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?Breaking News: The Undertaker's WrestleMania Streak Ends
Here is a recap from our play-by-play report:
The Streak vs. The Beast - Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
The video package for Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar airs after the Daniel Bryan backstage segment. Up next is "The Streak vs. The Beast," folks! I hope you're excited, because I know I am!
Out first is Brock Lesnar, who is of course accompanied by Paul Heyman. Lesnar comes out in his UFC-style gear, shorts, gloves and all, complete with a "Eat, sleep, conquer, repeat" snow-hat on. Before he enters the ring, right at ringside, Heyman shouts some final instructions into Lesnar's face to pump him up.
Next up, the Undertaker style church singing happens. Clips flash in with famous sound bytes and quick, flashy video excerpts from the past 21 appearances he has made at WrestleMania. Finally, the gong hits. As soon as it does, the 70,000-plus fans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome go ballistic. The purple/blue lights dim, the fog spreads across the top of the stage, lightning strikes and finally we see the shadow of the most intimidating, legendary figure in the history of WrestleMania. That's right children, Undertaker is here. 'Taker remains still at the entrance way and off to the side, we see casket lids popping open. He slowly starts to walk a bit, only for fire to explode out of the aforementioned casket. He stops and looks at it briefly, turns and proceeds his slow walk down the aisle. An awesome, awe-inspiring ring entrance from "The Dead Man," as you would expect. Finally, Justin Roberts gets on the mic and officially introduces him.
Taker finally makes it to the ring apron, slowly raises his hands and BOOM! Lightning explodes, fire erupts and the lights come back on. He enters the ring, whips his long coat off and slowly removes his hat. When he does, the lightning strikes again and he does the Taker eye-roll. I just have to say, each year seeing Undertaker standing in the middle of the ring at WrestleMania, it feels more legendary each year. It really is an amazing sight just to see him standing in that ring. A truly once in a lifetime performer and a guy who has built a legacy at WrestleMania that will never be touched. Not even close.
The bell rings and these two big boys immediately collide in the center of the ring. Lesnar suplex-throws Taker. Taker stands back up and goes right back after him. Taker gets Lesnar in the corner and lights him up with punches. Taker throws Lesnar shoulder-first into the ring post as the fans erupt in loud "Under-Taker" chants.
The action spills out to the floor and Taker again whips Lesnar into the ring post, shoulder-first. Taker goes for his classic "Old School" spot, but Lesnar stops him. As Lesnar finally starts building up a bit of offense, Taker cuts his efforts short and smashes him shoulder-first into the ring post yet again.
Once again the action makes its' way out to the floor and Taker is in firm control of "The Beast." Back in the ring, Taker continues his domination of the former UFC Heavyweight Champion. Taker slaps his hand onto the throat of Lesnar. Taker goes for the chokeslam, but Lesnar reverses it into an F-5 attempt. Lesnar doesn't get it, however, as Taker escapes and goes back to work on Lesnar.
Finally, Lesnar cuts Taker off and starts mounting a legitimate offensive attack. Lesnar is targeting the leg of the big man now. He whips Taker's leg into the ring post. The fight goes out to the floor again. Lesnar goes after Taker, but walks right into a back elbow from "The Dead Man." Taker goes to follow up, but Lesnar manhandles Taker, slamming him down hard to the ground.
We're back in the ring now and Lesnar bites his lips and begins stalking the WrestleMania legend. The fans try and rally behind Taker with chants, but to no avail, as Lesnar methodically stalks his opponent and continues to smash him. We see a shot of Paul Heyman, the evil genius himself, with a sick look of approval on his face, mixed with a slight bit of doubt behind those eyes, watching on as his "beast incarnate" continues to go to work on "The Phenom." We over-hear Heyman shouting at Lesnar to "break him down." Lesnar obliges.
The action spills out to the floor yet again and Lesnar continues to dominate the man with the longest undefeated streak in WrestleMania history. Taker tries fighting back, but his efforts don't last long as the former NCAA champion easily regains control over the big man. Lesnar throws Taker back in the ring and arrogantly circles him, looking down at a beaten legend. Lesnar...
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