As I have next to no interest in the Rock/Cena match, I’m skipping over that, because I’d much rather talk about the Hell in a Cell match involving Triple H and The Undertaker with Shawn Michaels as the guest referee..
WrestleMania wouldn’t really be the same without the Undertaker. Regardless of the opinion of the masses that he shouldn’t be on the show because he hasn’t been in the ring since WrestleMania XXVII, there is almost no doubt that whenever the Undertaker sets foot inside the ring at ‘The Grandaddy of them all’, he brings his A-game. Of course, no-one knows what the Undertaker’s A-game is now, given that he will turn 47 a week prior to ‘Mania.
Had I been booking the WWE, of course I would have The Undertaker appearing, however, if this is indeed his swansong, I wouldn’t have picked Triple H to be his final opponent for the following reasons.
1) If Undertaker wins, then the match will have been the same as the previous two times they faced each other at the “Super Bowl of the WWE”, and the fans have already seen it.
and 2) If Triple H wins, then ending the Undertaker’s streak will have been wasted on someone who’s just as close to retirement as Undertaker himself.
The Miz would probably have been my first choice as Undertaker’s Mania opponent, because while the Miz has been in something of a rut lately, who doesn’t enjoy seeing him getting his ass beat. But, by the same token, if the Miz were to end the Undertaker’s streak, then it might just elevate him enough, that he doesn’t continue to be something of the forgotten man on Raw.
Dolph Ziggler is another who would’ve been an ideal opponent for the Undertaker. There’s already something of a built in history, given Undertaker’s issues with Vickie Guerrero when she was the GM of Smackdown, and Ziggler has been on fire for sometime now, but for whatever reason, can’t seem to take that next step towards being genuinely considered as a World/WWE Championship threat. Ending the Undertaker’s streak might’ve just been the tonic to do that.
And what of Triple H, is his time as an active competitor in the WWE really drawing to a close. His career has been plagued by injury, most notably the two torn quadriceps, but for a 42 year old, he still looks in tremendous shape. Of course, his off screen duties, both as the Executive Vice President of Talent, as well as being a father to three young children might be taking top priority now, so there is every chance this will be Triple H’s final WrestleMania as well, so hindsight may say that it’s only fitting that the two longest continually tentured WWE employees (not including Vince McMahon, obviously) meet at WrestleMania for the last time, even if they shouldn’t.
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