No entity or organization offers a perfect product and that is the case with the top professional wrestling promotion in the world in January 2017. World Wrestling Entertainment is flawed in many ways as of the start of the year. Raw programs are still too long, there are too many Pay Per Views/special events every 12 months and it seems as if the company is still passionate about pushing certain wrestlers who aren’t over among fans.
With all of that said, the WWE roster is as deep, as it pertains to overall talent, as it has ever been. A.J. Styles is arguably the best performer in the industry following his stellar 2016, and both Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe have yet to make their official debuts on the main roster. The WWE women’s and tag-team divisions are better today than they have been at any point over the past decade.
The talent spread across the Raw, SmackDown and NXT brands makes it easy to create a dream card for the upcoming WrestleMania 33 show that will take place in April 2017. Some of these dream matches involve wrestlers who currently are not active members of the WWE roster, while others are inter-brand matches that may only be possible in our imaginations or in video games. It doesn’t hurt to dream of what may be, as more than few of the suggested dream matches for WrestleMania 33 could become reality once springtime rolls around.
Maybe, just maybe, we could get the WrestleMania main event WWE fans both need and deserve.
15 Asuka vs. Alexa Bliss
We completely understand some WWE fans out there that may be rolling their eyes at the thought of a WrestleMania match involving Asuka and Alexa Bliss. What all would have to remember is that this would be an absolute squash similar to what occurred when Brock Lesnar and Goldberg met in the fall of 2016.
Asuka, probably the best women’s performer signed to the WWE as of the start of 2017, has done all she can do while on the NXT brand, and she needs to be called up to the main roster as soon as possible for everybody’s benefit. Having Asuka join the SmackDown brand and earn a definitive victory over Alexa Bliss, who is one of the best heels on that portion of the roster, could create a new star overnight, and it would also allow the NXT women’s division to press the figurative reset button and begin a badly-needed new era.
14 Shawn Michaels vs. A.J. Styles
Unless you routinely ignore WWE rumors that make the Internet and that are touched upon by figures such as Jim Ross, you probably either heard or read something in 2016 about a potential future WrestleMania dream match involving The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, and A.J. Styles.
Michaels was known as Mr. WrestleMania during his legendary career and Styles deserves to be mentioned as one of the best wrestlers in the world for his work over the past two years. It must be pointed out, as of the first weekend of January 2017, that Michaels remains retired as an active in-ring wrestler and HBK has not given any real indication he would come back for a match against the phenomenal WWE Champion. That doesn’t mean we cannot dream about what could be if Michaels and Styles worked a program for only one match before Michaels rode off into the sunset for good.
13 Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar
It’s the ultimate 'mean guy' match between two of the most entertaining figures currently on the WWE roster and it also happens to be an encounter we haven’t yet seen take place inside of a ring.
Samoa Joe has arguably been the MVP of the NXT brand over the past 18 months or so, as he was involved in stellar feuds with Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura. Joe has clearly done all he can do in NXT and he deserves to be called up to the main roster well before WrestleMania. Brock Lesnar, meanwhile, remains the most unique wrestler on the roster even after his loss to Goldberg and fans around the world would salivate at the thought of Lesnar and Joe standing face-to-face inside a ring on the biggest stage in all of pro wrestling. This is a WrestleMania dream match that’s easy to make. We just hope those running the WWE turn this dream into an actual match in April.
12 Roman Reigns vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Yes, we do know that pockets of WWE fans around the world are not keen on seeing Roman Reigns wrestle any top performer, so much so that they’d believe Shinsuke Nakamura should be off-limits for Reigns. Those attitudes are why this is such a dream WrestleMania match. Reigns would be maybe the biggest heel on the card were he to wrestle Nakamura in front of a WrestleMania audience, while Nakamura could receive quite the bump from working with a talented wrestler who draws heat merely by emerging from the curtain.
Nakamura earning a clean win over Reigns could propel him to the top of either brand and this match could also solidify Reigns as a heel character who no longer panders to any WWE fans. If the WWE were willing to move Reigns from a title picture up through the start of April, this could make for a fun WrestleMania encounter between two different performers.
11 Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho
This may not be as much a dream match for WrestleMania 33 as it is an inevitable encounter that seemingly has been planned for months. The team of Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho have arguably been the best duo featured on Raw throughout 2016, so much so that the brand will miss something once Owens and Jericho split.
Wrestling fans must, however, give the WWE credit for doing a tremendous job of building this future feud up over several months before giving us the match we want and need to see. The hope, as of early 2017, is that the WWE won’t get impatient and pull the trigger on an Owens versus Jericho feud before WrestleMania arrives. This match was made for WrestleMania 33, especially if Jericho is planning on taking some time away from the active roster in the spring. Besides, Owens could use a big win over his friend to provide a boost to a heel character that is somewhat flat at the moment.
10 #DIY vs. American Alpha
Passionate WWE fans shouldn’t be all that surprised to read that this is only the first time both DIY and American Alpha will be mentioned among potential dream matches for WrestleMania 33. The team of Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa produced multiple 'Match of the Year' candidates on the NXT brand in 2016, while American Alpha won the NXT Tag Team Titles and also the SmackDown belts over the past year.
Some out there may argue that DIY and American Alpha are the two best teams on the WWE roster, which is why it makes sense the duos would come together for a feud that would end with a big-time WrestleMania encounter. Neither DIY nor American Alpha would have to play heel for this match, as fans at the stadium likely would cheer and appreciate both. This, on paper, could be the best WWE match of 2017 if it's booked properly.
9 Akira Tozawa vs. Neville vs. Sami Zayn
There may still be some WWE fans out there who find it hard to believe that Akira Tozawa is really on the roster and able to wrestle the likes of Neville and Sami Zayn at a WrestleMania. Neville, meanwhile, has experienced a rebirth since turning heel as a member of the cruiserweight division and he should probably be the Cruiserweight Champion at the start of April. Sami Zayn, like Neville near the end of 2016, needs a change following a lackluster feud with Braun Strowman and adding Zayn to the cruiserweight division for even a brief amount of time could do just the trick.
A three-way match involving Tozawa, Neville and Zayn could potentially steal the show if those wrestlers were given enough time to work inside of the ring and the three could probably tell quite the entertaining story regardless of who had his hand raised when all was said and done.
8 Bullet Club/Balor Club vs. The Shield
What’s great about this potential dream match for WrestleMania 33 is that the WWE could team Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson with either A.J. Styles or Finn Balor to feud with The Shield. Even WWE fans out there who routinely boo Roman Reigns at shows dreamed of Reigns reuniting with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose throughout 2016 and the WWE did well to tease such a reunion on multiple occasions.
Assuming the WWE would keep all three members of The Shield and either Styles or Balor out of the title picture through April 2017, this could be a dream match that either begins or finishes a feud. Even if Balor Club/Bullet Club versus The Shield is nothing more than a one-off, it would likely delight those who attended WrestleMania 33 and also wrestling fans watching at home or at a public establishment. This match should happen at some point in 2017.
7 Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
We know Daniel Bryan is legitimately retired because of issues stemming from the many concussions he suffered throughout his outstanding pro wrestling career. That doesn’t mean we can’t list this among potential dream matches for WrestleMania 33. The WWE, via the Talking Smack segments that aired on the WWE Network over the past five months, purposely created a feud between Daniel Bryan and The Miz, and The Miz dropping the Intercontinental Championship to Dean Ambrose makes it seem as if he would be available for a non-title match at WrestleMania.
We admittedly struggle to produce any scenario that involves the WWE allowing Bryan to take any bumps inside of a company ring following his retirement in 2016, but we also hope there is a reason the company teased a match between Bryan and The Miz more than once since last August. Bryan versus Miz wouldn’t have to be a five-star classic to serve as one final farewell for The American Dragon.
6 Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Those of you with access to the WWE Network may have already watched Johnny Gargano wrestle against Tommaso Ciampa during the Cruiserweight Classic. Remember, though, that the match occurred when the two men were tag-team partners and babyface characters. It was hinted during the Cruiserweight Classic and at multiple NXT shows in 2016 that it is only a matter of time before Ciampa turns on Gargano to begin a run as a heel.
If that were to occur before April 2017, the WWE could produce a feud that features these two battling at the biggest show of the year. It is probably more likely than not a match between Gargano and Ciampa would occur at the NXT: Takeover show scheduled to take place the night before WrestleMania, but we cannot help but imagine how enjoyable it would be to see these two perform in front of thousands upon thousands of screaming fans from around the world. Gargano versus Ciampa could be the best singles match on the WrestleMania 33 card.
5 The Revival vs. American Alpha
While NXT has become its own touring brand over the past couple of years, there still remain WWE fans around the world who are either only casual viewers of that product or who ignore NXT because they don’t pay for the WWE Network. That reality is why watching The Revival wrestle American Alpha at WrestleMania is a dream match for 2017.
The Revival and American Alpha have amazing chemistry in the ring and we know they can tell different types of entertaining stories during matches. The Revival are a throwback team that reminds us of heel duos that featured for companies during the 1970s and 1980s, while American Alpha are quintessential babyfaces. Give these teams WrestleMania entrances and a WrestleMania match they earned for their hard work as part of the developmental system, and give wrestling fans the best WWE tag-team match they’ve seen on the main roster in many years.
4 Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks. vs. Becky Lynch vs. Bayley
Becky Lynch is the one name that stands out among these four performers because she is the only one currently on the SmackDown roster. The other three women appear on editions of Raw this January. That problem could easily be fixed, however, either via a trade or by the company simply allowing Lynch to compete with Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Bayley at the biggest show of 2017.
The Four Horsewomen, as they affectionately became known during their time in NXT, deserve an opportunity to shine in the same ring at a WrestleMania. 2017 is the perfect year for such a match, as the four could either go their own directions after that encounter or team up to create the most dominant female faction in the history of the WWE. We aren’t quite sure how the company would handle The Four Horsewomen being a unit on the main roster, but we’re intrigued by the thought of it.
3 John Cena vs. The Undertaker
John Cena and The Undertaker may, all things considered, be the two top remaining legends currently on the active WWE roster, even though both men now have reputations for taking lengthy stints away from the company. Cena and The Undertaker have faced off in the past, but never at a WrestleMania.
Granted, this match would be a bit more exciting if The Undertaker was still unbeaten at WrestleMania events, but it would nevertheless be a special moment to watch these two icons stand toe-to-toe inside a ring at a stadium. The WWE could use this match to give The Undertaker one last run as champion before he retires for good and Taker could even leave the belt in the middle of the ring as a sign that he wanted to walk away as a champion. Cena versus The Undertaker needs to happen at a WrestleMania while the option is still on the table and before both men pursue other endeavors.
2 Finn Balor vs. A.J. Styles
We must know, for sure, that Finn Balor is fully recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered at the 2016 edition of SummerSlam before we can pencil him in for any potential dream match at WrestleMania 33. Assuming Balor will be ready to go this April, there may be no better match for him at WrestleMania than against A.J. Styles.
The storyline for this match writes itself, as the original leader of Bullet Club could face the man who replaced him and who served as the face of The Club in the WWE. There’s little doubt Balor and Styles would produce a memorable match at any WrestleMania, so long as both men were healthy, and either could use a victory on the biggest WWE stage of them all. We also have to admit we get goosebumps whenever we try to imagine Balor making an entrance at a WrestleMania as The Demon King.
1 Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Goldberg
Our first thought here was to link Shinsuke Nakamura with Brock Lesnar for a potential dream match for WrestleMania 33. Then, however, we remembered Nakamura and Lesnar actually wrestled in Japan over a decade ago. While we have no doubt Nakamura and Lesnar would have an incredible and hard-hitting match at this year’s WrestleMania, we wanted to go a different direction because of the fact that Goldberg is seemingly destined to remain a WWE wrestler through April at the very least.
Nakamura needs a big win upon joining the main roster so that he doesn’t become just another guy lost in the shuffle on the Raw brand. Nakamura and Goldberg could make for ideal opponents for each other following the Royal Rumble. This probably wouldn’t be an instant classic or a technical masterpiece, but it could be a dream match between two larger-than-life characters who have never wrestled against one another in a WWE ring.
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