Kane reveals his reaction to Brock Lesnar ending the WrestleMania streak and the Brothers of Destruction agree that honor should have been bestowed upon a younger star.
The end of The Undertaker's fabled WrestleMania streak is one of the true moments from the modern era of wrestling that, regardless of personal opinion, all within the industry recognized as a turning point moment in time.
Kane, The Undertaker's on-screen brother, had two matches with “The Phenom” as part of that iconic streak. Spaced six years apart, The Undertaker and Kane’s bout at WrestleMania 14 and WrestleMania XX each represented a new chapter in the career of “The Deadman.”
Speaking on the Brothers of Destruction documentary on WWE Network, Glenn Jacobs, the man behind the Kane character, was able to tell Mark Calaway, the man behind The Undertaker, exactly how he felt when Brock Lesnar ended the Undertaker's WrestleMania streak in 2014, ten years after Kane and The Undertaker had last fought at WrestleMania.
“My reaction, when I was watching, I thought the finish got messed up,” Kane began. “I was like, ‘they’re going to restart the match or something because something got screwed up.’ They didn’t. I walked out of the room. I was literally so mad about it. I know that the streak wasn't something that anybody had ever planned and it was just something that had kind of organically evolved, but it had become a part of WrestleMania lore at that point.”
Undertaker would respond by saying that when he got to the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on that day in 2014, he was under the impression that he would be winning the match and it wasn't until later that Vince McMahon told him that he had changed his mind.
"I got to the arena that day and I was going over. I mean, we had gone back and forth and when I showed up, I was going over. Through the course of the day, Vince would come to me and say that he's changed his mind. man, I was like, ‘Okay, I don't think Brock needs it, but at the end of the day, it's your show, it's your call. If you're sure about it, then that's what we'll do.”
Undertaker would then explain that he thought somebody younger would come along to end the streak, singling out Roman Reigns.
“I thought there would be somebody, like Roman Roman would have been, I think Roman would have been fine.”
Kane would agree, “Yeah. I just feel that it would have made a Roman, you know, it would have put even more luster on that.”
Roman Reigns would go on to gain a WrestleMania victory over The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33 in 2017. after the match, which Undertaker has since admitted was a low point in his career, it appeared The Undertaker would be stepping away for good.
Now, Undertaker's “final farewell” is that for the 2020 Survivor Series event. When asked if his on-screen brother would really be finished this time, Kane recently said that you can never be sure with The Undertaker. Read his comments at this link.
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