At WrestleMania XXX in 2014, The Undertaker walked into the marquee pay-per-view with a winning streak of 21-0. However, he arguably faced his biggest challenge up to that point in the form of former WWE Champion Brock Lesnar.
Many people, despite Lesnar’s dominance, expected ‘Taker to walk out of the pay-per-view with the win. However, the world was shocked by Brock Lesnar hit “The Deadman” with 3 F5s and pinned him in the ring to become the first man to beat him at WrestleMania.
Speaking to Pardon My Take, The Undertaker spoke about having to be convinced by Vince McMahon that it was time in 2014 at WrestleMania for his undefeated streak to be broken by Brock Lesnar:
“Yeah, on a personal level, of course. Selfishly, would I have liked to have gone 25, 26-0? Of course. I mean, that would probably have been the greatest record in all of wrestling. But, business is business, and sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. The most important thing, after that one, afterwards, I mean, I was concussed. So, I didn’t even remember it. I was more concerned afterwards about my head to stop hurting and being able to come out of the dark for a couple weeks. But, the streak, it is what it is. I double-checked with Vince [McMahon], I said, “Are you sure that’s what you want to do?” And he was like, “Mark, if it’s not him [Brock Lesnar], who’s ever going to beat you?” And I was just like, “Alright. It’s your call, and if that’s what you want, that’s what we’ll do.”
Interesting, former Women’s Champion and The Undertaker’s wife, Michelle McCool, has revealed that there were actually plans in 2008 to have Edge defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania 24 and end his streak. However, plans reportedly changed when Edge refused to defeat ‘Taker on the “grandest stage of them all”.