It may be almost 7 months away but it seems a hot question to ask any wrestling fan is “Who will face the Undertaker in his annual defense of his 21-0 Wrestlemania winning streak?”. This question is then followed with an even hotter question of “Could the Undertaker lose the important match?”. The prospective fantasy booking you get from the answers is always intriguing and always carries the weight with it of the biggest legacy in pro wrestling, The Undertaker.
Can anyone possibly earn the immortality that comes with being the man who broke the white whale of the WWE, the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania 30? The longer ‘the Streak’ goes on the more anticipation grows each year for ‘Taker to come out of the shadows for a rare performance. Pro Wrestling Examiner looks into the crystal ball and pulls out five possible candidates who could face the Dead Man as he tries to further his streak.
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Brock Lesnar: There is a palpable sense of intensity that beams off the Beast known as Brock Lesnar. This force is similar to the eerie chill that the Undertaker’s presence elicits, so throwing those combustible elements on the explosive stage of Wrestlemania could be prove to be a can’t-miss match. If you add the speculation since Undertaker had a real life altercation with Lesnar after a UFC fight, you may very well see this match in New Orleans next spring. Lesnar battled the Undertaker in feud close to 10 years ago, and the series was a brutal and savage one that saw both men nearly destroy one another in a underrated Hell in a Cell match. Could history repeat itself at Wrestlemania 30?
Can He win? Lesnar has had a shaky run in his WWE return but he could clear the slate if he beat the Undertaker’s streak, and he has the skills to do it.
CM Punk: At Wrestlemania 29, the show may have been sold on the rematch of the Rock against John Cena with WWE title on the line, but the match that stole the show was clear: CM Punk vs. the Undertaker. The match was stupendous in it’s close falls that made thousands watching around the world hold their breaths as Punk got within inches of victory with help from the dastardly Paul Heyman. Now with Punk back as a fan favorite, he could attack the challenge of the Undertaker at WM30 in a new light, with a revived sense of purpose. The prospective match does have something working against it, and that is for the last 5 years the Undertaker has had rematches at Wrestlemania with Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
Can he win? Punk could have the match of the year with ‘Taker, but he will not be the man to break the streak.
John Cena: Every year it seems that WWE’s mega-star John Cena gets top billing on the biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania yet he is never in the match that fans talk about the most, and that is always the Undertaker’s Mania match. Cena/Undertaker would scream marquee value with Cena representing the current generation of wrestling fans against the Undertaker and his legions of fans who have called themselves ‘Creatures of the Night’ for decades. That titanic clash at WM30 plus the road to get there would produce a bout that could not be described as anything but ‘big’.
Can he win? Cena may be a 13-time World champion but it seems like he would be number 22 in the last of Undertaker’s Wrestlemania victims.
Ryback: Of all the WWE superstars on this list, the always hungry Ryback is the only one rumored to face the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30 in New Orleans, and if that is not enough, he is supposedly going to beat the streak too. With the evil genius of Paul Heyman slithering behind his broad shoulders and unlimited energy, the Ryback could definitely prove a power-to-power match for ‘Taker. There is the serious gap that WWE would have to cover in proving that Ryback though impressive in his short run so far, would be worthy of challenging the Phenom at Mania.
Can he win? If the Undertaker is actually going to call it a career in 2014 and stop making sporadic appearances, the timing could lend itself to Ryback being the right guy at the right time to beat the Streak. Ryback has a very good chance whether you like it or not of being ‘the one’.
Sheamus: For years the Celtic Warrior has been vocal about wanting to face Undertaker on the elevate platform of Wrestlemania and while he is currently healing up from shoulder surgery, he could be plotting to make that matchup a reality. Sheamus could prove to be a dynamic challenger for the moral conscious of the WWE, the Undertaker but the Irishman would have to change his status from ‘hero’ to ‘villain’ to get an edge heading into the match. A Sheamus who has the fans booing him with his pasty white sneer egging them on, would be a great motivator for Undertaker to lace up the boots.
Can he win? Sheamus has a solid chance but the Undertaker would be able overcome.