The immediate reaction was incredible. My brother went to the toilet afterwards, and told me that many people were pissed off and some were even leaving the stadium in anger. Most people were more subdued; I just watched the Divas match, still trying to digest what had just happened. How had The Undertaker lost? The guy behind me thought that it was a botch. No-one could believe it, and as I was leaving the stadium that night, even after Daniel Bryan's triumph, many people were still sombre, or just angry.
Now, 3 weeks removed from WrestleMania, we can really begin to analyze the implications of Brock Lesnar 'conquering' The Streak. And while many people still argue that it's ridiculous that a part-time guy who will be around for a couple more years at best got to break the most sacred accomplishment the WWE has, rather than giving the rub to a future main-eventer to cement his stardom, I'm going to argue against this. I'm willing to put my chips on the table and say Brock Lesnar was the best choice to defeat the Undertaker and end the streak, more so than Roman Reigns or Cesaro or any of the other people who have been suggested for the honor. I suppose I better back up that statement now...
Reason #1: A young guy breaking The Streak would have faced extreme backlash
|Roman Reigns can become an icon,|
but not by breaking The Streak.
With Brock Lesnar, WWE do actually take care to book him like a dangerous monster (most of the time). Paul Heyman's promo on the RAW after 'Mania was so captivating it prevented the crazy crowd from crapping all over it. Even though Lesnar isn't around right now, when he returns, you can be sure that Heyman will remind you of what he did.With Lesnar and Heyman, WWE know that the heat from The Streak ending is in safe hands, and it won't disparate as easily as it could with a younger guy. Every match Lesnar has from now on has the spectre of The Streak hanging over it, and they will be more interesting, dramatic, and just plain better because of it.
Reason #2: Lesnar has got his heat back in a huge way
Many people believe that Lesnar's loss to John Cena at Extreme Rules 2012 in his first match back was a mistake, and made Brock look less intimidating for future matches. I am definitely in that camp, and Lesnar's matches since then have never felt as important as that one did, because Lesnar had already been presented as beatable. His loss to Triple H at last year's WrestleMania further cemented this view, and it meant that heading into Brock's match with Undertaker this year, no-one was giving him a chance. That made his victory all the more shocking of course, but it also allowed Lesnar to win back the aura that surrounded him heading into his match with Cena. Lesnar feels 'unbeatable' again for the first time since 2012, and his future matches will feel more important because of that aura.
|Lesnar feels really dangerous again.|
|Cesaro's link with Heyman can set up a big feud with Lesnar.|
What do you think about The Streak ending? Was Brock Lesnar the right choice to end it? The comment section below is all yours to debate and discuss.