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Decision to end The Undertaker's Wrestlemania win streak was made last-minute

According to a May 7 report from Cageside Seats, the shocking decision to end The Undertaker's 20-year Wrestlemania win streak was made just four hours prior to Wrestlemania 30. The original plan was for The Undertaker to defeat Brock Lesnar, but the script changed the weekend of Wrestlemania 30.

The Undertaker's streak ended at Wrestlemania 30
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WWE legend Shawn Michaels revealed on The Ross Report podcast that Vince McMahon was the man solely responsible for making the decision to script the streak to end. Michaels, a former WWE superstar who was on hand at Wrestlemania 30 in a commentator's role, did not reveal exactly why McMahon felt this year was the right time to end it, just that the decision was made four hours prior to showtime. Heading into Wrestlemania 30, The Undertaker was riding a 20-fight Wrestlemania win streak that dated back to the early-90s.

Lesnar shocked the world by snapping The Undertaker's streak at Wrestlemania 30 in New Orleans. The Undertaker has not officially announced his retirement, but it's well-known that the 49-year-old has suffered from several real-life injuries due to punishment taken inside the WWE cage. The Undertaker has suffered injuries to his hips and shoulders, along with chronic back pain. He also suffered burns and facial injuries during his two decades of service in the WWE.

Since injuries have taken their toll over the years, The Undertaker and WWE brass may have felt 2014 was the right time to send him off into the sunset while he still had a little gas left in the tank. Lesnar snapping the streak also solidified his place as one of the top villains in the WWE. It also sets up an intriguing set of questions regarding the main event scheduled for Wrestlemania 31.

The Undertaker hasn't retired, so WWE Universe still expects him to compete at Wrestlemania 31. Sting has been rumored as a possible opponent for Undertaker at next year's Wrestlemania. There's also a decent chance that Lesnar could rematch Undertaker at next year's Wrestlemania.