Undertaker’s Defeat at WrestleMania Causes Grown Men to Shed Real Tears

According to fans, when the longest winning streak in pro wrestling came to an end at WrestleMania XXX, it was "the greatest tragedy since 9/11." The general sentiment on Twitter: "I feel like I've had my childhood brutally murdered in front of me"

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Sure, professional wrestling is ridiculous and fake. But when a match takes a surprising turn, sometimes the emotional pain is all too real to fans. Legions of grown-ass adults devolved into mass hysteria Sunday night after Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX, marking an end to professional wrestling’s longest and most celebrated winning streak.

Over the span of two decades, the 6-foot-10, 300-pound wrestling icon never lost a match at World Wrestling Entertainment’s flagship annual event. His famed, 21-0 streak started in 1991 when he took down Superfly Jimmy Snuka at WrestleMania VII. He went on to clobber King Kong Bundy and the Big Boss Man, outmaneuver Shawn Michaels (twice!) and put the finishing moves on Triple H, Ric Flair and The Big Show.

“The Undertaker’s streak was a precious relic preserved lovingly throughout the history of WWE,” wrote Shalaj Lawania on Bleacher Report. “A streak that was born accidentally, and then nurtured into a trophy and one that finally matured as the highlight of every WrestleMania.”

The shocking defeat sent 75,000 fans at New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome into a dumbstruck stupor. Within seconds, scores of the crestfallen had taken to Twitter to try to make sense of it all. Those who could summon the words likened the traumatic event to 9/11 or Pearl Harbor. And literally thousands are now looking back at their childhoods and seeing a bloody husk. Here’s a sampling from the fire hose of grief:

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