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After Beating Undertaker, will Brock Lesnar Target the WWE World Title?
By Tom Clark|
April 7, 2014
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Brock Lesnar did the unthinkable at WWE WrestleMania 30 when he pinned The Undertaker to end pro wrestling's most storied undefeated streak of all time. The Beast pinned The Deadman after hitting him with the third F-5 of the match.
Undertaker went out at WrestleMania the way that virtually no fan ever expected; on his back. And now that the streak has come to an end, it's only a matter of time until Brock Lesnar becomes WWE world champion.
WrestleMania 30 will definitely go down in history as one of the most shocking moments that professional wrestling fans have ever witnessed. While WWE has always used the tagline that anything can happen, the fact is that Undertaker losing at WrestleMania was likely never included in that notion.
Taker coming out on top at Mania was not just expected; it was a rock solid guarantee.
That perhaps was never truer than in the case of WrestleMania 30, as Brock Lesnar entered the match at more of a deficit than perhaps any challenger to the streak ever has. The reason for that is because in the weeks leading to WrestleMania, The Beast had not only looked weak, he had looked practically insignificant next to The Deadman.
This was somewhat surprising, especially considering the importance of Taker's challenger getting as much spotlight as possible. Historically speaking, this has always been the case. We saw it with Shawn Michaels, whose desire to prove who the best was drove him two excellent back-to-back Mania performances.
Triple H also went two years in a row against The Deadman, in matches that were arguably two of the best that either man had ever worked. And of course there's CM Punk who stepped up at WrestleMania 29, in one of the most emotional, most dramatic matches that WWE fans have ever witnessed.
With every match came the possibility that Undertaker would finally see the streak end. And the reason for that was because all of his last three WrestleMania opponents looked strong going into the match itself.
But that never happened with Brock Lesnar. In fact, the only moment that The Beast actually got his hands on The Deadman occurred on the Raw before WrestleMania. That was the first time that Undertaker ever actually looked in danger or at a disadvantage whatsoever.
And though many of the WWE faithful likely do not want to admit it, the fact is that once again the company got us.
They fooled everyone, from top to bottom. Despite any previews, predictions or wild speculation that surrounded this match, the fact is that no one knew for sure that Brock Lesnar would defeat The Undertaker. It was more than impossibility; it was just not logical or practical on virtually any level.
But now that it's over and Brock Lesnar finally has the spotlight that many felt he should have had going into WrestleMania, the fact is there's only one place he can take it; the WWE World Championship.
As if witnessing The Undertaker's streak come to an end was not bad enough, now WWE fans are faced with the very real prospect of their favorite losing the belt that he has worked so hard to gain. Daniel Bryan became the new WWE world champion after eight months of battling uphill against The Authority.
Fans supported him, they believed in him and when it was all said and done, they were there as he finally grabbed the brass ring that had been eluding him for so long. And now that moment of triumph could all come to an end.
The fact is there's no way that Brock cannot be considered a sure bet to win the WWE World Championship at some point this year. It may not happen right away and it may not even happen at the expense of Daniel Bryan's run at the top but it will likely happen all the same.
Ending the streak is too big, it's too important. Any man that can do that must be considered a cut above the rest. That man must be viewed as an investment, a man that the company has a plan for. Whether or not that plan includes a new contract with more appearances remains to be seen. But Brock Lesnar is the man that WWE and evidently Undertaker himself chose to end the most beloved pro wrestling streak of all time.
And to imagine that Brock will now just go home without demanding his shot at the industry's top prize seems virtually impossible.
The Beast has conquered. And now he will almost certainly set his sights on the championship. It appears that another fan favorite is already in jeopardy of ending.
Beware, Daniel Bryan; the pain is coming.
Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist & Consultant for Bleacher Report, a Writer for WhatCulture.com and a Contributor for The Camel Clutch Blog