Wrestlemania 28 predictions: Undertaker vs. Triple H
Hell in a Cell: Undertaker vs. Triple H (Referee: Shawn Michaels)
It’s a testament to the storytelling abilities of Triple-H, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels that there is some doubt as to how this match will end. To be sure, there would be few WrestleMania moments that would be bigger than Triple-H pinning the Undertaker’s shoulders to the mat and getting the three count. But then what? Once you end the streak, you can never get it back. And more so than any world title, the Undertaker’s streak has become the single most valuable storyline device in wrestling. It helps make WrestleMania the biggest show of the year each year. So why end it? Then again, there have been some indications that this may be Taker’s final match ever, in which case, the streak wouldn’t factor into future WrestleManias. Still, my thought is that even if Taker does retire, WWE will want to keep the streak in tact in case he ever decides to come out of retirement for another Mania pay off. 19-1 just doesn’t have the same cache. And with big money Mania matches still awaiting Taker (Cena, Brock Lesnar) I think WWE would be nuts to end the streak now.
I admit it, I’m an Undertaker mark and I would never pick against him. "The Streak" is by far the most important commodity to the WWE right now. If Undertaker’s streak was on the line in a match in a parking lot in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the WWE would sellout tickets to the event. I’m with Alfonso on this, ‘Taker still has big-money matches left (CM Punk, John Cena and Brock Lesnar), and therefore he needs "The Streak" to continue in order for the WWE to sell those matches at future Wrestlemanias. Despite what people say about Undertaker’s abilities in the ring and his injuries, the man wrestles one match a year and he can go on doing this for at least three more years. He’s still got “it” as he has had the best match at Wrestlemania the last three years.
There is NO money in ending the streak. They're pulling out all the bells and whistles on this one so the guys might be limited; I hate that they're throwing all the legends into this one match and not using Taker and HHH to spotlight younger guys.
Josh: Triple H
The streak ends, and by HHH doing the deed he gets enough heat to replace father-in-law Vince McMahon as as the company's corporate scoundrel for years to come. That's a lot more valuable to WWE than a one-match-a-year guy whose performances will slowly decline to the point where the streak will be rendered meaningless. It would do Undertaker's legacy more justice to get beaten following an epic Hell in a Cell encounter. Undertaker is a traditionalist and knows the way to go out is with your shoulders pinned to the mat. Plus, if Michaels ever decides to lace up the boots again, he and Triple H can feud over HHH doing what Michaels couldn't.