There's a lot to criticize when it comes to today's WWE, but the roster is beyond reproach. The company has spent the past five-plus years scouring the globe for the best independent and international talent in the biz, and the result is a workers' haven where any given show can offer fans a dream match in terms of names and quality.
Still, there are plenty of legends of yesteryear who, theoretically, could have stood toe to toe with the current generation of outstanding superstars. Even when the company was weaker in terms of overall talent, men like Randy Savage, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and more delivered classics that have stood the test of time.
It's tantalising to imagine the great workers of the '80s, '90s, and 2000s mixing it up with WWE and NXT's assortment of gifted grapplers. Not only would the matches be classics, but the idea of such lasting and powerful personalities simply coming face to face is enough to get any fan's imagination racing.
How would talents like Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, and Sasha Banks handle their predecessors?
Here is a collection of 10 "then versus now" WWE dream matches. Unfortunately, we won't be seeing any of the bouts anytime soon, but just considering them is still worth it.
Scott Fried is a Slammy Award-winning* writer living and working in New York City. He has been following/writing about professional wrestling for many years and is a graduate of Lance Storm's Storm Wrestling Academy. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scottfried.
*Best Crowd of the Year, 2013