For Taker the bell tolls.
The Undertaker took advantage of some confusion by using a dirty tactic to avenge his only WrestleMania loss and beat Brock Lesnar in the much anticipated main event of WWE SummerSlam on Sunday, Aug. 23 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Forget about the bells and whistles. This one had all the horns and sirens.
A crowd-gasping portrayal of aggressive, hard-hitting, smash-mouth, in your face, physicality by these two combatants lived up to the hype.
Lesnar is the “1” who put the “1” in Undertaker’s 21-1 record at WrestleMania, ending the seemingly never-ending streak at WrestleMania 30 in 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The build-up for the rematch elicited fond memories for one and nightmares for the other.
Plenty of “Undertaker” and “Suplex City” chants from the split audience at the Barclays Center.
Unfortunately, controversy reared its ugly head at the finish of their latest exhausting, bruising battle.
After pulling out all the stops and finishes, Lesnar caught Taker in a Kimura Lock for the second time. Taker tapped out, but referee Charles Robinson did not see it as he manned the other side of the grapplers, counting Lesnar’s shoulders. Robinson counted one, and young Timekeeper Berkley Ottman shockingly rang the bell. Speculation is Ottman saw Taker tap, but the referee is the one who calls for the bell -- not the timekeeper. Robinson never called for the bell.
Like a typhoon causing chaos, the blunders of the itchy-handed Ottman and out-of-position Robinson weighed heavy in the outcome. Out-of-position missing the tap is debatable, since he counted Lesnar’s shoulders. Maybe he should have checked the other side, before counting and thus seen the tap. To his defense, it fast happened. Definitely out-of-position missing a low blow. For Lesnar, it spelled disaster, naturally.
Lesnar’s agent Paul Heyman believed his client won, because of the tap out and bell ringing. He started to celebrate and then so did Lesnar, turning away from Taker. A confused Robinson peered at the timekeeper, alerting him rather loudly he did not count three (nor notice any submission), and the match continued. With the commotion and distraction, Taker seized the moment, delivering a low blow on Lesnar, behind Robinson’s back. He followed up with the Hell’s Gate. A grimacing Lesnar gave Taker the Stone Cold Salute, before passing out, giving The Undertaker the tainted victory.
After the match, a bloody Lesnar stood perplexed. Heyman rang the bell, grabbed the mic and declared Lesnar the winner by tap out submission as only Heyman can.
Referee Charles Robinson explaining the confusion
So many questions
Shocked, stunned, fans mourned the loss of The Undertaker to Lesnar at WrestleMania 30, but did they feel justified, satisfied seeing The Undertaker enact revenge by winning thanks to a relatively new timekeeper and low blow?
What does former longtime WWE Timekeeper Mark Yeaton think?
Is everyone to blame, since all (fans, staff, talent) were upset when Lesnar ended the streak?
Will this set-up the third and deciding battle -- Taker’s Last Ride -- at WrestleMania 32 on April 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas?
What will be in store on Monday Night Raw on Aug. 24 at the Barclays Center -- the same venue where this controversy looms?
What will Brock Lesnar do and Paul Heyman say on Raw about Berkley’s Barclays Blunder?
Remember the last time (any time) someone upset Lesnar. With the Beast Incarnate enraged, I would not want to be in Referee Charles Robinson’s shoes nor Timekeeper Berkley Ottman. I wouldn’t want to be in Senior Referee Mike Chioda’s footwear either, nor WWE ring announcers Eden and Lilian Garcia or even WWE superstar Stardust.
If I were them, I’d skip Raw. I’d take the next tugboat on the East River out of Brooklyn.
Story reveal: Berkley Ottman is the son of former CWF/WCW/WWE wrestler Fred Ottman. There are clues within the story of Fred’s wrestling names/personas. Berkley is also the cousin of Cody Rhodes/Stardust and Dustin Rhodes/Goldust and nephew of the late, great American Dream Dusty Rhodes.
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