The Undertaker put his body on the line for the enjoyment of fans and most of them always appreciated that. This commitment has earned him legendary status, but many still believe Vince McMahon pushed him too far. Vince McMahon was responsible for making The Undertaker what he is and it appears McMahon has been accused of exploiting The Deadman.
The Undertaker’s streak came to an end at WrestleMania 30 in 2014, where he was beaten by Brock Lesnar. That move shook the pro wrestling world to its core and then some. Due to this, his streak ended after 21 consecutive wins and things were never the same after that.
The Deadman was a fixture of WWE television for over thirty years, and he continued to be a highlight of WWE television since the early 90s. He finally retired at Survivor Series 2020 and even got inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame last year.
While speaking on the Tetragrammaton podcast, Paul Heyman stated that it is simply in Vince McMahon’s nature to exploit something like The Undertaker’s streak.
”But one of the reasons why Vince would do that is, oh, this is a great WrestleMania for you to come out of retirement and defend the streak, and by the way, I found the person to beat you. I don’t care if Undertaker was 85 years old at the time. If he’s alive, if the Dead Man is alive, so to speak, then the streak is exploitable and if it’s exploitable, the promoter in Vince McMahon wants to exploit it.”
Edge himself believed that Roman Reigns should have ended the streak instead. Even Jim Ross previously stated that The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak should have continued. Regardless, many will still feel that the streak should have stayed intact and that’s unlikely to ever change.
What’s your view on what Paul Heyman said? Do you think Vince McMahon exploited The Undertaker? Let us know in the comments!