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27 WrestleMania Matches That Should Have Happened (10-6) – Inside the Wheelhouse

Steve Austin vs. Brock Lesnar is a great WrestleMania matchWhat specific WrestleMania match did you always want to see? Was it something that immediately made you want to shell out the money for the event on that one match alone? Is it two Wrestling superstars that you never thought you’d see wrestle in the ring, let alone on the WrestleMania stage? Or is an amazing feud that never got the proper WrestleMania showcase?

I got inspired to countdown the 27 Best WrestleMania matches that never happened after all of the Sting/Undertaker talk got going on and the talk of “WrestleMania Dream matches” picked up a ton of steam. Now some of these matchups may have occurred on other cards in the past but in my opinion they are WrestleMania worthy.

For arguments sake I kept it to the WWE roster and people who have been on the roster at some point in their careers. I also kept it to era of the wrestlers being on the roster at the same time. That limited it to discussions of Steve Austin vs. Randy Savage type match because we would never get that match today. I limited it to potential matches that we could see one day at or at one particular time. With that being said let’s look at my list of “The 27 Best WrestleMania matches that never happened” as we go through #’s 10-6.

10. The Undertaker vs. John Cena

Now the Cena haters are probably jumping up and down in front of their computer screens for this one. But lets be honest, this is a match that we have never seen before or haven’t seen in a long time. I’m sure Cena and Taker have fought before but they have never headlined a PPV or done a program together.

The Streak vs. The Biggest Attraction in the WWE right now would be huge for WrestleMania and I’m quite surprised they haven’t pulled this trigger yet. In the current WWE climate right now, this would be a huge matchup because they have never fought before. In the eyes of the WWE audience (I refuse to call them a Universe) the biggest test for The Undertaker at WrestleMania would be Cena.

Whether you like it or not, Cena vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania…right now…may be the biggest test for The Streak ever and the match that can bring in the biggest buyrates for the company. There is a reason they are doing some sort of Rock/Cena angle heading into WrestleMania 27 right now, because whether you realize it or not, it’s get you talking/excited about it.

There is no better WrestleMania match for The Undertaker that hasn’t happened yet then John Cena vs. The Dead Man.

9. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho

Both of these wrestlers are on par with being the best wrestlers in the last 10-15 years so why not have them wrestle at the biggest spot in the business at WrestleMania? The both of them have also been competitors with quite possibly the best wrestler of all-time, Shawn Michaels, at WrestleMania’s in the past. The both of them were picked for those matches for a reason, because they can deliver at the same level as “The Heartbreak Kid.”

Having them both wrestle one another at the biggest stage would be huge for buyrates and pure wrestling fans alike. It’s a program I don’t think has ever happened on one-on-one competition, I say that because if you remember, these two wrestlers did make their WrestleMania debuts against one another.

This match screams to me as one that would be incredibly memorable and be a match that could stand alone WITHOUT a title involved. Obviously this match could also be an ideal World Title match in my eyes as we both know that when both wrestlers are on the center stage, they deliver. The best thing about this matchup is that there is a slight chance still that this match could happen someday.

8. Brock Lesnar vs. Steve Austin

Remember the night Steve Austin left the WWE in June of 2002? Do you remember who he was supposed to face and reportedly put over on that episode of RAW in a King of the Ring match? It was some up and comer named “The Next Big Thing.” The same wrestler who went onto to win the 2002 King of the Ring, that wrestler was none other then Brock Lesnar.

Fans love real life storylines, especially around WrestleMania time and this could be one that the company would be able to build off of. It also helps that the last time we saw Brock Lesnar in the squared circle he was be stunned by the “Texas Rattlesnake” himself. An Austin/Lesnar match, even at today’s standards would be pretty epic and encounter that could be the biggest match on a WrestleMania card.

While both of these men have little to no capacity in a wrestling ring anymore when it comes to wrestling, there is still that slight chance that it could happen one day. You obviously believe that Austin still has one good match left in him and we know that Lesnar tends to feel the wrestling bug every once in a while. It is a match that we can’t completely write off yet, but will still rest in the minds of wrestling fans dream matchups for sometime.

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7. The Rock vs. John Cena

What has been the most talked about angle heading into WrestleMania 27 this year? It’s been The Rock & John Cena, with a small portion of The Miz getting involved. It has wrestling fans talking and old wrestling fan coming back to watching WWE programming. It has people talking and that’s what WrestleMania is all about.

It’s two different decades battling it out and to a certain extent it’s two different types of fanbases battling it out. The Rock was a huge part of the Attitude Era where TV-14 was in while John Cena has been the biggest part of the current era of Wrestling where PG was in. It is a clash in eras in Wrestling and something that needs to be showcased on a WrestleMania stage similar to other era clashes in the past (i.e. Rock vs. Hogan).

The Rock has recently backed off of the retirement talk and clearly has a lot of matches left in him if he so chooses to return to the squared circle. Despite however they end this between Cena & The Rock currently, I don’t see no other alternative but giving the fans some sort of match, which I would guess could happen at next year’s WrestleMania (WM28). It’s huge, it has fans talking and it’s something we want to see. Give us this match WWE!

6. Steve Austin vs. Goldberg

From 1998 – 2000 it were these two wrestlers who were at the very top of their organizations. Steve Austin was leading the WWE while Goldberg was leading the WCW. They were compared to one another for quite sometime based on their looks and demeanor in their respective companies. A matchup between these two would finally give the fans something they always wanted to see, Steve Austin vs. Goldberg.

These are arguably two of the biggest stars of the 90s and they have never had a match in any type of capacity. Similar to Brock Lesnar, the last time we saw Goldberg in a ring was him getting stunned by Steve Austin at WrestleMania 20. It was the WWE’s way of poetic justice to show who was really the most dominant wrestler for either of the big two companies in the 90s.

The time might have come and pass for this matchup to have the same standing power it could have had eight years ago vs. today. None the less I believe an Austin/Goldberg matchup is still huge and one that would bring wrestling fans (new & old) to the big dance of watching WrestleMania. How the WWE never capitalized on this match when they had both of these wrestlers on the roster at the same time still boggles my mind. It would have been EPIC.

What do you think of my list of the best WrestleMania matches that never happened? Tell us your thoughts on “The Still Real to Us Show” by e-mailing us over at [email protected] and give us your thoughts on whether you agree with more or not! Then go ahead and download the show this Thursday @ 8pm ET/5pm PT at www.wheelhouseradio.com or www.wrestlechat.net to find out if your pick made it to the air!

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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