Monday, April 9, 2012

Era Over?

Is it over? (WWE)
By Kevin Hunsperger 
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Did an era of wrestling really come to an end on April 1, 2012?  The photo of Triple H, the Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels embracing on the entrance ramp at Wrestlemania may have been a nice way for the WWE to put a bow on this story.  But does that mean it's over in terms of in ring work for the Undertaker and Trips?  I seriously doubt it.

Their match at Wrestlemania 28 was touted as an "End of an Era" match.  To me, this meant that one or both men would be retiring after the match.  But there's been no reason for me to believe at this point that either man has hung up his boots for good.  And I don't necessarily think either needs to retire from the ring full-time.  After all, the Undertaker spent a whole year on the shelf after their match at Wrestlemania 27.  I thought their match at 28 was actually better than the one a year earlier.  But there were some confusing moments with Shawn's involvement.  I think it may have been lost in the translation of being a part of the live crowd.

Pedigree (WWE)
Here is my wish though.  I find the whole Triple H as Chief Operation Officer confusing because he has no power over the Raw General Manager.  I thought the COO was in charge of everything.  But hey, I majored in mass communication, not business so I could be wrong there.  I don't like having the authority figure (or one of them) as an active wrestler too.  I can't exactly put my finger on my, it's just something I've never been a big fan of.  Perhaps if Triple H is going to settle into an on air management role, he should have one last big retirement match.  I figure his encounter with the Undertaker wasn't the end, as they would have made more fanfare out of it, wouldn't they?

As for the Undertaker, he's definitely come to that point where he's a special attraction guy only.  He has nothing left to prove, and I don't think anyone would fault him if he were to decide that 20 and 0 was satisfactory to him and he never came back.  However, like Triple H, I think the Undertaker deserves a sendoff where the fans know this is it and have that chance to get a little closure.  But let's face it, in wrestling, do wrestlers ever truly stay retired?

Like many of the results from Wrestlemania, we're in a wait and see pattern.  That's what makes wrestling exciting.  Not knowing what's next and not being able to predict everything.  The next few months should be interesting to say the least.

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