The “STREAK” is over! I am still in disbelief. As the Undertaker lie on the mat and then gathered his senses, it had come to me that another one of my wrestling heroes was about to retire. We don’t actually know that yet, but the “STREAK” that wrestling and WrestleMania live and die by was just broken.
Twitter messages, photos and social media abroad told the story – no one really thought Undertaker’s last stand would be in New Orleans. And in my heart, I am a little saddened by the turn of events. The match itself was awful, and you could see a laboring Undertaker, a man who was in condition but not conditioned for the event. The silence of the crown in the Superdome said it all, but should the “Streak” and a career that spanned 22 WrestleMania event stop just like that?
Sean Waltman and Konnan took to their Twitter pages, telling the world they thought the loss should be to a wrestler like Roman Reigns or another upstart who could take the win and build on it. Brock Lesnar, the winner and “criminal” in the crime committed cannot be blamed for this. The WWE may have decided to move forward. ‘Taker could have been the one to pull the plug on record. Tired of being beaten on, small cameo appearances for a month or so. A new life and children with Michelle McCool. It all factors in. But for now, I want to be the grieving one, the one who is sad. My hero lost tonight and with it the questions of his future abound.
When we think of athletes who “stay too long” I know Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts and Scott Hall first come to mind. We have seen them deteriorate before our eyes. In retrospect of only a few minutes, we have seen the same thing from this performer, who Jerry Lawler and JBL called the “Greatest performer in WWE history,” and rightfully so. There won’t be another one like him. And with the slower pace of Kane in and out of the ring, and his recent feud to help put The Shield over, it is more and more apparent that his future is slowing down.
Come to think of it, Cesaro was put over by Big Show Sunday night as well – possibly signaling the near end of his career as well.
The WWE inducted Razor Ramon, Jake Roberts and Carlos Colon into the Hall of fame on Saturday night, three wrestlers I watched growing up. It is unavoidable that things like this happen, that time moves on and we get older and lose some of that childhood feeling when we watched Hogan run down the entrance ramp or heard Flair yell “Woooo!” It comes with the territory.
In other sports, Joe Namath overstayed his welcome. Willie Mays looked awful in a Mets uniform. We all waited for Brett Favre to run off into the sunset and Larry Bird finally let injuries retire him. It’s a fact of sports life.
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