By Ryan Clark on April 26, 2014
UPDATE: Despite reports to the contrary, it was not Undertaker’s decision to end his legendary undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX this year. The belief, however, is that if he didn’t want to end the streak, he could have put up a fight and it probably wouldn’t have happened. Regardless, Vince McMahon made the call to have Brock Lesnar win the match.
Another interesting note is that the original plan for the match was for The Undertaker to go over, however a few days before the show, McMahon changed his mind. The feeling is that McMahon knew of Undertaker’s physical condition and the chance that this was going to be his last match, and decided that if the streak was ever going to be broken, it was now or never.
As far as Undertaker’s reaction, as previously reported, there are conflicting reports. One friend of his said that he had to be talked into it, while another person who would likely know, said that he didn’t argue the decision at all. ‘Taker also has enough backstage power that if he didn’t want the streak to end, it likely wouldn’t have been done.
ORIGINAL: It is said that there were several people who were displeased backstage about the decision to have The Undertaker lose to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30, but were not able (and won’t) say anything publicly about it.
The decision to end the streak was reportedly made by Vince McMahon, not The Undertaker. There are some who were “in the know” who say that Vince had to talk Undertaker into it, while others say he went along with it without argument.
Regarding who knew ahead of time that the streak was ending, it is certain that Vince McMahon, Brock Lesnar, Undertaker and Paul Heyman knew, and possibly Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Beyond that, it is difficult to say. No finish was listed on the script but that isn’t unusual and it wasn’t the only one for the pay-per-view. None of the agents reportedly knew.
Those who saw Undertaker backstage at RAW said that he had a heavy limp and looked to be “in rough shape.”
As previously reported, WWE referee Chad Patton — who served as the official for the Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker match at WrestleMania XXX — was not informed ahead of time that Lesnar was going to be defeating Undertaker during the bout. There is, however, some who feel that Undertaker or Lesnar may have tipped him off while they were actually in the ring.
Prior to the match, Patton was pulled aside and told to count to three, as if the match were a shoot, if either guy had their shoulders pinned to the mat. He was told that the only exception would be if Undertaker applied his “Hell’s Gate” submission, to not count Undertaker’s shoulders down while doing that particular move.
Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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