Should The Deadman rise again?
It's a question that has gone through the WWE Universe's mind ever since The Undertaker lost to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33. While a lot of fans probably want to see 'Taker compete in a WWE ring one more time, there are many reasons why that's not a good idea
Keep in mind that this doesn't mean The Undertaker can't come back and have one more match, but it probably wouldn't be in anyone's best interest at this point in time.
In the end, though, it's Vince McMahon and The Undertaker's decision to make and here are five reasons why they shouldn't pull the trigger on something like this.
#5 Mocking the streak
Despite taking two losses, The Undertaker has the best record of any WWE Superstar at WrestleMania and that's nothing to bat an eye at. With that in mind and Vince McMahon's desire to push younger talent, its likely that the coveted streak would just become a catalyst for another young star's career to take off.
The Deadman's defeat at WrestleMania 33 sent a message and that message was that Roman Reigns was the next big thing. While some might think WWE could just do the same scenario again like they did by having Triple H take on Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Daniel Bryan, the result wouldn't be the same and would only anger fans of "The Streak".
The reason for this is that having The Undertaker continue to take losses is a mockery of his legendary streak and would just upset his die-hard fans in the process. There's honestly no positive message that another Superstar defeating the streak would create and it would just mean massive heat on whoever wins.
#4 Nothing left to prove
"The Streak" has been one of the hallmarks of WrestleMania and has also helped WWE make the modern day WrestleMania pay-per-view the blockbuster it is today. Without "The Streak" and The Undertaker's showmanship of old, there simply isn't a reason for The Deadman to have another match.
Sure, WWE could stick The Undertaker in a match against John Cena or even have Roman Reigns Part II, but what would that prove? What would that even achieve, in the end? The only reason for a decision like that is selfishness on the part of the fans and hopefully they realise that The Undertaker has absolutely nothing left to prove.
Consequences aside, a match with The Undertaker isn't going to elevate anyone anyway. It's going to anger fans and make WWE look bad for humanising one the company's biggest stars. Just imagine what another loss to The Undertaker's streak would do, and how it would hurt his legacy moving forward.
Furthermore, what could a win do? It might give The Undertaker one more victory and one more WrestleMania moment, but does he really need that anyway?
#3 Nuclear heat to whoever beats him
The Undertaker is one of most loved Superstars in WWE history. What exactly it is about The Deadman that makes him so phenomenal is hard to put a finger on. Some people love his persona, others love how dominant he has been throughout his tenure in the company, but almost every single person loves "The Streak" that he had protected all those years.
Unfortunately, for fans that loved "The Streak", it finally came to an end at WrestleMania 30, which took a lot of the lore out of The Undertaker's character. The Deadman then took a loss to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33 and that victory seemed to be even more controversial than the loss to Lesnar three years prior.
While the losses do have a lot of differences, mainly significance, quality of opponent and what it did to The WWE in the long run, it had one similarity in that it caused nuclear heat to the two Superstars that were lucky enough to end "The Streak". Even worse, after Roman Reigns's victory over Taker, he had to be written off television until the heat calmed down.
That's a pretty significant occurrence, especially for a Superstar that Vince McMahon has been trying to push for over two years now and it ended up hurting a lot of the momentum that the win had gained him in the first place.
#2 Minimising the impact of previous losses
The Undertaker went 21-0 before ever being pinned at WrestleMania and while WWE did eventually do the unthinkable, they waited until they had good reason to do so. Of course, the losses did rub fans the wrong way in the beginning, but its hard to argue that there wasn't sound reasoning on WWE's part behind them.
Take Brock Lesnar for example, who despite being booed for months after ending "The Streak", quickly became the most popular Superstar in the entire company. Furthermore, Lesnar's win over Taker made Seth Rollins look absolutely amazing when he finally took the title off of Lesnar at WrestleMania 32 and went on his six-month tear as champion.
Does WWE really want to minimise the impact of that moment at WrestleMania 32 by allowing another Superstar to join "The Streak" beater club? Doing so would definitely diminish the lore that Brock Lesnar has been building up over the past couple years and really diminish Seth Rollin's cash in as well.
Then there's what it does to Roman Reigns's legacy. While The Undertaker's loss to Roman Reigns did enrage fans a little, it also elevated him to the status of the top guy. Of course, some of that "status" has to do with him rejoining with The Shield, but the win against Taker in Orlando is still a major part of the momentum he has right now.
#1 Possibility of injury
The Undertaker is a remarkable human being.
Not only did The Deadman have a streak of 21 straight victories at WrestleMania before succumbing to an F-5 from Brock Lesnar and losing in New Orleans, he was also an important part of WWE programming for almost 30 years as well. In fact, he is one of two Superstars left on the active WWE roster that has been with the company since The 90's.
With that being said, he has also amassed countless injuries during the course of his career and while some fans probably believe he is invincible, his injury record over the past few years proves otherwise. Not only does his record prove that he is almost incapable of having the matches he used to have, it also proves that trying to do so would be bad for his health.
For example, The Undertaker suffered a massive concussion at the hands of Brock Lesnar during their match at WrestleMania 30 and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital after the match. In fact, the injury was reportedly so bad and everyone was so worried that Vince McMahon, Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar all left the show to visit him.
He was also reportedly injured at The 2017 Royal Rumble after being eliminated by Roman Reigns to set up their match at WrestleMania 33. This is significant due to the fact that The Undertaker wasn't in the ring for a very long time during this match and he was seemingly protected throughout the whole thing. If Undertaker can't wrestle in a Royal Rumble match while being protected, there is no hope of him wrestling one on one again.
In all, Undertaker has suffered, burns, facial injuries, a shoulder injury, a hip injury and multiple concussions throughout his career as a WWE Superstar. If nothing else, one more match could be tempting fate and could leave everyone's favourite Phenom with even more irreparable damage that he will have to deal with for the rest of his life.
It's just not worth it!