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My Two Centsss - Should The Streak Ever Be Broken? If So, By Who?
By Super Chrisss
Sep 25, 2013 - 7:32:15 PM

Wrestlemania XXX is still far, far away (just over six months, if I'm not mistaken), but as fellow LOP Main Page columnist The Doc would say, "It's never too early to start thinking about it." And according to a major rumour that hit the dirtsheets earlier today, that's exactly what WWE officials have been up to lately - throwing out ideas for potential Wrestlemania XXX main-event matches. However, most of thoe proposed matches and feuds all seem to depend on whether or not The Rock will agree to work next year's Wrestlemania. If Dwayne does decide to take some time out of his crazy schedule to work WM30 (plus a few appearances on Raw in February and/or March, no doubt), then rumour has it Ryback will be the one to challenge The Undertaker this coming April.

This rumour - true or false - has already sent the IWC into a collective rage. And for good reason. Ever year since Wrestlemania 23, The Undertaker has wrestled a MOTY candidate with several different opponents - Edge, Batista, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and CM Punk. Pitting Ryback against The Deadman appears to be a major step-down in quality after seven - yes, SEVEN - consecutive four-five star matches. Now, this isn't a knock against Ryback - who I feel is a bit underrated in the ring, and can certainly 'go' if given the right opponent - but let's be serious for a moment. How can Ryback pull a better match out of The Deadman than CM Punk or HBK did? Or more importantly, how are the fans supposed to view "The Big Guy" as a bigger threat to The Streak than a Hall of Famer like Edge or a 13-time world champion such as HHH? Had Ryback's undefeated streak still be intact, had the company not pissed away all of his momentum in a few months' time, and if Ryback was still over a face, I could buy into Ryback facing 'Taker at Wrestlemania.

But six months isn't enough time to build Ryback back up again. That's the funny thing about professional wrestling. Quite often, it takes a lot of time and effort for a wrester to get over with the live audiences and viewed as a legitimate main-eventer. Yet a long, hard push can end in an instant, and when it happens, that wrestler has to start back at the bottom and work his way back to the top. Ryback is a perfect example of this. He (re)debuted the SmackDown after Wrestlemania 28, and it took a full year of wrestling squash matches and feuding his way up the card (and back down) until the Raw after Wrestlemania 29, where WWE killed his momentum in one night by having him turn heel and attack John Cena. The heel turn was horribly executed (the fact they were in a smarky, anti-Cena city didn't help), and by Extreme Rules, no one gave him a chance in hell of beating Cena for the WWE title. Whoooosh! Just like that, a full year's worth of building Ryback into a top face - which they did succeed at - vanished almost instantly. He may be a "Paul Heyman guy" now, but Ryback Rules plain out sucks.

That's why I call bullshit on a potential Ryback/Undertaker match at Wrestlemania XXX, especially on the part where officials want Ryback to be the one to end The Streak. It's just not going to happen.

So if not Ryback, then who? It would seem as if WWE has burned through all viable challengers to the legendary streak in recent years. I know I'm not alone in waiting for that Cena vs. Taker Wrestlemania to happen someday. Some readers have suggested a Taker vs. Daniel Bryan match, which would undoubtedly add to 'Taker's 'other' streak of MOTY candidates. A rematch with CM Punk could always happen, considering that 'Taker has faced the same opponent at Wrestlemania two years in a row since 2008. The thing is, I'm not sure if Cena, Bryan, or Punk have anything to gain by going over The Deadman at Mania. Those three men are arguably the top three most popular, full-time WWE superstars on the roster today. Would a Wrestlemania victory over 'Taker really boost their careers to new heights?

Continuing on that train of thought, if WWE's top-tier stars can't - or shouldn't - end The Streak, then maybe it's simply not meant to be broken. Maybe WWE is better off using The Streak as a selling point for Wrestlemania, as they have the past decade or so. Do I agree with that concept? No, but business-wise, it makes sense. Rather than WWE taking a gamble on choosing the right guy to end The Streak, they simply put it on the line year after year to garner additional buys. I didn't order Wrestlemania 29, but those who did had a reason to. Either they wanted to see Twice in a Lifetime, or they wanted to see Undertaker defend his incredible Wrestlemania streak. The fact that 'Taker usually wrestles only one match per year adds to that intrigue - you never know if this is going to be 'Taker's final Wrestlemania match or not. Win or lose, people want to see it.

But all good things must come to an end. I don't want to see 'Taker in a wheelchair for the rest of his life because he wrestled one match too many. I'd much rather see him ride off into the sunset, content with the Hall of Fame career he left behind. If it's "best for business" to put someone over at Wrestlemania before he goes, then so be it. Maybe have 'Taker put over a future main-eventer like Dean Ambrose or Antonio Cesaro (the heat they'll carry with them for the rest of their career would be insane)> Maybe 'Taker should put over someone like Cody Rhodes, who might be in the business for a very long time. Maybe 'Taker should give up The Streak to someone who seems incapable of getting heat, ala Alberto del Rio (I would LOVE to see the IWC's reaction if that ever happened). I just can't picture Ryback ending The Streak, that's for sure.

What do you think, loyal readers? Should The Streak ever come to an end? And if so, who would you have end it?


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