The Undertaker & Bray Wyatt Will Steal The Show At WrestleMania by @adam_barnardino
This Sunday, live from Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, CA, the show of shows returns, Wrestlemania. Wrestlemania 31 that is, and much like the return of the event itself, so returns one of sports entertainments most iconic figures, The Undertaker.
The Undertaker has been left off television since his loss to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30, leaving a bit of mystery as to where he’s been. Thankfully our imaginations as to where he has been have been filled with a series of television melting promos from The Eater of Worlds, Bray Wyatt.
While any match with The Undertaker at Wrestlemania is a constant marquee event, this year’s has been left to the side a bit. Due to other high profile feuds and the fact that the Deadman hasn’t been on WWE television since last year’s Wrestlemania, it feels as though this match hasn’t gotten the air time it deserves. I’m here to tell you, that not only is it deserving of all the hype, but it has all the potential in the world to steal the show at Wrestlemania 31.
The Undertaker: Although he will be 50 years old by the time the show goes live this Sunday, I have no doubt in my mind that he has been training like a maniac for this match. At this point in his career, every match could be his last, so I highly doubt he’ll want to go out there and lay an egg in front of 70,000 people for the last time. He has proven time and time again he can still go at his age. Last year’s match with Brock Lesnar wasn’t a classic like his performances against Shawn Michaels, but it was a match that will be remembered forever because of its outcome, a loss and his first loss at WrestleMania (to the perfect opponent might I add. But that’s a story for another time). A lot of people are forgetting that The Undertaker received a severe concussion from the Beast early on in the match, obviously affecting his performance until he was pinned. In other words, the physicality and pace of the match this year will surpass that of last year due to his time off and his opponent.
Bray Wyatt: The New Face of Fear, and rightfully so because at 26 years old I still find his in ring antics and promos mildly disturbing. It goes without saying that Wyatt has carried this feud alone with his superior microphone work, but how will his in ring performance be? At times in his young career his matches have been called into question, but do you remember these matches: Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan, Wyatt vs. Jericho on Raw, Wyatt’s vs. Shield, his series of matches of Dean Ambrose, hell even his two losses to John Cena last year were A+ performances. I have no doubt Wyatt will bring it this Sunday simply due to the fact that his character refuses to fail. Bray Wyatt, in his mind and at his core will not lose a match even if he is pinned. He looked great in defeat to Cena last year and even if he should lose to Undertaker this Wrestlemania, he will not go quietly. However, I believe he is exactly the type of character WWE needs right now, a superstar with an edge like no other, and this superstar will shine in defeat or ascend to the top in victory.
The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt: This match is going to surprise a lot of people, and like I said, has the potential to steal the show. Unlike Brock Lesnar, the Undertaker will be able to unload all of his moves on Wyatt simply due to his size. Not to say Bray Wyatt is a small guy, because his strength, agility and a move set that complements them will be as punishing to the Undertaker as they have been to his other opponents. It won’t be the physicality in the ring that people remember this match for. It will be the story they tell. Wyatt is one of the most vocal in ring superstars today, and he will undoubtedly showcase that on Sunday. No one makes facial and body expressions during matches better than these two. A moment I’m personally looking forward to is when the Undertaker sees Wyatt’s spider walk for the first time; as well as when the Undertaker suddenly sits up after suffering a devastating move. People think this match could fail because they are “similar characters”. How so? They’re both creepy? What makes The Undertaker great is his presence and what makes Bray Wyatt great is his vocal leader persona. Two very different attributes that I believe have been overlooked and will ultimately be the driving force behind this match.
It is because of these reasons above that I believe The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt will steal the show at Wrestlemania 31. The defeat of Triple H at Wrestlemania 29 in Hell in a Cell may have been the end of an era, but I believe that Bray Wyatt will begin a new era after a clean win over the Undertaker that will catapult him to the top of WWE for years to come.