It’s been nearly a year since The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak was broken by Brock Lesnar. He hasn’t appeared on WWE TV since his loss, and for months there were rumors that he had wrestled his last match. But the Deadman will return to the squared circle on Sunday when he faces Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 31.
The Undertaker has been one of the biggest WrestleMania attractions in recent years, and his matches with the likes of Shawn Michaels, Triple H and CM Punk have stolen the show, even though they didn’t go on last. This time around, the wrestling legend finds himself in a very different position.
The Streak became no more last April when Lesnar pinned The Undertaker, giving him a WrestleMania record of 21-1. Instead of fighting an established superstar, The Undertaker will face one of the youngest wrestlers on the WrestleMania 31 card. Wyatt has become one of WWE’s best heels since he debuted, and he took on John Cena at WrestleMania 30. But Sunday will mark just his second ever match on WWE’s grandest stage.
While the similarities in their characters make them natural opponents, it’s unknown what type of match the two wrestlers can have. The Undertaker recently turned 50 years old, and he hasn’t been seen during the entire build for the match. He last wrestled a year ago, getting injured badly enough that he had to be immediately rushed to the hospital.
The oddsmakers have given The Undertaker a strong chance of rebounding from his loss to Lesnar with a victory. He’s a -450 favorite at Bovada.lv, and Wyatt is a +325 underdog. But after last year’s shocking defeat, it’s certainly possible that The Undertaker will be pinned at a second straight WrestleMania.
Having Wyatt go over at WrestleMania 31 might be the best decision for WWE. The Undertaker’s legacy as one of the all-time great wrestlers has been cemented, regardless of Sunday’s outcome. WWE is trying to build Wyatt into a top heel, and beating The Undertaker would help accomplish that.
A loss for The Undertaker could also help create a storyline for his potential WrestleMania 32 match. There’s been speculation that he could retire at the event, and going into his final WrestleMania with two consecutive losses could add intrigue to the match.
But most signs indicate that The Undertaker will be victorious. Wyatt has been booked strongly in the last few months, getting TV wins over the likes of Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan, allowing him to more easily withstand a WrestleMania 31 loss. He was also one of the best performers at the 2015 Royal Rumble, spending more time in the ring than any other wrestler.
The Undertaker’s loss to Lesnar was not only shocking, but it was disappointing for many fans. The Deadman is one of the most beloved wrestlers of all time, and the WWE Universe was not thrilled to see The Streak snapped.
WWE is likely to send The Undertaker’s fans home happy after WrestleMania 31.
Prediction: The Undertaker over Bray Wyatt by pinfall