WWE’s original plans for The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak revealed. The Deadman went 22 Wrestlemania’s before suffering his first loss at the showcase of immortals.
The Undertaker is a multi-time World Champion in the WWE. However, he is a rare breed of Superstar who did not need the title to elevate him. Instead, his presence was enough to elevate the shows he was a part of and Wrestlemania is the biggest example of this.
The WWE’s biggest event became a must see for millions of fans. They would purchase the PPV or flock to the arena to see the Undertaker defend his unbeaten streak at Wrestlemania. The Undertaker’s first win at the show came all the way back at Wrestlemania 7. He would win every subsequent match until the WWE finally realized in 2005 what they had on their hands.
On several occasions, the Undertaker’s match would overshadow the World title match and rightfully so. The Undertaker then surprisingly lost to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30. Fans and fellow wrestlers have since argued that he should have ended his career unbeaten, but what were the original plans?
WWE’s original plans for The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak revealed
Dave Meltzer noted on the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the mentality in the WWE was for Undertaker to retire unbeaten at WrestleMania. They originally wanted Orton to go over back in 2005. They changed their minds and decided to never end the streak, until the plans changed.
“Undertaker’s Streak, which started with a quick win over a long-past-his-prime Jimmy Snuka in a prelim match at the 1991 WrestleMania, was not planned from the start,” Meltzer said. “It really wasn’t a thing until 2005, when there was talk of Randy Orton beating him, and that was the first year they really pushed hard the Streak, then 12-0. After that, the mentality to most in the company was that he never should lose, and retire unbeaten at WrestleMania whenever that time would come.”
The Undertaker called time on his career after his win over AJ Styles at this year’s Wrestlemania. He confirmed his retirement at Survivor Series this month, where he was joined by several of his friends on stage.
As far as the streak goes, he has himself said that he did not think Lesnar needed the win. Instead, he believes Reigns would have been a better candidate.
Right as he may be, the win propelled Lesnar to a monster heel at the top of the card. Before that he lost to Triple H and Cena. After the Taker match however, he was squashing the likes of Cena and Orton!
He would eventually become the final boss that both Reigns and Drew had to get over to win their first Universal and WWE Championships respectively.
Besides, that match is still talked about to this day. So, maybe in a weird way, the match has done exactly what Vince desired of it?
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