Spoiler alert: Brock Lesnar, the “Next Big Thing,” is the next victim of The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX.
In fact, Lesnar appears to be the weakest wrestler in 12 years to attempt the greatest challenge in professional wrestling: breaking The Undertaker's coveted 21-0 WrestleMania winning record known simply as The Streak.
The Streak is not just a WrestleMania match. It is THE WrestleMania match. It's as daunting an adversary as The Undertaker himself. To defeat The Streak is an accomplishment greater than winning the prestigious WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
So, why is Brock Lesnar the weakest challenger to The Streak in years? He lacks the one thing he once had that could carry him to victory this year in New Orleans: destiny.
Lesnar, also known as the “Beast Incarnate,” has a stellar resume. He is the 2000 NCAA wrestling heavyweight champion, a two-time wrestling All-American in both the NCAA and NJCCA, a three-time WWE champion, the 2002 WWE King of the Ring and the 2003 Royal Rumble winner. In addition, he has victories against The Undertaker in two high profile WWE Championship matches: a Hell in a Cell match at No Mercy 2002 and a Biker Chain match at No Mercy 2003.
If his WWE campaign isn't impressive enough, he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in his first match. He later signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and won the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Everything Brock Lesnar achieves is all in accordance to destiny. This includes what he fails to accomplish now.
Lesnar's current run in WWE is lackluster compared to his first. He lost his first match to John Cena at Extreme Rules 2013. He lost his WrestleMania 29 match against Triple H. Possibly most damning of all, he has yet to win the championship gold he declares is rightfully his.
This is why Brock Lesnar has no chance to defeat The Streak without destiny in his corner.
I don't mean to say that his match with The Phenom on April 6 won't be a slug fest for the ages. To quote the legendary Jim Ross, this match will be a “restaurant quality slobberknocker”.
But, The Undertaker has the experience and home court advantages. His Hell's Gate submission is incredibly powerful, having brought him his second victory over Triple H at WrestleMania XXVII. Add in his amazing striking abilities and deceptive agility for someone his age and size, The Undertaker has the rare combination of strength and speed that is equaled by none.
Combining powerful wrestling and mixed-martial arts, Brock Lesnar's style emulates Undertaker's in technique and execution. His MMA barrage is stronger than Undertaker's, allowing him to be more prepared for The Undertaker's striking game. Although we probably won't see Lesnar attempt another Shooting Star Press this year, his agility is still as legendary as ever.
We can expect him to outmaneuver The Undertaker from the very beginning of the match. Although his endurance is nowhere near The Undertaker's, Lesnar's submission game will slow down the match. His devastating kimura lock will keep any chokeslams at bay.
This is an even match on paper. In fact, the advantage would normally swing in Lesnar's favor. Unfortunately for him, this isn't a normal match. This is a match at WrestleMania, and history is on The Undertaker's side.
The Undertaker has amassed the greatest winning streak in the history of professional wrestling. He's faced some of biggest names and toughest opponents on WWE's grandest stage, beginning with “The Superfly” Jimmy Snuka at WrestleMania VII in 1991.
Two of his most trying matches are back-to-back matches with “Mr. WrestleMania” Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXV and XXVI. Their first meeting was a good vs. evil match, with Michaels' born-again Christian light clashing with the darkness of Demon from Death Valley. The Showstopper hit The Undertaker with everything he had in the classic confrontation. Destiny dictated that good would not triumph over evil that night, with The Undertaker picking up his 17th win.
Shawn Michaels became so obsessed with defeating The Streak that he wagered his career for one more shot at WrestleMania XXVII. He had everything going for him: the determination, the emotion, the will to survive, everything one needs to stand a chance in a WrestleMania match with The Undertaker. Even with everything on the line in a classic rivaling the previous year's match, Michaels lacked one crucial element: destiny.
Shawn Michaels' legendary career was killed by The Streak with a tombstone piledriver and a three count.
Sheer power alone can't defeat the streak without destiny. The Undertaker faced off against the titanic duo of The Big Show and A-Train at WrestleMania XIX. The match was originally billed a tag team match. It changed to a handicap match when The Undertaker's partner, Nathan Jones, was assaulted backstage before the match.
Despite the odds stacked against him, The Undertaker defeated both behemoths to secure his 11th victory. He battled veteran Mark Henry in a Casket Match three years later. Mark Henry's impressive size, strength and reputation as “The World's Strongest Man” did not stop The Undertaker from placing Henry in a casket and shutting the lid for his 14th victory.
Some of The Undertaker's opponents were less threatening than others. Destiny led an aging “Nature Boy” Ric Flair into a match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Flair accepted a challenge in order to defend his family from further physical harm at the hands of Deadman, Inc. Sixteen world title reigns and interference by fellow Four Horsemen member, Arn Anderson, failed to deter The Undertaker from massacring Flair in Toronto for his 10th win.
Randy Orton, the cunning “Legend Killer,” was the first to officially announce that he would defeat The Streak at WrestleMania 21. Despite his cold conscience, he was mentally outmatched by The Undertaker's mind games leading up to the match. Orton fell like the others before him, becoming The Undertaker's 13th sacrifice to The Streak.
Even CM Punk failed to make The Undertaker rest in peace in his attempt last year at WrestleMania 29. The “Best In The World” seemed to match The Undertaker in every aspect. Punk got into The Undertaker's head by stealing the legendary urn that housed his powers. Punk was fresh off of the longest WWE Championship reign in the modern era, giving him some momentum leading up to the match. He even had veteran manager Paul Heyman in his corner.
The one thing CM Punk didn't have was destiny. The “Second City Savior” couldn't save himself from becoming The Undertaker's most recent victory.
Yet again, every challenger couldn't defeat The Undertaker because they didn't have destiny on their side. Although Lesnar is definitely not as weak as Ric Flair, he has less credibility than even Orton or CM Punk. He has no reason to defeat The Streak except to defeat it.
Without destiny, let alone reason to defeat The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar is the weakest challenger since Ric Flair in 2002.
There is also no doubt in my mind that The Undertaker will add Brock Lesnar to the list of souls he has sacrificed to The Streak.
Tiger Oliver is a NewsOK contributor from Stillwater, Oklahoma. His blog, Classically Contemporary, can be found at eptl.tumblr.com. For writing or voice talent commissions, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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