Had it not been for one huge change, The Undertaker claims The Streak would have ended well before 2014.
On April 6th, 2014, Brock Lesnar became the first man to ever defeat The Deadman at WrestleMania reducing The Streak to ruins and handing the legend a record of 21-1.
The result stunned fans across the world as it had become the accepted belief that The Streak would never be broken.
Since ‘Taker retired numerous stories have come to light about wrestlers who came close to ending The Streak before plans were changed. Edge — Adam Copeland — has claimed he was offered the chance to beat Undertaker back in 2008 but refused.
Speaking on his Six Feet Under podcast, The Undertaker has now revealed that if it wasn’t for his evolution into the American Badass The Streak would have been broken by Steve Austin or The Rock.
Towards the end of 1999 ‘Taker began injecting more realism into his presentation, but it wasn’t until he returned from an injury-enforced hiatus at Judgment Day 2000 that the American Badass was born.
After being asked whether the American Badass extended the life of The Streak, the legend agreed, breaking down what he thought would have happened.
“I would have to think the percentages would be pretty high that the streak would have gotten broken sooner. I don’t know that for certain, but the percentages, and my understanding of our business, tells me that would have been a nice checkmark on somebody that was coming up. Little did we know that Steve’s career would be cut short. Little did we know that Rock was going to come off and become a big movie star. I would have gotten fed to one of them, and it would have been the right thing to do,”
The Undertaker Wasn’t A Fan Of 2020 Retirement Ceremony
After being beaten by Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker continued to wrestle sparingly in search of a perfect farewell. This led to his final match coming at WrestleMania 36 against AJ Styles, before having a retirement ceremony at Survivor Series 2020.
Reflecting on the ceremony, The Undertaker said it was “not good,” revealing Vince McMahon banned him from using the word “retirement.”
H/t to Fightful