In a surprising change of plans, the rubber match between Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker that was reportedly penciled in for Wrestlemania 32 was moved to next month at Hell in a Cell, as announced last week at Night of Champions.
Many people expected these two fighters to end their rivalry at the grandest stage of them all, but WWE Chairman Vince McMahon had other ideas for these two competitors, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via LordsofPain).
As the report mentions, McMahon’s idea to end their feud did not feature an elaborate plan or idea, McMahon reportedly simply felt the feud needed to end. In addition to reaching its conclusion, McMahon also feels both characters need to go in different directions going forward.
With the first match of this feud between Lesnar and Undertaker taking place in 2014 at Wrestlemania 30, that would mean these two men have had an issue with each other for almost a year and a half. While next month will be just their third match in that time, McMahon obviously feels it’s time to move on from Lesnar vs. Undertaker.
At their aforementioned first-encounter, Lesnar infamously defeated the Undertaker, thus snapping Undertaker’s over two-decade long Wrestlemania undefeated streak. After that match, which left Undertaker concussed and severely injured, the WWE Universe did not see him for over a year. Earlier this summer, “The Deadman” returned at WWE Battleground to cost Lesnar his WWE World Heavyweight championship match versus Seth Rollins. With one swift kick to Lesnar’s nether region, Undertaker showed he did not forget about the loss and wanted revenge.
Albeit in controversial fashion, Undertaker did get some measure of revenge, defeating Lesnar last month at SummerSlam after Lesnar passed out from the Hell’s Gate submission. However, it appeared that Undertaker had submitted to Lesnar just moments prior to suffering the loss, meaning that a conclusive third match was necessary.
Trapped inside Hell in a Cell, this feud will have a decisive finish and neither man will have much room to run or hide.
Despite McMahon wanting both characters going in different directions, the Wrestlemania 32 plans for both men are far from set in stone. It was reported earlier by The Inquisitr that four names currently exist on Lesnar’s possible Wrestlemania opponent’s list: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and The Rock.
For those wanting to see Austin face Lesnar, those rumors can be put to bed as Austin sent out a NSFW tweet — stating that he will not be Lesnar’s opponent at Wrestlemania. Although the timing is peculiar, as Lesnar is set to be a guest on Austin’s “Stone Cold Podcast” next month.
Lesnar has unfinished business with Rollins, stemming from the inconclusive finish to their match at Battleground. Same goes for Reigns, as Rollins entered himself into their Wrestlemania 31 contest before a conclusive finish was reached. As for The Rock, a match between Lesnar and Rock has been rumored for quite a while. It was originally scheduled for Wrestlemania 30 but due to injury, Rock had to pull out of that match.
With The Undertaker, his future is even more cloudy. There are no rumored names at this point — as far as wrestlers who he could face next year.
However, one thing is clear, Hell in a Cell will be the last time we see Lesnar vs. Undertaker in a one-on-one scenario.
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