20 WWE Dream Matches We Missed out on
With John Cena winning the Royal Rumble this past Sunday, it has set up a rematch for WrestleMania of a match fans never thought they'd see once, let alone twice.
The Rock was able to get the victory over Cena at WrestleMania 28 in Miami, putting to rest all of the talk of who would win if that match were to ever take place. Now, we'll all see it again.
Over the years, hundreds of superstars have come and gone, and whether it was bad luck or just competing in different eras, there are several matches that have never taken place.
One of the oldest debates for any wrestling fan is to go back and forth over who would have won if "Stone Cold" Steve Austin ever took on Hulk Hogan, or how would someone like Randy Savage match up against one of the biggest stars of today, someone like CM Punk?
Here is a look at the top 20 dream matches that WWE fans missed out on.
20. Randy Orton vs. Jake Roberts
By the time these two men were face-to-face on an episode of Monday Night Raw prior to WrestleMania 21, Jake Roberts was well past his prime. Still, this in-ring segment had viewers wishing Roberts was somehow able to do what he used to do so well.
The intrigue leading to this match would go beyond the fact that Roberts was known for carrying a snake, and Orton was been given the moniker of "The Viper." Both men were very similar in how they break down an opponent in the ring.
A young up-and-comer such as Orton against the crafty old veteran Roberts would have been a compelling matchup. Plus, we would have seen who had the superior finisher, the RKO or the DDT?
19. Kane vs. Diesel
Perhaps, no force that entered the WWE was as destructive as Kane in the 1990s. Debuting at the Bad Blood pay-per-view, Kane dominated his brother Undertaker, leading to a highly anticipated match at WrestleMania 14.
In the mid-90s, "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel was one of the main babyfaces in the company, holding the WWE title for nearly a year in 1994-95.
Though the match probably wouldn't have been great, seeing these two seven-footers square off would have garnered the interest of several fans.
18. Beth Phoenix vs. Kharma
One of the problems WWE would have had with booking Kharma was trying to make viewers believe that divas like Kelly Kelly or the Bella twins had any chance of defeating her. That would not have been as big of a problem with Beth Phoenix.
Unlike when Chyna competed in WWE and had to compete with her male counterparts, there was another diva on the roster who could have matched up with Kharma, that being Phoenix.
Kharma's WWE tenure ended without her facing anyone, other than an after-match assault.
17. Ricky Steamboat vs. Rey Mysterio
This would have been a fun match. Two men whom the crowds always appreciated.
Ricky Steamboat was one of the better ring technicians in history, and his style would equate to a very good encounter with the always-exciting Mysterio.
Even years after his in-ring days were over, Steamboat was able to come back at WrestleMania 25, leading to a series of matches against Chris Jericho, showing just how good he was.
16. Dolph Ziggler vs. Mr. Perfect
As Dolph Ziggler climbs the ladder of success in today's WWE, one of the former superstars he almost immediately reminds you of is Curt Hennig, better known as Mr. Perfect.
Ziggler is one of the best athletes on the current roster, while Perfect was arguably the greatest athlete in WWE history, one who was almost incapable of having a bad match. Reminds you of Ziggler, right?
This would be an exciting match that would leave nobody disappointed.
15. Rob Van Dam vs. Jimmy Snuka
Although Jimmy Snuka still competes from time to time, this match would have been great if both men were in their prime.
RVD re-invented the high-risk offense that Snuka initially made famous. It would be a fast-paced match that would have the crowd on the edge of their seats.
Which high-risk maneuver would carry more impact? The Five-Star Frogsplash or the Superfly splash?
14. Edge vs. Bret Hart
Edge and Bret Hart may be the two best wrestlers to ever come out of Canada, and this would be an excellent match.
How would the "Excellence of Execution" deal with the "Rated R Superstar?" Hart would have to find a way to overcome Edge, who seemed to always be able to find a way to win.
13. Dudley Boyz vs. Legion of Doom
In terms of a tag team match, are there any two teams that you'd rather see square off than these two?
On one side, you have the most decorated tag team in wrestling history with Bubba Ray and D-Von, while on the other, you have what many consider to be the best tag team of all-time.
Much of what Bubba and D-Von did together was patterned after LOD, including naming their finishing move the Dudley Device, similar to the infamous Doomsday Device.
Could the Dudley's and their 23 championships overcome Hawk and Animal? It would have been very interesting to find out.
12. Rick Rude vs. Take Your Pick
Whether it would have been Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels or John Cena, "Ravishing" Rick Rude would have had excellent programs with any of them.
Rude was, without doubt, one of the best heels in WWE history. However, outside of some matches against the Ultimate Warrior, he was never given the spotlight in WWE.
Prior to his untimely death at the age of 40, Rude was again working for the company after stints in both WCW and ECW.
A match against any of the aforementioned names would have brought out the best in Rude, and it would have let some fans who never saw him know just how good he really was.
11. Goldberg vs. Undertaker
During his short stint with WWE, we did see Goldberg in several big matches against guys like The Rock, Chris Jericho, Triple H and Brock Lesnar. But there were a few matches we didn't see. One of those was against Undertaker.
A match between Goldberg and Undertaker, especially if done at WrestleMania, could have been huge. The man who started his career with an amazing winning streak against the man who has never lost at WrestleMania.
10. Randy Savage vs. CM Punk
It has been very refreshing to see CM Punk pay tribute to the late Randy Savage in recent years by wearing trunks similar to his and performing the top rope elbow drop. That got people to thinking that this might not be a bad match. In fact, it would be very good.
Punk and Savage would cut some very interesting promos on each other as they built to their battle, which would be a highly entertaining affair. Punk would likely find out that, even though he does the flying elbow pretty good, Savage did it a lot better.
9. Batista vs. Brock Lesnar
At the height of their careers, this is a match that looked like a sure thing for a WrestleMania main event. That was, until Brock Lesnar walked out on the company after WrestleMania 20. Since then, the two men have never worked for WWE at the same time.
Now that Batista has crossed over into MMA, like Lesnar did, it would make the match even more intriguing. But, as Batista ages, it becomes less and less likely we will ever see it.
8. Steve Austin vs. Brock Lesnar
Lesnar and Austin had some encounters during their time in WWE together, including Lesnar's match at WrestleMania 20 in which Austin was the special referee, but they never had that one-on-one encounter.
Austin was the face of the WWE when Lesnar's career started, and he watched as Lesnar climbed the ranks, becoming the WWE champion by defeating The Rock. It's hard to believe a big match between these two never happened.
7. John Cena vs. Hulk Hogan
So many parallels can be drawn between these two men, and there doesn't seem to be an in-between area with them. You either love them, or you hate them. Yet, there is one thing that can't be denied. They are both the face of a generation in WWE.
For that reason alone, this would be a must-see match. Cena and his "Hustle, loyalty and respect" would go up against the training, saying prayers and eating vitamins slogan that made the Hulkster famous.
6. Shawn Michaels vs. Eddie Guerrero
How good would this match have been? About as good as it gets.
There were a lot of guys that Eddie Guerrero didn't face in the ring due to his unfortunate passing, but Shawn Michaels ranks at the top.
The two men shared a connection, which Michaels touches on in the video above, but this is one of those matches that wouldn't have needed a huge backstory. They could have gone to the ring with nothing and come up with a masterpiece.
5. Steve Austin vs. Goldberg
During the heated Monday night wars between WWE and WCW, this was the match everyone wanted to see. After WWE purchased WCW, it took awhile, but they eventually lured Goldberg over, and it looked like this match may become a reality.
Sadly, it never did. The closest we got was seeing them in the same ring when Goldberg defeated Lesnar at WrestleMania 20 and then took a Stunner from Austin afterward.
4. Steve Austin vs. CM Punk
The clamoring for a match between these two men has kicked up over the last couple of years with Punk's rise to the top of WWE. If Austin were to ever come back for one match, it should be against Punk.
Punk's straight-edge mentality and Austin's beer drinking would be enough to build a program on alone. But they could come up with so much more material, and they would. Punk's recent work with The Rock has validated him as a guy who could take a match such as this to the next level.
3. Bret Hart vs. Kurt Angle
This may have been the greatest technical match in the history of professional wrestling had it ever taken place. Hart and Angle would have been amazing.
You could put them in a submission match or an iron-man match; the possibilities would have been endless.
Hart always prided himself on his in-ring work, and Angle would have been able to keep with him hold for hold.
2. The Rock vs. Shawn Michaels
One of the best matches that never happened. Shawn Michaels versus The Rock would have headlined any pay-per-view event anywhere.
The promos would have been amazing, the buildup would have been amazing and the match would have delivered.
Now that The Rock has finally come back, Michaels has retired from the ring.
1. Hulk Hogan vs. Steve Austin
Hulk Hogan has faced every great name the wrestling business has ever known, except one.
Hogan versus Steve Austin would have been the biggest money match in WWE history, and it never happened.
Both men have diehard fanbases, which would have made for an electric atmosphere, even more so than when Hogan faced The Rock at WrestleMania 18.
The ideal time to do this match would have been between 2001 and 2005, but even now in 2013, while the match wouldn't be very good at all, it would still draw.