Like so many wrestling fans, WWE superstar Dave Batista was disappointed when Brock Lesnar ended the Undertaker’s WrestleMania winning streak in March.
Batista, whose real name is Dave Bautista, told the Huffington Post that WWE made a “horrible decision” when it allowed Lesnar to pin the Undertaker at WrestleMania 30. Before that event, the Undertaker held an undefeated 21-0 record at WrestleMania – an accomplishment known simply as “the Streak.”
“It sucked! Honestly, I thought it sucked,” Batista said regarding the Undertaker’s loss. “I haven’t really talked much about it, but I think it was a bad decision, a horrible decision. I don’t have any say in the matter but to me, watching as a fan, it made me sick.”
“Brock Lesnar beating him didn’t seem to work, and it really wasn’t good that Brock left the day after,” Batista continued. “I just don’t see how that made sense at all. I don’t think anyone wanted to see the streak broken, and it just didn’t make sense to me.”
Batista isn’t alone in his criticism of the April 7 loss; most WWE fans, especially those who attended WrestleMania 30, reacted with a mixture of disbelief and outrage. The Undertaker appeared to be on his way to extending “the Streak” when Lesnar landed his “F5” finishing maneuver and scored a clean pinfall victory.
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Fans were so shocked by the Undertaker’s loss that many assumed that he was pinned by accident. Subsequent reports revealed that he suffered a severe concussion during the match, but the decision to have him lose to Lesnar was made by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon before the pay-per-view began.
Currently, Batista is on hiatus from WWE, having “quit” the organization during a June episode of “Monday Night Raw.” The 45-year-old will appear as Drax the Destroyer in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel’s latest superhero film, which hits theaters Friday.