WrestleMania is the night of the year where all the stops are pulled, and every available big name in wrestling hopes to be a part of it. Unfortunately for everyone involved, things rarely pan out in ideal fashion. Contract disputes, creative differences, and injury are just some of the reason that a number of fantasy matches haven't yet, and may never, taken place.
WWE has made no secret about their aim to top 100,000 in attendance in Texas for the 32nd edition of the Showcase of the Immortals. For this to be a guarantee, they will need big booking. Plenty of stars will not be at their disposal, and that being the case they should look to their youthful contingent to usher in the new era of wrestling.
However, more and more it is becoming apparent that when push comes to shove, older stars are preferred when it comes to selling tickets. For this article, I shall ignore injuries, faithful retirements, and estrangements to book a fantasy card that would certainly fill AT&T Stadium.
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Undertaker Vs Sting
This is a match that has been talked about more than any other, and now that both parties are in the same organisation it has felt more tantalisingly close than ever before. There is a small chance we will see this match, but that window may have been smashed by Sting's injury at Night of Champions.
The obvious issue with this choice is the age of both competitors. Undertaker would be the younger of the two and the way his body has been riddled with injuries has many people doubting the quality of the ultimate dream match.
Nevertheless, the mystique and spectacle behind two of the most awe-inspiring athletes in wrestling history is something that no fan would turn down. There may be a contingent who don't want to see this match happen, but you have to believe the same people would be compelled to tune in fascination for the fulfilment of something almost 20 years in the offing.
Stone Cold Vs Brock Lesnar
This another match where the speculation has gathered steam and then died down for what seems like forever. Fans have been wanting this match since 2002 when it was initially booked for free television with no build; something which wasn't to Austin's liking. He knew then the money that this match could generate, and 13 years later there is still intrigue.
Half-promos have been cut on both sides, and you have to believe that if there is one match for which Stone Cold would appear, it is with the biggest thing in wrestling. They have been booked in their respective careers as the two baddest fighters on the planet, and having come so close to matches more than once, fans want to know who would come out on top as the undisputed baddest man on the planet.
In reality, Stone Cold doesn't seem to be invested in getting into ring-shape as per his podcast, and working against Lesnar's physical "suplex city" style is far from ideal for the most famous broken neck in the business.
In fantasy, the intensity that these two can generate by their sheer presence would be exponentially increased when together. Where Sting and 'Taker might have you in a breathless silence, this match would have you wide-eyed with adrenaline at the violence.
The Rock & Ronda Rousey Vs Triple H & Stephanie McMahon
After Wrestlemania 31 this looked fairly likely for a short while. The Rock was planned for a Wrestlemania appearance, and Ronda Rousey had expressed genuine interest, and Stephanie McMahon had shown her in-ring credentials.
All the pieces were in place, but as is often the case with crossover athletes, external considerations got in the way. Not only is Rousey working for Hollywood besides her fighting schedule, but her contracted boss Dana White has been outspoken with his apathy for his richest commodity to work elsewhere.
Ronda's love of wrestling is undoubted, and you have to suspect that when she is done with fighting (or when there's no one left) there will always be a home for her in the squared circle. I think we can be confident of seeing her in a Wrestlemania ring at least once again.
Shawn Michaels Vs Daniel Bryan
This is where the list becomes even more implausible, unfortunately. The big baulk to this purist's dream match was Michael's commitment to his retirement. Considering the way he went out, it is understandable. If he were to break his solidarity for one opponent there would be no one better to bring the best out of HBK than his former pupil Bryan.
Of course, now Bryan's own future in wrestling is in serious doubt. His neck and concussion issues will make it an uphill struggle to get medical clearance. But if he did, this is a spot where he would thrive. WWE is unlikely to want to put the title on him again given his last two runs ending with injury, but equally they wouldn't want to waste his talent and popularity.
Engaging in this feud would be easy booking, which is always a good thing for Creative to hear, given their past both in training, and on television. There is little argument for thinking this would be anything less than a five star classic. Shawn has shown his timeless ability to perform before, and Daniel is one of very few athletes who can match him on every level of wrestling prowess.
CM Punk Vs Seth Rollins
I think it's safe to say, this won't happen. No matter how much a Chicago crowd wants to chant his name whenever an open challenge is presented, his face won't appear on WWE television for a while.
He is fully immersed in his MMA training and seems to be very happy. His recent injury will only postpone any potential debut, so the boat for Wrestlemania 32 is long gone. One day he may return, and if Rollins is still on top of the card there could be no better foil.
Both guys are similar in many ways, in others they are antithetical. Both were once undersized, indie wrestlers who were perennially over with the Internet Wrestling Community, but unlikely to make it in the big league of WWE.
Fast forward ten years, and CM Punk has become a transcendent star and Rollins is World Champ. Where the feud starts to write itself is the backing from the Authority that Rollins has received that was never afforded to Punk. While Rollins is a sellout, Punk stayed true to his values.
These guys are both in the mould of wrestlers who can work with any style, and produce something new and creative every time they perform.
John Cena Vs Roman Reigns
WWE is often guilty of trying to subvert the expectations of the audience. For two years or so it has been popular opinion that WWE is trying to make Roman Reigns the next John Cena. The awkwardness of having him cut childish promos, or even delivering his message during the Susan G Komen segment recently, is there because fans can see how he is being moulded, and have vociferously rejected it.
A feud with John Cena may be the only option for WWE to stop insulting its audience and embrace the intention for Reigns. Putting him against Cena means that those fans who are disgruntled with his push have to pick a side between two polarising stars. That insecurity of booking is why we probably won't see this match.
Also, both guys are so much better than they are being given credit. Neither seem capable of having a bad match at this stage. Many fans still maintain the belief that when either of them has a good match, it is due to being carried by the opponent. Seeing them work a hard-hitting style together in front of a raucous crowd would be engrossing viewing and may just about open the eyes of negative fans that both are stellar workers.
It would be a great way to usher Reigns into the main event where he is destined to reside, and for Cena to continue taking a slight backseat to younger stars but still maintaining his massive value for the company.