Whether the streak is alive or dead, the Undertaker remains a big part of WWE WrestleMania. It will be no different at WrestleMania 32, as Undertaker will need to have a big role in the Texas event. We know the Dead Man will be there, but who will be his dance partner is the big question.
The Undertaker was more active in 2015 than he had been in several years. Following a successful return at WrestleMania 31, the Undertaker appeared several more times in WWE rings throughout the summer and fall. Taker’s farewell came after a showcase appearance at the Survivor Series, leaving no doubt about his condition heading into 32.
Reports following Taker’s match against Bray Wyatt at 31 had him pegged to finish off his feud with Brock Lesnar. The rumored two-match series was expedited after reports surfaced that Vince McMahon had changed his mind and had new ideas for Brock Lesnar. This left many wondering exactly what the Undertaker at 32.
With just several weeks to go until we have confirmation of the final card, there are several rumors swirling around the Internet regarding Undertaker’s match. Some have more weight than others but at the end of the day I have to think almost anything is viable right now.
The Undertaker was set to have a big part in this year’s Mania before his match succumbed to the injury bug. Taker’s opponent was scheduled to be John Cena. The match was going to be billed as a Legend vs. Legend Match. Trying to come up with another match at this point to meet that standard is almost an impossible task for the WWE.
Before jumping into the rumors and speculation, I have to mention Sting. Unfortunately this match looks like it will never happen. Sting suffered an injury last year that is expected to keep him out of action indefinitely. It’s ironic because if there was ever a year that the WWE needed something special like this on WrestleMania, it’s this one.
So here are all of the rumors and speculation surrounding Undertaker and his WrestleMania 31 opponents.
Braun Strowman – While Strowman is certainly not the pick of the hardcore fan base, his name keeps popping up over and over again. On paper this looks like a home run for WrestleMania…if it were 1989. The expectations for Undertaker are always big and I don’t think there is any way that a match with Strowman could meet those. It makes the most sense on paper, but thinking of these guys in the ring is a scary thought.
Kevin Owens – This one seems to have picked up some steam lately. Owens has been rumored to be campaigning for a match with Taker at Mania for a while now. Quite frankly I think it makes a lot of sense and would be a great investment in Owens’ future. The company needs to start pushing new talent and this match could help Owens immensely. It’s different, it’s unique, and I can’t imagine it being anything less than exciting at 32.
Rusev – Rusev is another guy whose name has popped up a few times in recent weeks as a possible Undertaker opponent. Quite honestly I’d probably be more interested in seeing that than anything else on the list. However, the company has marginalized Rusev so much since the last WrestleMania that it would seem more like a glorified squash match at this rate.
Undertaker and Brock Lesnar vs. the Wyatt Family – This is all just speculation on my part. Brock is obviously heading towards a match with Bray Wyatt in some fashion at Mania. With Undertaker left without an opponent, there is always the idea that they could throw this one together. The idea of Brock and Taker as a “Dream Team” would give the card that “special” match it desperately needs. Unfortunately with Taker just coming off a tag match with Kane vs. the Wyatts, I’d see it is less likely to see this match than any other on the list.