One of the oldest debates for any wrestling fan is to go back and forth over who would have won if their favourite current Superstar went against the “best” from the past, or from a competing company. I know this was the case with me when I was younger and living during the Monday Night Wars. Everything from Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Hulk Hogan to Randy Savage and CM Punk has been tossed out over the years. And then there was impossible The Rock vs. John Cena Match, a match to would never happen. And it did, twice.
With John Cena winning both the Royal Rumble and his “twice in a lifetime” match with The Rock at Wrestlemania this year, those who like the idea of a “dream match”, or matches that we as fans never thought possible, could be a common thing in the current WWE product are being a lot more vocal as of late. With rumours of the nWo returning to beat The Shield and other such madness, only confirms this.
One look at the Wrestlemania card doesn’t help to quell these rumours: Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker vs. Punk and The Rock vs. John Cena. At one point these matches all seemed unlikely, but happened and all were done with great build and used to settle a feud or develop on from a past good feud rooted in history. More of this thirst for possible dream matches was fuelled earlier this week with a Digital Spy interview with TNA President Dixie Carter about a big WWE and TNA crossover event. She had this to say:
“I don’t think [the WWE] shares my belief in this, but I believe that competition is 100% positively essential. I think it’s important for fans and for us. To have one company dominate, a) it’s boring, and b) you are not being challenged enough. It’s always better to have other options out there and I truly believe it makes both companies better. I absolutely would do that. I’m not sure if they would do that, but I absolutely would.”
Of course this will never happen and was put down by quickly by JR in his blog:
“WWE is about as likely to work w/ Impact Wrestling on an event as I am wearing burnt orange to the Oklahoma-Texas Red River Rivalry Game. Ain’t gonna happen. WWE has zero to gain by this and I’m surprised that some fans actually think that it “could” happen. TNA Owner Dixie Carter is a bright lady and made a timely sound byte that many fans, I’m sure, were [sic] excited to read but let’s be honest…it’s not going to happen.”
Still, over the years, hundreds of superstars have come and gone, and whether it was bad luck or just competing in different eras, there are several matches that have never taken place and that never will. Now as we look ahead to next year’s 30th “Showcase of the Immortals”, I want to look at 5 of these “dream matches” that we are left wishing would have happened but will not ever occur.
NOTE: I may refer to a specific time period for entries on my list, and I am NOT calling for these matches to happen now. Most may only be possible in a videogame or via a TARDIS-like machine. These matches refer to the wrestlers at their peak on age when in the Tag Team/Gimmick mentioned.
Here is a look at my 5 dream matches that WWE fans missed out on…
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This article was first posted on May 25, 2013