One of the most polarizing topics going into WrestleMania 27 last year was whether or not Triple H should end The Undertaker’s streak. The vast majority of WWE fans gave a resounding no, yet I wonder in 2012 if that is truly the right answer.
The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak is truly a once in a lifetime pro wrestling angle. Streaks just don’t happen anymore in professional wrestling. I think they should, but unfortunately booking is so short-sighted that it would be near impossible to book a streak of 19 straight WrestleMania wins in an era where hot-shotting angles is the norm.
[ad 6]In addition to the booking, just the idea that a WWE superstar could play a prominent role in 19 straight WrestleMania shows is probably even more unlikely. Times are different and a long term investment in booking during today’s WWE creative era is anything over four weeks. So taking a guy tomorrow, starting him from scratch, and expecting him to go over in mid-upper card matches on WrestleMania is quite honestly a pipe dream.
This is why The Undertaker’s streak is so special. Is The Undertaker the biggest star that has ever wrestled on a WrestleMania? Not when you have The Rock, Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, and even Ric Flair appearing on multiple events. Yet he is the only guy that somehow managed to avoid losing and stick around for 20 consistent years. A lot of luck and perfect timing made this happen, two factors that rarely work well together.
And hence here we are a year later, a few weeks out from WrestleMania, asking the annual question, “Should the streak end?” I say yes and Triple H is the perfect man to do it in 2012. Triple H has put his time in and has proven to be one of the most loyal McMahon soldiers in company history. Yes I know he married the bosses daughter, but Hunter stuck with the company long before his courtship with Vince McMahon’s little girl. If there is one thing that the WWE could count on, like The Undertaker, Triple H was always there.
Ending the streak at 19 is not disrespectful to The Undertaker. He had 19 wins in a row! What it does is open up the doors for a future angle with a new hot star. A hot commodity can rattle off a couple of wins and claim to do what The Undertaker has never done, reach #20. The possibility of someone seeing that through is slim. But why close the door on an angle that can come in handy at some point in the future?
I have heard the argument that a younger star should end the streak, someone who the WWE can build around, and someone who will stick around for the long haul as opposed to a guy on the way out. When is the last time the WWE elevated someone to the elite level and stuck with it? If you are going to sit around waiting for that guy to come up, you will be waiting long past The Undertaker’s retirement. He isn’t there and there isn’t anyone currently on the rise worthy of that spot.
[adinserter block=”1″]Triple H can cement his status as a true WWE legend by ending the streak. Hunter is one of the biggest stars in WWE history, but he is not regarded as a legend the way wrestling fans refer to Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Ric Flair, The Rock, etc. He needs this win and in my opinion, he deserves it.
Finally, the WWE needs a legend they can count on as an ambassador, promoter, and leader. As a member of the McMahon family, Triple H is that guy. If the argument is that the person who ends the streak needs to be someone that the WWE is elevating in and investing into his future, well then Triple H is the man for that job.