event as he forgets the ending to The Rock vs Kurt angle match. He counts 2 and a half, even though Kurt Angle’s shoulders are down for the count and the fans know it. Even if Brock and Undertaker had conspired to end the streak, the ref still wouldn’t count the 3.
As I alluded to above, The Undertaker himself would likely have a problem with Lesnar trying to change the script, before or during the match. So there’s another kick in the teeth for this theory.
Lastly, Paul Heyman is the final part of the puzzle. You go back and watch, as soon as the 3 count is made, Heyman IMMEDIATELY gets into the ring. If any of the other 3 had tried to change the ending unbeknownst to everyone then Heyman wouldn’t have reacted like that. Surprise and a lack of direction would be evident instead of the immediate adulation and celebration he displays.
Now that that theory is debunked, let’s analyse things further.
A few months back, Paul Heyman came out and proclaimed his client, Brock Lesnar, to be the #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I’m guessing a few of you are going “Oh yeah”. Randy Orton obviously has a re-match clause as per championship standard regulations. But I can’t see Orton getting the belt back. This leaves Batista and someone else to go for the title; surely the Beast Incarnate himself.
Who else has the best momentum to go for the title right now? Roman Reigns is still with The Shield, Cesaro still has a programme with Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger to come; whereas Brock Lesnar has just ended the Streak.
Many people never wanted the Streak to end and thought that it had become an untouchable and an intangible holy grail. But in my eyes, all good things must come to an end. I agree with Mark Calaway; for those of you who don’t know that that is the real name of The Undertaker. He said that he didn’t want the Streak to become bigger than wrestling itself; and that is noble of him.
As I said in my Wrestlemania article from Saturday, he has offered the Streak to both Randy Orton and Kurt Angle. Taker is not a man to bask in his own glory and his willingness to offer the Streak establishes this.
But I NEVER thought for one second Brock Lesnar would be the one to finally end the illustrious winning run. However if you use logic you can understand why he won last night as I think it would have been too improbable for Undertaker to win. Undertaker is 49, his body is very worn down, he has a lot less mass compared to what he used to and his time is nearly up in the ring. Brock Lesnar is 36, arguably in his prime and is a monster of a man; it just wouldn’t be feasible to have Undertaker win.
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