WWE WrestleMania 2020: Reigns vs. Goldberg and Bouts That'll Exceed Expectations

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2020

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 01:  Roman Reigns attends AT&T TV Super Saturday Night at Meridian at Island Gardens on February 01, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for AT&T)
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The WrestleMania 36 card is stacked with big names and big-time matches from top to bottom, but the one major criticism seems to be about the lack of bouts that look like 5-star matches on paper.

Rather than going for work rate, WWE has seemingly opted to book dream matches that fans likely never expected to see. While that can go south at times (see: Goldberg vs. The Undertaker at Super ShowDown 2019), they can also lead to some memorable moments when done right.

There are some matches on the WrestleMania card that could be disasters if they aren't handled correctly, but if WWE is willing to take a less-is-more approach, that doesn't have to be the case.

Here is a closer look at three announced or expected matches for WrestleMania that have a chance to be far better than most fans think they will be.


Roman Reigns vs. Goldberg

A large portion of the WWE Universe reacted negatively when Goldberg beat "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt at Super ShowDown in February to become the new universal champion, and there wasn't a ton of excitement when Roman Reigns was announced as his WrestleMania challenger.

It is clear that WWE did the title change to increase the likelihood of fans cheering The Big Dog at WrestleMania since there is a good chance that most would have supported The Fiend over him. That probably won't be the case with Goldberg since a lot of fans don't like the thought of a part-time wrestler showing up and winning the belt.

Neither Reigns nor Goldberg is known as a technical marvel in the ring, and this may not be the match most fans wanted to see, but there is reason to believe they can put on an entertaining bout.

The strongest example in favor of that notion is Goldberg's Universal Championship match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33. The match lasted only four minutes and 45 seconds, but they packed a lot of action into that time to put on a memorable bout.

Reigns and Goldberg are both effective performers who have a few big moves that have been protected well over the years, including the spear, which is something their match can be built around.

While Reigns has shown that he can wrestle long matches against the right opponents, Goldberg has never been that type of performer, and he isn't capable of going much longer than five minutes at 53 years of age.

If WWE books the match intelligently and doesn't ask for too much from Reigns and Goldberg, then they have a good opportunity to put together a clash that fans will be talking about positively for years to come.


The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles

While the match has yet to be announced, there is little doubt that The Undertaker and AJ Styles are set to do battle at WrestleMania.

Taker and Styles are scheduled for a contract signing on Monday's Raw, and after The Phenomenal One called out The Phenom during a promo on the previous edition of Raw, there is no question that they must settle the score on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

The issues between Styles and The Undertaker began at Super ShowDown when The Undertaker replaced the injured Rey Mysterio in the Tuwaiq Trophy gauntlet match and eliminated an incredulous Styles to win the match.

Styles mocked Taker the following Monday on Raw, and The Undertaker then interrupted Styles' No Disqualification match against Aleister Black at Elimination Chamber.

The story involving The Undertaker and Styles has been good so far, which ensures there should be some interest in their match even if fans are unsure about The Deadman's ability to perform at a high level anymore.

The Undertaker is 54, didn't compete at WrestleMania 35 and had a rough singles match against Goldberg at Super ShowDown last summer. If anyone can get a quality match out of The Undertaker, though, it is Styles. It can be argued that he is the best in-ring worker in the world, and he will be tasked with leading the way.

Styles can undoubtedly make Taker's offense look good and dictate the pace of the match in a way that will ensure The Undertaker can keep up.

Like Reigns vs. Goldberg, this match doesn't need to be a long one, but the Superstars involved are of such a high caliber that even a short bout will be memorable and feel like a big deal.


Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Angel Garza vs. Humberto Carrillo

It is unclear what WWE is planning to do with the midcard and tag team titles at WrestleMania, but the potential is present for a United States Championship Fatal 4-Way that could steal the show if given enough time.

United States champion Andrade and Angel Garza are both heels represented by Zelina Vega, and they have been at odds with Rey Mysterio and Humberto Carrillo for many weeks. While they have faced each other in several different combinations, a Fatal 4-Way has yet to occur.

Since there are no signs that their rivalry is close to ending, giving all four Superstars an opportunity to win the U.S. title at WrestleMania makes sense.

Such a match may not be overly enticing to fans on the surface since Andrade, Garza, Mysterio and Carrillo have already had so many contests involving each other, but all four of them are top-flight performers and could do some special things on the big stage.

Also, Andrade and Garza haven't really wrestled each other. Nor have Mysterio and Carrillo. So there would be some different aspects involved in the match. Perhaps the bout would be held on the pre-show, which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing since it would be given ample time.

It could also occur early on the main card, and while it isn't a match most fans would be begging to see, it could top many of the matches featuring bigger names and titles.


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