Last October, WWE 13 gave fans the chance to create dream matches aplenty.
It's in the world of video games that fantasies thrive, and the buzz-killing realities of injuries and backstage politics don't get in the way of all things awesome. A set of bum knees and a surgically repaired neck doesn't prevent a certain rattlesnake from being an active part of WWE again.
Scouring YouTube reveals seven exciting WWE 13 matches that are all possible, even if they are highly unlikely in the real world.
Some of these bouts pit icon against icon. In one case, booking sidesteps a TNA contract. Here are some of the most enticing matchups that video gamers have put together, some of which have fantastic custom promos to go along with them.
Two of the best performers in WWE history, Shawn Michaels and The Rock, never crossed paths in real life, but they clash here, virtual-style.
A back injury forced Michaels out of action for much of The Rock's prime. When Michaels returned, The Great One had found a second home in Hollywood.
With Michaels now retired and The Rock recovering from injuries, it certainly doesn't look like we'll ever see this collision of show-stoppers, but it's still more possible than some dream matches. When asked about a potential match with Michaels The Rock told WWE.com in 2005, "I was never ever interested in working with him, to be honest with you."
If he still feels that way, have him watch this WWE 13 promo. The goose bumps on his arms will tell him that this is the right thing to do.
A match destined to happen, a match that Sin Cara was born for was scrapped before WrestleMania 29 (h/t F4WOnline.com via WrestleZone.com).
Sin Cara’s former tag team partner, Rey Mysterio, is his ideal opponent in WWE. Like Kane and Undertaker, the similarities of their gimmicks make them intriguing opponents. Sin Cara may not have an extended career in the United States, but this is one thrill ride even his biggest detractors would appreciate.
Injuries to both men have derailed what would be a high-flying feast, a clash of luchadors that would be made even better if their masks were on the line.
WWE knows what it has in this potential matchup. The company sat Steve Austin and CM Punk together in a contentious interview to promote WWE 13.
The first straightedge world champ vs. the WWE's most famous beer-guzzler would be an instant classic. Their clashing personalities and contrasting in-ring styles would make for great action. The way John Cena and The Rock's first match brought together leaders of two eras, Punk and Austin would be a battle of old versus new.
Austin's many injuries have kept him out of the ring for years. In video games, though, his knees and his neck are just fine. If his real body ever matches this virtual one, WWE has a WrestleMania match at the ready.
A major difference between the real and the virtual versions of the match is that Punk may win like he did in this video, but the fight sure won't end on a simple kick.
Two submission masters with a past that stretches back to their independent days, Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe would undoubtedly put on a fantastic series of matches.
Bryan has shown WWE fans the ability to have a great match with just about any star, regardless of size. The reasons for this clash not happening in real life are plenty, but a fan can't help but dream.
Joe, of course, works for rival promotion TNA. While a number of WWE alum have left to work for TNA, it hasn't been exactly a two-way talent exchange. It would take some major maneuvering for Joe to make it to WWE, and who knows how he'd be received by an audience that is largely unfamiliar with him.
Reality aside, these men's chemistry would be phenomenal. For now, we can always watch this virtual version. It's best to do it on mute, though, as the uploader is quite wordy throughout.
Bad blood, both real and storyline, make for an easy story to write. Two elite performers make for a guaranteed classic.
Brock Lesnar and Undertaker's feud from 10-plus years ago culminated in a satisfyingly brutal Hell in a Cell match at No Mercy 2002. Their confrontation at a UFC event in 2010 only adds to the intrigue.
They've already showcased just how brutal and enthralling their bouts can be together, and this WWE 13 video is an added reminder. Undertaker and Lesnar's part-time schedules have not converged just yet, but it remains one of the more plausible real-life options on the list.
Both men have little left to conquer.
Undertaker has been one of WWE's greats for years. He has gone 21-0 at WrestleMania. Meanwhile, John Cena has been WWE champ more often than not. After defeating The Rock at WrestleMania 29, Undertaker is an intriguing next step.
In reality, you'd like to see less established guys get a shot against Cena. Ryback is set to do that shortly, depending on the severity of Cena's injury, for example.
The last time Undertaker and Cena battled, the current WWE champ was not the megastar he is today. Undertaker has since improved over that span, adapting and evolving into a classic-making machine.
While it's uncertain that we will ever see this matchup, it's guaranteed to be better than the short match in this video.
Shawn Michaels and just about anybody is a dream match.
Retiring before his body was broken down was a wise move for Michaels, but it's one that has fans still wondering "what if?" What if he came back to battle CM Punk? What if the established icon took on Punk, a man still looking to create his legacy?
The result would be a clinic in showmanship and in-ring storytelling. Michaels may not have been the mainstream star that The Rock or Steve Austin was, and Punk may never be the draw that Cena is, but those two men put on enthralling matches like few others.