The Undertaker is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE. He is the company's most tenured performer, and he's also the only remaining active competitor from the very first episode of WWE Raw in 1993. Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984. In 1990, Calaway signed with the World Wrestling Federation and The Undertaker was born. The rest, as they say, was history!
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Decision To End Undertaker’s Streak At WrestleMania 30 Came 4 Hours Before The Show
There’s been a great deal of speculation regarding the decision to end the Undertaker’s Streak at WrestleMania 30 on April 6, 2014, when he was pinned by Brock Lesnar in New Orleans. From rumors to conflicting reports, it’s been difficult to piece together how everything came together.
Now we can get a better idea of the situation thanks to Shawn Michaels and his appearance on Jim Ross’s Podcast, The Ross Report.
In it, Michaels reveals it was, in fact, Vince McMahon who made the call to end the streak:
“You know as well as I do that one person and one person alone makes that call. As much as everyone wants to think other people have some say so in that, they don’t. I was stunned like a lot of people. I was there when it all happened. I know what happened. I make the calls around here in my house. That’s the way things go. … I’m sure in Vince’s mind, he’s got a reason. … That’s just a decision that’s made. One person makes it. And everyone has to abide by it. The reasons for that, I don’t know. I don’t know, you don’t know. I’m sure he does. Like Mark said a number of times, ‘I’ve got the worst record with that man.”
That’s not surprising at all. What does come as a bit of a surprise, is the fact that the decision was apparently made just four hours before the show. When Ross said he wouldn’t be surprised to learn the call was made “the weekend of”, Michaels responding by saying “I can tell you: four hours”.
All that’s left to learn now is why McMahon decided this was the right time, place, and opponent, to do it.
As for Undertaker wrestling again, neither Ross nor Michaels could give any insight into that other than Undertaker telling Ross he wasn’t sure how many more WrestleMania matches he had in him and he would let Ross know after this one.
The one where he suffered multiple injuries, including a bad concussion.
There you have it.
Stay tuned or more, as always, but in the meantime, you can listen to Ross’s podcast with Michaels below:
You can listen to the entire Podcast here: The Ross Report
Source: Decision to end Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania 30 came four hours before the show – Cageside Seats
Edit: We’re waiting for The Undertaker to appear on Steve Austin’s podcast. When that happens is anyone’s guess, but we’ll have it posted as soon as it goes online.
- BlackhawkStrykr on May 8th, 2014 says:
Well I for one am CERTAINLY going to believe HBK over any dirtsheet out there. He may not have been “involved with WM 30” but he certainly has more knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes than the average Joe.
Who knows, he could visit backstage at times at events just not shown on camera, and I’m pretty sure he and Trips are still friends and talk. Why Vince decided to do this, I don’t know. I just think it stinks. JMO though
- John on May 8th, 2014 says:
Here is a link from a Q&A HBK had a few days ago.
I bring this up because HBK mentions the WM14 story with UT in gorilla during his match with Austin and contributes it to internet folklore. Most people know the story from Jim Cornette and Cornette may be biased due to his continued hatred of HBK. But in his 2002 Taker himself pretty much confirmed the story in his off the record interview . His exact quote was “It was going to be a long night for Shawn Michaels”. So it’s 2 against 1 and 1 story is from the man himself. As much as I respect HBK, I’d exercise caution before taking his word at face value.
Until Taker speaks up, if he speaks up, we’re never going to know what happened and why it happened. There are just too many stories popping out and fingers pointing in too many directions to affectively weed out truth from fiction.
- Nope on May 8th, 2014 says:
God are people really citing the Wrestlemania 14 incident as a reason to not trust Shawn’s word on this? That was 16 years ago people. If you couldn’t tell after his matches with Taker at 25 and 26 (and the End of an Era with Hunter at 28) that they have a different relationship now, you are only kidding yourself. And the idea that Shawn wouldn’t know the truth about WM30 given that his best friend is one of the guys helping run the company now, is ludicrous. He’s got no reason to lie about this. Some of you are really grasping at straws here.
- John on May 8th, 2014 says:
My point is HBK denied the WM14 incident happened less than a week ago. Cornette said it did. Classic case of “he said, he said.” But Taker himself the man who this site is dedicated to, who’s word is gospel truth to everybody here pretty much confirmed it in 2002 on Off the Record. It’s 2 against 1. I agree on paper there is no reason for HBK to lie and he is probably one of the most credible people to have a say. But nobody is 100% honest 100% of the time no matter how good a person they are and him denying the WM14 incident LESS THAN A WEEK AGO basically showed this includes HBK. I mean you either believe him or you believe Taker. For me that’s enough to have a very small and unlikely but possible doubt.
FTR Taker talking about WM14 on OTR is in part 2 past the 8:35 mark.
The bottom line is we will probably never know what was decided when it was decided or why it was decided. Too many “sources” some more credible than others are pointing in every direction. I for one am done trying to figure out the truth. The only person’s who’s word I will take as truth unquestionably is Undertaker’s when and if he decides to talk about it.
- Rarara123 on May 9th, 2014 says:
If The Undertaker kept his streak alive at WrestleMania 30 last month as 22-0, The Wyatt Family (23-0), John Cena (24-0) and Sting (25-0) are the 3 best remaining superstars that The Undertaker would face with, then retires. Why, Vince McMahon never thought of this. *SIGH*
- Anan on May 9th, 2014 says:
Like JR, HBK is a more credible source than the IWC is. Until Taker comes out and states otherwise which he MIGHT do on Austin’s podcast, I’ll take JR and HBK’s words for now. Taker communicates with both of them. Anyone who has heard this interview would know that because both said Taker spoke to them.
@etienne: Taker comes from that era where losing your last match was the Time Honored Tradition. If WM30 was Taker’s last, then he lost his last match. Looking at the entire roster, Lesnar was the best candidate because it established his legitimacy as a threat to the World Champion and every other opponent he’ll have for that matter. Taker could have won. While that’d be great for the fans, it really wouldn’t do anything tor the future because on top of Taker getting the upper hand on Brock for most of the build, beating him at Mania, it wouldn’t kill Lesnar’s momentum, but it would to an extent de-value the threat Brock Lesnar would present to the World Champion.
- Rahim on May 10th, 2014 says:
I may be wrong but this is the most logical assumption that could be made.
Although, we have not had anything confirmed by taker himself. I believe what hbk and jr are saying because even only just days after people heard that it was vince’s call to end it but he did ask taker for the confirmation and taker being the humble legend he is said yes. But, even any wwe fan would know that taker would have not chosen lesnar to end the streak, because if he did then why would he put over MASSIVELY (might i add) the shield, cm punk and suggest to work with daniel bryan over lesnar.
Look guys although taker has More than earned the right to chose how to end the streak, but if vince made the call taker would go through with it Regardless. Even if it was mark henry, Out of respect for vince and you could even tell this when taker was asked in an interview Last year. why does he keep coming back? he said that ” I Feel like if i missed wrestlemania or couldn’t make it then i’ll be letting vince down.” You can even scroll through old news on phenom forever i remember reading it here. This adds onto a pile of Many things for why undertaker isn’t just the most respected man in WWE But, in wrestling history.
Guys tell me if you agree and what you’re opinion is on who called the most prestigious legacy to end at wrestlemania 30.
- Rahim on May 16th, 2014 says:
I hope that before taker has the rematch that brock can put someone over, as after all that was said to be the only reason tp Ever end the streak.
1. I still disagree with you but i understand where you are coming from. But listen to this “how did taker go from one year from taking 17 chairshots, sledgehammers, steel steps, 2 pedigrees and a sweet chin music. To being hit with just 2 diving elbows, anaconda and an urn. and it lasted 10 mins less including The post match celebration.
2. I just hope that undertaker has the honour of being sent out not just one of the best matches of he’s career but the greatest in wrestling history. Cementing the fact that there is one undertaker and one undertaker only.
Never Before, Never Again- Now, Then, Forever.
- tony perry on May 17th, 2014 says:
no one will ever achieve what the mighty UNDERTAKER has done in this business.Takers loss takes nothing away from his greatness ,paul heyman or brock lesnar can never do that. as for the call will deadman rise again, we,ll have to wait and see . as far as im concerned Undertaker dosnt have to prove any think to anyone. long live the DEADMAN God bless the creatures of the night.
- Ray on May 18th, 2014 says:
I would believe this. It’s Vince McMahon’s company and he has the ultimate control. Also wouldn’t be surprised if the decision did come four hours before WM. After all, Vince probably saw what the odds were for this match. I heard odds were 12 or 16/1 if you picked Brock Lesnar. That is a hell of a return if you bet on Lesnar. Vince made the call this year because he could profit the most from it. What’s best for business? Money. To end a 20+ year legacy/legend like that for $$ is ridiculous. Sick.