WWE WrestleMania 30: 5 Reasons John Cena vs. The Undertaker Must Main-Event
3. The Match Would Be Amazing
If there is one ridiculous false belief that has been peddled by the internet for the last ten years, it has been the idea that John Cena cannot wrestle. Maybe he is no maestro of the mat game, but Cena has put together as long a list of classic matches since ascending to his preeminent position atop the WWE as just about anyone else has in their entire career. That is not merely the opinion of a Wrestling Media member and columnist, but of Cena's peers. Mick Foley echoed the same sentiment two years ago before the series of matches with The Rock, the recent Summerslam classic with Daniel Bryan, and the 2013 TV Match of the Year with CM Punk. The respect of his peers should be good enough for the fans to appreciate that Cena is no slouch in between the ropes. He can go with the best of them.
Undertaker has been making his case that he is "the best of them" since 2006. At an advancing age when he should have theoretically been winding down in preparation for retirement, he apparently decided that he was never good enough. He hit the gym, got into the best shape of his life, added more elements of MMA to his game than ever before, and began to rattle off the most critically celebrated period of his career. He should have already had eight matches on "The Streak within 'The Streak'" list, by the way, but Batista got hurt and forced Kurt Angle vs. Undertaker to be rushed to February 2006's No Way Out instead of WrestleMania 22 in Chicago. Can you imagine WrestleMania 22's crowd having provided the auditory backdrop to the visual artistry of Taker vs. Angle? Enjoy that 5 seconds of "What if?" Nobody has produced when it mattered most over the last seven years like The Deadman.
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan would be a better technical wrestling match, but no match would be able to touch the intangible qualities of Undertaker vs. John Cena.
"The Doc" Chad Matthews has written wrestling columns for a decade. A physician by trade, Matthews began writing about wrestling as a hobby, but it became a passion. After 30 years as a wrestling fan, "The Doc" gives an unmatched analytical perspective on pro wrestling in the modern era. His first book - The WrestleMania Era: The Book of Sports Entertainment - was published in December 2013.
Matthews lives in North Carolina with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.