Matches That Could Headline WrestleMania XXX

Daniel Van BoomAnalyst IIFebruary 23, 2013

Matches That Could Headline WrestleMania XXX

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    We all know how big WrestleMania XXIX will be, but WrestleMania XXX has to be the biggest ever.

    As reported here on Bleacher Report (via Wrestling Observer Newsletter), creative have already begun thinking about who will headline next year’s Showcase of the Immortals.

    The idea of Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock, a dream match for many, has apparently been discussed as the show’s main event.

    However, the WWE is dynamic to say the least, so expect many changes in plan between now and then.

    The main event of WWE's biggest ever event would need to feature stars who can still put on a good match. More importantly, they need to feature huge draws, and the pairing needs to represent something.

    WWE have a year from now to arrange a spectacular main event befitting the scope of the event.

    The following are five matches that fit that criteria. 

John Cena vs. the Undertaker

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    The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak seems unbreakable, but if there’s one star who can make the audience believe otherwise, it's John Cena.

    Cena has arguably accomplished more than anyone in the history of the company.

    He’s a 10-time WWE champion, two-time Royal Rumble winner, overcame every adversary that he’s been presented with and he’s been one of the company’s top stars for the better part of a decade.

    John Cena is WWE’s Superman. It’s been said about him pejoratively for years, but it’s true.

    The Undertaker, meanwhile, has been untouchable at WrestleMania for over 20 years.

    To further bolster the box office draw, WWE could add a stipulation. WWE championship vs. career, perhaps?

    There have been rumors (PWInsider via wrestlinginc.com) of a Punk vs. Undertaker match for this year’s ‘Mania, which would be a terrific match, but Cena vs. Undertaker could be one of the biggest ever. 

CM Punk vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

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    We’ve already gotten Rock vs. Cena, so the next dream match to tick off the list is Austin vs. Punk.

    Punk is one of WWE’s biggest stars today. Austin is arguably the WWE’s biggest star ever.

    Their match sells itself. Austin is a beer-drinking redneck. Punk is straight edge. Their story writes itself.

    If Stone Cold returns and is on his game, we could get some of the best promos we've ever seen courtesy of these two.

    With Austin’s age as it is (he’ll be 49) it’s doubtful the two could work a five-star match.

    However, the combination of styles would be interesting, and the crowds involvement would make it feel extraordinary.

    The story would be great, the match would be fun and the feud could be iconic, there’d be no better place for it to culminate than WrestleMania XXX.

CM Punk vs. John Cena

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    The last two slides both involved a megastar who would work a part-time schedule at best.

    It’s becoming a trend in the WWE to have major events headlined by part-time talent, but it doesn’t have to be so.

    As Punk rightly said in his documentary, “The best good guy fights the best bad guy at the best show of the year”.

    WrestleMania is the biggest event of the year. Punk is the WWE’s top heel and Cena is its top babyface.

    The two already have a storied history, but if we get a year of them not touching each other it would still feel fresh for WrestleMania XXX, where WWE's two biggest stars can collide. 

Cena vs. Orton

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    It really is shocking that we haven’t seen this match headline a WrestleMania yet.

    Randy Orton’s current position in the company is surprisingly low, but it wouldn’t take him very long to return to the top.

    Although CM Punk is currently the No. 2 guy, Randy Orton and John Cena are the Rock/Austin and Hart/Michaels of their generation.

    Both have a ridiculous amount of world championships to their names—a combined 21 between them.

    Before Orton’s second wellness policy violation, he was undoubtedly one of WWE's poster boys, along with John Cena.

    Orton has suffered somewhat of a fall from grace, but as mentioned, his character has enough credentials that he could quickly become a legitimate main eventer again.

    Orton and Cena represent their generation, and it would make sense for them to square off at the 30th anniversary of WrestleMania.

Rock vs. Austin IV

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    With Lesnar vs. Rock rumored to main event next year's WrestleMania, it seems like WWE don’t mind having two part-timers close the show of shows. 

    If that’s the case, then Rock vs. Austin would be the biggest match they could possibly book.

    Austin and Rock have already had three WrestleMania matches against each other, and that’s why another one would make sense.

    To contemporary fans, Rock vs. Austin is the most iconic pairing in the history of the business. 

    Many older fans could rightfully argue that there are pairings whose legendary status exceed that of Rock and Austin; Hogan and Andre, for instance.  

    However, to most of WWE's millions of fans, there is no match more significant than Rock vs. Austin.

    A match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock is the best way WWE can represent their history, which is why it shouldn't be discounted as the main event for WrestleMania XXX.