Last year at Wrestlemania 30, Brock Lesnar had faced off against The Undertaker, who, coming into the match, was 21-0 at Wrestlemania in his illustrious career. His undefeated streak got more attention as the years passed, and his matches centered heavily on the stakes that his streak could end.
And the hype surrounding the Lesnar/Undertaker match, which included him choke-slamming Lesnar through a table, made it seem that it was a no-brainer that the Undertaker would wind up winning the match.
But in one of the most shocking moments in wrestling history…Brock Lesnar defeated the Undertaker, and ended his undefeated streak.
The Superdome in Louisiana fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Lesnar’s music wasn’t played for minutes. Cameras captured the shocked expressions that were (and are) planted on the faces of the 70,000+ fans at Wrestlemania. And when it was all said and done, the Undertaker slowly walked up the ramp, for what many felt was, for the last time…
Well, after nearly a year, “The Deadman” has returned!
THE UNDERTAKER VS BRAY WYATT
Last month at WWE Fastlane, his signature entrance occurred in front of a sold-out Memphis crowd. But when the iconic casket opened up, Bray Wyatt sat up.
By far one of the most complex and intriguing wrestlers, Bray Wyatt called out the Undertaker, and challenged him to a match at Wrestlemania. The world was stunned. It’s not often that someone not only mocks the Undertaker’s entrance, but also calls him out without any fear!
The hype for this year’s match-up has been brilliantly carried by Wyatt, who has cut the promos, intensified the flame, and has used elements of the Undertaker’s character to help. It wasn’t even until a couple weeks ago that the Undertaker “accepted” his challenge (though, not in person).
However, there is one missing factor from this match: the streak. Since it has already been broken (and now the Undertaker is 21-1), you can argue there is less of an emotional stake on the line. Which is why Wyatt deserves a ton of credit for still doing a good job in keeping the WWE fans interested in the match.
Jeremy Karp: ‘This match was/is by far, the hardest one for me to predict. There are so many pros and cons to have each wrestler win. If Undertaker wins, he goes to 22-1, but it may hurt the rise of the young Bray Wyatt. But if Bray Wyatt wins, then ‘Taker drops to 21-2, and would have a two-year losing streak at Wrestlemania, something I just don’t see happening (even though it could).
In order for both men to really not lose a lot more than just the match, they would have to put on a really good show. And with the legendary Undertaker’s presence squaring off against the crazy presence of Bray Wyatt, both men should do just that: put on a really good show, with twist and turns with each passing minute. And while I don’t think Wyatt will win the match, I see his performance still be a catapult for his rise to stardom in the world of professional wrestling.
My prediction: The Undertaker. I see him leaving Wrestlemania 31 victorious for the 22nd time in his iconic career.
Scott Bachelor: If there is one thing you need to keep in mind about this match, it is the Undertaker is now vulnerable at Wrestlemania. After the most the Undertaker suffered his most shocking loss since Bruno Sammartino was defeated by Ivan Koloff, the Undertaker was thought to have fought his last match. So it was all that more shocking when Bray revealed his mysterious promos have been calling out the Undertake since early February.
Which brings us to what many are calling the most unpredictable Undertaker match in years. And I have to agree with the masses. Sure Lesnar winning was unexpected but going into it, nobody thought that he was going to be the one that broke the streak. Bray could benefit in a huge way if he can topple the dead man. This could be the push that Bray should have had last year against Cena but this time, he is getting it from the biggest star of the last two decades. Look at what it did to Lesnar’s persona. It turned him into an unstoppable beast. On the other hand, Undertaker may need to prove that he can still go at Wrestlemania and need to regain some momentum if he is to have another match at Wrestlemania.
A lot of fans (myself included) are predicting that this is just setting up a larger match between ‘Taker and Sting for next year. What really intrigues me about this match is these two guys have such similar styles in the ring that it could lead to an interesting match. Both play mind games with their opponents and it could be fascinating to see if the always cool Undertaker takes the bait of the fresh face of Bray Wyatt.
I really should flip a coin to call this match, it is that unpredictable. Instead I think I should just pick who I want to win. I want the new guys to start phasing out the faces of yesterday, so with that being said, Bray Wyatt wins.
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