Despite the numerous pay-per-views and long-running weekly episodic television shows, every WWE calendar year seems to fly by.
It's shocking to realize that we sit almost six months from the huge Rock vs. Cena confrontation at WrestleMania 28, a match that was made a year in advance of the “Granddaddy of Them All."
While we may be able to see such a high-profile match sooner, the downside is that opportunities to incorporate past talent are dwindling as their age increases because of how fast time wants to move on.
Opportunities to put on dream matches are fading away with every passing month. The WWE needs to get a move on if it wants to revitalize an incredibly stale product that it is currently producing, with some memorable moments and matches that will leave wrestling fans wanting more.
What better way to create a loyal fan base, one that has been tuning out in the middle of a program, than to deliver the goods. Give them what they want while also making a huge profit and awareness. It is a “win-win” situation that I'm surprised hasn't been taken advantage of, especially in recent years.
So without further ado, here are the 11 matches that need to happen soon.
This one is a no-brainer, but it's a matchup that a lot of fans want to happen as soon as possible. It's no secret that with his numerous knee surgeries, Rey Mysterio is quickly nearing the end of his career.
Wrestling a lucha libre style requires the most nimble of athletes so that the match can move quickly and flow smoothly. Unfortunately for Mysterio, he has been forced to limit himself inside of the ring as well as lug around knee braces which have been known to cut open foreheads. Just ask Matt Hardy.
In any case, this is one dream match that every fan would love to see happen, perhaps at WrestleMania. There doesn't need to be a deep feud involved or some convoluted backstory. It's just two masked Superstars going at it in the good name of the sport.
This is another easy match to throw out when asked about possible dream matches in today's world of wrestling.
While most fans wouldn't put Jack Swagger on the level of Kurt Angle, it will be interesting to see two former collegiate amateur wrestlers go at it while also trading similar signature moves such as the “Olympic Slam” or the “Ankle Lock."
Kurt Angle is aging quickly, but don't let his crazy actions in recent matches in TNA (like his Moonsault from the top of a steel cage at Lockdown) fool you.
The man's in-ring performance may be hampered by a recent string of poor choices, like those DUI charges, but perhaps one more run in the spotlight can help him get back into shape.
This match, while not a hotly invested matchup as of now, could provide all the right forms of entertainment as Angle confronts Swagger about using his likeness. They could even use Angle's gold medals as a bargaining chip.
Whatever the case, this match is definitely one to keep an eye out for.
Now, here's a surprise. While not a dream match by far, I simply chose this match on the basis that there's potential for a huge feud between a representative of Mexico (Del Rio) and one of the United States (Angle).
Other names I considered for this bout included Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter but let's face it, they're finished as far as in-ring work goes.
If the WWE is looking to bring Angle back, despite his intentions to stick with TNA until the end, the two best feuds they could use him for would be against Swagger (mentioned previously) and this one.
The possibilities of using Mexico's win over USA in the Gold Cup or Angle's victory in the Olympics is “kid-in-a-candy-store” exciting.
Throw in two great wrestlers to reinforce the storyline and you have a feud worth watching.
Another matchup on the list that is more of a dream match in terms of the storyline rather than actual in-ring pairings.
John Cena spent nearly half of his WWE career rapping all over SmackDown, engaging in numerous rap battles with names like Big Show and Kurt Angle. That gimmick was the reason he's even the top guy in the entire WWE today.
But what if Cena were to rap battle against someone who could possibly hold his own? Someone like R-Truth? It would take some figuring out to force Cena out of his current bland babyface character and back into the ruthless thug he was before, but man would it be worth it.
In the ring, there isn't much to get excited about, but getting a great match out of these two would just be icing on the cake as far as the backstory goes. There's potential to create memorable moments between Cena and Truth, who are arguably the most entertaining superstars on RAW today.
While both men may have feuded before earlier this year at Capitol Punishment, it was just another affair of “Me want title match” that sucked any sort of creativity out of the main event.
Fans want a new and refreshing feud on RAW right now. Why not throw this together?
Need I say more?
Student meets teacher in potentially one of the greatest matchups ever to be seen in this generation of Superstars.
Daniel Bryan trained under Shawn Michaels in Texas under the Texas Wrestling Academy and that was only because Dean Malenko's school, Bryan's first choice, had gone under.
Regardless, we as true wrestling fans know that these two men are capable of producing five-star main events. These men have shaped the world of professional wrestling throughout their careers and rest assured that, if there were one stage to contain these technical masterminds, it would have to be at WrestleMania.
The first thing that may have popped into your minds when reading this headline was either Edge being retired or the recent legal issues surrounding the Hardys.
Maybe some of you are critical that using these past names will hinder any sort of advancement in producing newer tag teams in the WWE today. But there is much more to this match than meets the eye.
These teams were the leaders of one of the best tag divisions ever in the WWE with names such as Too Cool, the APA and Right to Censor. What better way to highlight such a fantastic aspect of the company than to stick the best teams into a “never before seen” match, the TLC Match, not once, but twice?
Third time's the charm? One of the biggest criticisms of today's WWE product is the lack of a substantial tag division. No tag teams means less interest in the WWE Tag Titles.
Less interest in a WWE championship means less interest in the superstars themselves. And all of this means bad business for the WWE.
How about we put the focus back on the tag teams and bring these guys back in yet another TLC Match? For the Edge dilemma, Christian is capable enough of finding a suitable replacement like Dolph Ziggler or Chris Hero.
This match has quickly gained steam ever since the Undertaker and Brock Lesnar took to words after a UFC event and have since then thrown out hints at a possible match.
Dana White is smart not to let one of his biggest stars get tainted by going back to pro wrestling long after he has made a name for himself in MMA, but what if that return were to involve one of the biggest names in pro wrestling history and a legendary winning streak? Surely the amount of exposure involved in such a high-profile match is enough to entice the president of UFC who is really the only guy standing between this match actually happening.
Now, these two have feuded before, in the early 2000s. They were even thrown into Hell in a Cell together at No Mercy in 2002. But never has Lesnar actually challenged Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania. After the recent string of excellent 'Mania matches with Taker starting with WrestleMania 23, it'll be very interesting to see these two brawlers go at it in the ring with such hype behind them.
If there's one person who is able to cut Taker's streak short, it's Lesnar.
Seth Rollins (formerly Tyler Black), Mr. Antonio Cesaro (formerly Claudio Castagnoli) and the yet to be renamed Chris Hero are currently being groomed in Florida before making their eventual WWE debuts.
They have all been involved in Ring of Honor before jumping to the WWE hoping to become a success similar to Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, while avoiding being misused like Kaval (formerly Low-Ki) and Scotty Goldman (Colt Cabana).
What if the WWE were to take a risk and invest on an “indy” feud? I'm not talking about pairing up these guys and calling it a day but instead actually going into their extensive background of touring the small promotions and what led up to them hitting it big in the WWE. Now that they have the entire world watching, they may want to test out who really is the definitive best product of the independent league.
Daniel Bryan would add a nice benchmark of solid wrestling into the feud while a possible appearance by CM Punk will provide a strong voice to the storyline. Going the distance and giving that specific "Internet fan" demographic something to watch and care about would give the WWE product a much needed boost.
When it's all said and done, these two men have done a lot for the business and deserve a retirement of the highest caliber. Toward the end of these men's careers, the WWE will have to get one more 'Mania confrontation between these two completing the trilogy. But don't be fooled, this isn't a “Loser Retires” match. This is a retirement match for both men.
These kayfabe brothers have dominated the WWE with their otherworldly presence. Kane has scorched his opponents with the Inferno Match and crushed his rivals with the dreaded Chokeslam from Hell. The Deadman has absorbed the souls of his enemies while crucifying other people along the way. It'll be hard to imagine a WWE without these two men, but it's bound to happen sooner or later. What's better than retiring from the WWE? Retiring from the WWE alongside each other in a match straight out of Hell.
Definitely one of the biggest dream matches to be talked about today, if not the biggest dream match. It has gotten to the point where these two superstars have incited the flames by tossing around the rumors on their Twitter accounts.
But the potential for this match won't last forever. Despite Austin's claim to be healthier than ever, the age difference between the two is notable and with every passing moment it grows wider and wider. It's relieving to hear that Austin wants to get one more match out there, but how will he perform? Is he capable of living up to the expectations?
Honestly, I can't see Austin giving less than one hundred percent and it's because of this that Austin vs. Punk is set to be one of the greatest matchups in WWE history.
Straight edge versus a beer-swilling rattlesnake. Get a move on, Vince. The fans want to see this match happen before Austin changes his mind. There is no better time than the present.
This list will end on a more hopeful note. I may have put Wade Barrett in the title, but in all honesty, that name can be substituted for someone else such as Dolph Ziggler or Zack Ryder or Daniel Bryan or Alex Riley or....you get the idea.
The top match that the WWE needs to have happen soon is one that finally cements a rising star as the next top star of the WWE. While guys such as CM Punk and the Miz have risen through the ranks and have won their fair share of world championships, they haven't exactly reached the level of guys like the Rock, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and John Cena.
The top dogs, the kingpins, the household names that even non-wrestling fans are aware of. These are the men who transcend the squared circle and have become bona fide Superstars.
The WWE is quickly running John Cena dry with his constant involvement in everything WWE, such as movies and pay-per-view main events. So, why has it taken this long to produce the next breakout star? The WWE have actually tried time and time again, but they have failed more often than not because of their inconsistent booking.
Every fan wants to see someone make it big, but instead, they have had to deal with the same guy who has been number one for about five years. The WWE needs to create the next star and maybe a world title would help things, but it's the booking that needs work. Wade Barrett, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Alex Riley and Brodus Clay are all begging to be given a chance to have their wishes fulfilled of being number one. I hope the WWE are looking to react accordingly sooner and not later.