Wrestlemania 28 is very far away, and a lot can change by then.
Still, the excitement and anticipation for The Undertakers's 20th Wrestlemania match may the biggest thing in wrestling besides The Rock's return to face John Cena at the same event. With that being said, this Wrestlemania is going to be mind-blowing.
The Phenom is one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step into the ring, and there's no doubt that this match is going to be a classic, no matter who he faces. He doesn't have the title accolades that other legends have, but the streak is his ultimate accomplishment, and that 20th win will be what makes The Undertaker arguably the best to ever do it.
Even though this match will undoubtedly be a classic, there are several things that would make this match even more amazing to witness. The Undertaker deserves the greatest spectacle ever at a Wrestlemania, as well as the greatest possible match the WWE can provide for him.
Simply put, 20 years on top is no fluke, and if this really is the Undertaker's last match, its going to be one for the ages.
This one is probably going to happen. A no holds barred match is fun for any fan. It adds a layer of unpredictability and would ensure that we see the absolute best from The Deadman, just like his showdown against HHH at Wrestlemania 27.
Plus, The Undertaker is getting up there in age, and it's clear after his last match that his tank is just about empty. Adding a no holds barred factor to the match would help take the load off of performing a straight wrestling clinic for 30-40 minutes. Plus, with the right spots, the crowd will definitely be on the edge of their seats.
A no holds barred match would be great, but there's one thing that would make it even better. Something we all haven't seen in quite some time.
And that would be...
Blood in the WWE has been nonexistent now for the last several years, not including a couple accidents here or there. This decision revolves around the WWE's squeaky clean PG programming image, and of course the obvious safety hazard that comes with a person spewing blood all over the place.
Still, when used properly, blood can truly help turn any match into a classic. Blood adds a personal, genuine touch to the battle between two performers like nothing else can. It would perfectly symbolize how much the Undertaker has gone through not only at Wrestlemania, but throughout his entire career. He's certainly spilled a lot of it over the years.
We were lucky enough to see a chair shot to the head in Taker's last match, another big no-no in the current WWE landscape. Maybe next year they'll break the blood rule, and remind the fans just how gruesome and real professional wrestling can be.
The Undertaker has changed up his ring gear multiple times over the last couple of decades. Some have been incredibly memorable, while others have been simply forgettable.
No matter what attire he wears, seeing a vintage Undertaker in the ring at Wrestlemania 28 would bring back some classic memories for any long time fan. Maybe the WWE could even dust off an old entrance them (anything but Rollin' please), and even though its a long shot and was already done last year, seeing Paul Bearer and the urn just one more time wouldn't hurt either.
My personal favorite Undertaker has to be his Ministry of Darkness era. Personally I believe this was when the Deadman did his best work and created a truly disturbing character. It was one of the biggest highlights of the entire Attitude era, and continues to be a classic example of what The Undertaker was capable of when given the right opportunities.
I doubt we'll see the return of that Undertaker, considering it would be quite a difficult and random storyline to create. Plus, it would automatically make him a heel, and I'm 100% sure that the Phenom does not want to leave in that kind of light.
Still, seeing Undertaker in something like his old purple gloves would definitely send chills down the spines of some older fans, and would only help make his final Wrestlemania match more nostalgic.
Kane has been rumored to possibly be The Undertaker's 20th victim at Wrestlemania. Not a bad call if the WWE is looking for a safe match that will no doubt be thrilling to watch. It would be another great brother vs. brother feud, and may end up being the last match for both men, ensuring quite a showdown.
So speaking of classic ring attire, wouldn't it be awesome to see Kane in his mask again?
Seriously, unmasked Kane is lame when you compare him to what he used to be. If they do end up facing each other at Wrestlemania, the mask has to come back.
Please WWE, make that happen.
One thing that makes The Undertaker so important to the history of the WWE is that because of him, we have been lucky to see the creation of some very different, but exciting types of matches.
The Undertaker was certainly the influence behind things like the bodybag match, the casket match, the last ride match, and my personal favorite, the buried alive match. He was also in the inaugural Hell in a Cell match, and helped set the standard for its intense brutality.
The Hell in a Cell match will continue to live on once The Undertaker finally is gone for good. The other matches, however, are destined to fade into history. These matches were made by and for The Undertaker, and there's a good chance they'll die with him too.
Seriously, who else could you possibly see in a buried alive match that actually makes sense? How ridiculous would a Cena-Punk casket match look? These matches only fit one man, and that's The Deadman.
Seeing one of these matches for probably the last time would help remind the entire WWE Universe just how important The Undertaker's legacy has been to this company.
The Undertaker is one of the biggest trailblazers in wrestling history, and he should prove that one last time at Wrestlemania by wrestling in a match that he inspired.
There was a lot of talk before Wrestlemania 27 about who would face The Undertaker. Some were obvious choices, and although it would be a great match no matter who it turned out to be, some people (including me) were hoping for a total shocker. Someone who no one could have predicted in a million years, and would actually be a threat to The Streak.
There's already one dream match up on the Wrestlemania 28 card, maybe another one is not too far out of the realm of possibility. If the WWE can throw some money around and maybe get a little lucky, then there's a slight chance that The Undertaker's 20th opponent will be, for lack of better word, epic.
First, there's Brock Lesnar. A huge long shot. He's under contract with UFC and even though rumors have spread that he wants to maybe one day return to the squared circle, other obligations will keep him from doing that for quite some time.
Of course, who could forget Taker's surprising confrontation with Brock after his loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. Many people automatically believed it was all a setup for a match.
The showdown stared a huge buzz throughout the Internet, and even led to a meeting between Vince McMahon and Dana White. Obviously, nothing came of the brief confrontation, but it definitely made the WWE front page news for a while.
Maybe by next year things will be different, and if McMahon can somehow convince White to let Lesnar wrestle just one more match, it could be the most profitable and publicized event in wrestling history.
Second, there's The Icon, Sting. Like Lesnar, Sting was never in the WWE's plans to begin with. Right around the time of The Phenom's return, short, dark promos started popping up on Raw and Smackdown showing a man in a trenchcoat. It was obviously Taker from the start, but a few people thought maybe this mystery man could actually be the Stinger, and the IWC ate in up. Over the next few weeks, it was all that any wrestling fan talked about, but sadly it just wasn't enough to convince Sting to finally come to the WWE.
The imagination of wrestling fans and huge internet buzz almost made this match a reality.
The Icon Vs. The Phenom. Sounded like quite a main event.
McMahon even apparently offered Sting a contract, which he turned down. A couple weeks later, The Undertaker came out just like the promo predicted, only to be interrupted by HHH. The rest is history.
The match that The Undertaker and HHH was great, but it was nothing compared to what many longtime fans hoped for.
Hopefully, that all changes at Wrestlemania 28.
There's plenty of legendary wrestlers that are capable of coming back to face The Deadman. It's a high honor for any person to be a part of this legendary streak, but the 20th match is something that will be remembered for the ages. A match like this should attract tons of wrestlers looking for one more match and one huge paycheck.
If it's not Sting or Lesnar, there's plenty of other options to intrigue any WWE fan. Some wrestlers that pop right into my head for some reason are Goldberg, Kevin Nash, Kurt Angle, and Steve Austin. Of course this is all just speculation.
Who knows though, if the WWE can just play their cards right, we all could be in for another amazing, unexpected moment at next years Wrestlemania.
Although it hasn't been officially stated, many people out there believe that Wrestlemania 28 may be where the Undertaker wrestles the final match of his career.
The streak is The Deadman's legacy, it's what makes him one of the greatest wrestlers to ever live. To many, including myself, it's the greatest accomplishment in wrestling history.
20 years of success is something that will never be matched, not in this day and age of wrestling. The Undertaker is a one-of-a-kind persona, and because of that, his streak will never come close to being matched.
The 20th, and possibly final, match of this epic journey should be special. It should summarize everything that The Phenom stood for during his time in the WWE, and it should be something that every wrestling fan will never forget.
The Undertaker has seen it all during his time in this company, and if this really is his last performance in the squared circle, we should see it all from him and the WWE.
One last time.