WWE fans have received mixed messages over the last several months regarding the status of The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29. The latest report indicates that the Dead Man will wrestle but who his opponent will be is now the big mystery.
I thought it would be fun to take a look at a few different opponents that could challenge The Undertaker’s streak at the 2013 big WWE event. Now whether any of these wrestlers actually break the streak is another story altogether. But here is a list of the lucky (or unlucky) that could try.
CM Punk – Punk is the obvious choice here due to a number of reasons. The biggest is that he is the biggest WWE superstar currently without a rumored match. The matchup just makes sense. Punk would enter the match with a likely recent loss to The Roc but so what? Between Punk and Heyman are there two better guys out there right now to create interest verbally in a match with The Undertaker? I wouldn’t necessarily call Punk my top choice as their past matches failed to live up to potential in my opinion. But things are different, Punk is a in a much different place, and the two of them certainly would have the potential to steal the show at 29.
Brock Lesnar – Lesnar vs. Undertaker has been in the making now since The Undertaker and Brock had a confrontation at a UFC event back in 2010. As a matter of a fact many believe that the two were working an angle back then that never came to fruition due to Brock’s UFC contract. Lesnar has been silent since defeating Triple H at SummerSlam and what better way to come back and make an impact than by starting a feud with The Undertaker. Technically I don’t know how well a match would be between these guys but I have a feeling that you’d really hit a bit of crossover market here with UFC fans familiar with the “rivalry” (manufactured or not) between them.
John Cena – Cena is a wild card here and probably one of the least likely to happen but he certainly deserves to be a part of the discussion. There have been talks of a Cena vs. Undertaker WrestleMania match the last couple of years but the return of The Rock has derailed the match. I would love to see the match. I remember watching them on opposite sides of a tag team match a few years back and the two had great chemistry. Other than an injury to The Rock I wouldn’t count on seeing it this year. Next year however could be a different story.
Randy Orton – Orton isn’t a guy that appears to be on a collision course with the Dead Man but like Cena, he is another guy who has been a part of the discussion in recent years for an Undertaker match. I may be in the minority but I really liked the drama he and The Undertaker had at their previous WrestleMania match. I would be surprised if Orton isn’t a heel by Mania. What better way to get the turn rolling than by shooting him into a feud with The Undertaker on the biggest stage in pro wrestling?
Editor’s Note: Sting has since re-signed with TNA since the article was published.