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27 WrestleMania Matches That Should Have Happened (15-11) – Inside the Wheelhouse

Steve Austin vs. Ric FlairWhat 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 15 – 11.

15. Edge vs. Christian

If I had to put my Fantasy Booking hat on for this year’s WrestleMania I’m going to guess we are working towards a Christian heel turn in the World Heavyweight Championship match to set up this feud after Mania. While it’s not bad of the WWE to give us this feud, finally, after a good eight years, I believe it deserves a WrestleMania platform to showcase the history between these two. It’s something fans have wanted to see which would indicate it would have a positive buyrate at a show as powerful as a WrestleMania.

Edge has made it pretty clear he doesn’t have that many years left in the ring. We are probably looking at the next 2-3 years of the career of Edge before he hangs it up for good and I believe that if they were to do one final match for the “Rated R Superstar” it deserves to be either against or with his long time tag team partner Christian. They are without a doubt of the most decelerated tag teams in WWE history.

Since Christian returned to the WWE from TNA Wrestling there has been very little action between these two former storyline “brothers” which indicates that there has always been something planned (eventually) between these two. Whether it is together or against, an Edge & Christian pairing would be huge. There is legit history between the two and fans new & old would enjoy these guys having the grand stage of WrestleMania to showcase their talents.

14. Triple H vs. Steve Austin

These two wrestlers were some of the biggest draws during the Attitude Era and yet never faced off against one another on the big stage of a WrestleMania. Sure they feuded and battled it out on various other PPV’s but for the most part the Triple H vs. Steve Austin stuff never reached the potential it could have when they were both on the top of their games. When you consider why they never really went at it you have to figure it was all strictly based on timing more then anything else. Austin was in the downside of his career as Triple H was moving up the ladder.

None the less an Austin/Triple H match never happening at a Mania is mindboggling to me because it should always showcase those matchups the fans want to see with the biggest stars in the event. Austin & Triple H were two of the biggest stars and never touched at a WrestleMania, no title on the line, no special attraction, nothing. A match against Austin as Triple H was elevating his “game” (no pun intended) could have helped make him an even bigger star during the early 2000s yet the WWE never put it on the table for the “granddaddy of them all.”

We will always be left to wonder “what could have been” as I believe it is safe to say that if given the opportunity at a WrestleMania these two would have torn the house down. A matchup of the “Texas Rattlesnake” vs. the “Cerebral Assassin” would be an epic matchup in WWE history. It’s very surprising that the WWE never chose to give us this match at the biggest show of the year.

13. Randy Savage vs. Shawn Michaels

Talk about a match involving two of the best pure wrestlers ever to grace a WrestleMania ring. Both of these guys are influential with the name “WrestleMania” based off of the matches they gave us at the show throughout the year. Watching these two battle it out in the squared circle would be a dream come true for any and every wrestling fan.

Savage and Michaels are responsible for two of the greatest WrestleMania matches of all-time, Steamboat/Savage from WrestleMania 3 and Michaels/Ramon from WrestleMania 10. Some include these as their personal #1 & #2’s for all-time ‘Mania matches and could battle it out over who really is “Mr. WrestleMania.” Because lets face it from WrestleMania’s 1-10 it was all Randy Savage who would steal the show, after WrestleMania 10 until now, it was Shawn Michaels would steal the show.

So the two wrestlers who go out there and steal the show every year would battle it out to see who truly the best at delivering is. The more I think about it, the more I get excited thinking about how this match should have happened when they were both on the top of their games. Can you say “WrestleMania classic that never happened but should have?”

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12. Ric Flair vs. Steve Austin

When you consider some of the most influential wrestlers of our time you have to limit your choices down to Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Steve Austin. Never ever in the world of wrestling (for now), did two wrestlers influence and revolutionize the wrestling game more then those three wrestlers. Hogan took wrestling out of the “side show act” era and made it into sports entertainment while Flair gave us the best pure wrestling of that time. Likewise Austin took wrestling out of the “PG” era and gave us the “in your face attitude” that the fans grew to love in the late-90s, the influence on the sport is unmatched.

The perfect way to settle these influences on the sport and what it means to today’s performers? Well look no further then WrestleMania. Flair & Austin have at least one good match left under their belts and why not let them do it against one another to give the fans an epic match of huge proportions.

This is a match that doesn’t need a title, all it needs is a storyline of importance, which shouldn’t be hard to find as they are some of the most important wrestlers in the sport. An Austin/Flair encounter at a WrestleMania would have been huge and delivered what fans want to see most at the biggest stage of the year, something we have never seen before. These two barely crossed paths in their career and it would have been a hell of a fun match up to watch.

11. Randy Savage vs. Bret Hart

Similar to the Michaels/Savage matchup from before, this is another match that would be great for pure wrestling fans to enjoy. This is a match of two of the greatest of all-time battling it out at a WrestleMania and is a matchup that I am surprised the WWE never capitalized on in the early 90s. Savage could have been the key to Hart’s first title reign in ’93.

Instead of giving us Hart/Yokozuna at WM9 why didn’t the WWE give us Savage/Hart instead? It would have been the match that could have put Hart over as a legit World Champion during his first reign and given him the rub he needed to take that next step in the “new generation” of the WWE. We know it would be a match of epic proportions and a mat classic that we could have been talking about till today.

But like most of these matchups we will be left to wonder why the WWE never chose to give us this match at their biggest event of the year. This match we know would have delivered and left fans talking for years. A Savage/Hart dream match could have been considered one of the best WrestleMania matches of all-time if given the opportunity.

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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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