WWE: 10 Future Great WrestleMania Matches
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WrestleMania is generally where the WWE's top superstars get to shine, but it's also a place where up-and-comers can make a name for themselves.
We've seen some great battles on the grandest stage of them all over the years. Some, like Undertaker vs. Triple H, feature two guys who are already legends, while others, like Edge vs. Mick Foley, feature a legend facing another guy on the cusp of becoming one.
That tradition is going to continue for the foreseeable future, as WrestleMania has become the pay-per-view for great matches.
While some have said that the WWE's roster is not as good or as deep as it once was (and I can completely agree), the company still has the potential to put on some phenomenal WrestleMania bouts down the road.
Let's take a look at 10 potentially great matches that could happen at a future WrestleMania.
10. Wade Barrett vs. Triple H
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I can't pinpoint exactly why I want to see this match, but I think it could be surprisingly great.
Why not Wade Barrett?
Barrett has proven to be one of the best all-around big men in the WWE over the last few years, an excellent mic worker who's drastically improved his in-ring abilities in the last year or so.
A WrestleMania match with WWE COO Triple H could be a nice battle between an up-and-comer and an established veteran. Similarly to Triple H's match with Sheamus at WrestleMania 26, it could be a great way to solidify Barrett as a main event talent.
Given the lack of fresh opponents for Triple H (and his new four-year contract), a WrestleMania match with Barrett actually seems likely at some point.
9. John Cena/Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler
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We've seen Dolph Ziggler face both John Cena and Randy Orton on a number of occasions on TV, and all of the matches were pretty damn good.
In particular, Ziggler and Orton have had some excellent TV matches over the last year.
Still, Ziggler has never had an extended feud with either Orton or Cena.
That needs to change.
Ziggler is capable of working with anyone on the WWE roster, and both Cena and Orton have proven that they can work well with a wide range of opponents.
I don't really care whether I see Ziggler vs. Orton or Ziggler vs. Cena. I just want to see one of these matches on the grandest stage of them all.
Ziggler/Orton might be slightly better (they have great chemistry), but either way, it would do wonders for Ziggler to challenge one of these guys at WrestleMania, especially if it involved the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship.
8. Rey Mysterio vs. Sin Cara
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I know that I'm about to hear that "Sin Cara is a botch machine," and to an extent, that's true.
But he also happens to be a world-renowned luchador, and oh yeah, so is Rey Mysterio.
While Sin Cara has had plenty of slip-ups in his first year in the WWE, wrestling is all about chemistry, and I would be shocked if he wasn't able to develop some with a superstar like Mysterio, who has a very similar skill set to his.
These are two of the best and most popular masked wrestlers in history, and personal feelings about either aside, the potential for a fantastic match is definitely there.
Face vs. face matches have done really well at recent WrestleManias, and Sin Cara vs. Mysterio would be a fast-paced, action-packed, back-and-forth match between two guys who are really over with the fans.
If you miss the days of WCW's, or even WWE's, Cruiserweight division, then this would undoubtedly be a dream match for you.
7. Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins
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Yeah, this does seem kinda random and hard to predict. But, oh well.
Randy Orton has really evolved into a phenomenal all-around wrestler, a great athlete whose in-ring psychology is arguably the best in the WWE.
Give him another guy who can do the same things he can, and magic will happen.
While I have no idea what the future holds for Seth Rollins, I think he's going to debut on the main roster by the end of 2012 for sure, and I'd love to see him have a feud with Orton that culminates with a WrestleMania match.
I'd prefer to have Orton as the heel and Rollins as the face, but you could probably flip that or even keep both of them as baby faces.
Rollins might just be the best in-ring competitor in FCW, so either way, the fans are going to be into the guy's matches because of his amazing wrestling ability.
Throw him into a meaningful feud/match with someone like Orton, and I have no doubt that these two would tear the house down.
6. CM Punk vs. Dean Ambrose
You see that match to the left?
That's CM Punk taking on Dean Ambrose in FCW last year, and it's better than 95 percent of the matches you'll see on the WWE's main roster.
Whenever I watch that match, I can't help but think that it is a future WrestleMania match that's just waiting to happen.
I'm sure you've heard by now what a phenomenal overall talent Ambrose is, and he's likely going to be on either Raw or SmackDown in the coming months.
Ambrose will come in as a heel, and after getting acquainted with the non-Internet fans, I'd love to see the WWE place him in a feud with Punk.
We've seen how awesome Punk is when working with extremely talented guys like Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler, and as you can tell by that match in the video, a Punk-Ambrose match could be on the same level of a Punk/Bryan or Punk/Ziggler match.
Ambrose is the future of the WWE, and I'm almost giddy thinking about the possibility of him taking on Punk at WrestleMania.
5. Dolph Ziggler vs. Cody Rhodes
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Sure, Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes both excel as heels, but that doesn't mean that this match can't happen.
In fact, I'm sure it will at some point. I just don't know when.
I do know this, though—if and when Ziggler vs. Rhodes happens, it could be an amazing match between arguably the WWE's top two up-and-coming stars.
Ever since this match on Raw last year, I've really wanted to see Rhodes take on Ziggler, and judging by some of the tweets and comments on my articles, a lot of other wrestling fans would love to see it as well.
When you combine Rhodes' "old school" heel mentality with Ziggler's incredible bumping and selling abilities, this has all the makings of a classic WrestleMania match.
Give these two 25 minutes—and let them go.
4. CM Punk vs. Cody Rhodes
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To those who say that the WWE Draft/brand split doesn't matter, I point you to the fact that Cody Rhodes and CM Punk haven't faced each other in a singles bout since 2008, long before both were the stars they are today.
Raw's top stars generally cross paths with SmackDown's top stars at some point, but thankfully, the WWE has kept Rhodes and Punk completely apart up until now.
Well, it's time to bring these two together.
After losing the Intercontinental Championship, Rhodes looks poised to finally jump into the main event scene, and I'd fully expect him to end up on the same brand as Punk following this year's draft.
I'd hold off on a feud between these two until WrestleMania, however.
Imagine seeing two of the WWE's top all-around performers in a feud that involves a World title and culminates at WrestleMania.
Makes you one happy wrestling fan, doesn't it?
3. The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar
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The Rock has come back to the WWE, and Brock Lesnar has returned as well.
It's only fitting that these two wind up facing each other at some point down the road.
There is already speculation that The Rock will face Lesnar at WrestleMania, a match that would be their first encounter since that epic bout at SummerSlam in 2002.
Guess what? I'm all for it.
While I'm not totally thrilled about two part-timers potentially main eventing the WWE's biggest pay-per-view of the year, I can't complain about a huge match like Lesnar vs. The Rock.
Lesnar and The Rock are two of the biggest and best superstars we have seen in the WWE over the course of the last decade, and just based on hype alone, this could be a match for the ages.
2. The Undertaker vs. John Cena
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If there's one thing that we can take away from WrestleMania 28, it's that The Undertaker still has a ton of gas left in the tank.
Undertaker and Triple H delivered a 5-star match, and if Taker only wrestles one WrestleMania match per year for the rest of his career, then I think he could have three or more Mania bouts left in him.
So, the WrestleMania match that needs to happen now is Undertaker vs. John Cena.
These two haven't had a real feud since 2003, and at WrestleMania 28, they both showed that they can deliver on the grandest stage of them all like very few can.
Most people believe (wisely, I might add) that Undertaker's streak will never end, but Cena is the one person on this planet who might make us legitimately think that "The Streak" could end.
I have no doubt that the hype surrounding this epic match and the match itself would rank among the greatest in WrestleMania history.
1. Daniel Bryan vs. Chris Jericho
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OK, so maybe this match is wishful thinking.
Truth be told, I really have no idea how much longer Chris Jericho has in the WWE or if he'll even be around come WrestleMania 29.
But if he is, this is the bout that I want to see.
Even to this day, Jericho is one of the best technical wrestlers in the WWE, and of course, Daniel Bryan is probably the best technical wrestler in the company.
Just think about what would go down between these two in a 25- or 30-minute match on the grand stage of WrestleMania. Make it a submission match, and it probably gets even better.
While we've seen some interaction between Jericho and Bryan in the past (and even a singles match on NXT), there has never been any extended feud or major PPV match between the two.
The WWE is sitting on a goldmine now.
Bryan is more over than ever, and Jericho is more hated than ever. Give me a baby face Bryan vs. a heel Jericho at next year's WrestleMania, and I smell an instant classic.
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