WWE Network to Blame for Undertaker’s Streak Ending

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The buzz from last night’s WrestleMania is the shocking loss by The Undertaker at the hands of the conqueror Brock Lesnar. But for those people angry at not only Lesnar, but the WWE in general, there is a scapegoat behind Undertaker’s loss: the WWE Network.

From what fans can piece together, Undertaker has been looking to get out of the business for a while now. In an off-the-record interview, Taker said he only competes at WrestleMania each year because he feels he owes something to Vince McMahon, who gave him this streak and a shot to be a star in the WWE. Now that he was tabbed to lose, he can retire and not feel that he owes anybody anything.

So where does the Network fit in into all of this? Taker has been one of the biggest draws for the WWE despite him wrestling only once a year. If he was still willing to compete once a year, the WWE could keep those merchandise sales and him popularity.

Plus, Taker sells Mania, as he has had by far the best match on the Grandest Stage of Them All in the last 5-6 years. From Shawn Michaels at 25 to CM Punk at 29, The Undertaker has been stealing shows for half of a decade now. Since PPV sales won’t count for almost anything anymore due to the Network, the WWE doesn’t need Taker to sell the event — it’s already sold.

Another point to note is that the Undertaker is nowhere near “dead” as he would’ve been last year. People can still watch all of his incredible matches at WrestleMania and beyond on the Network, which means that fans of his don’t have to wait for the next Mania or use YouTube.

While you can still be angry about who ended the Streak, don’t forget that it wasn’t up to Lesnar. The Network is one of the best things the WWE has done in a while, but it also played a big part in ending one of the greatest streaks in sports entertainment history.


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  • NotoriousRambo

    Lesner would pretty much disappear now smh so disappointed the way they choose to end it like it never mattered or it wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be are u kidding me? Was hoping sting would have ended it or someone who has put in work in the wwe for a decade or more that truly deserved it **sigh**

    I can see it now when Vince or hunter are being interviewed because there is gonna be a lot of disappointed fans who will want an answer as to why it ended so horribly and they will answer the fans with well people seem to forget this is the entertainment business just like they said about the Montreal screw job smh.,…,,

  • Layton Harman

    – Here’s my video reacting to the streaking ending http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z9A3jGn0cw -

  • Anna Nyoki

    Totally random, haphazard speculation. Whether the Undertaker sells Manias or not is also a big leap, as though the WWE realized he was suddenly expendable after the fact. What crap.

    Here’s what’s to “blame” for the Streak ending: the Undertaker is old and broken down. He could barely pull through one last relatively safe match against Lesnar, who was protecting him the whole way. The end. No conspiracies, no theories, just facts. Let the man ride off into the sunset in peace with these moronic theories.

    • ShadowSD

      I thought The Undertaker was protecting Lesnar more than vice-versa in that match, when you look at the concussion and The Undertaker’s most careful tombstone in history on Lesnar (keeping his head a foot off the ground). Lesnar just wasn’t throwing credible punches because his punches don’t look good, not to protect Taker, because you can hit better looking punches in wrestling without hurting the person simply by punching your own hand in the process. Lesnar was just being lazy, which is one reason why people were so annoyed by the outcome.

  • Thugangel Forlife

    the match was just lame.i know something was wrong thats not undertaker at all .The move that put him away was 2 weak