Monday, March 31, 2014

WrestleMania 30: The Absent Player

Last year, the Undertaker's match at WrestleMania was different from all his past matches. Leading in, many believed CM Punk would be the one to break the streak. Then, a month before show, Paul Bearer died. The story behind the match became Paul Bearer, and speculation shifted to Taker winning for Paul.

While it is a much different situation this year, there is still a player involved who is not present. Paul Heyman has Brock Lesnar facing Taker as part retaliation for CM Punk.

According to Heyman's "pipe bomb" at the beginning of March, things changed for Punk after his WrestleMania loss to Taker. That was when things started going downhill for straight edge Superstar. That was a factor in his departure.

And, while Heyman is confident Lesnar is the one to break the streak, I am not so sure. Lesnar couldn't even defeat Triple H in a No Holds Barred match last year, and McMahons often lose big matches to favor the talent.

Another factor is Paul Bearer. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania, and, this year, we can watch the event live on the WWE Network. It will have to be an emotional night, and he will most certainly be on everyone's mind, even if the announce team doesn't mention his name during the match.

All of that, and there's no way the streak will ever break. Taker could be 99 years old wrestling Max Stratus at WrestleMania 80, and he will still somehow keep the streak alive.

I believe that at the end of the day on April 6, Taker will be 22-0 at WrestleMania.


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