Let me get one thing straight right off the bat. I don't want to see John Cena end the Undertaker's undefeated streak at Wrestlemania. I think it would be an insult to Undertaker's legacy and an insult to all of the pre-Attitude Adjustment Era fans.
That being said, a showdown between the two men at either Wrestlemania 27 or Wrestlemania 28 is inevitable. Why? John Cena is the last credible threat to Undertaker's streak in the WWE.
Since the Dead Man's squash match against Kane in 2004, there have actually been a few bouts where fans truly believed that the Undertaker could be defeated.
In 2005, the streak looked to be in very real danger. The WWE was intent on pushing Randy Orton as the legend killer. Orton was young and considered by many to be the future of the company. A win over the Undertaker would have made business sense and would have been in line with his 'legend killer' gimmick.
But Orton, despite help from his father 'Cowboy' Bob Orton was vanquished with a tombstone pile-driver and became victim No. 13. The year after, Undertaker beat Mark Henry in a Casket Match where the outcome was never in doubt.
At Wrestlemania 23, Undertaker challenged Dave Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship. Batista, though approaching 40, was also considered part of WWE's future. "The Animal" ending the streak did not seem like a far-fetched proposition. But it didn't happen, as the Undertaker improved his record to 15-0.
No one really believed Undertaker would lose at Wrestlemania 24 against Edge, but there was some suspense at the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania the next year. Undertaker faced off against the other senior member of the company Shawn Michaels in a classic bout.
If anyone could end the streak, it had to be Mr. Wrestlemania. They engaged in a classic bout with numerous false finishes, but Undertaker once again came out on top.
The rematch between Undertaker and Michaels at Wrestlemania 26 might legitimately have been the most hyped bout in the history of professional wrestling. The buildup was amazing and the psychology was believable. When HBK's career was put on the line, it really looked like the end of the streak.
After all, why would Michaels lose two years in a row? Besides, there were no serious rumors about HBK's career coming to an end.
The two engaged in another furious classic. The ending of this match was the greatest in the history of pro-wrestling, bar none. A defiant Michaels ultimately had his career executed by a third tombstone pile-driver.
So now here we are, the Undertaker is 18-0. He has beaten just about every superstar on the roster. Triple H, Randy Orton, Batista, Edge.
John Cena, the face of the WWE, is the only person who can face Undertaker at Wrestlemania and have a match with any suspense.
Seriously, who else is there?
Chris Jericho is a superstar, but no one believes Undertaker's streak will be ended by a veteran on the south side of his career. Same goes for Christian, though that idea is even more ridiculous.
It won't be a new guy or a rising star. There is too much risk in that. The person could garner X-Pac heat or ultimately leave the company. The prospect of a Morrison, a Swagger, or a Sheamus beating Undertaker at Wrestlemania is sheer fantasy.
Regardless of what a few overzealous fans want: The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan are not coming back to fight Undertaker at Wrestlemania.
Kane won't beat Undertaker in a third encounter, sorry. And Vince McMahon would only be good for a squash match.
Wrestling fans are not stupid. They know the real life roles of every performer on the roster. It is easy to imagine people on the Internet discussing (more likely dreading) the possibility that Cena might be given the ultimate rub, that he might perform an achievement greater than winning any world title.
People already complain that "Super Cena" wins too much, that his matches are predictable, that he makes other wrestlers look weak. It is not inconceivable that, in a move that would drive old school wrestling fans completely insane, he defeat Undertaker at Wrestlemania.
I don't want John Cena beating the Undertaker, but I want the match to happen. Other than some sort of 10 on 1 handicap match, it is the only bout left that would still be interesting. With Undertaker's career clearly coming to a close soon, I have no doubt the bout will take place at either Wrestlemania 27 or Wrestlemania 28. I also expect the buildup to take place early, with hints at the encounter beginning soon after Summerslam.
The WWE did drop the ball in one regard. If Cena is going to win at almost every Wrestlemania, then he should have actually won at every Wrestlemania. Cena should not have lost to Orton in the Triple Threat Match at Wrestlemania 24. If he had won that encounter, we could have seen a 7-0 Cena against an 18-0 Undertaker in a battle of the undefeated.
What a bout THAT would have been.
What do you think though? Do you expect to see Cena vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania? Can John Cena end Undertaker's undefeated streak? Is there anyone else I'm missing that could beat the Dead Man?