Who Will The Undertaker Face At Wrestlemania XXX?


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For the best part of a quarter of a century, The Undertaker has been on our television screens, and in arenas around the world for both WCW and WWF/E. He is holder of the most impressive winning streak in sports entertainment, and next year will represent his 22nd Wrestlemania, only missing Wrestlemania X and 2000 since his debut against Jimmy Snuka at Wrestlemania VII.

His streak is now one of the main focal points in all of Professional Wrestling, and at the biggest anniversary to date for WWE, he will, more than likely, attempt to stretch that streak to 22 and 0.

But who should he face, and should The Streak come to an end?

JOHN CENA

John Cena

 

Whether you love him or hate him, there is no denying that John Cena is the biggest full time star in the company at the moment. The current WWE champion has only ever lost three times at The Biggest Stage of Them All, to The Miz, The Rock and Randy Orton, yet it hasn’t stopped him from becoming the face of the PG Era.

A match with John Cena could be the on the cake for The Deadman’s career, defeating the biggest star the company has to offer. On the other side, there are no advantages to Cena defeating Taker. He doesn’t need the push, and quite frankly, it could be the most unpopular decision in the history of the business.

LIKELIHOOD OF MATCH – 8/10

 

RANDY ORTON

In a lot of people’s eyes, Randy Orton came the closest to ending the streak at Wrestlemania 21, whilst in the middle of the excellent Legend Killer gimmick. However, a second wellness failure last year has seen Orton used close to the top of the card, but never in the World title scene. He is still a reliable worker though, and the fact that he has been one of the mainstay’s of The Shield storyline, means that WWE are possibly just rebuilding their trust in the Viper.

One of the positives of The Undertaker’s recent Wrestlemania matches is that they have been the high points of the night, and a match with The Apex Predator would surely not disappoint. However, there seems to be very little point in the match. Taker would gain nothing by defeating Orton, and Orton isn’t in need of the push that comes with ending the streak.

LIKELIHOOD OF MATCH – 3/10

 

DANIEL BRYAN

Imagine this for a second. Taker and D-Bry are given 40 minutes of in-ring time. Whoever won, this would arguably be the best in-ring action since the Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels IronMan match. Arguably the best in-ring performer in the WWE at the moment, Bryan is also one of the most over superstars, and appears to be in the midst of the biggest push of his career.

This is the first scenario where there could be an advantage to an opponent of Taker ending the streak. The boost that Bryan’s career would receive is unthinkable, and it could prove to be a brilliant end to a near perfect career for the Deadman.

On the other side, has Bryan been at the top of the card long enough to convince the casual fan that he is worthy of ending the streak. For me, if it was a few years in the future, he would be perfect to end the streak. However, for now, it wouldn’t be right, no matter how much I admire The American Dragon.

LIKELIHOOD OF MATCH – 5/10

 

THE SHIELD

Without a shadow of doubt, The Shield have been the most successful faction in WWE since the demise of Evolution almost a decade ago. The independent scene stand-outs Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, joined by the former CFL Defensive Tackle Roman Reigns have torn through the whole roster, and now, the three men all find themselves carrying gold.

The question is, whether the group will still be together come next April in New Orleans, and if one had to face The Undertaker, who would it be?

For me, after their match at the Smackdown tapings in London a few months ago, it has to be Dean Ambrose. The man has shown the most potential for me, and I believe when The Shield do break up, it will be Ambrose who is the main beneficiary. His ring work and moves set are exceptional, and his facial expressions when selling a move are on a par with the body language of Dolph Ziggler.

But again, it is too soon for Ambrose to go over The Deadman at the biggest stage in pro wrestling.  It goes without saying that he will be featuring in Wrestlemania’s for years to come, but if he were to face The Undertaker this year, he would be unsuccessful.

LIKELIHOOD OF MATCH – 6/10

 

STING

The fantasy match that still hasn’t gone away. Sting has been at the top of the business even longer than the Deadman, and this match would truly be an end of an era. It is also a commonly known fact that Sting’s one year extensions with TNA end in January, giving the potential feud plenty of time to develop.

The thing is now, the match could have missed the boat. It is well known that it was close to being made last year, but it just feels like, if it were to take place next year, it wouldn’t be the same. A lot of the surprise factor would have gone, and I honestly don’t think Sting would leave TNA now.

In the case of the match taking place, it would have to be a Taker win. There are no pros towards Sting winning.

LIKELIHOOD OF MATCH – 1/10

So thanks for reading, and feel free to comment below with your picks and results.

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