The Undertaker lost to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX, a loss that still lives on as one of the most shocking ever. Taker hadn’t lost at the show of shows yet, and the plan was for him to continue that undefeated streak. Then Vince McMahon changed his mind.
During the Broken Skull Sessions, The Undertaker walked Steve Austin through that day. He said that Vince McMahon came to his dressing room, which is very uncommon. The Deadman knew when he saw Vince McMahon come to him that there was a very important message to deliver.
“When I got to the building that day, at that point, I was still going over, so the finish changed over the course of the day. And I knew– I’m sitting in my dressing room and I’m all by myself, just in my head going over the stuff I want to get done, what I’m trying to get across. And I see Vince come in, and as soon as I see him walk through the door, I knew; I knew. I knew why he was coming because it doesn’t happen, right? Vince doesn’t come to you. It’s usually if something needs to be done, he’s going to send somebody, ‘hey, Vince wants to see you. Can you see him in his office?’
“He came to my dressing room, and as soon as he walked through, I said, ‘I know the finish is getting changed.’ That’s what I’m thinking in my head. And, of course, he laid it out and he goes, ‘Mark, I’m going to put Brock over.’ And I’m like, ‘okay, are you sure?’ And he goes, ‘yeah, I think.’ He was half way trying to sell me on it, ‘if Brock doesn’t beat you, who’s going to beat you, right?’ And I’m thinking, ‘well, nobody, if the right guy doesn’t come along.’ Then, you don’t break it. Then, you have this piece of history that would be cool. But always in my head, I always figured in this business, at some point, they’re going to pull the card and ask for the favor, and that’s just the way it is.”
WrestleMania XXX was a big night in New Orleans that the pro wrestling world won’t soon forget. The referee counted to three and Taker picked up his first loss on the grandest stage of them all. It also wouldn’t be his last ride as that came six years later against AJ Styles during the Boneyard Match.
The Undertaker’s in-ring career is likely over now, but there is still hope that Brock Lesnar could take a big enough deal and find his way back to WWE eventually. It all depends on how much money McMahon can offer him to make a return.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote