The Undertaker loses at WrestleMania: 'Taker retiring after Brock Lesnar ends streak? Notes on Sting and Daniel Bryan

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Apr 07, 2014 09:44 AM EDT
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4) Bearer's Betrayal, SummerSlam 1996

Paul Bearer was by The Undertaker's side for six years heading into the first ever Boiler Room Brawl between The Demon from Death Valley and his deranged adversary Mankind. The two engaged in an all-out war live from the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Aug. 18, 1996.

After the two rivals threw everything they had at each other in the boiler room, the action spilled into ringside where the winner was to receive the urn from Bearer.

The Undertaker, having gone through hell, reached out for his prized possession, but Bearer turned his back on him, eventually striking him with the hardware and handing it over to Mankind, betraying The Undertaker in a shocking development. (Photo : Reuters)

WrestleMania XXX was a memorable milestone event for the WWE as Daniel Bryan walked out of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship while The Undertaker lost for the first time at the event in a loss to Brock Lesnar.

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WrestleMania XXX review and match grades

Lesnar hit 'Taker with his third F-5 of the match and pinned him in front of a shocked crowd to become the man to break The Streak as The Undertaker fell to 21-1 at the biggest show of the year. The crowd was stunned and silent after the loss as Lesnar triumphantly walked out of the Superdome.

It has been speculated that The Undertaker wanted The Streak to end before he retired, and it's possible that he lobbied for Lesnar to go over due to their real-life friendship and The Undertaker's fondness of UFC. Vince McMahon reportedly always wanted The Undertaker to keep The Streak, but it appears as though The Undertaker had the final say.

WrestleMania XXX results

Perhaps no one was more shocked to see The Undertaker lose than this fan:

Whether or not 'Taker wrestles again remains to be seen, but it appeared as though the Dead Man could be done with wrestling after losing The Streak. 'Taker was reportedly injured during the match with Lesnar and taken to a local hospital for via ambulance after he appeared to suffer a concussion or neck injury. He was kept overnight for observation.

It had been speculated that The Undertaker would be facing Sting at next year's WrestleMania 31 in California, but now that The Streak is over it's unknown if the two will cross paths. Sting hinted over the weekend that he'd be at the event when he said his favorite number right now is 31.


Bryan won the opening match against Triple H cleanly by hitting the Knee Plus and then went on to defeat Randy Orton and Batista in the main event to claim the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after making Batista tap out to the Yes Lock. Bryan took to Twitter to thank the fans after the event:

WrestleMania XXX was a memorable and shocking event that has wrestling fans buzzing.

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