Wrestlemania XXXI Preview: Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt

Strike up the gong.

Can someone explain to me why I’m supposed to care about Undertaker at Wrestlemania? Yeah he had the greatest Streak of all time and no one is ever going to come within ten wins of it, but it’s done. Unless this is to set up his retirement match next year, there really isn’t much of a point to watching him. Let the Streak be done and get out before you embarrass yourself.

That being said, I’m really torn on who wins here. At the end of the day, Undertaker winning is the feel good moment that people want, but a win over him still mean a lot for someone like Wyatt. Bray should have gotten his big win last year and it would do a lot of harm to him to have him lose his first two major Wrestlemania appearances. Now I’m not saying his career is over if he loses (the idea that your career is done if you lose one of the bigger matches at Wrestlemania makes no sense. If you lose a low level match on Superstars, then start worrying), but he needs to get a big signature victory.

The match has the potential to be good, but I’m relying on Bray to do almost all of the heavy lifting out there. Undertaker showed last year that things can go downhill fast for him, but it certainly should be noted that he had a concussion and wasn’t really in the match for the majority of the time against Lesnar. Wyatt isn’t the best in the ring, but when he can get rolling against someone, he can have one heck of a match (see anything he’s done with Bryan).

The build to this match has been kind of a mess but Bray has managed to hold it together just fine. The promo he had on Raw brought me back to the time when he was one of the best mic workers in the company, as he nailed the presences they were going for and made him feel like a monster again. Having him want to be the new scary monster to replace the Undertaker is a great idea, but it’s something they need to actually follow through on.

This is the match where I could easily see it going either way, but I’d like to see Bray win. The magic is gone from Undertaker at this point and he’s now just another veteran holding on. It’s still going to be special to see him coming down the aisle at Wrestlemania (and we’ll really be able to see him since the show is outside in California) but the special feeling is going to be gone.

I think I’m going with Bray here, but the question is where does Undertaker go after this. The logical move would seem to be having him say he’s lost twice in a row after never losing before so the next time is his last match. However, you could do the same thing if he beats Bray and say he wants to go out after one more match. It’s a really interesting case where either one can get you to the same ending, but Bray needs to win something to help establish him as a top guy. If nothing else, I want Bray to win so I don’t have to punch the announcers for saying “COULD THIS BE THE START OF A NEW STREAK???”

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  1. The Great Country of Nigeria says:

    Strike up the gone?

  2. Davey Meredith says:

    I’m going with Taker on this one. I understand that has been training very hard for this and is in excellent shape. I just don’t see him losing two WrestleMania matches in a row.