It is safe to say that it is officially WrestleMania season.
We are now less than three weeks away from WrestleMania XXVII and excitement is building at a steady pace. Wrestling fans across the globe are gripped by anticipation for the biggest event in professional wrestling.
WrestleMania is the “Showcase of the Immortals," an event where anything can happen.
Here lies the crux of this article.
WrestleMania is the platform where dream matches can, will and have taken place. Over the course of this three-part series, I will present 27 dream matches that I would love to see during the “Grandaddy of Them All.”
Some of these matches may happen in the years to come, some have a feint possibility of coming to fruition and others are nothing more than a dream.
Please keep in mind that this is a list based on my own subjective tastes and preferences. This is in no way a definitive list, so please feel free to share ideas for your own dream WrestleMania matches.
Let’s get going with the first installment.
I would love to see this match for a number of reasons. Firstly, considering the promotional prowess of these two performers, this match would certainly have a fantastic buildup.
Furthermore, I think you would struggle finding two former world champions who contrast as much as The Miz and Ric Flair. Ric Flair is the epitome of old-school wrestling, whereas Mike Mizanin is the poster boy for the new wave of WWE superstars.
It would be a captivating clash of the old and new. This match would be a perfect fit for WrestleMania.
If Dave Bautista did not get injured in January 2006, this would have been the SmackDown main event at WrestleMania 22.
Unfortunately, the match was not meant to be and the "Evolution" angle fell flat. The two superstars heralded as “the future” never got to back up the hype by headlining the biggest event of all.
However, considering the fact that these two never had a substantial feud, it is still a match that I would love to see. Granted, it would not have the impact now that it would have had in 2006, but it would still be a mammoth contest tailor-made for WrestleMania.
Talk about a contrast in lifestyles.
How great would it be to see CM Punk continually lecturing Austin on the error of his ways, only for "the Rattlesnake" to bring the infamous Beer Truck out of retirement?
In addition to what would undoubtedly be a thoroughly entertaining story, both Punk and Austin are phenomenal in-ring technicians. These two seasoned performers could potentially put on a clinic.
This is a match that the fans would truly invest in and is worthy of being labelled as a WrestleMania Dream Match.
If there was a list of the best showmen of all time, these two would certainly be toward the top.
Both The Rock and Shawn Michaels know how to put on a match that will electrify and captivate an entire audience. They are two of the most charismatic superstars of all time, and the fans truly have a connection with them.
In many ways, this match would be similar to The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X8. It would be an icon from one era going against an icon from another.
The Rock and Shawn Michaels are two legends in wrestling. Any event other than WrestleMania would be undeserving of such a dream matchup.
Admittedly, this match does not have the same aura surrounding it as The Rock vs. Shawn Michaels.
However, it would have an engaging storyline rooted in reality. It is heavily rumoured that Randy Orton politicked Mr. Kennedy (a.k.a TNA’s Mr. Anderson) out of the WWE in the summer of 2009.
Therefore, this feud would have a sense of believability that all great rivalries are built on. If done properly, this should be the epitome of a grudge match, and the audience could truly connect with the wrestlers and their confrontation.
Such a personal match is what WrestleMania relies upon in order to present a quality card rich in depth. This is why, for me at least, Randy Orton vs. Mr. Kennedy is a WrestleMania Dream Match.
You can imagine the hatred Del Rio would have for Guerrero and the way he behaved in the ring. Del Rio would despise everything about Guerrero’s “I Lie, I Cheat, I Steal” mantra.
Undoubtedly, this feud would centre on Guerrero continually getting the best of Del Rio. Del Rio would eventually “snap” and the rivalry would get personal.
Though both have Hispanic origins, Del Rio and Guerrero occupy separate ends of the spectrum. Their contrasting styles and personalities would make for a dream character-based WrestleMania match.
Despite Triple H’s assertions, there is one rather formidable challenger to Undertaker’s streak remaining:
Cena has a strong WrestleMania record of his own, currently standing at 6-1. Furthermore, Cena carries himself in a manner that leads the audience to believe he is unbeatable. For example, he effectively destroyed The Nexus’s credibility beyond repair by himself.
If The Rock vs. John Cena does not happen next year—and if "the Deadman" stays healthy—I believe Undertaker vs. John Cena has a good chance of being the main event at WrestleMania XXVIII.
Edge vs. Christian vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy vs. RVD vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho.
The eight men above revolutionised the ladder match and its subsequent evolutionary form, the "Money in the Bank" match.
These superstars, on the grandest stage of them all in such a dangerous match, would certainly produce a highly entertaining spot-fest.
The result would almost be irrelevant, as the fans are guaranteed to be happy after witnessing such a spectacular WrestleMania moment.
Are these two the best technical wrestlers in the world today?
Angle and Bryan would certainly put on a wrestling classic, combining fantastic storytelling with technical wrestling ability.
This match would act as a special attraction on a card usually dominated by the entertainment aspect of sports entertainment.
What better stage than WrestleMania is there to showcase the finest wrestling talents in the world?
Thank you for reading the first installment in this series of three.
Part Two will be up in a few days.
Feel free to comment on the matches I have selected and suggest matches you would love to see at WrestleMania.