If there was one wrestler who pulled me into being a fan at a young age it was The Undertaker. Already with a love of horror this was a figure in the ring that just oozed that gothic darkness that caught my attention. With WWE: Undertaker – The Streak 21 – 1 Limited Edition Coffin Box Set we celebrate the phenom of Sports Entertainment.
While Brock Lesnar may have ended the so-called “Streak” the fact that The Undertaker was undefeated for so many years is still an interesting run. Looking back at Lesnar’s victory you can’t help but think that the choice to make it him to break The Undertaker’s run was a good one. It made Brock the monster of the WWE, a role that he lived up to well, and in the end it didn’t hurt The Undertaker’s image. He’ll always be The Undertaker.
What we have though in “The Streak” is a set of matches that are classics, though some WWE may want to forget. The Hell in a Cell match against The Big Bossman for example is one that is better left forgotten, as is the one against Mark Henry and the handicap match against The Big Show and A-Train. The rest though show the best of the WWE going against the one constant that WWE have always had.
In pulling together the twenty-two matches (not including Bray Wyatt which his the most recent and not included) what we have in this release is the full matches all the way from Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka to Brock Lesnar. This includes the feud matches with Kane, the classic battles between him and Shawn Michaels, and the Triple H battles. As the years have gone by we have seen an aging superstar, but we’ve also seen one who has become better with age. To think that the HBK and Triple H matches are from his later years is very impressive.
While the defeat to Brock Lesnar is treated as somewhat of a tragedy and shocking it doesn’t put a dampener on the end of the five-disc set, even though I would have liked him to remain undefeated at Wrestlemania and to retire in a blaze of glory. As surprising as the “one” match is, the fact that it was to Brock is no real surprise, especially if you go through their history and think of Lesnar win-loss record against The Undertaker.
Whatever your thoughts may be on The Undertaker and his “Streak” he is a WWE superstar who will be celebrated by the WWE as the Phenom that he is. The release of this Limited Edition Coffin Box Set show the respect they have for him, and the character created around him. As a fan of The Undertaker, I do hope he has one big match left in him for a Wrestlemania in the future, and that is against Sting, who may not be up to it himself. It would be one of my dream matches though and a fitting way for both of them to crown their careers.
WWE: Undertaker – The Streak 21 – 1 is a release that I’m sure any Undertaker fan will already have on their list as one to buy. For fans of wrestling in general it is also a good release just because of the number of matches on show, and the way they run through the history of WWE’s biggest event. These Wrestlemania matches may have a few duds in them, but for the most part they are quality matches with some of WWE’s best. A must buy if you can get your hands on it.
WWE: Undertaker – The Streak 21 – 1 Limited Edition Coffin Box Set is available in the UK from 23th November.