The Wrestling world is full of what ifs. Matches like Ric Flair vs Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold vs Goldberg never came to fruition at times when they could have been the biggest match in wrestling.
We know for a virtual certainty now that we will also never see Sting vs The Undertaker at WrestleMania with the former looking likely to officially retire in the near future.
It is one of many matches that Vince McMahon and company will be disappointed not to have been able to book. Given their aim of 100,000 strong in attendance at AT & T Stadium for WrestleMania, there are plenty of missing faces from the perfect billboard.
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I have already collated an alternative realistic WrestleMania card with contracted stars who have simply been forced out through injury.
But what if WWE were able to put together a real dream card? What if Stone Cold and Shawn Michaels came out of retirement for one night only? What if Daniel Bryan were cleared to compete? What if CM Punk came back into the fold? Here is what would happen if the world of Professional Wrestling were a perfect one.
Undertaker vs Sting
This is the closest to reality any match on this list came. There is no way that this would not have been booked had Sting been healthy, especially if the next best option is a non-wrestler like Shane McMahon. It is now a part of fiction.
CM Punk vs Stone Cold Steve Austin
This is possibly the least likely match on this unlikely list. Pro Wrestling is clearly far from the mind of CM Punk, and Stone Cold seems more than happy on the Broken Skull Ranch and with his podcast.
That's not a knock on either man, but it is a knock to the forceful imagination of wrestling fans. This showdown has even been teased on WWE television, and a few years ago it didn't seem totally impossible.
Here are two of the most controversial, individual, charismatic performers of all time. They are in many ways two sides of the same coin. Heel or face, both guys are must watch entertainment, and that isn't the case very often anymore.
It's hard to picture this playing out with anything other than an absolutely frenzied crowd.
Shawn Michaels vs Daniel Bryan
Former student and mentor; even WWE's writers couldn't screw this one up. The story writes itself. Who is the better man? And the match wouldn't even need planning. These are two of the best workers in wrestling history, and the fact they have a personal history as well makes this a creative writer's dream.
The previous match on this list might have a slightly greater excitement from the get-go, but it's hard to see this match being anything less than a five star classic that would rank among WrestleMania's best of all time.
Ronda Rousey vs Stephanie McMahon
Yet again, the wrestling world was dangled a carrot that was simply too big to serve. Last year's event saw the undefeated Women's Bantamweight World Champion lock up briefly with wrestling's greatest female heel. It was arguably the highlight of the night last year and immediately had fantasy bookers penciling in the match for Texas.
But the real world always gets in the way. With one devastating knock out, Rousey's schedule and appeal are suddenly up in the air. It is unlikely it would have taken place anyway given Rousey's fighting commitments, but now it looks like nothing short of a career switch will see it happen. In the world of entertainment and wrestling, never say never.
Rock vs Brock II
The Rock was there when The Next Big Thing arrived in 2002. Rock was there when the Beast destroyed his cousin 13 years later.
Rock and Brock are two of the biggest draws in today's entertainment world and a rematch years in the making would have the build for any WrestleMania at fever pitch. This was even rumoured to be the plan around a year ago.
Only the Rock's external commitments make this impossible. Both are still in their athletic primes so the window has not shut on this enormous showdown.
The match wouldn't be a catch-as-catch-can affair as JR might say. It would more likely be one almighty slobber-knocker. Either way it is one that any wrestling fan, hardcore or casual would not turn down.
Goldberg vs Roman Reigns
The final match on this list is probably the one furthest from wrestling fans lips. It might even be met with boos. Goldberg's last appearance on WWE TV was hardly a success.
He was booed out of the arena and hasn't had much positive to say about wrestling since. And Reigns' relationship with the audience is complicated at best.
However, this match still screams box office. If WWE creative are secretly booking this for 'Mania 33 as we speak, and reading this post, then here's some advice: keep the promos to a minimum and just let both athletic freaks explode through the road to WrestleMania.
What matches would have made your fantasy lineup for Wrestlemania?
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