We Look at The Undertaker Passing the Torch
Hey WWE fans, Sunny here and I’m going to go into the passing of the torch from the ‘Deadman’ himself, the Undertaker, Mark Calaway. At Wrestlemania 33 we were all witnesses of what seems to be Undertaker’s last match vs. the ‘Big Dog’ Roman Reigns. What struck a chord with me personally was not the match itself, but the events after the match where Taker sits up and places his iconic outfit and gloves dead center of the ring in what seems to be a legendary photo in itself. Sources say the cleanup crew left the outfit in the middle of the ring while they began cleaning up the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida in respect to the Deadman and his final Wrestlemania. I couldn’t help but to get a bit choked up seeing a guy who’s been part of the company since before I was born, take a bow on the grandest stage of wrestling.
While many believe that this was a passing of the torch match to Roman Reigns, I believe the torch was not passed to Reigns, rather this was Taker’s farewell match to push over a new talent heading into a new era of WWE. I firmly believe the torch was already passed to the first man to break Undertaker’s streak at Wrestlemania 30, the ‘Beast Incarnate’, the ‘Conqueror’, Brock Lesnar (insert Paul Heyman voice here). From one part timing legend to another, Brock will literally take place of the Undertaker as the unstoppable beast who will help with the pushing of the newer WWE talent. People seem to forget that the Undertaker was undefeated at Wrestlemania up until only 3 years ago. Now it’s Brock’s turn, and with the physical specimen he’s become, it looks like he’ll be the one to pop up every now and then, get a big pop and still dominate in the ring.
Brock being a part-time monster is not necessarily a bad thing, as most would say. Undertaker stopped showing his mug around regular shows and only popped up in random moments to get a huge pop being the legend that he is, why should it be any different for any other legendary talent? Isn’t one of the greatest things about the WWE is that old nostalgic talent can come back and give us legendary match ups? In comparison, when basketball fans talk about the comparison of today’s athletes vs. the athletes of the past like Lebron vs. Jordan they’re left with comparing stats, and what if scenarios. The WWE actually gives the fans the dream matches they can witness and we get to enjoy seeing two wrestlers who we’ve always wanted to see, square off, even if we don’t completely agree with the outcome. **cough **cough Sting vs. Triple H. So in that perspective, having Undertaker passing the torch to a fellow legendary WWE talent makes complete sense.
A year after Undertaker’s streak was broken at Wrestlemania 31 by Brock Lesnar, we witnessed what I believe is a foreshadow to Wrestlemania 34, Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns. Go ahead and check our look at that by clicking HERE. We never got to see how that match would have ended as this was the year Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to interfere and win the championship. Booking wise, this is the reason Roman was the one to retire Undertaker. The hype has already begun when Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar shooting a promo in the Raw after Mania episode calling out Reigns and mentioning Taker’s 2 losses at Mania.
We are at a time where the WWE is heading into a new era. Cena is not getting shoved in your face, Undertaker’s gong will never go off again, Brock Lesnar will be taking guys to suplex city while also pushing them over and the legendary wrestlers most of us grew up with are going to be making their exit from the company as well. We’re left with little remnants of the ‘Attitude Era’ such as the Hardy Boyz, Big Show, and Triple H and most of the ‘Ruthless Aggression’ era making their exits, sooner or later we’ll be out of part-time legends and everyone who hates seeing these old timers return will be happy. Until Aj Styles becomes an old WWE legend, sooner than later we’ll be saying farewell to all of our old pastime favorites, at least in the ring anyway.
Am I wrong to believe the torch was passed to Brock and not Roman? Who’s to say Brock won’t be passing the torch to Roman? I think Brock is going to be part-timing in the WWE for a while. What do you guys think?