Thursday, November 3, 2016

Streaks are meant to be broken

Cubs win!
By Kevin Hunsperger
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I'm not a huge sports fan. But I did get caught up in the buzz of the Chicago Cubs quest for a World Series championship. By now you know they won the trophy after a 108-year drought. Growing up in St. Louis I've always been a Cardinals fan. However, I tip my hat (if I was wearing one) to the Cubs and their fans. 

One thing I don't understand is the snark on social media. Yes, the Cardinals have more championships under their belt. But how could you not be excited or at least happy for a team that has not played in the World Series since World War II? Rivals or not, I'm proud of the Cubs and happy for my many friends who have rooted for the Cubbies through the tough times.

Undertaker's streak ends
The breaking of that World Series winless streak got me to thinking about other streaks (in wrestling of course).  The most impressive streak in the business is, of course, the Undertaker's WrestleMania streak. In March 1991 he beat "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka. Year after year (except 1994 and 2000 when he didn't wrestle at Mania) the Undertaker was victorious. Then in a move that still kinda baffles me, Brock Lesnar beat the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX. The Deadman is now 23 and 1. Still impressive, but that one little one is the fly in the ointment.

Charlotte Flair wins again
Courtesy: WWE
Another streak that I'm loving right now is that of Charlotte Flair. The Raw Women's Champion has not lost in singles competition on pay per view since debuting on the main roster last summer. Charlotte is 13 and 2 on PPVs, with the only two defeats happening in tag team competition. She has the best record of any WWE Superstar on pay per view. It's impressive and word on the street is WWE plans to continue it until WrestleMania.

Courtesy: WWE
Goldberg once touted a streak of 173 (alleged) victories before finally losing to Kevin Nash at Starrcade 1998. It was done in less than stellar fashion and could have been so much more.

So there you have it, a few streaks that have been broken and one that remains intact. What are your favorite streaks in sports and wrestling?

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