The Undertaker comes to the ring. But who will be at the other end of the ramp at Wrestlemania XXVII?
With all this talk about Undertaker vs. Lesnar or Undertaker vs. Goldberg, both of which, in all honesty, I think are a waste of a Wrestlemania, I thought I'd list five possible Wrestlemania matches that would be better.
Here are the five completely plausible matches that I think would be worthy of inclusion in the Undertaker Wreslemania Roll of Honour.
Quite frankly, if it were to happen it would be the biggest match of any Wrestlemania, ever. Undertaker never faced either Hogan or Austin at Wrestlemania. It's a shame that Undertaker was never able to add these two names to the list.
Undertaker has never faced the top-banana superface of the company at any Wrestlemania. Yes, he's fought faces before, but never the top face at the time. Cena could provide this opportunity and the match would write itself. Cena has never been pinned or made to tap at Wrestlemania. His only loss came when Randy Orton pinned Triple H in a Triple Threat match.
Furthermore, Cena IS modern-day WWE and epitomises everything about the company today. It seems that Cena is the only legitimate option Vince McMahon has in terms of a big name who could put away the Undertaker. But would Vince see fit to let Cena take job in the main event at Wrestlemania?
Even more terrifying is the prospect that Taker could lose. The reaction from the fans would be legendary, eclipsing even Triple H's famous barrage of Garbage at Wrestlemania 2000. It just remains to be seen whether or not Vince has the guts to book this match.
Jericho has made no bones about his desire to face Taker at Wrestlemania.
Countless magazine articles have proclaimed Jericho's readiness for the task, but it hasn't happened yet. If anything, I think Jericho has the experience and the talent to work a programme with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Only Jericho has the bravado needed to genuinely think he can defeat the Undertaker.
Whether or not this would work in practice, I don't know.
Yes, yes, Undertaker vs. Kane III would be staid and predictable but keep in mind... The Undertaker has frequently commented that the only man he wants to let end the streak is the Big Red Machine himself, Kane. In this match, the unthinkable would happen and finally, after 20 years, the Undertaker would be laid to rest and Kane would finally defeat his brother at Wrestlemania.
To date, there has been one Hell In a Cell match at Wrestlemania, that was the universally derided encounter between Undertaker and The Big Boss Man at Wrestlemania XV (although I actually enjoyed it a bit, apart from the hideously tasteless hanging angle at the end, but The Big Bossman and tastelessness went hand-in-hand during the Attitude era). While I did enjoy it, even I can see that it was a pretty massive letdown, compared to the HIAC matches before and the legacy of Wrestlemania. Therefore, a match pitting the two men who epitomise everything about the Hell In A Cell match together would be a guaranteed success.
The only problem I can see is that of the fact that Triple H already succumbed to the streak back at X-7 but that match was absolutely excellent. If it weren't on what many view as the greatest PPV card of all time, then I think it would have stolen the night. Any rematch would be a guaranteed riot.
However, it seems that this match is being touted for Hell In A Cell 2011, the last event of it's kind, with HHH vs. Undertaker headlining in the Cell's final farewell, as the event and the match itself will be retired afterwards. Another important factor is rumours of ongoing negotiations between WWE and toymaker Mattel to scrap the PG rating for one night only, to ensure maximum violence. (For those that don't know, part of Mattel's 5-year contract agreement to supply wrestling figures to the WWE, is that the WWE must enforce a PG rating on all programming).
Alright... a bit of a cheat here but it WOULD be better than one of the two, wouldn't it? A triple threat would allow Undertaker to get his match with Lesnar and Goldberg, as well as allow the two to finally settle their differences and put on the match they should have had at Wrestlemania XX.
Not only would it add two names to the streak and allow the fans to see 3 dream matches in one, but it would give Undertaker his chance at Lesnar, and allow Lesnar or Goldberg to wrestle the Undertaker at Wrestlemania without being having to do the job.