WrestleMania 33 will be the biggest professional wrestling show to take place underneath the World Wrestling Entertainment umbrella in 2017, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be the company’s best show of the year. Truth be told, the WrestleMania 33 card appears rather underwhelming when you consider the depth of the overall WWE roster and the potential matches that were left off the card and to our imaginations. WWE remains obsessed with pushing Roman Reigns as the future face of the company, John Cena and The Miz are once again meeting at a WrestleMania and Triple H is involved in one of the major storylines of the Raw brand because of course he is, even though it’s 2017 and he’s now an executive.
We, thus, cannot help but look ahead to the WrestleMania 34 card that will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana. Those running WWE have roughly 12 months from the typing of this sentence to learn from previous mistakes and help build what, theoretically speaking, could be the greatest WWE card in the history of the company. Obviously, the WWE cannot book every match suggested in this piece for one reason or another, but a card filled with even half of these matches could make for a memorable show. If nothing else, creating these matches for the 2018 edition of WrestleMania may get people to watch the show without the benefit of receiving the WWE Network free of charge for up to three months.
15 Women’s Money in the Bank
Putting a female Money in the Bank match early on during the WrestleMania 34 card would be a way to energize fans once the main show begins, and such a contest would also get multiple women on the show without having to feature a pair of multi-wrestler female matches at the same event. Besides, the WWE women’s division is deeper and better today than at any point, and that trend should only continue as Asuka and others receive deserved call-ups from NXT to either Raw or SmackDown.
14 Big Show vs. Shaquille O'Neal
If at first you don’t succeed for whatever reasons, try and try again. The WWE needs to remember this old adage as it pertains to a future match between Big Show and former National Basketball Association star Shaquille O'Neal. It was widely believed this match would take place at WrestleMania 33, and Big Show did well to get himself in phenomenal shape for the contest. That match isn’t happening at the biggest event of 2017, though, but the WWE now has an additional 12 months to get everybody to agree to a deal that would make the contest a reality in 2018.
13 #BROKEN Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt
This match admittedly cannot occur at WrestleMania 33, as neither Matt Hardy nor his brother, Jeff, are signed to WWE contracts as of the end of March unless those deals are being kept secret. Assuming both of the Hardy brothers will sign with the WWE in 2017 and that they will be able to legally use the “Broken” gimmick they made famous while working for Impact Wrestling, this is the obvious WrestleMania 34 match for Matt.
12 Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano
Even before the duo of Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano won the NXT Tag Team Titles, there were subtle teases that Ciampa could go heel and eventually turn on Gargano. That does not necessarily need to happen before the team known as D.I.Y. appears on either Raw or SmackDown. In fact, it may make for better a story if the two remain a team on the main roster until Ciampa turns for whatever reason.
11 Kassius Ohno vs. Kevin Owens
It’s still too early to say if the WWE will ever allow Kassius Ohno to be anything of note as a member on the main roster, but we hope he gets a real opportunity if only so we can see this match take place at a WrestleMania. This is a “K.O. versus K.O.” big-man battle we have yet to see take place on WWE television, and it’s one that should be a great encounter because of the talents held by both participants.
10 Neville vs. Sami Zayn
Neville and Sami Zayn are similar in that both got over as beloved babyfaces in NXT, and yet neither man was all that protected after making the jump to the main roster. Neville’s WWE run received new life when he turned heel and was given a chance to serve as the top star of the company’s cruiserweight division, but Zayn continues to be just a guy on the Raw roster.
9 Roman Reigns vs. Jeff Hardy
Just about everybody knows Roman Reigns needs to turn heel, perhaps even at WrestleMania 33 during or after his match with The Undertaker. A heel Reigns could make for the ideal opponent for Jeff Hardy if Jeff and Matt are on the cusp of re-signing with the WWE. Hardy and Reigns is a unique match that’s almost guaranteed to entertain the audience, and Jeff would be a great babyface to take bumps working with a larger opponent such as Reigns.
8 Randy Orton vs. The Rock
The Rock seems to almost always make time for the WWE regardless of how busy he is with Hollywood projects and other business affairs, which is why it’s not unlikely he’ll make an appearance at WrestleMania 34. There aren’t many big matches left for Rock to have, but a WrestleMania encounter versus Randy Orton could make for great television with the proper writing.
7 Asuka vs. Charlotte
Even if the WWE does decide to book a Money in the Bank match for WrestleMania 34, the show could still use a one-on-one bout featuring female wrestlers on that card. Asuka needs to be called up to either Raw or SmackDown as quickly as possible, perhaps as early as the week after WrestleMania 33.
6 Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor
Perhaps the biggest hurdle standing in the way of wrestling fans getting to see Seth Rollins face Finn Balor at WrestleMania 34 is that the WWE won’t want to wait an entire year to have these two wrestle once Balor makes his official return to television at some point this spring. A real-life storyline for this future match already exists, as Balor suffered a legitimate injury when the two faced off at SummerSlam in August 2016.
5 Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe
We’ve decided to go ahead and ignore those rumors about Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns once again working with each other at a WrestleMania show, this time in 2018, and instead dream of a match that features Lesnar wrestling Samoa Joe. This match wouldn’t be pretty, but that’s the point of it.
4 Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
We’re not in denial here, as we get it’s highly unlikely WWE will allow Daniel Bryan to ever wrestle for the company again following his forced retirement in 2016. It cannot be ignored, however, that WWE repeatedly teases a feud and future contest involving Bryan and Miz, and we think we’ve figured out a way the promotion could produce this match without having to worry about the safety of either man.
3 Triple H vs. Shane McMahon
This match between real-life family members who are two different types of authority figures in storylines is easy to create. Truth be told, this match may, to steal the phrase, be “best for business,” as it would keep both Triple H and Shane McMahon away from active wrestlers for the WrestleMania 34 show.
2 John Cena vs. The Undertaker
The storyline for the match involving John Cena and Nikki Bella taking on Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania 33 has made for entertaining segments on SmackDown and Talking Smack, but the actual match will likely be lackluster and forgettable. One match that needs to happen before both men ride off into the sunset is Cena versus Undertaker, a contest featuring two of the biggest WWE stars of the past 20 years going face-to-face in front of thousands upon thousands of excited fans.
1 A.J. Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
It’s almost impossible to believe WWE couldn’t come up with a better idea for A.J. Styles for WrestleMania 33 than a one-on-one match against either Shawn Michaels or Shane McMahon, but that’s where we are as of the final week of March 2017.
Meanwhile, Shinsuke Nakamura remains down in NXT rather than on the main roster and part of the company’s top show of the year. Creating an entertaining storyline that ends with Styles and Nakamura facing each other at WrestleMania 34 should be easy enough knowing the pasts of the two wrestlers, and that contest could prove to be one of the top WWE matches of the decade. It would be a shame if WWE dropped the ball and didn’t put this near or even in the main-event slot of WrestleMania 34.
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