Justin Barr



Before anybody starts ranting and raving about me being crazy and asking me where this is coming from, hear me out? I don't like the thought of a Wrestlemania without The Undertaker either, but it is about time. All great things must and do come to an end as much as we don't want them to.

If you happened to read the article posted on this site as well as some others, it was interaction with a fan that has started the thoughts in motion along with doubt. When The Undertaker was at an FCW event, a fan waiting for an autograph told The Undertaker that like him, he attends Wrestlemania every year. The Undertaker then responded, "Well don't make any plans for April". Shortly thereafter he made the remark, "We'll see what happens". Read into that what you want. Was The Deadman just saying that as a swerve? Would this necessarily be a bad thing? Here are my thoughts on the subject.

First off I'd like to say that I love The Undertaker. He is way up there on my G.O.A.T list. The guy has given us everything he has had for 20+ Years now and he has nothing left to prove. He has had THE #1 character gimmick ever. Nobody will ever be able to take a character to the heights that Taker has. He has lived and breathed the character and its evolvution over the years. Did I like them all? No. I could have done without the American Bad Ass version, but I understood the need for a change and he played it well. If you read the articles about his FCW appearance and how he was with charity that the event was being held for, it would confirm what I have always heard about Taker. He is a class act and one of the most loyal and respected men to ever lace up a pair of boots. Have you ever heard about any backstage issues with him? If anyone brings one up, it would be the first I have heard of. He has always done anything and everything he can for the business and he has done it almost better than anybody. I could go on and on. That is how highly I think of him as a fan. I know I am far from the only one.

I know it has been reported that The Undertaker was going to be making a return to TV in November and all I can ask is why? What more do we need to see from him? Does he need to pass the proverbial torch on to someone else before he retires? I know he would put someone over if it was good for business, but I don't think it is necessary. In my opinion he has already had the perfect ending to his career that he can easily ride off into the sunset on. That was at last year's Wrestlemania with HHH and HBK. What better way to remember Taker's last match. The story he told with HHH and HBK that night was about as perfect as you can possibly get. The Deadman could end with a perfect 20-0 record at Wrestlemania, having some of the best matches that anyone has ever seen on wrestling's biggest stage. 21-0? 20-1? I don't like the sound of those one bit. 20-0 is perfect. The sight of The Undertaker out of character and helping HHH up the ramp with HBK was great. That would be the perfect match and moment to end things on.

Michelle McCool, The Undertaker's wife, is pregnant and I thought I heard that she is due anyday. I may be wrong on that, but it's irrelevant. The point that I am making is that it's time for Taker to stay home and be with his family. I think he has more than earned that right and I think that is what he wants to do. As I stated earlier, there is nothing more he needs to prove or do in the wrestling business. He has put his body on the line and will probably feel it for the rest of his life. He did that for us and I can't thank him enough for it.

So how does the WWE make it official? If it is truly the end for The Deadman, Raw 1000 appearance aside, how do they go forward without him at a Wrestlemania? For one thing, they will still have The Rock there and maybe even Stone Cold by then, so who knows? I'm not concerned that the WWE will not be able to pull of a great Wrestlemania just because The Undertaker Match isn't on the card.

How about this scenario? Your first inductee to the WWE 2013 Hall of Fame Class is.....The Undertaker! I think this would give him the great, emotional and very classy send off that he deserves.

Whenever or wherever his career finally comes to an end, I will miss him performing. I remember seeing him in WCW as Mean Mark Callous where he used the heart punch as his finisher. He was so white and he this bright red hair. Looking back on it now, who would've thought this huge, glowingly white skinned, red haired man would transform into the greatest character that wrestling has ever seen? There will never be another Undertaker. Thank you for everything Deadman. The time has come for you to Rest...In...Peace...

Till next time...Peace out Y'all!!
Michael tomczak
As much as I'd live to see Taker back, you hit the nail on the head. He should go out with class (as usual) and be allowed to rest. Can't imagine the pain his bodies in after 20 years of wrestling. Maybe he could pass the torch to a new upcomer in November and then the lights go black and....he's un...
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
Until he says I quit or I retire, expect to see the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. 22 - 0 does sound lame in terms of numbers, but walking out and retiring at the 30th Anniversary of the Greatest Spectacle on Earth on the Grandest Stage on Earth, Wrestlemania would be a sight to see.

So lIke I said, un...
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
We shall see Josh. I'm a little torn, but I think he should really consider wrapping it up.
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
If he was seriously going to retire at 20-0, why not retire that night after the HIAC at Mania 28. That would have been the best place to do it. Why wait 7 months, return at Survivor Series and retire. It would tarnish his legacy and the retirement wouldn't mean jack.
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
I don't think that is necessarily true. Nothing would tarnish his legacy, unless he pulled a Chris Benoit. I'm sure it's just a matter of listening to his body and his family. It can't be an easy decision either way so him waiting doesn't necessarily mean anything if he chose the retirement route.
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Edg3 Belmont
Pass the Torch Taker pass the torch
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
any ideas as to who he would pass it to? or should pass it to?
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Koala
We'll never know until April. Who knows, there could be a new Cena or new Orton by next Wrestlemania. If Rollins gets called up, I wouldn't mind seeing Undertaker come out after on of his matches and shakes/raises Rollins arm.
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
That could be cool.
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
You never know until he says I retire. But we will have to agree to disagree about the legacy part. This comment is in response to your question about who and should. These two guys, I see being the next 2 Mania opponents for the Undertaker.

It is almost etched in stone that Lesnar is next in line ...
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Brandon Vineyard
Not too many people may agree with me, but I think Josh's first scenario will more than likely happen. It just seems the most realistic. The Streak may seem legendary if it ends intact, if you've ever heard the saying "Rules are meant to be broken.", it applies here. "The Streak is meant to be broke...
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Edg3 Belmont
I would pass it someone newer(wade barret/Ryback/Damien?) to blow them up or to help a current pushed star be on that next needed level(seamus?)
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Brandon Vineyard
Damien Sandow def. Undertaker. Who's booking that? Vince Russo?
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
Who said that Lesnar would beat Taker at Mania 29? I know I didn't. Lesnar beating Taker would be a terrible idea.
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
All good Andy! I know what you were trying to say. i was being rhetorical with my response, meaning that whomever said or says that Lesnar will end the streak is nuts LOL. WWE however will make it seem like he has a legitimate shot. Like HHH had 3 "legitimate" shots at ending the streak and HBK hav...
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Angela Arnold
Cena beating Taker is a horrible idea. I don't care what he's done, he's not deserving IMO. No one is, I say 20-0 and finish It or 22-0 just be a even number lol. But Takers getting older so 20-0 is good enough for me.
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Edg3 Belmont
Yes Damien Sandow.. Don't go by the corny gimmick(maybe change it?)..that d00d is a wrestling beast
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Hard Ace
@Angela: If his body can take it, I would love to see Taker go 25-0, especially in that time I am sure WWE could have new popular wrestlers they can feed him.

The one thing that I am scared off is hearing Undertaker vs. John Cena at Wrestlemania, why? Because no matter the case, I can see that being ...
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
I think The Undertakers body, even wrestling once a year, can't take another Wrestlemania let alone 2 or 5. I don't want to see him out of shape or pushing his body anymore. If The Undertaker wanted to pass the torch or put someone over it would be because he's just that big of a man for the busines...
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Angela Arnold
I just don't want him pulling a flair or hogan. Wrestlin till he's a 100 lol. 20-0 No Cena
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
I'm with you Angela 100%. I do think he's smarter than that. I don't think his ego is quite as large as those 2.
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Edg3 Belmont
Now him losing to a "heel" cena could be interesting
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
That would be the only way I would accept Cena's roll in it. Great point edge. That would make Cena the ultimate heel and would be super effective. Don't sell yourself short edge. It wouldn't be "interesting". It would be HUGE and brilliant. Good show. I can't believe nobody brought it up in that fa...
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
HAHAHA. Not trying to start shit, but Jacob, please read my comments above. BEcause it was brought up in my third comment about Cena being heel. Sorry for the self-promotion.
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Brandon Vineyard
Yeah, I was about to comment saying that, Josh.
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
My bad Josh. You are absolutely right. I read that yesterday. I had brain fart. Good call. I don't mind being called out if I make a mistake so bring it anytime my friend. As long as you keep reading and commenting on my stuff, its all good to me.
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
All good Jacob!!!! No worries. I am more surprised at how many actually agreed with me because I didn't expect any LOL.
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Edg3 Belmont
i missed that part as well josh :/
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
I know this is kinda off topic because it is John Cena based. Sorry for the long comment. I don't blog because that's what you all get paid to do. But I do like to write. So please bear with me with the long comments. It's no bashing of any kind.

I have been fortunate to live through and witness fi...
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
Josh I could care less how long your comments are. Especially when they are as spot on and informative as that was. Very good points and very well said. I hate John Cena the wrestler, but he is, if nothing else, a very intriguing figure in wrestling. I think his heel turn could have a least a good f...
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nathan orange
Even if the streak does end and he only loses 1 match it will still be a legendary and like theyve said it will never be duplicated NEVER! 20years is a damn good run
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