We have all sat at home wondering what would happen if we could create our own fantasy matchups between wrestlers. Heck, some people are so dead set on seeing two WWE superstars face each other, that they create the wrestlers on WWE 2k16 and upload it to YouTube for millions of views. Fantasy booking is something that we all have done, especially with the realization that some of our favorite stars of the past, will never get to work with some of our favorite stars of the future.
Today we will throw caution to the wind and work without the confines of father time, in an attempt to build a fantasy WrestleMania card featuring the current WWE roster having matches with the Attitude Era roster. As a ground rule, anyone who currently has a contract with WWE counts as a “current wrestler”, and anyone who was signed by WWE between November of 1997 – May of 2002 is eligible for the Attitude Era.
This article will feature matchups that you may not have considered, between Superstars who compliment each other in different ways. Each entry will have an explanation as to why these wrestlers were selected to fight, as well how the match would go down. At the end of each entry, a winner will be named, and we would love to know what your thoughts and opinions are in the comments below.
15. Goldberg vs. Ryback
Come on, we had to do this one right? From the day he stepped into the WWE, Ryback was compared heavily to Bill Goldberg. Things didn’t improve for Ryback, as he ditched his airbrushed singlet, in favor of plain black trunks… just like Goldberg. Ever since fans began making comparisons between the two in 2013, Ryback has been dead set on forging his own path, without acknowledging the criticisms. Sadly for The Big Guy, this list will not ignore the glaring similarities between the two bald headed, black trunks wearing, jobber squashing, extremely jacked men.
So the question becomes, which one of these squashers would get squashed? Well it’s hard to say. Goldberg contributed more to the business of professional wrestling, but Ryback is an actual life long fan of the sport. But if we are being truly honest with ourselves here, as soon as Ryback steps towards Goldberg, he is getting hit with a Spear. The Spear would of course then be followed up with a Jackhammer, along with Goldberg looking at the camera saying “Who’s Next?”
14. APA vs. Gallows And Anderson
Name a tag team in the WWE who could actually match the physicality of the APA in the late 90s… The Vaudevillains? No. Breezango? No. The Wyatt Family? Maybe, but there are too many of them. The only team that comes close to providing decent competition for Faarooq and Bradshaw would be Gallows and Anderson. G&A have worked in Japan for years, and are very familiar and comfortable working in a “strong style” of wrestling; the APA only know how to work strong.
While the APA would have the advantage in the size and strength department, Gallows and Anderson have them beat on in-ring ability and athleticism, creating an interesting dynamic. To spice things up, let’s make this a Tornado Tag Match, featuring all of the men in the ring at the same time. As this brawl starts, it would be pretty evident that there won’t be much technical wrestling involved; this match comes down to which team can get a two-on-one advantage first. In this situation we are going to assume that Faarooq catches a big boot from Gallows, leaving him out of commission. From that point Bradshaw is dominated by the two former Bullet Club members, until he eventually receives the Boot of Doom… twice.
Winners: Gallows and Anderson
13. Big Show (AE) vs. Cesaro
While his current state wouldn’t lead you to believe he was once a freak of nature, The Big Show used to be able to do moonsaults from the top rope. Take a second to process a seven foot, 400 lb. monster doing back flips onto people; yeah now come back to the present. With that in mind, think about the crazy feats of strength/athleticism that could occur in a match between The Big Show in his prime, and Cesaro right now. Aside from the fact that Cesaro can legitimately lift Show today, he would go down as the smallest person to ever hoist Big Show on his shoulders by the end of this bout.
Needless to say that this match would not be an Iron Man match, and most likely wouldn’t last more than four minutes. The bout would start with a lockup between the men, with Show prevailing as the stronger of the two. Pushing Cesar into the corner, Show would lay several chops into the former Intercontinental Champion, incapacitating him for the moment. As Show is attempting a running clothesline into the corner, Cesaro would attack with several uppercuts, knocking the giant off balance. Capitalizing on this moment, Cesaro would body slam Show on the mat, and grab his feet for the Cesaro Swing.
After 20 Rotations Cesaro would try to drag Big Show into the middle of the ring for a pin, but the seven footer would grab the throat of his opponent for a Chokeslam. As he is being lifted off the ground, Cesaro would slip out of the choke, connecting with a huge uppercut in the process; this would leave Show open for a huge move. Instead of using the normal Neutralizer, Cesaro would break out a move we have yet to see in the WWE; The UFO. The UFO is a no handed spinning backbreaker rack, a move that his never been done to Show, and perhaps never will be. Cesaro pins Show after landing the move.
12. Ivory vs. Charlotte (with Ric Flair)
You may be asking yourself why are we having this match up, instead of having Charlotte face someone like Lita or Trish Stratus. Well the short answer is because Ivory was a beast. Truthfully Ivory was an unsung hero during the Attitude Era, and although she embraced her sexuality, at her core she was a wrestler. Both of these ladies are athletes first, and “Divas” second, which is why we are fantasy booking them together.
This would be wrestling match that would be on display, not a girly slap fest. It would start out with a generic build up, with the ladies locking up in a traditional chain wrestling manner. Coming out of those holds, Charlotte would gain the upper hand and begin to taunt Ivory. While doing a Flair strut towards her dad, Ivory would gain the upper hand by slamming Charlotte into the mat by her hair. As she turns around into the ropes, Ric Flair grabs Ivory’s feet to drop her to the mat, and Charlotte grabs the former Women’s Champion’s, choking her out.
Just as Ivory is firing back up, Charlotte would give her a forearm to the back of the head which would knock her back to the mat. The second generation star would finish Ivory off by putting her in a Figure Eight, forcing the Attitude Era legend to tap out.
11. Kurt Angle vs. Dean Ambrose
Any wrestler who steps in the ring with Kurt Angle finishes the match as a better wrestler than what they started. Though Dean Ambrose may be a 12 year veteran in the business, there is no denying that working a match with an absolute legend like Kurt Angle would boost his status in the industry. Before any hate comes in the comments, think about Kurt Angle’s track record. Angle, while technical in nature, can work with any type of wrestler, including a brawler like Dean Ambrose. If nothing else, what these two lack in chemistry, they both will make up in intensity.
Angle, being the superior ground wrestler, would force Ambrose to the mat during the early stages of this match. In truth, a good portion of this contest would involve chain wrestling, with Ambrose attempting to escape various headlocks and arm bars. Eventually, Ambrose would actually get the upper hand on Angle, surprising the Olympic gold medal winner by locking him in the Regal Stretch (his FCW submission hold).
Angle would power out of the hold, rolling Ambrose on his shoulders to force a release. Attempting to take advantage of his weakened state, the former Shield Member would pick up Angle and attempt a Dirty Deeds. Unfortunately for Ambrose, Angle’s head is in perfect position for an Angle Slam, which is delivered with ferocity. Angle drops his singlet straps and locks Ambrose into an Ankle Lock, which he sinks into the ground to hold. Ambrose can’t escape, but holds on for a nearly a minute before passing out from the pain.
Winner: Kurt Angle (referee stoppage)