Undertaker's WWE WrestleMania 34 Opponent Should Be Finn Balor...Not John Cena

Graham GSM Matthews@@WrestleRantFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2018

Finn Balor belongs in the WrestleMania spotlight with The Undertaker, not John Cena.
Finn Balor belongs in the WrestleMania spotlight with The Undertaker, not John Cena.Credit: WWE.com

Rumors have been running rampant for months that The Undertaker is slated to face John Cena at WWE WrestleMania 34, but if The Deadman is going to return to the ring one more time, it should be against Finn Balor.

Truth be told, Undertaker's last in-ring performance at WrestleMania 33 versus Roman Reigns was below-par. It was sad to see how far he had fallen from his instant classics with Shawn Michaels and Triple H from years ago, but at least his apparent farewell ended his career on a high note.

Sadly, it looks like his grand exit on that evening and the incredible fanfare it received will all be for naught if he comes back for another outing at this year's WrestleMania.

Cena is a logical opponent for him, but he is far from the best option.

Credit: WWE.com

At one point, Undertaker vs. Cena would have been a blockbuster bout for WrestleMania, especially when The Phenom's legendary streak was still intact. The drama and suspense after every near-fall from Cena would have been unbelievable, but that ship sailed long ago.

WWE had its chance to pull the trigger on that money matchup at WrestleMania 33. Instead, officials opted to put Cena in a mixed tag team match alongside Nikki Bella, while Roman Reigns fought 'Taker and ultimately handed him his second loss at the Show of Shows.

Reigns was a fresh face for Undertaker to go up against, but he hardly benefited from beating him. Balor, on the other hand, would gain quite a bit simply from sharing a ring with Undertaker at WrestleMania, let alone emerging victorious.

Now, it would be silly to suggest Undertaker lose to Balor, if only because it would defeat the purpose of him ending his career on top. After going unbeaten for over two decades, 'Taker suffering three losses in four years at 'Mania would be totally illogical, regardless of who he fell to.

That said, it shouldn't be viewed as a "burial" of Balor, who has more than paid his dues over the past year. From clean losses to Kane to an abysmal feud with Bray Wyatt, the Irishman has managed to bounce back from all of his recent setbacks and remains over with the audience.

Balor was robbed of a WrestleMania match last year due to injury, but having him make his 'Mania debut against Undertaker would undoubtedly re-establish him as a top-tier talent on the Raw brand, win or lose.

Undertaker vs. Balor, a "dream" match of sorts, has been pitched by fans for years, dating back to Balor's stint in NXT. The Demon built up an amazing fanbase for himself through his alter ego and the body paint he would don on the TakeOver specials.

Aside from Undertaker, few Superstars on the current roster have a more elaborate entrance than Balor when he is portraying The Demon. Visually, it would be an amazing spectacle to see Undertaker walk down the WrestleMania ramp one final time followed by Balor.

Plus, Balor can be counted on to get a great match out of the aging Deadman, whereas Cena and Undertaker would contest something similar to the train wreck that was his underwhelming clash with Reigns in Orlando, Florida.

Credit: WWE.com

To be fair, from a storyline standpoint, nothing about Balor vs. Undertaker makes sense at the present moment. The company could play off Balor's previous issues with Undertaker's brother Kane from the fall, but a better route to take would be to have the leader of the Balor Club call out The Deadman for WrestleMania.

Needless to say, Balor has felt revitalized since joining forces with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows at the onset of 2018. Although they have been treading water lately and have yet to be embroiled in any real rivalries, a program with one of wrestling's most notable icons would put them back on the right track to superstardom.

A bout fans likely didn't know they wanted at WrestleMania, The Undertaker vs. Finn Balor would definitely do more to build toward the future of WWE than 'Taker vs. Cena ever could.

         

Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is an Endicott College alumnus and aspiring journalist. Visit his website, Next Era Wrestling, and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.

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