The Undertaker appeared on Stone Cold Steve Austin’s ‘Broken Skull Sessions’ this week as part of the month long celebration of the 30 year legacy as ‘The Deadman’.
Amongst the many stories shared from his vast career, Taker revealed that plans for his legendary streak were changed on the day of WrestleMania 30.
In perhaps one of the biggest upsets in modern day professional wrestling, Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker back in 2014, bringing an end to Taker’s WrestleMania streak of 21 consecutive wins at the event. However, Undertaker shared with Austin that this was not the original plan:
“When I got to the building that day, at that point I was still going over. The finish changed during the course for the day. And I knew, I was sitting in my dressing room, I’m all by myself just trying to go through my head of what I want to get done, you know, what I’m trying to get across. And I see Vince come in, and as soon as he walked through the door, I knew.”
The Undertaker would suffer a severe concussion during the bout against Lesnar, reportedly collapsing backstage post-match before being taken to a nearby hospital, accompanied by Vince McMahon. In a defeat that is still a highly discussed topic amongst fans, The Undertaker left WrestleMania 30 with a win loss record of 21-1.
Sharing details of that day with Austin, Taker revealed that, although never doubting the creative process, he was unsure of what the outcome could achieve:
“I wanted to save it for somebody who needed it. If we were going to break it, I wanted to make sure it was for the right person. I personally didn’t think Brock needed it. Brock was made and beating me wasn’t going to elevate Brock that much more.”
Following the event, The Undertaker took a hiatus from the ring, before returning in 2015 in a winning effort against Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 31. He would defeat Shane McMahon the following year before Roman Reigns became the second and last person to defeat ‘The Deadman’ at a WrestleMania.
Although seemingly opposed to the breaking of the streak, Taker acknowledged that anything in WWE can change at any time:
“In this business at some point they’re going to pull the card and ask for the favour, and that’s just the way it is. And that’s all I questioned, is Brock the guy? Is this going to elevate Brock to another level that he’s not at already? If it was going to happen, I would have much rather done it for Roman. It would have meant much more to Roman.”
Full interview available at The Undertaker: One More Round on WWE Network.