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The Undertaker losing at WrestleMania again would be pretty shocking. It’s difficult to comprehend just how incredible his undefeated streak spanning 21 years was and having him lose twice (ESPECIALLY TO ROMAN) just feels wrong… but it has to happen.
The Story So Far
The feud between Roman Reigns and The Undertaker hasn’t been anything special, but the key theme has revolved around the idea of who the alpha male of the WWE is. For the entire 21st century, the answer to that question has been The Undertaker. Whether he’s in the ring for one day or 365, it’s his yard. However, Roman Reigns is the perfect guy to challenge that notion, storyline wise at least.
Reigns has been booked stronger than anyone possibly in history since splitting from The Shield and while his character was awfully mismanaged heading into the previous two WrestleMania’s, they have nailed it going into 33. While Roman isn’t a heel in the kayfabe sense, he is a heel. It’s as simple as that. Triple H said it better than I ever could:
“Isn’t he already the biggest heel we have? If 70 percent of that crowd is booing him, then he’s a heel. We’re just presenting him to you in a different way that makes you hate him,” Triple H said last week.
Yes, this is a cop out in the sense that they never planned for Reigns to be getting this reaction, but they’ve gone from pushing against it to accepting it in 2017 and it’s worked wonderfully. Roman doesn’t care what the crowd thinks and he doesn’t respect anyone. All he wants is personal success and to show he’s better than everyone on the roster – which sounds pretty heel-ish to me.
That’s where The Undertaker comes in. Everyone respects The Undertaker. Even when he faces guys who blatantly try to spit in his face like CM Punk or Bray Wyatt, they still respected how dangerous The Undertaker is and knew he was the alpha male of the company. That’s different with Roman. Reigns (the character) doesn’t respect Taker. He isn’t threatened by him because he’s the guy that’s there 365 days a year putting fear into everyone on the roster in 2017, not Taker. There’s no question that Roman Reigns has been booked as the alpha male of the WWE and now that The Undertaker is back, it’s as simple as who really is the top dog. That is the storyline WWE is trying to tell here.
Why Roman Must Win
It’s for that reason Roman must pin The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Think about it, if it were anyone else fans would see the logic, but Reigns is the exception to all logic when it comes to wrestling fans.
The Undertaker is 52 years old and any year could be his last. While I personally don’t think this will be his final WrestleMania, it’s the right time for him to pass the baton and Roman Reigns is the right guy. Just think about the reaction Reigns will get coming out to RAW the next night having pinned The Undertaker clean at WrestleMania. No matter what you think about Reigns, he is as talented as anyone on the RAW brand and has almost unmatched levels of star-power. He’s also only 31 years old meaning he could be around for another 15 years. When you look at it that way, there is no logical way The Undertaker should be beating him and putting himself above him – none.
And if you look at the WWE roster, no one makes more sense to beat Taker at WrestleMania than Roman Reigns from a booking standpoint.
Why Undertaker Must Lose
Here’s a theory for you, this one match will set up the two main-events of WrestleMania 34. Dirt sheets are speculating that this will be The Undertaker’s final match, but they do that every year and have about as much credibility as Curtis Axel’s win-loss record at this point.
Here’s the theory: the reason WrestleMania 34 is taking place in New Orleans is so The Undertaker can redeem losing the streak in the same building he lost it. That will be his retirement match and it’ll be against John Cena.
Doesn’t that storyline have so much more weight if Taker comes into WrestleMania 34 having lost to Roman Reigns? You now have a Deadman who has lost everything. He’s lost his streak, he’s lost his yard and maybe he’s lost his touch? Now he has one final match to prove his legacy against the face of the company in the same building the streak ended four years earlier.
Roman Reigns goes into WrestleMania 34 taking on Brock Lesnar. These are the two men who conquered The Undertaker on the big stage finishing what they started at WrestleMania 31. Admit it, that match was brilliant even before Seth Rollins cashed-in.
Whether I’ve convinced you or not, this is most likely happening. All signs point to Reigns winning and I personally cannot wait to see the Internet implode when it happens.
The Undertaker losing at WrestleMania 33 sets up the best possible retirement story for him going into his final match and solidifies Roman as the top guy of this generation for the next 10 years. He’s the right guy, it’s the right time and nobody loses out of this result.
If you need someone to vent your Roman-frustrations on, fire them at my Twitter: @NicNegrepontis.