The end of the Undertaker’s WrestleMania Streak remains one of wrestling’s most divisive moments. While many did not want the Streak to end till Undertaker would eventually retire, some thought the end was overdue since his body was slowly breaking down. John Cena Sr. proved to be in the former category, which he revealed in an interview with Boston Wrestling.
At WrestleMania 30, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar entered the arena unbeknownst of what Vince McMahon had in mind for them. Taker himself revealed that he did not know the finish to the match hours prior to the event.
Taker suffered a concussion during the match, which dragged down the match quality. Lesnar carried Taker through most of the match, while the Deadman only managed to hit his signature moves.
It took three F5s for Brock Lesnar to be the first man to pin the Undertaker at WrestleMania. The arena felt silent, and only Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar’s gasps could be heard. The ring announcer did not announce the result for a whole two minutes, after which Brock’s music hit.
John Cena‘s father, John Cena Sr, is considered an insider to the world of wrestling. In the interview, Cena explained why he thought breaking the Undertaker’s Streak was the biggest mistake WWE ever committed.
“When Lesnar took it, that was the end of The Undertaker. You know, say what you want Mark, say what you want Vince, Brock, Paul Heyman, say what you want but my buddy Paul [Bearer] always used to say… Paul Bearer would say ‘the streak never should end. They ended it. That was the worst they could have ever done.”
Cena Sr. was under the impression that the loss of the Streak stole the very essence that made Undertaker the legend he is today. By having him lose to Brock, he became an ordinary wrestler and not WrestleMania’s greatest performer. Cena Sr. even claimed that the loss should’ve come at another PPV, and not at WrestleMania.
“Whoever wrote it, I guess it was written, I guess it was going to be done regardless of the injury The Undertaker sustained. That did more damage, in my opinion, to the character and to the whole persona that The Undertaker represented. You want to beat him? Beat him somewhere else. Not on the big stage.”
It is doubtful that if WWE could go back and right that wrong, they would. Brock Lesnar gained as much aura as Undertaker lost. He became the top dog in the business and the man to beat. Since WrestleMania 30, beating Brock Lesnar stands as one of the biggest achievements a wrestler could hold.