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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"

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.

After a 23-year run, The Undertaker finally went down Sunday night to Brock Lesnar, sending fans into fits of hyperbolic despair.

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.

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#ThatMomentWhen You realise Brock Lesnar has ended The Undertaker's unbeaten Wrestlemania streak. http://t.co/LZzITq5ThO

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“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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  • Guess it was bound to happen seeing as taker retiring

  • Watching WWE will never be same after the losing streak #ThankYouTaker

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      • I that the undertaker is one of great wrestlers of all time and for him to lose is a big thing somebody else has to cary that legacy for him he is  the undertaker I mean come now there is no mad dog like but sometimes there is gonna a bad dog some where in the building and its gonna test and wanna be like you that’s one of the greatest feelings ever but yall need to stop blaming everything on this men don’t hate him be happy for once he’s 21 and 1 okay 1 to his 21 not a big deal thats my opinion but he is great and no one will never be like him sincerely deon lovetg
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      • dude…. you need to learn grammer!!!! pretty bad when it’s written in english and still can’t hardly understand it…. #gobacktoschoolfool


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