Professional wrestling is a world full of fantasy booking and dream matches. Whenever a big name from outside the company arrives in World Wrestling Entertainment, fans are quick to compile lists of opponents they would dearly love to see lock up with the new arrival.
We have been lucky in recent times too, as more and more dream matches seem to take place more and more frequently.
Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk, AJ Styles vs. John Cena, Sting vs. Triple H and more, the last few years have been kind to us in terms of dream matches. Some of these bouts have been once-in-a-lifetime deals, whilst others have been portrayed as the biggest battles of a generation.
On a number of occasions, however, a bout billed as a dream match hasn't been the first time two individuals have locked up. Not only that, but a significant time has passed between their first and latest outing, enough time for characters to evolve and legacies to be established.
In many ways, it was the return of Brock Lesnar that kickstarted all of this. After eight years away from the company Brock returned in 2012, and with him came a whole host of fresh dream matches. Two of his fellow rookies in 2002 had gone on to become the biggest two stars of a generation, and return matches with them were inevitable.
Here are seven dream WWE matches that happened years apart.