At WrestleMania 33, Roman Reigns was pitted against the legendary Undertaker in a match that many considered to be a potential career-defining moment. With the Undertaker’s long-running undefeated streak at WrestleMania on the line, the stakes were high for Reigns. In the end, much to the chagrin of many, Reigns emerged victorious, breaking the Undertaker’s streak, which had spanned over two decades.
However, was Roman Reigns really the one who benefited from this outcome? Looking back, one may suggest that Roman Reigns actually dodged a bullet by not being the one to break the Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania.
The Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania had become a revered part of professional wrestling, and an important part of the WWE’s brand. The streak was a source of pride for the Undertaker, and had come to represent the spirit of professional wrestling as a whole. As such, any wrestler who was tasked with the responsibility of ending the streak was in a precarious position.
The wrestler who broke the streak would not only have to face the wrath of the Undertaker’s loyal fans, but would also become a target for criticism from the professional wrestling community. In addition, the wrestler who broke the streak would also have to live with the knowledge that they had ended a piece of professional wrestling history.
By not breaking the Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania, Roman Reigns was able to avoid the potentially damaging repercussions of such an action. He was able to maintain a relatively positive image in the eyes of the fans, and also managed to avoid the ire of the professional wrestling community.
In the end, it appears that Roman Reigns was able to dodge a bullet by not being the one to break the Undertaker’s streak. By not having to bear the burden of the streak’s end, Reigns was able to come out of the match unscathed and with his reputation intact. And while the Undertaker’s streak may be over, Roman Reigns will continue to reap the benefits of not being the man to end it.