5 Possible Candidates to Take on the Undertaker's Streak at WrestleMania XXX

Luis CamposAnalyst ISeptember 30, 2013

5 Possible Candidates to Take on the Undertaker's Streak at WrestleMania XXX

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    After 21 years of remaining undefeated at the largest wrestling event of the year, the Undertaker and WrestleMania seem to be the peanut butter and chocolate of the wrestling world—both are great individually but together, they create a combination that is beyond this world. 

    Without a doubt, the Undertaker's streak has taken on a life of its own. What originally started as an unnoticed trend in the WWE's booking has now become the center stage for WrestleMania every year. 

    More than the titular main event match, the Undertaker's match at WrestleMania is the reason many spend their hard-earned cash every April.

    In a sense, the Undertaker's match at WrestleMania is WrestleMania, but with the popular Superstar near the end of his career, it is quite possible that his match at next year's WrestleMania may be the beginning of the Deadman's swan song. 

    With a match of this historical importance, the Undertaker's possible opponent must be carefully selected; after all, this is not just another match—it is the match many fans wait for every year. 

     

     

     

     

Sting

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    For the past four years or so, a match between Sting and the Undertaker always gets moving on the rumor mill. It's the sort of thing that most fans dream of (and probably recreate to some capacity through video games).  

    I have placed Sting on this list for two reasons. First, this seems like the matchup for all ages. With the DC cinematic universe debuting a Superman versus Batman film in the coming years, it seems that the WWE—and Sting—are missing out on the opportunity to build on the buzz that this film has created.

    For the first time, fans will get to see two iconic heroes duke it out. It's something every kid fantasizes about and something than even as adults we can still get excited about. In a sense, the Undertaker and Sting are like the Batman and the Superman of their respective promotions. Although their characters do not necessarily reflect their comic book counterparts, the lasting effect that these men have had on the pro wrestling industry equals that of Batman and Superman on the pages of comic books. 

    The second reason why I have placed Sting on this list uses a more pragmatic approach. WrestleMania XXX may be the last time we will have the opportunity to have these two men wrestle each other. Both Sting (54) and the Undertaker (48) are near the end of their careers. They have given their bodies to this industry and to their fans. What better way to give both men a farewell match than to have them battle at the center stage of it all? 

John Cena

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    Second only to the rumors of Sting versus the Undertaker at WrestleMania are the rumors of John Cena versus the Deadman. 

    For those who remember John Cena's official debut in the WWE, there is a connecting thread between his now 10-year long career and the Undertaker. 

    After making his debut in a losing effort against Kurt Angle, the Undertaker met John Cena backstage and shook his hand in a display showing his respect for the then young John Cena. 

    Now a decade later, John Cena is at the top of the WWE. He has conquered it all—all that is but the Undertaker's WrestleMania streak. 

    Personally, I would not be a fan of this match, but given the WWE's affinity for putting John Cena in very high-profile matches and the importance of WrestleMania's 30th anniversary, there is a high chance that fans may find another reason to boo Cena. 

Brock Lesnar

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    After his client CM Punk failed to defeat the Undertaker at WrestleMania 29, Paul Heyman is back for more. This time, he has brought his other protege Brock Lesnar to take care of what CM Punk could not. 

    Again, like John Cena before him, a feud between Brock Lesnar and the Undertaker seems to be built in. 

    With the Rock most likely not appearing in next year's WrestleMania (the WWE had originally considered a match between the Rock and Brock at WM 30), it seems that the Beast is without an opponent, so who better to stop him than the Undertaker himself. 

    Lesnar and the Undertaker seem to have some real-world bad blood, and a match between the two has been rumored ever since Lesnar first left the WWE to pursue an MMA career as a UFC fighter. 

    Ultimately, a match between Lesnar and the Undertaker would be interesting, but there seems to be better options out there. 

Ryback

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    Ryback versus the Undertaker was a match that was rumored to take place last year. Billed as a streak versus streak bout, the then undefeated Ryback was to challenge the Undertaker. 

    Now that Ryback no longer holds his undefeated streak, this concept is not valid, but there could be a match between the two provided the correct circumstances are in place. 

    With his recent alignment to Paul Heyman, Ryback has, for the time, replaced Brock Lesnar as Heyman's muscle. 

    In his substitute role, Ryback could challenge the Undertaker using the storyline proposed in the previous slide: Heyman, once again in an attempt to challenge the Undertaker's streak, uses the biggest man by his side to finish the job CM Punk could not. 

Kane (with the Wyatt Family)

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    Without the Undertaker, Kane would be nothing. It is a simple fact, but a fact that highlights the relationship of these two men. The so-called "Brothers of Destruction" are a relict duo from an awesome past where strange gimmicks were acceptable. 

    Now that Bray Wyatt and his family has put Kane out of commission, what better way to bring him back than as a disciple of the twisted man formally known as Husky Harris. 

    Imagine a feud involving Bray Wyatt's mic skills and the history that Kane and the Undertaker share. If this is indeed going to be the Undertaker's last match at WrestleMania, why not return to what first made this character so fascinating. 

     

     

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