Thirty Days Of Dougie III – Part 18: Breaking The Streak (Possible Opponents For Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX)

Thirty Days of Dougie III – Part 18: Breaking The Streak: Possible Opponents For Undertaker At Wrestlemania XXX
December 22, 2013

We are just a mere four months away from Wrestlemania XXX and the speculation and talk has already started. Who will be in the main events? Who will be the WWE World Champion? Will The Rock be there? Will Hulk Hogan be there? And of course, who will be facing Undertaker as he defends “the streak”. I may as well add my own speculation and guesses on that particular topic… and I will. That’s why we’re here. So let’s just do it.

Top 14 Possible Opponents for The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX…

14. Chris Jericho: I can’t honestly remember if Jericho and Undertaker have ever had a major feud against each other. I’m sure that they have at some point, but if so, that’s been a long time ago and wouldn’t matter now. Just picture this: Jericho makes a surprise return on RAW. He does the usual promo about being the first undisputed champion, the Ayatollah of Rock & Rolla, etc, a rock star, a tv star, etc. And then he gets to the point. There’s nothing left for him in the WWE except… the biggest dog in the world of sports-entertainment against the biggest dog in WWE history. How about Jericho going after “The Streak”. There are so many ways that this could be pulled off and just imagine the promos and antics as they build to this match. The respect factor between Taker and Jericho is there and even though there’s a size difference to be considered, Jericho is one of the biggest names in this business and one of the best workers. It could be a match for the ages.

13. Bad News Barrett: I hate this new gimmick that Wade Barrett is doing at the moment andI wish they’d just go back to the bad-ass character that Barrett was doing previously. But that being said, how about Wade coming out and saying he has some “bad news” for the Undertaker. He’s going to be facing Barrett at Wrestlemania. They’re roughly about the same size and it would be a good matchup from a physical point of view. Barrett has all the tools and a match like this would be exactly what it takes to propel Barrett from obscurity to top level status. The WWE would have a lot of work to do to get the fans to view Barrett as Taker’s equal, but a few weeks of domination on RAW and Smackdown, just decimating other wrestlers and some serious, no nonsense promos would do the trick. It could be a really good match.

12. William Regal: This one probably won’t happen since the WWE doesn’t see Regal as a “top guy”, but that could be changed so quickly with just the slightest bit of effort and with a man as skilled, both on the mic and in the ring as Regal, it could easily turn out to be one of the best Undertaker / Wrestlemania matches of all time. Just picture this. Regal comes on RAW and starts talking about his career. He’s wrestled over thirty years and all over the world, but he’s viewed by some fans as a joke. Despite all the titles and great matches, the fans don’t take him seriously. He realizes that he’s getting older and probably on borrowed time, but he wants to cement his legacy and put the exclamation point on his career, so he’s decided to do what no one else ever could and that’s take out the streak. Just have Regal be cold and totally serious. And then, the next week, we get a rare Taker appearance and when asked about Regal, he laughs. He doesn’t take it seriously. He wants a real challenger. Regal takes exception and goes after Taker’s friends, sending a message. Taker confronts him on RAW again and we get a major brawl, but Taker still won’t agree to match. Regal offers to put up career and we get match like the HBK- Taker match last year. Streak versus Career. It’s money and would be big. It would definitely work.

11. Ryback: Ryback is a genetic freak and a monster in that ring. I don’t think he’s really a top-level guy, but he’s got the size and it could be an interesting match to watch, especially if they bring back Paul Heyman to represent Ryback and let him handle the build and the talking. It wouldn’t be a great match and there’s not really any major doubt who would win, but still, if nothing else works out, this could be a strong possibility.

10. Kane: Yeah, I know that it’s been done a million times already, but still, the history between the two “brothers” indicates that it could easily be done again and again if needed. The past few encounters between Kane and Taker, where they were against each other, had Kane coming out on top more often than not. It wouldn’t be the same without Paul Bearer (RIP) there to lend a hand and stir the pot, but it would be a good, solid match and since Kane is now a member of “The Authority”, that would also add to the tension and the mix.

9. The Rock: As it stands now, it doesn’t look like The Rock will be able to be there for Wrestlemania XXX as he’s scheduled to be filming one of his many movies overseas, but still, just imagine it. The “Great One” versus “The Phenom”. Much like Jericho earlier, the Rock has done it all and conquered both wrestling and Hollywood. What’s left? How about the Streak? The match wouldn’t be the best, but it would be passable. And just imagine the promos and build. Rock is such a major name that no one would believe he would come back to the WWE just to lose, even to the Taker. And thus builds the suspense and anticipation. It would be huge.

8. Antonio Cesaro: Another rising star in the WWE who would benefit greatly from a match against the WWE’s resident “Dead Man”. Cesaro has proven that he can perform in that ring and despite the bad booking by the WWE creative team and being stuck in a tag team gimmick as part of the “Real Americans”, the fans have started to notice. Just have Zeb Coulter come out and do some promos about Taker is a “traitor to the American way of life” and he’s actually an “Unamerican Bad Ass” and let it go from there. Taker could retaliate and “take out” Cesaro’s partner, Jack Swagger and then we get the revenge factor as Cesaro and Zeb are out to end the streak as revenge for Taker’s “treason” against them and the American way. Taker would probably win pretty easily, but it would be a great match and who would’t want to see if Cesaro can put Taker in the “big swing” and spin him around. That would be a “Wrestlemania moment” for the ages.

7. Bray Wyatt: Bray Wyatt and his “family” are all about the weirdness and have that major “strange as hell” factor going on, much like a certain other big named star did with his “Ministery” a few years ago. All you have to do is have Bray come out and cut a promo that “Sister Abigail” is disturbed by the presence of another entity, the Phenom of the WWE and he (Bray) has been instructed to either bring Taker to their side with an alliance or end the legacy and powers of Taker by destroying that which gives him his power, the streak. The theatrics and craziness of the build would be fun to watch and the match would be a great contrast in styles that could be really fun as well.

6. Mark Henry: The World’s Strongest Man, in a pissed off mood, determined to enter the biggest legend in WWE history into his “Hall of Pain”. The story writes itself and Mark is at the point in his career where you can’t count him out. As he proved with his “retirement speech” a few months ago, the man is ready for that major, final push as his career begins to wind down, and while I wouldn’t expect him to beat the streak, a great match against Taker at Wrestlemania XXX would be a great way tostart that “one last run”.

5. Batista: We’ve all heard the rumors and seen the spoilers about Batista. If they’re true, that leaves a major WWE player joining the game and starting that ride down the “Road To Wrestlemania”. He’s been gone long enough and he’s a big enough name to definitely be deemed a credible challenger to “The Streak” and much like The Rock, who would think that Batista has come back just to lose? He wouldn’t be and that makes all the difference. Batista versus The Taker? I’ll like to see that.

4. THE SHIELD: The basis for this is already in place. The last time we saw The Undertaker on WWE TV, he was taken out by the SHIELD. Now he’s back and he wants revenge. So we get either a tag match with Taker and two partners of his choice (a great way to give a rub to two undercard players who can “step up” and be his partners, or else we get a handicap match, much like we saw at TLC with Taker taking on all three members of the SHIELD in a 3 versus 1 setting. As CM Punk and Daniel Bryan both proved at the TLC pay-per-view, a handicap match, if booked correctly, can be entertaining. And just imagine what “bad communication” between the SHIELD members could do. It could give Taker possibly his biggest win ever, adding another exclamation point to his legacy, but at the same time, lead to the often rumored SHIELD break-up, thus setting their roles in the WWE storylines for the several months following Wrestlemania. It could be the catalyst for so many potential things.

3. Brock Lesnar: There is so much history here to build on, dating back to Brock’s first run with the WWE and even during Brock’s days in the UFC, I’m surprised this match hasn’t already taken place. Brock is a monster, pure and simple, and honestly, would be the most credible and dangerous man for Taker to go against. The match would be so stiff and brutal. I think that’s why it hasn’t happened yet. Brock is so stiff that Taker would face a strong possibility of being too banged up and his body, at this point, might not be able to take it. Paul Heyman as the mouthpiece and building up Brock versus Taker though. That would be must see TV and would be one helluva match as well.

2. John Cena: John Cena is the biggest star in the WWE right now, pure and simple. He’s the WWE’s resident “Superman” so why not just go ahead and do it. Cena doesn’t lose… period! Taker doesn’t lose at Wrestlemania… period! That would free up the WWE World Championship contention for some other challenger and would also free up “The Rock” if he is able to come back, to face someone else as well. It’s the biggest match possible for the current WWE roster and before Taker decides to call it quits, it needs to happen. Taker is the unoffical leader of the WWE roster and it could be like a passing of the torch for Taker and Cena. Win or lose, it would be the ultmate honor for Cena to go against Taker at this point and time and it’s one that the WWE fans (and I) would so love to see.

1. Sting: This one has to be number one because for the past several years, it’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Will Sting come to the WWE? Will we ever see this ultimate dream match? Can it happen? Honestly, I don’t think it would be a great match in the ring. Sting, while being so full of charisma and definitely having that “it” factor, has never really been a strong “in ring” performer. He knows and hits his spots, but he’s not a Ric Flair or Bret Hart or CM Punk. Against a good wrestler, he can have a good match, but against a less than stellar performer, he’s not all that. Taker is a good wrestler who knows how to turn it on and make a good match great and make a good wrestler look great if needed and against someone like Sting, especially at this point in his career, would have to really pull out all the stops. But honestly, none of that matters. It’s Undertaker versus Sting. Even if all they did was stand there and stare at each other, it’d be awesome and cool to watch. Sting would be the ultimate opponent for Taker at Wrestlemania XXX… and that’s the bottom line because I just said so. ‘Nuff said!

So there you go. Those are the top guys that I think could (or should) be considered as possible opponents for The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX. It could be any one of these people (or three if it’s the Wyatt’s or The Shield), or it could be someone else that we haven’t even thought of or considered yet. Right now, it’s all just pure speculation.

So who do you think should be facing The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX? And why? Comments and thoughts are welcome so let me know what you think.

And with that, I’m out of here. Have to go now and watch the Carolina Panthers take on New Orleans. Go Panthers!

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