The long-awaited “rubber match” between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker will be held at the Des Moines Community Arena during a non-televised “house show” this Friday, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced this morning.
The two super-heavyweights, whose bitter rivalry has been intensifying since Lesnar conquered the Undertaker’s legendary WrestleMania streak in 2014, will finally settle the score in the dimly lit venue in front of nearly 2,000 bemused Iowans.
The decision to hold the rematch at the non-televised event came as a surprise to wrestling fans worldwide, who expected the pivotal tiebreaker to unfold this spring in a stadium bursting with 100,000 fans at WrestleMania.
According to one backstage source, the low-key event in Iowa was chosen because Lesnar’s current WWE contract ends Saturday, and because the bright lights of typical televised WWE events are painful for the Undertaker’s glaucoma.
Friday’s event will be a special 2 p.m. matinee, because Lesnar has to catch a Greyhound bus back to Minnesota by five o’clock to lead his church’s youth group.