For more than two decades, The Undertaker remained undefeated at WrestleMania. Even when facing formidable opponents such as Sycho Sid, Shawn Michaels, and Triple H, the locker room leader emerged victorious on the Grandest Stage of Them All, and many fans believed his streak would remain intact until the day he eventually retired.
The wrestling world was shocked, then, when in 2014 Brock Lesnar pinned The Undertaker in the middle of the ring at WrestleMania 30, ending a WrestleMania tradition as the legendary undefeated streak was now over.
Following the match, Undertaker collapsed and was taken to the hospital. Vince McMahon accompanied him, meaning he wasn’t present when Bryan Danielson (then known as Daniel Bryan) won the Undisputed WWE World Championship in the show’s main event.
Former WWE Writer Says Ending The Undertaker’s WrestleMania Streak Was A Last-Minute Decision
Speaking on a recent episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast, longtime WWE writer Brian Gewirtz spoke about that fateful day in 2014, noting that he was in attendance backstage as a guest of Dwayne Johnson, who made a surprise appearance to open the show alongside Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan.
“And then I remember, you know, I just like innocently showed up with Rock to WrestleMania 30, to do the big, you know, work on the big segment with him and Hogan and Austin, to which I believe Hogan was kept in the dark, even before going through the curtain didn’t even know. Because, you know, hey, word gets out brother, and then one person tells another person, and then everybody knows Austin and Rock are coming out.”
Continuing, Gewirtz recalled learning that Undertaker’s undefeated streak would be ending that night, noting that even a lead writer on staff didn’t know about the decision yet as it hadn’t been planned very far in advance.
“And that was when I was casually you know, walking by and then was told by someone of, hey, the streaks ending tonight. Like what? And, you know, I pulled one of the lead writers off to the side to tell him, and he didn’t even know about it. So I think that was definitely, you know, a monumental decision that was not planned months in advance.
“I think anyone could tell you like that was, you know, that was probably, that would probably be the most biggest example of something that was probably decided right up into the last second.”
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