The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns at WWE WrestleMania 33 Pros and Cons

Tom Clark@tomclarkbrFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2017

Roman Reigns and The Undertaker
Roman Reigns and The Undertakercredit: wwe.com

The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns is one of those matches that sounds perfect on paper.

After all, it's two of WWE's top stars coming together in a dream match of the legend versus the would-be top guy. The Deadman is one of the most respected talents to ever perform in WWE, and the company would surely love nothing more than the same to eventually be said of Reigns.

Working The Undertaker puts The Big Dog on another level.

But despite how intriguing the match is, or how much it could do for WrestleMania 33 in terms of drawing power, there are some who want nothing to do with it. Not surprisingly, many of those critics are fans who already hate Reigns.

However, there are others who just don't see the benefit of this match.

As Mania draws closer, WWE will craft this bout one segment at a time. That means the WWE faithful have plenty of time to change their minds and either love, or hate, Taker vs. Reigns. As with any other high profile match in WWE, there are two sides of the story.

The pros and cons are already beginning to add up.

The Pros

This match has to happen.

Roman Reigns has become nothing short of a modern day legend in WWE. The man who so many love to hate has outworked and outhustled nearly everyone around him. He's overcome the criticism that's rained down on him for the past two years, and he's become a better worker in WWE because of it.

If anyone deserves to face The Undertaker at WrestleMania, it's Reigns.

Taker would certainly not sign off on an opponent unless he approved, which only validates Reigns even more as a main-event level Superstar. The two men would have a hard-hitting match, and Reigns would more than hold his own against The Phenom.

Undertaker was overpowered by Brock Lesnar and underwhelmed by Shane McMahon. Reigns would be the ideal opponent for him now.

It's all about the coronation of Reigns as the new face of WWE. Fans can hate it, they can beg for it not to happen, but they are powerless to stop it. The company has seen Reigns' potential from day one, and the time to fully hand over the kingdom could very well be at hand.

In any other instance, fans would fully support this move.

The New Era has been the talk of wrestling fans all over the world. Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Samoa Joe and Sami Zayn are meant to carry WWE forward. Part-time veterans like Undertaker, Lesnar and Goldberg have seen their best days come and go.

The time has come to move on, and Reigns is a huge part of WWE's evolution.

The fact that he's so hated should have no bearing on WWE's work to get Reigns over. WWE simply cannot continue to exist with Superstars who are well past their primes. The time to surge forward is here, and Reigns should be the man at the forefront.

Then there's the fact that if Undertaker goes out at WrestleMania 33, he would be doing so against a guy who not only has the full support of WWE, but who can also do the most with the win.

Lesnar may have ended the streak, but he should not end the career. Braun Strowman would have been an interesting choice to face Taker, but he's still proving himself in the company. Kevin Owens needs to continue at a steady pace when it comes to realizing his top-guy potential.

AJ Styles would have been a phenomenal opponent for Taker, but Styles likely would have lost. John Cena would likely have won, and that would have been a problem for many fans as well. When it comes to booking Taker's last match, Reigns could very well be the best option available.

Perhaps the best part of booking this match is that Reigns can finally turn heel. It would be a smart move for WWE, as Reigns could move past the pressure of being the top babyface. A Reigns loss to Taker at Mania could spark the turn, and quite possibly create the hottest heel that WWE has seen in years.

The Cons

Despite how WWE may spin it, this match should not happen.

Bray Wyatt once declared "anyone but Roman," and that definitely rings true here. Reigns has indeed been given every opportunity imaginable to get over as WWE's new top guy, and virtually nothing has worked to this point. 

Allowing him to go over on Undertaker is not going to make any difference now.

There may be no better way to create ill will and turn the fans forever against the product than by booking Undertaker to lose to Reigns at WrestleMania. Reigns has indeed been given so much, and so often, that it's impossible to envision him losing if the match with Taker does happen.

Reigns defeating Undertaker would be yet another case of The Big Dog being handed the world when he just doesn't have enough support to even deserve it.

When it comes to turning Reigns heel, that's a move that may never happen. WWE has insisted on booking Reigns as the protagonist in every feud he's worked, and there's no reason to believe that will change against The Deadman.

Reigns would play the part of the heel by default, but it would not be a permanent solution.

WWE may believe that putting Reigns in this spot is a great idea, but it would backfire. Reigns would not benefit in the long run, because he would never be able to get over with an audience that's already divided on him to begin with.

If the goal is to continue the evolution of Reigns as the next top guy, it would fail miserably.

Undertaker should go out on his own terms and not at the hands of WWE's chosen one. Reigns has had multiple chances to succeed, and he will continue despite what happens, but beating Taker is an honor that should go to someone else.

"Anyone but Roman," indeed.

Tom Clark can regularly be seen on Bleacher Report. His podcast, Tom Clark's Main Event, is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Android, Windows Phone and online here

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