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Pro Wrestling Dream Matches That Never Happened – Part 1

bret hartGrowing up as a pro wrestling fan, my friends and I always talked about the ultimate dream matches. Unfortunately in today’s climate of WWE dominance, the era of the wrestling dream match is over. Today I look back at five of the ten greatest wrestling matches that never happened.

Keep in mind that these matches would have taken place in the prime of each wrestler’s career. For example, think Ric Flair 1983-1989 when he is mentioned in a dream match. For Shawn Michaels, think 1995-1997, Kurt Angle 2001-2004, etc.

None of these matches ever happened at the right time. Politics, territories, and time deprived wrestling fans of some guaranteed great ones. Unfortunately the closest you will get to seeing any of these matches is recreating them in a WWE wrestling video game.

6 – Hulk Hogan vs. Superstar Billy Graham. For the Superstar, I need to be specific on which Superstar we are talking about. I am talking about the great Superstar Graham era 1977-1978. For Hogan, I am thinking about the prime of Hogan’s career from 1984-1990.

While the match could have happened, it would have never lived up to expectations. Graham did return to the WWE in 1987. However, time was not too kind to the Superstar. Graham was a shell of what he used to be and was no where near the level he was in the 1970s. If Graham could have kept it together, this could have been the biggest program in Hogan history for the Hulkster.

7 – Bruiser Brody vs. Mick Foley. This is one for the hardcore fan in all of us. I am thinking Mick Foley during his crazy Cactus Jack WCW/ECW days. For Brody, you could take any time of his career to make this one a memorable classic. Fans missed out on a lot of blood, a lot of brawling, and possibly the greatest series of hardcore matches in pro wrestling history.

8 – Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon. Can you name another match that would have drawn more money in the last decade? Talk about a match that would have shattered records and brought back some disillusioned wrestling fans? It wouldn’t have been pretty, but man would this one have been one of the most intense matches you would ever see.

I tend to think if not for Bret’s stroke, that this would have happened. I know what Bret says, but he has already went back and done business with the WWE. I don’t have a doubt in my mind that Bret Hart would have returned to WWE action if not for his health issues. Fans missed out on what could have been the ultimate wrestling grudge match.

9 – Ric Flair vs. Chris Benoit. Now this match has happened, but it never happened at the right time. Flair wrestled Benoit when Benoit was an undercard guy in WCW. While Flair was in his prime, Benoit was about a decade away from hitting his stride. These guys would have had the potential to blow away the Flair-Steamboat series if done at the right time.

10 – Barry Windham vs. Shawn Michaels. The greatness of Barry Windham has been overlooked the last several years. At one time, Windham was arguably the best worker in the business. From 1986-1989 I can’t think of many guys who could have touched Barry Windham in the ring.

Windham and Michaels could have produced an all-time classic rivalry. Both of there phenomenal selling and athleticism made this one a perfect match. Windham did wrestle in the WWE during Michaels’ prime in 1996. Unfortunately Barry’s prime had long past and the two never got to tangle and create wrestling magic together.

Honorable Mentions:
Andre the Giant vs. Vader
The Rock vs. Randy Savage
Dynamite Kid vs. Rey Mysterio
The original Tiger Mask vs. Shawn Michaels
Ken Shamrock vs. Kurt Angle

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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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