WrestleMania XXIX: Greatest WrestleMania Matches That Never Happened
WrestleMania weekend gives fans of the wrestling world a shot to see the dream matches and collisions between superstars and Divas that fans have been wanting to see. Stars are made, legends are formed and dreams come true at WrestleMania. There are also plenty of nightmares that happen at WrestleMania, as matches don't always end up as they seemed. All it does is make the dreaming even stronger from fans.
Over the years, not every prayer gets answered and not every dream match becomes a reality. Some dreams remain dreams and the idea of how great those matches would have been remain hidden from reality. Sometimes, the timing wasn't right, while injuries, other rivalries and backstage politics have all played a part at times.
These are the ten matches in WrestleMania history that could have happened and, at least in retrospect, should have happened. In all ten instances, both superstars were active at the same time. In all but one of these matches, both participants were on the WWE roster at the same time. For whatever reason, these matches never happened. So, before we enjoy the matches that are reality, let's enjoy those who remain in our dreams.
Kharma vs Beth Phoenix
There's not a lot of hope left for the WWE Divas, so this match idea sure would have helped things stay on track. Beth Phoenix was at the top of the mountain in the division for a while, but seemed to be miles ahead of the pack. Without a true equal to her in the division, hope seemed lost until the signing of Kharma was announced. The vignettes played and Kharma debuted, leading fans to salivate at the idea of a women's wrestling match. Imagine that.
Then, it all fell apart. Phoenix had to put other Divas over, while Kharma dealt with a high-risk pregnancy that did not work out. Kharma would have a shocking Royal Rumble appearance and later get released. Likely fed up, Phoenix didn't stay much longer. All fans have to remember are the rumors and hype of it happening, only to not come to reality.
Randy Savage vs Shawn Michaels
Mr. WrestleMania needed to get a start somewhere. That jolt began at WrestleMania XIII, when Shawn Michaels was no longer one of The Rockers and became The Heartbreak Kid. Michaels would enjoy midcard gold, but didn't get the chance that many others have gotten over the years: a WrestleMania match against an established superstar. It put Cody Rhodes on the map a few years ago when he took down Rey Mysterio. It also put a bump in the road for Triple H when he lost quickly to The Ultimate Warrior.
Michaels was awarded a match with Tito Santana, but it didn't get the crowds talking quite like a match with Macho Man Randy Savage would have. It would have been a clash of two of the biggest egos in that time period and among the largest of all-time. Savage was on his way out of WWE, while Michaels was pushing himself ahead and up the ladder. The match never happened and it is just one of those great dream matches that can be conjured up by the minds of WWE fans.
Edge vs Christian
The brother vs brother angle has been used at WrestleMania before in pretty successful ways. There was Bret Hart vs Owen Hart, followed by Kane vs The Undertaker and, more recently, Matt Hardy vs Jeff Hardy. All but one of those previous three used real-life brothers. Edge and Christian are not brothers either, but they were once billed that way. Edge and Christian broke up and one of the best tag teams of their time would never reunite following Edge's rise to stardom in 2001 and Christian joining the ECW/WCW alliance.
Christian never quite reached Edge's level, only to leave for TNA and return years later. The feud never resurfaced and Edge would ultimately need to retire. Christian was successful after Edge was out of the ring, but the two only had a handful of matches against one another and none of them occurred at a grand stage like WrestleMania. Instead, wrestling fans worldwide can enjoy fan-made WrestleMania promos and dream of it instead.
Kurt Angle vs Bret Hart
This one never happened simply for timing reasons. Angle came into WWE around the turn of the millenium, while Bret Hart was finishing up his career over in WCW. Hart was gone from WCW by October 2000 and was still not in a great place with WWE following the Montreal Screwjob and the sensitivity following Owen Hart's death in a WWE ring. Hart would end up having a stroke in 2002 and would effectively end the likelihood of seeing this match.
It's still nice to dream that the only Olympic gold medalist in WWE history could have taken on perhaps the most technical wrestler of all-time. Would we have wanted to see Kurt Angle in a match at WrestleMania with The Best There Is, The Best There Was and The Best There Ever Will Be? It's true. It's damn true.
The Undertaker vs Mick Foley
One of the newest Hall of Fame members, Mick Foley, had some of his most iconic moments while getting thrown around by The Undertaker. Foley strived for a WrestleMania moment up until his match with Edge at WrestleMania 22. It's debatable whether or not Foley ever actually got that moment, but it would have been interesting to see The Undertaker and Foley, in any of his personas, take each other on at WrestleMania.
Foley and The Undertaker had some great matches and it would have only been fitting for the two to extend their rivalry onto WrestleMania's grand stage. Imagine what type of crazy bump or incredible image we would have gotten had Foley gone to WrestleMania to take part in extending The Streak.
Randy Orton vs Batista
The two projects that Evolution took on became rather successful when all was said and done turned out pretty well. Randy Orton is still going at it with his multiple world title reigns and stamping his mark among the all-time greats. Batista's WWE career was a little bit shorter, but just as profitable. It still tells a similar story from Batista's WrestleMania feud with John Cena. Batista was envious of Cena's rise to prominence, despite the fact that both men won their first world titles on the same night.
In terms of credentials and legendary matches, Orton's career has been better than Batista's, which could have led to an equal amount of envy. Batista and Orton facing one another at WrestleMania would have been a grand stage to see who was the better product of Evolution. It would have ranked among the best matches in Batista's career and could have launched his final heel turn sooner than it did.
Randy Savage vs Jake Roberts
It's a bit odd that this match never ended up happening. One of the defining moments for Jake "The Snake" Roberts in WWE was when he feuded with Randy Savage, even going so far as to crash Savage's post-SummerSlam wedding reception. This should have been one of those feuds to carry over into WrestleMania. Savage's loud and over-the-top persona blends well with Roberts, who was mainly a loner to all but his pet snake.
Their rivalry in the early 90s was very emotional. I personally love this match from January 1992, just months before WrestleMania 8. Instead, Savage was entered into a similarly charged feud with Ric Flair, but seeing a match like that MSG classic at WrestleMania would have made for a very solid bout.
The Undertaker vs Hulk Hogan
The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak has a bunch of Hall of Famers, future Hall of Famers and overall memorable superstars. It has also seen its fair share of duds over the years, leading speculation as to who should be on the list instead. If there has ever been a superstar that is missing from The Undertaker's list, Hulk Hogan is it.
It isn't exactly clear when these two could have faced each other at WrestleMania and, while it would be another great jewel to add to the undefeated streak, the real question that needs to be posed is whether or not Hogan, who was practically invincible in his prime, would have lost to The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Had Hogan been an opponent of The Phenom, would the 20-0 streak even have existed today?
CM Punk vs Stone Cold Steve Austin
There are plenty of excited wrestling fans who still want to see this match happen, but it will all depend upon the health of Austin, who really should remain retired with his bad knees and a broken neck in his past. Punk isn't exactly the healthiest man in the business either, but this is currently Punk's prime and likely shouldn't be wasted on a legend dusting his wrestling boots off for a match that may not deliver in the manner that the world hopes it will.
The dynamic of Austin being a beer-drinking brawler, while Punk is the straight edge mat technician, would make for a clash of different styles and attitudes, despite both men having the same "fight the power" mentality. The two men are so similar and so different at the same time that it would be interesting to see where the fans would align themselves. Sadly, I don't believe this match will happen, even though there are plenty of fans who would like to disagree.
Hulk Hogan vs Ric Flair
It hurts putting this match on the card, especially when it was all but confirmed to happen. WrestleMania 8 was intended to have Ric Flair face Hulk Hogan in the main event for the WWE Championship. It was 21 years ago today that WrestleMania 8 took place in Indianapolis, yet this match never took place, despite a press conference announcing the matchup.
The rumored belief for why Flair and Hogan never faced one another that year was due to a lack of a reaction during matches between the two at house shows. Instead, the main event was split into two separate main events. Flair, the current champion, faced Randy Savage in what was a match that was hyped incredibly well and delivered in the ring. As for Hogan, he faced the undefeated Sid Justice in a grudge match from the events at the Royal Rumble a few months earlier. This match did not deliver.
There was still one great main event at WrestleMania 8, but it wasn't exactly the plan, especially when it was split to try and create two great main events. Sid Justice didn't seem prepared for the main event scene, but it didn't stop WWE from making him a two-time WWE Champion. As for Flair and Hogan, it was a match we would ultimately see in WCW and in TNA, but a missed chance for WWE and WrestleMania.