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.