John Cena vs. The Undertaker seems to pretty much be a foregone conclusion at this point. With Cena calling out the Deadman yet again this past Monday night on Raw, fans are anticipating Taker to return sometime in the next couple weeks to accept the challenge.
As exciting as this match sounds, it feels, in many ways, like the dream match that should have happened last year.
Cena added more fuel to the fire with his rather aggressive promo on Raw this past Monday, calling the Undertake out for basically being a wimp. After all the rumors of Undertaker not being medically cleared for WrestleMania, we can all confidently put those behind us and start expecting this match to happen. But will this match feel as special as it should? Or will it be doing more bad than good?
At the conclusion of WrestleMania 33 last year after a heartbreaking loss to Roman Reigns, the Undertaker seemed to have said farewell in a segment that did not leave one dry eye.
Everything about that moment felt special: the crowd chanting “Thank you Taker”, the laying down of the iconic entrance gear, and the slow descent into the ramp. It was the perfect farewell for one of, if not the greatest figures in WWE history. So what does all that mean if Taker comes back for one last match? NOTHING!
The saying goes, “If you love something, then let it go”, but for whatever reason, WWE just can’t let the Deadman rest! Since the streak ended at WrestleMania 30, Undertaker matches just haven’t had the same flare as they once did. That’s totally fine and all, but if you watch back last year’s match against the Big Dog, Taker could barely walk.
This poor man has been put through so much, and whether people like it or not, the Undertaker is old! His hips don’t lie!
I do not want to come across as disrespectful of the Undertaker; he’s one of my favorites of all time. There just needs to be a point where we say, “The Undertaker was great, let’s not push this thing any longer.” And on top of all this, how would a match with Cena this year benefit either man?
If Cena wins, that just makes Undertaker’s Mania history feel even less special, and if Taker wins, then what? I guess he goes out on a win? But it’s a pointless win with really no backstory. Just a forced feud a month before WrestleMania.
It upsets me to think that all the specialty of that closing moment of last year’s Mania will now mean nothing. It was the perfect send off to a legendary career. But now fans are going to have to sit through a painfully slow match, watching Taker wince in pain for the whole thing.
I just feel bad that’s he’s being put through this again. Please, “For the love of Mankind!” let him rest in peace!
By: Patrick Gallagher