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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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