So, who is to blame for the lack of build going into WrestleMania? Is it creative for not doing enough when the two were in the same arena? Should the blame be placed on Taker and Lesnar for both working part-time schedules leading into the biggest event on the wrestling calendar? Personally, I think it is a combination of the two. There is no denying that it can be hard to build a compelling program when two weeks go by without both superstars appearing on camera together. At the same time, however, it is not like the two have been in different countries arguing with each other over Skype; they have been in the same arena on multiple occasions and nothing has really happened. [caption id="attachment_89264" align="alignright" width="425"]There were elements in place to make the feud feel personal but creative failed to capitalize. Will the contest suffer as a result? There were elements in place to make the feud feel personal but creative failed to capitalize. 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Thus far, there has been little physical contact between the few, with the only instances being the Undertaker chokeslamming Lesnar through a table during their contract signing and Taker hitting Lesnar with a few punches after popping out of a casket. To say that this feud has not been fully fleshed out would be a serious understatement. In fact, I would not even hesitate to call it a complete disappointment. Unlike Undertaker’s feuds the past few years, this one seems rushed together with no backstory, made even worse by the fact that both superstars are part-timers who have rarely appeared on television together. [caption id="attachment_101892" align="alignright" width="319"]The CM Punk/Undertaker program was an epic feud  that truly felt personal. The CM Punk/Undertaker program was an epic feud that truly felt personal.[/caption] Last year’s feud with CM Punk was a masterful build, with a compelling backstory (Punk stealing the urn and mocking Paul Bearer), a weekly confrontation between the two leading up to WrestleMania, and action that actually made the feud feel personal (Punk dumping the contents of the urn on Taker). This year has been the polar opposite. The two are fighting simply because Lesnar said he has accomplished everything in WWE except conquering the streak. I get that breaking the streak is a valid reason for a feud. After all, it was the reason CM Punk originally wanted to fight the Undertaker in the first place. However, the difference between last year and this year is that last year’s feud was actually escalated throughout the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, while the Lesnar/Taker feud is literally in the exact same place as it was on the night of the contract signing weeks ago. It is a shame too, because it is not like creative did not have material to work with. They could have mentioned the infamous confrontation between Lesnar and Taker after Lesnar’s UFC fight a few years back, or their previous feud back in 2002. Instead, it almost seems like the Undertaker has no stake in fighting other than defending the streak, and Lesnar seems disinterested as well. There were elements in place to make the feud seem personal but creative has failed to do so. So, who is to blame for the lack of build going into WrestleMania? Is it creative for not doing enough when the two were in the same arena? Should the blame be placed on Taker and Lesnar for both working part-time schedules leading into the biggest event on the wrestling calendar? Personally, I think it is a combination of the two. There is no denying that it can be hard to build a compelling program when two weeks go by without both superstars appearing on camera together. At the same time, however, it is not like the two have been in different countries arguing with each other over Skype; they have been in the same arena on multiple occasions and nothing has really happened. [caption id="attachment_89264" align="alignright" width="425"]There were elements in place to make the feud feel personal but creative failed to capitalize. Will the contest suffer as a result? There were elements in place to make the feud feel personal but creative failed to capitalize. Will the contest suffer as a result?[/caption] It is difficult to gauge fans’ interest going into their confrontation at WrestleMania. I feel that the match will still sell simply because fans enjoy the streak and Lesnar is still a pretty big draw. I do not feel that fans are highly invested in the match, however, as it has definitely taken a backseat to both the HHH/Bryan and Cena/Wyatt programs. With that said, it is hard to imagine this contest disappointing. The two worked well together in the past and Taker always shows up in great shape for his WrestleMania match. Even though the outcome is not really in question, this contest will likely go down as an epic matchup. Unfortunately it will not also be remembered as an epic feud due to the poor build leading into the event.   Let me know how you feel about the Lesnar/Taker match-up. Where do you expect it to rank in comparison to the other contests on the card? Are you still invested in the contest despite the lack of build? 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Thus far, there has been little physical contact between the few, with the only instances being the Undertaker chokeslamming Lesnar through a table during their contract signing and Taker hitting Lesnar with a few punches after popping out of a casket. To say that this feud has not been fully fleshed out would be a serious understatement. In fact, I would not even hesitate to call it a complete disappointment. Unlike Undertaker’s feuds the past few years, this one seems rushed together with no backstory, made even worse by the fact that both superstars are part-timers who have rarely appeared on television together. [caption id="attachment_101892" align="alignright" width="319"]The CM Punk/Undertaker program was an epic feud  that truly felt personal. The CM Punk/Undertaker program was an epic feud that truly felt personal.[/caption] Last year’s feud with CM Punk was a masterful build, with a compelling backstory (Punk stealing the urn and mocking Paul Bearer), a weekly confrontation between the two leading up to WrestleMania, and action that actually made the feud feel personal (Punk dumping the contents of the urn on Taker). This year has been the polar opposite. The two are fighting simply because Lesnar said he has accomplished everything in WWE except conquering the streak. I get that breaking the streak is a valid reason for a feud. After all, it was the reason CM Punk originally wanted to fight the Undertaker in the first place. However, the difference between last year and this year is that last year’s feud was actually escalated throughout the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, while the Lesnar/Taker feud is literally in the exact same place as it was on the night of the contract signing weeks ago. It is a shame too, because it is not like creative did not have material to work with. They could have mentioned the infamous confrontation between Lesnar and Taker after Lesnar’s UFC fight a few years back, or their previous feud back in 2002. Instead, it almost seems like the Undertaker has no stake in fighting other than defending the streak, and Lesnar seems disinterested as well. There were elements in place to make the feud seem personal but creative has failed to do so. So, who is to blame for the lack of build going into WrestleMania? Is it creative for not doing enough when the two were in the same arena? Should the blame be placed on Taker and Lesnar for both working part-time schedules leading into the biggest event on the wrestling calendar? Personally, I think it is a combination of the two. There is no denying that it can be hard to build a compelling program when two weeks go by without both superstars appearing on camera together. 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Thus far, there has been little physical contact between the few, with the only instances being the Undertaker chokeslamming Lesnar through a table during their contract signing and Taker hitting Lesnar with a few punches after popping out of a casket. To say that this feud has not been fully fleshed out would be a serious understatement. In fact, I would not even hesitate to call it a complete disappointment. Unlike Undertaker’s feuds the past few years, this one seems rushed together with no backstory, made even worse by the fact that both superstars are part-timers who have rarely appeared on television together. [caption id="attachment_101892" align="alignright" width="319"]The CM Punk/Undertaker program was an epic feud  that truly felt personal. The CM Punk/Undertaker program was an epic feud that truly felt personal.[/caption] Last year’s feud with CM Punk was a masterful build, with a compelling backstory (Punk stealing the urn and mocking Paul Bearer), a weekly confrontation between the two leading up to WrestleMania, and action that actually made the feud feel personal (Punk dumping the contents of the urn on Taker). This year has been the polar opposite. The two are fighting simply because Lesnar said he has accomplished everything in WWE except conquering the streak. I get that breaking the streak is a valid reason for a feud. After all, it was the reason CM Punk originally wanted to fight the Undertaker in the first place. However, the difference between last year and this year is that last year’s feud was actually escalated throughout the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, while the Lesnar/Taker feud is literally in the exact same place as it was on the night of the contract signing weeks ago. It is a shame too, because it is not like creative did not have material to work with. They could have mentioned the infamous confrontation between Lesnar and Taker after Lesnar’s UFC fight a few years back, or their previous feud back in 2002. Instead, it almost seems like the Undertaker has no stake in fighting other than defending the streak, and Lesnar seems disinterested as well. There were elements in place to make the feud seem personal but creative has failed to do so. So, who is to blame for the lack of build going into WrestleMania? Is it creative for not doing enough when the two were in the same arena? Should the blame be placed on Taker and Lesnar for both working part-time schedules leading into the biggest event on the wrestling calendar? Personally, I think it is a combination of the two. There is no denying that it can be hard to build a compelling program when two weeks go by without both superstars appearing on camera together. At the same time, however, it is not like the two have been in different countries arguing with each other over Skype; they have been in the same arena on multiple occasions and nothing has really happened. [caption id="attachment_89264" align="alignright" width="425"]There were elements in place to make the feud feel personal but creative failed to capitalize. Will the contest suffer as a result? There were elements in place to make the feud feel personal but creative failed to capitalize. Will the contest suffer as a result?[/caption] It is difficult to gauge fans’ interest going into their confrontation at WrestleMania. I feel that the match will still sell simply because fans enjoy the streak and Lesnar is still a pretty big draw. I do not feel that fans are highly invested in the match, however, as it has definitely taken a backseat to both the HHH/Bryan and Cena/Wyatt programs. With that said, it is hard to imagine this contest disappointing. 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The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar: A Subpar Build

On the go-home episode of RAW last night, the Beast Incarnate finally got the upper hand on the Dead Man with a little help from his advocate, blasting with a devastating F-5 after Heyman provided the distraction.

Thus far, there has been little physical contact between the few, with the only instances being the Undertaker chokeslamming Lesnar through a table during their contract signing and Taker hitting Lesnar with a few punches after popping out of a casket.

To say that this feud has not been fully fleshed out would be a serious understatement. In fact, I would not even hesitate to call it a complete disappointment.

Unlike Undertaker’s feuds the past few years, this one seems rushed together with no backstory, made even worse by the fact that both superstars are part-timers who have rarely appeared on television together.

The CM Punk/Undertaker program was an epic feud  that truly felt personal.

The /Undertaker program was an epic feud that truly felt personal.

Last year’s feud with CM Punk was a masterful build, with a compelling backstory (Punk stealing the urn and mocking Paul Bearer), a weekly confrontation between the two leading up to WrestleMania, and action that actually made the feud feel personal (Punk dumping the contents of the urn on Taker).

This year has been the polar opposite. The two are fighting simply because Lesnar said he has accomplished everything in WWE except conquering the streak. I get that breaking the streak is a valid reason for a feud. After all, it was the reason CM Punk originally wanted to fight the Undertaker in the first place.

However, the difference between last year and this year is that last year’s feud was actually escalated throughout the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, while the Lesnar/Taker feud is literally in the exact same place as it was on the night of the contract signing weeks ago.

It is a shame too, because it is not like creative did not have material to work with. They could have mentioned the infamous confrontation between Lesnar and Taker after Lesnar’s UFC fight a few years back, or their previous feud back in 2002. Instead, it almost seems like the Undertaker has no stake in fighting other than defending the streak, and Lesnar seems disinterested as well. There were elements in place to make the feud seem personal but creative has failed to do so.

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