At SummerSlam this year, The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar will face off in a rematch of their Wrestlemania 30 encounter. On April 6th 2014, the wrestling world watched on in a stunned silence as the greatest streak in sports history came to an end. After 21 straight Wrestlemania victories against superstars of the industry including Triple H and Shawn Michaels, the Undertaker lost for the first time ever at the annual super show to the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar.
[adinserter block=”2″]Over a year after this monumental moment and having only been seen once since the defeat (a Wrestlemania victory over Bray Wyatt), The Undertaker finally returned and struck some revenge against Lesnar, costing him the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Battleground by interfering in the title match between Lesnar and champion Seth Rollins and setting up a rematch for the ages at the biggest event of the summer; Summerslam. Whilst many wrestling fans were originally confused about the reason for this rematch, they have plenty of reasons to be excited now, as the whole feud promises to be better than the original.
When Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker originally came to their feud in the early months of 2014, there was no real base for their feud. At the time, Brock Lesnar was attempting to force his way into the world title picture, and The Undertaker hadn’t been on screens for months. The Undertaker returned to confront Lesnar who could face an opponent of his choice instead of the title match, and the two set up their match there and then, with The Phenom putting Lesnar through the table. The feud was set up from nothing, with the two only ever coming up against each other in a feud that seemingly ended in 2003. It felt at the time that this was the annually Undertaker return. He came back, he set up the feud with his Wrestlemania opponent, and it seemed he would go on to claim his next victim in his streak.
This didn’t prove to be the case, however. Brock Lesnar, after three F5’s, pinned the Undertaker clean and brought the entire arena, and the wrestling community to stunned silence. The shock of the streak being broke brought an allure to a feud that had been struggling due to its repeated feel of every year with the Undertaker. This time round, however, it is different.
There is a reason behind the war. The Undertaker is angry at losing, and is angry at Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman constantly reminding fans that his client broke the streak. Lesnar, on the other hand, is raging that The Undertaker cost him the world title, the one motive that keeps bringing him to return to the ring. Both men go into this feud with a genuine reason to want to fight the other, which gives fans more to be interested in than when they originally feuded. Furthermore, Brock Lesnar is huge right now. He is by far the hottest attraction in the company right now. After the year he has had, carrying the title and arguably the company for the most part of the year, he has increased his attraction even more than when he first faced Taker, creating even more buzz around this big fight.
This feud will be bigger and better this time round because it also will stand out as the main event of the show. This match has a major big fight feel going into it. There hasn’t been a feeling like this in some years, with two major attractions of the business going to war. It has been described already by Paul Heyman as the fight that is “too big for Wrestlemania”. It is being billed as the main event of the card even though it appears there will be an addition of a championship vs championship match added to the card between Seth Rollins and John Cena.
When The Undertaker and Lesnar first fought last year, it was placed on a card that was entirely overshadowed by the world title victory for Daniel Bryan. The Yes Movement was reaching its peak, and the fans were all anticipating his rise to stardom after a long struggle. At Summerslam this year, there will be no match in the way. Brock vs Taker II is the match. It is the main event. It is the bout that will draw the fans in and get people talking about the show. This time round, it is likely to close the show as well, which will add further attraction to the feud. Fans will be anticipating the match in the whole build up, and will be itching for the bout to come on during the show too.
From an outside the ring point of view, the feud is going to be bigger and better second time round. But, to really better the original, the fight inside the ring has to be better. And this is where the feud will truly excel even more. The Undertaker has made a career out of fantastic bouts and incredible performances. Wrestlemania matches against Triple H, Shawn Michaels and CM Punk are just a few examples of his in ring ability. His Wrestlemania encounter with Lesnar didn’t reach the heights of his other bouts, though, but this was mainly down to The Undertaker suffering from a concussion he picked up early on in the bout. If all goes to plan, this time round won’t see an injury like this damage the quality of the bout, and The Undertaker will be able to once again put on a sensational match.
[adinserter block=”1″]Brock Lesnar also has a reputation of being able to put on an incredible performance. His involvement in the Triple Threat Match at the Royal Rumble against John Cena and Seth Rollins and his world title match against Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania of this year will both go down as candidates for the match of 2015, showcasing the ability Lesnar has in the ring. Brock Lesnar has been building up a reputation of constantly delivering German Suplex after German Suplex to his opponent in matches, and it will be interesting to see if he continues this against a 50-year-old Undertaker, but regardless of that, both men have been known to put on a classic, and they will deliver again this year, bettering the performance they put on for Wrestlemania 30 last year. The excitement created by the brawl they had on Raw only weeks ago highlight how good a fight the two can put on, and how hotly the crowd react to them going at it. As Paul Heyman said, this rematch is well and truly “too big for Wrestlemania”.
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