2. Lesnar, WrestleMania XXX
This will go down as the second most talked about match in the history of the streak, and while all the arguments in the world could be made on either side of the “should they have?” divide, they decided to and the result as amazing.
That may sound hyperbolic, or at the very least presumptuous, but watch that match again. We’ll wait.
Way better the second time, right? That’s because instead of watching it as a match where Brock Lesnar is trying to defeat the Streak, watching it the second time makes you realize that the match had almost nothing to do with Brock Lesnar “beating the Streak” and almost everything to do with Taker desperately trying to hold onto it with everything in his power. When viewing it as a withering legend attempting to fend off the future in order to preserve his legacy it plays as a beautiful love letter to his fans and his career.
It has the feeling of a well-executed series finale, perfectly balancing all of the things we loved about his work with the reality that it was all coming to an end, not because we wanted it to, but because — as Paul Heyman said — all good things must come to an end.