The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak was synonymous with The Show of Shows for more than two decades until it was finally broken by Brock Lesnar in 2014. WrestleMania 30 held one of the biggest shocks in wrestling history when The Beast ended The Undertaker’s Undefeated Streak as part of a match that The Deadman is still unable to remember due to the concussion that he suffered at the beginning.
Many fans have remained shocked regarding the decision to end wrestling’s most lucrative winning streak, but while talking to Ariel Helwani, the former World Champion was able to reveal Vince McMahon’s reason for calling time on The Streak.
“Internally, and the way this business works, I knew that someday it probably would. In our industry, you just don’t walk away like Floyd [Mayweather] and retire undefeated or Rocky Marciano.”
“Although most of my peers and people that I work with thought it was a horrible decision. I just asked Vince, are you sure? Is this what you want? He was like, ‘If it’s not Brock, who can beat you?’ from the way the streak was built and by that time.”
“So it was like, alright, it’s your call. Everybody thinks that I have all this juice that I can say yes or say no. I mean I could have said no. What good was that gonna do?…what do I do? Not go out? or throw a tissy?, I’m not going over… that’s not me. I’m business, and business comes first before anything personal.”
The Deadman has gained a reputation during his time in WWE for having some kind of pull backstage when it comes to changing creative decisions but it seems that he also knows that he’s part of a bigger picture and he knew that Brock ending the streak was a good decision.
“At that time, you have to realize what I’m going through, and I think it’s covered at the end of [episode] one. So I’m doing WrestleMania, and I’m going from WrestleMania and going to have to have some kind of surgery to repair whatever was hurting before I went into Mania. And then I go into rehab. And then I go right then into [what] I call camp now because I don’t work a full schedule. I have to train like a fighter does. Like I have to back out 16 weeks and I have figure out what my goals are whether I need to add weight, whether I need to lose weight. [The] biggest thing being getting my cardio right. When you’re on the road all year long, you just stay in shape, your body’s used to the trauma.”
“So I had to stretch of time there where I was only working once a year at Mania, twice a year at most if they have a special RAW, Smackdown or something, and I think what happened was it just caught up to me. Everything was hurting, so I couldn’t go in the ring and spar. So my body wasn’t used to the trauma of a match. Most guys aren’t able to physically throw me around quite like Brock could, so I took a lot of bumps that I don’t normally take.”