Brock Lesnar could very well end up facing a rehabbed Rock at WrestleMania 30, but WWE is going to need some alternative plans at the ready. Torn tendons may derail a Rock vs. Brock matchup.
In an interview with Peter Rosenberg, The Rock said of WWE's early WrestleMania 30 plans, "The original plan was possibly Brock and myself. Like, that was the next thing that made sense to me."
The Great One's severe injuries (h/t WrestlingInc.com) put those plans in jeopardy and perhaps opens the door for someone else to take his spot opposite Lesnar.
A legend, a brawler and a giant are among the men who have sufficient star power and the ability to put on a great battle with Lesnar.
The story is already all but written for these two powerhouses to collide.
Combine their previous feud, which culminated in a satisfyingly brutal Hell in a Cell match at No Mercy 2002, with their real-life confrontation at a UFC event in 2010, and there is plenty of bad blood to feed on. Lesnar also serves as a believable threat to The Undertaker's undefeated WrestleMania streak.
These two have already shown fans just how engrossing and hard-hitting their matches can be. Expect another addition to Undertaker's string of classic matches at The Show of Shows. Expect intensity and to be enthralled.
A feud leading up to WrestleMania 30 with CM Punk would produce the best story and the best promos and would end in a fantastic match.
Their mutual Paul Heyman connection is the most likely catalyst to a rivalry between Punk and Brock Lesnar. Perhaps either one of Heyman's clients feels that he is not being made a high enough priority. One man splitting from Heyman creates a narrative rife with drama.
Should Punk be the man to leave Heyman, WWE can take advantage of a number of Punk vs. Heyman verbal battles. Pitting the company's two best talkers against each other would be sure to create singeing sparks.
Punk's Muay Thai influence juxtaposed with Lesnar's MMA-inspired style makes for an appealing clash of styles. Watching the crafty Punk come up with survival techniques against the monstrous Lesnar would be fun to watch.
While it may not be the most exciting option to WWE fans, it's a safe one.
Big Show and Brock Lesnar have already proven how good they can be in the ring together. The Judgment Day 2003 stretcher match and the triple threat match with them and Kurt Angle at Vengeance 2003 were moving pieces of violent theater.
A smaller, quicker opponent like Chris Jericho or Daniel Bryan might be intriguing, but WWE may look to have size combat size and power oppose power. Big Show offers those attributes in surplus.
The least likely of the options listed involves The Celtic Warrior facing his most dangerous opponent to date.
Sticking Brock Lesnar with long-established veterans like Undertaker, The Rock or Big Show does nothing for the future of the company.
Regardless of one's feeling about Sheamus, one has to admit that he is likely going to be a major part of the company for years to come.
Having him defeat or perform extremely well against Lesnar boosts his momentum in a big way.
There is not a star on the roster not named Undertaker who could give Lesnar a better brawl. The quality of the slugfest these two could produce makes up for Sheamus' comparative lack of star power.
The beast seeks revenge on the hero.
John Cena defeated Brock Lesnar in a bloody fight at Extreme Rules 2012. Lesnar seeking revenge and Cena seeking survival would make for an intriguing storyline.
That melee was among Cena's best bouts. WWE can rest assured of the match's quality and of the drawing power of both men. Cena vs. Lesnar II would easily outdo Rock vs. Cena II.
If Cena is WWE champ at that time, it offers an added thrust to the match's momentum. The Cena option may be criticized as uncreative, but it's a sure bet.