The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

The streak builds itself, right? I’m not so sure of that anymore and I wrote about it at length last week. Either way, this is the match we anticipated when Brock Lesnar returned to WWE, yet here we are and it still seems flat. Lesnar and Heyman returned to television on February 24, voiced some complaints and were for some odd reason given a contract allowing Lesnar to face whoever he wanted at WrestleMania.

That wasn’t good enough for Lesnar and Heyman so they left the ring, to which The Undertaker made his return, staring Lesnar down as to say “Wanna do it?”

Lesnar signed the contract, gave Undertaker the pen and ‘Taker effectively signed his end of the contract by stabbing Lesnar’s hand with the pen and chokeslamming him through the table. This was cool, I was pumped again. Since then, nothing has really happened. There’s been some promos here and there but nothing substantial to sink your teeth into.

This past Monday, Lesnar and Undertaker finally met face-to-face but again we were left with a substandard build. Lesnar called out Undertaker, druids brought a casket, ‘Taker emerged from the casket, beat-up Lesnar and went on his way. That’s been the prevaling theme of this build — Lesnar is getting his ass handed to him. With Undertaker sure to win in New Orleans, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher.

Our readers are none too pleased with the build and I don’t blame them. I’ve hated it. Absolutely hated it. The opening segment was a lot of fun and seemed ready to bring this feud to the next step but it’s regressed since then. It could be a by-product of Undertaker not being able to take physical abuse, but I think more than that, it’s a by-product that merely having someone go after the streak isn’t a big deal anymore. Likewise, the fate of Lesnar ever since he returned to WWE has led to the once former monster looked like a feeble nothing.

Had Lesnar steamrolled through the competition and this was his last step towards World Domination, we’re talking. Instead, Lesnar lost to John Cena and Triple H and never quite looked like the dominating force he should’ve been built as. Oh well. You win some, you lose some. This is definitely a loss so far.

Grade: D

Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. TBD

The real story of this match and this build is the TBD, which should (god help us) be Daniel Bryan challenging for the WWE Title. The build to this match itself hasn’t been great. Batista returned to WWE and immediately found himself back on top with a win at the 2014 Royal Rumble, earning himself a WWE World Heavyweight Title match at WrestleMania. The fans didn’t take to Batista as WWE had hoped, leading to a change in his character from returning star babyface back to his more suitable douchebag, pompous heel.

He’s opposed by Randy Orton, who while a good heel over the past few months, has seemed lost in the shuffle. After becoming the unified champion at TLC, Orton has struggled to find his footing character-wise while still holding what should be the top spot on the WrestleMania card.

Some varying opinions here, some people have it as low as F and D-, others as A. I expected that as some may be grading on the idea of Bryan getting into this match and winning the title, while others (myself included) are merely looking at the build as Batista vs. Randy Orton vs. ???. We still tongue-in-cheek don’t know who is going to be the question mark, so we’re supposed to still focus on Orton/Batista.

Raw tried to reinforce that and while the segment with Orton, Batista and Stephanie McMahon was a lot of fun it ultimately proved what a dud this build has been. People don’t care about 2/3 of the match and are only waiting for Bryan to be inserted into the match and win the title.

Grade: D

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