It is safe to say that it is officially WrestleMania season.
We are now two 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 faint 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.
In the first installment, I presented such dream matches as The Rock vs. Shawn Michaels and John Cena vs. The Undertaker. The second installment was highlighted by Kurt Angle vs. Bret Hart. But what will the third and final installment of this series have to offer?
Let’s get going with the Part 3 of WrestleMania Dream Matches installment.
The face of the Attitude Era vs. the face of the PG Era.
At the 2009 Hall of Fame Ceremony Steve Austin passed the torch to John Cena. Competing in this match would give Cena the chance to prove that he is worthy of such high praise.
Not only would this match have two icons of their respective eras going at it on the "Grandest Stage of Them All," but this match would be the physical embodiment of the Attitude Era vs. PG Era debate.
Furthermore, Austin and Cena are both thoroughly underrated, albeit unorthodox, wrestlers. They would certainly be able to present an intense slobber knocker in what would be one of the most intriguing matches of all time.
When Brock Lesnar decisively defeated The Rock at SummerSlam 2002, The Rock's full-time commitment to the WWE and as his final reign as World Champion both came to an end.
But where was the rematch?
The Rock went on an extended hiatus following the match at SummerSlam, therefore the feud ended abruptly.
I would love to see The Rock get his rematch and get his opportunity to even the score at "The Grand Daddy of Them All."
If "The Streak" is ever broken it should be broken by a young star on the rise. Breaking "The Streak" would give the Superstar unparalleled credibility going forward, making them a force to be reckoned with for the remainder of their career.
Presently, I believe that there are around five young superstars who could legitimately beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. However, I believe there is one man who would not only benefit from beating "The Streak" but he would pose a genuine threat.
That man is Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio is on the receiving end of the biggest push seen in the WWE since Brock Lesnar. Considering what he has accomplished in such a short period of time, his placement on the card and the fact that he will likely be a main stay for the foreseeable future, beating The Undertaker would see Del Rio achieving his ultimate destiny.
However, if The Undertaker defeated Del Rio it would only cement the fact that "The Streak" is unbeatable.
Either way, it is a match that I would love to see and it is a match that is a real possibility for WrestleMania XXVIII.
I wish the WWE took their women's division seriously, because I honestly believe that they have as much quality wrestling talent as they have ever had.
From this division, the most well-rounded performer is Melina.
Melina and Trish could put on a fantastic wrestling match, showcasing everything that women's wrestling should be about on the biggest platform in all of wrestling.
Unfortunately, we're more likely to see Snooki vs. Judge Judy in an inferno match.
The comparisons between these two are seemingly endless and it appears that the WWE is trying to instill some Austin-esque characteristics in Randy Orton.
However, the reason I would love to see this match is because Austin is arguably the biggest legend in the business. Who better than Randy Orton to try and kill the legend?
If Randy was able to find the chilling form he was leading into WrestleMania XXV, this match would have the potential to be fantastic.
Orton and Austin are two of the most intense individuals who have ever stepped foot in a WWE ring. It was inevitable that a battle between these two would find its way on to this list.
It was heavily rumoured that WWE officials pursued this match-up for WrestleMania XXV, but it never came to be.
Whilst this match would be far from a wrestling clinic or as well received as Hogan's classic match with The Rock at WrestleMania X8, it would still be amazing to see.
They are two icons from their respective eras, but unlike other icon vs. icon matches on this list, Cena and Hogan are very similar.
The match would be more of a case of old vs. new and would certainly be a WrestleMania Dream Match.
Before The Rock returned and before Sting was rumoured to be coming in to the WWE, the biggest wrestling rumour on the Internet was that Brock Lesnar was going to be facing The Undertaker.
How great would this match have been?
The Next Big Thing vs. The Undertaker
The toughest dude on the planet vs. The Deadman
UFC vs. WWE
This match was obviously not meant to be, but to have seen the clash of two legitimate tough guys representing the two biggest companies in their respective fields would have truly been amazing.
A WrestleMania dream match for sure.
Although The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan resulted in one of the greatest WrestleMania moments of all time, many people will say that Austin should have occupied The Rock's slot in that match.
After all, Steve Austin was the face of the WWE whilst The Rock (as great as he was) was the No. 2 of the Attitude Era.
This match would be the definitive Icon vs. Icon match.
Hogan and Austin were the faces of the company when the WWE's was at its most profitable.
There are not many wrestlers more known or respected than these two.
Hogan vs. Austin is an obvious WrestleMania Dream Match.
The inclusion of this match on this list was inevitable, wasn't it?
This is the match we all want to see and it has a slim chance of happening.
Not only would this match be a spectacle to see, John Cena and The Rock have legitimate beef. The real-life tension between these two adds further intrigue to this already engaging rivalry.
There is not much else that can be said about this match that has not already been said over the past few weeks.
However, The Rock vs. John Cena, at least for my money, is the ultimate WrestleMania Dream Match.
There you have it.
Over the past three installments of this series I have presented what I believe to be 27 WrestleMania Dream Matches.
As I said, this is a list based on my own subjective preferences and is in no way definitive. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the matches I have presented as well as offering your own WrestleMania Dream Matches.
My work here is done and whilst you comment I will be sure to think of one more Dream Match so I can recycle this article next year! (Joking)
Thanks for reading.