The Undertaker spoke during the Bill Simmons Podcast, where he talked about his WrestleMania 30 match against Brock Lesnar, where his streak was broken. He also talked about the reaction from fans in the arena.
“From watching it back, it was like boom, all the air got taken out of the arena,”
He discussed the rumours that Lesnar winning was only because of his injury during the match and not the original plan. He said this was an outright lie as nobody was even aware during the match that he had suffered a concussion.
“No one even knew,” Undertaker said. “Brock got hyper nervous about it but you could tell, maybe for the casual fan you couldn’t tell but anyone who follows our business could tell. My memory of that day stops at about 3:30 in the afternoon, that’s the last memory I have. My wife had come backstage as she normally does before I start going through my process, I had told her what was going to happen and calmed her down and that was it. I have no recollection of the match, it was 4 in the morning before I even knew what my name was.”
Taker then talked about how long it took for him to feel better after the conclusion of the match and to be concussion free.
“I basically stayed in my room in the dark for 2 weeks,” he said. “I’ve been concussed before, but never to that level. I’ve never had the lingering headache and sensitivity to the light, that had never happened to that extreme before. It was strange. Not being able to remember, I had been concussed a few times and been able to finish the match and know when it happened but not that time.”
He then discussed his loss to Brock Lesnar and how significant it was, comparing the passing of the torch moment to Hogan defeating Andre at WrestleMania 3.
“I remember Hogan beating Andre and from where the industry was at the time, you still think man that’s Andre,” Taker said. “Hulk was getting that super mega push and the face of wrestling but you still said man that’s Andre the Giant, how are they going to do this? When it happened you were like ‘Wow okay’, and it was the same with Brock. A lot of people were upset about it, a lot of people felt he didn’t need it or it could have been somebody else but business is business.”
The Dead Man also mentioned the moment where both he and WWE realized the significance of the Streak and that he had been undefeated at WrestleMania.
“I think it was versus [Ric] Flair in Toronto,” Undertaker said. “At the end of that, I held up the fingers and counted them out. Before that somebody had said to me ‘You know your undefeated right?’ and I said ‘Oh really’, I had no clue. We were so in the groove, 300 days a year, at that time you don’t think about your win loss record and all that. And then it took on a life of its own. That’s just unheard of to be 10-0 at WrestleMania and then it went to 21 before Brock beat me.”
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.