The Undertaker, what will he do in 2014?
In 2014, expect WWE to attempt to rebound from its boring and rather lackluster 2013 by booking several “dream” feuds and matches.
Mainly, thanks to the upcoming return of Dave Batista, as well as Brock Lesnar’s recent re-emergence on television, the product now seems positioned to be truly entertaining—and surprising—for the first time in ages.
In order of just how likely these programs are to happen, let’s look at the highly anticipated feuds that the company should book this year. WWE would be crazy not to go with these rivalries.
Daniel Bryan on last Monday's Raw.
Following his apparent heel turn on last Monday’s Raw, Daniel Bryan is now aligned with the dastardly Bray Wyatt and his acolytes, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Could the “new” Bryan’s first move as a bad guy be to challenge The Undertaker?
Interestingly, recent reports (Wrestling Observer Newsletter via F4Wonline) claim that the legendary Undertaker has asked management to place him in a program with the rising star. So, it’s not as much of a long shot as it may sound.
Of course, the fact that Bryan is so immensely over with the fans—it doesn’t matter how ineptly the writers book him; the people remain as enamored with him as ever—may make the company reluctant to do this program in 2014. Do they really want to risk The Undertaker getting booed?
Brock Lesnar came back on Monday's Raw.
With Dave Batista due to make his long-awaited return to the company on the January 20 edition of Raw, a feud with Brock Lesnar seems a viable option for 2014.
Timing differences have meant the paths of the two have never crossed. Lesnar parted ways with the company in 2004 to pursue an ill-fated football career, and Batista didn’t emerge as a main event star until the following year. It’s a fresh feud, which, considering just how many times John Cena and Randy Orton have faced off, is something the company desperately needs right now.
Who doesn’t want to see these guys—two of the most physically dominating stars in WWE’s history—clash in the ring?
Dean Ambrose, left, and Roman Reigns, right, are members of The Shield. Will the company be splitting soon?
The Shield is heading for a split in WWE—meaning we will likely see Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns face off on pay-per-view at some point. (WrestleMania XXX seems the best bet, but the company may make the call to drag the break-up angle out a little longer.) If so, expect this to be one of the most interesting non-main event feuds WWE has ever had.
Ambrose is a great, well-rounded personality who's blessed with an almost startling amount of charisma and edgy on-screen presence. It’s not hyperbole to say he’s reminiscent of a young Jake Roberts or Roddy Piper. He can surely thrive in a singles feud.
Meanwhile, Reigns has emerged as one of the company’s best big-man workers ever.
Anything these guys do in the ring together will be worth watching.
OK, so Randy Orton’s stint as WWE’s top heel hasn’t quite set the world on fire. Scripting him to be little more than Triple H’s sidekick probably hasn’t helped his star power. Nor has booking him in his 2,578th match on pay-per-view with Cena at the Royal Rumble.
Really, all The Viper needs to turn things around is the right foe, which he very well may find in the returning Batista, especially with the bookers being able to play on the two's history in heel stable Evolution.
Reports (PWInsider via WrestlingInc) indicate that Batista/Orton at WrestleMania XXX is a tentative working plan right now, so this is the one “dream” rivalry that appears likely to come to fruition in 2014.
Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker has been in the works since October 2010, when the two stars had an intriguing confrontation ringside following Lesnar’s loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121.
Fans are itching to see it, so why doesn’t Vince McMahon give it to them, preferably at WrestleMania XXX? It would be a spectacle, if nothing else: the grizzled, aging veteran vs. the dominant and ruthless MMA star.
The involvement of Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman—easily one of the best talkers in wrestling history—would also help guarantee this program lives up to expectations. Can you imagine the superb promos he would cut in the run up to the event about Lesnar’s intentions to destroy The Undertaker and end his streak? Isn't just thinking about it exciting?