After months of speculation, a faceoff on Raw this week seems to have set in stone that Brock Lesnar will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30. While this is certainly a marquee match for the pay-per-view, with problems up and down the card, it seems like both men could be used better elsewhere.
Lesnar and Undertaker have had some memorable encounters over the years, from their battle inside Hell in a Cell at No Mercy in 2002 to their staredown at a UFC event in 2010. Since Lesnar returned to the WWE in 2012, a match against The Undertaker has been expected by most. Given that The Deadman only steps out of the funeral parlor for WrestleMania season, the bout taking place at 'Mania always seemed likely.
The problem isn't with the match itself—the two have a proven track record with one another, and both are more than capable of putting on a suitably big performance for the biggest show of the year. The issue with the match going ahead this year is that it sits on a card that seemed rather easy to predict even before the Royal Rumble. A long-awaited match like this could fall short, since it's on a card that seems to offer few surprises.
Lesnar vs. Undertaker is a match that certainly needs to happen again, but both men could be put to far better use on the WrestleMania 30 card by wrestling fresher matches. For instance, given that the likely Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H match isn't exactly giving the fans what they want, wouldn't Brock Lesnar have something to offer this storyline?
A few weeks back on Raw, Lesnar and Triple H were shown to bury the hatchet, perhaps teasing a future alliance with The Authority for Lesnar. Rather than facing Bryan directly, what if Triple H were to field Lesnar as Bryan's WrestleMania opponent? The match is fresh, has an inbuilt underdog storyline for Bryan, and a win would be sure to legitimize Bryan and give his rabid fanbase something to cheer about.
The Undertaker, on the other hand, is never without prospects for a WrestleMania opponent. The most obvious choice, to my mind, would be Sting. Lesnar isn't going to be completely over the hill should he instead face the Undertaker at WrestleMania 31, but time is very much running out for a solid WrestleMania match between Sting and The Undertaker—and it's only WrestleMania, and only the Undertaker will do if Sting is to wrestle in the WWE.
Can you imagine Sting working a full WWE schedule? Can you imagine Sting cutting promos back and forth with John Cena or Randy Orton? To make the most of his mystique, only The Undertaker could gel with Sting in terms of his veteran status and the tone of his character. To my mind, Sting vs. The Undertaker and Daniel Bryan vs. Brock Lesnar would be enough to appease fans who will otherwise go into business for themselves and mar the planned main event of Batista vs. Randy Orton.
However, at this point, the card is likely set in stone—and Lesnar vs. Undertaker will certainly go ahead. While both men might be better used elsewhere at this particular time, there's little doubt that the match itself will be one of the best of the night.
Are you looking forward to Lesnar vs. Undertaker? Would you rather see both men in different matches? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.