5 Dream Opponents for Undertaker at Survivor Series
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If the dirt sheets are to believed, WWE elder statesman Undertaker is to make what would be an eagerly anticipated return at Survivor Series in November of this year (Wrestling Observer, h/t 411Mania.com).
There will subsequently be much speculation in the months running up to the showcase pay-per-view as to who the Deadman's opponent will be, or to put it differently, who from the current roster will be lucky enough to be given that privilege?
This article will list five guys capable of putting on a show to match Undertaker's Hell in a Cell fight with Triple H at WrestleMania (and sorry John Cena fans, your man isn't one of them).
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If there are two things Dolph Ziggler has been able to prove to the WWE suits and fans alike, it's that he's not afraid of proving himself on the big stage and that he rarely disappoints when given the opportunity.
For proof, just look to his recent show-stealing match with Sheamus at No Way Out last month.
Naturally, if he were to be given a shot at facing the Deadman in November, a major push would be needed to be given in the months before hand.
That means no more Vicki, no more petty internet squabbles with Zack Ryder and no more handstand submission holds, please?
But if there's one guy capable of stepping up to the big time, it's Dolph.
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CM Punk has, by his own making, become one of the top guys, if not No. 1 guy in the WWE over the past year.
He has technical ability aplenty, is always entertaining with a microphone in his hand and sells tickets—pure and simple.
What better reward for Punk than a showcase match with Undertaker at Survivor Series?
Also, of all the talent on the roster, there would be the least fan complaints over the booking if Punk were to be given the shot—after all, he's the guy it's officially "OK" to like.
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Wrestling purists may object to a potential Brock vs. Undertaker clash because of Lesnar's obvious disdain for the industry, but you cannot deny that such a match would be extremely profitable for Vince and the company.
And Lord knows Vince is driven by profits.
But surely, the argument can be made for the longer-term profitability of putting in a younger talent over the short-term marketability Lesnar would obviously bring.
And Lord knows Brock isn't sticking around any longer than he needs to.
Still, a grudge match to settle a dispute made public at UFC 121 would certainly be intriguing.
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Chris Jericho makes it onto this list almost purely for his in-ring ability—he was, and still is, one of the best in the world.
My only reservation about Jericho is his long-term loyalty to the company.
Granted, when he signs a contract, he not only wrestles the Supershows, but all of the countless weekly house shows as well.
But his main focus is his rock band Fozzy these days, and although we would rather be with him, than without him, nobody is ever sure just how long he'll stick around for each time he returns.
And shouldn't the choice of Undertaker's opponent be based on his long-term future with the company?
It would be a hell of a fight though.
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Don't worry Wade, we hadn't forgotten about you (yet).
It's been a nightmare year for the former bareknuckle boxer, having dislocated his shoulder in February, the push he was due to receive this year has been temporarily put on ice.
But don't discount the man who, once healthy, has the potential to be the monster heel the WWE is so desperately in need of right now.
And what better opportunity for Barrett to elevate himself to the next level than a clash with Undertaker at Survivor Series?
Who do you think should face Undertaker at Survivor Series? Sound off on your thoughts below.