A new year brings a lot of new excitement to the WWE. It feels like a fresh start and it also marks the beginning of the road to WrestleMania. January is filled with hype for the Royal Rumble and the weeks that follow lead to some of the best WWE storylines. 2017 looks like it could be one of the best years ever as storylines evolve, wrestlers make their returns to the ring, and fans are treated to dream matches that they’ve been wanting to see for months.
As the rumor mill churns, a number of future WWE encounters come into the picture. The following 15 matches have been rumored for quite some time and can be expected to be main event matches when they are held. These matches include Superstars like John Cena, The Undertaker, A.J. Styles, Kevin Owens, and Finn Balor, among others. If these rumors prove to be true, then we are in for some classic battles and contests that we’ve never seen before in the WWE. Many of the matches could even be featured on the WrestleMania 33 card to create a lot of interest in the upcoming event.
All we can say for now is that 2017 has the potential to be one of the best years in a long time if some of these matches come to fruition. So now, without further ado, lets find out which rumored bouts make the list and can potentially go down in 2017, enjoy!
15 A.J. Styles vs. The Undertaker
During the 900th episode of WWE SmackDown, The Undertaker made his return in a big way. Not only did he appear live on the show, but he announced that he would not be defined by WrestleMania. This got the fans talking and one of the biggest rumored matches for The Undertaker is a WWE Championship bout against A.J. Styles at the Royal Rumble.
14 John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler has been teetering on the edge of main event status for numerous months now. He has showcased his ring skills in matches against Dean Ambrose and A.J. Styles, but he needs a huge decisive win to really help make him a credible star. As John Cena plans his big return, these two could really have a great match for the SmackDown brand.
13 Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor
Kevin Owens has had a lengthy run as the WWE Universal Champion. It’s a great comparison to his run as the NXT Champion. Finn Balor was the man who ended the NXT Championship run and now he can return to take back the Universal Championship that he never lost.
12 Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
After planting seeds for almost a year, the battle of the Pedigrees seems set to take place at WrestleMania 33. Triple H set this feud in motion by attacking Rollins and costing him the Universal Championship after it was declared vacant.
11 Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens
One of the great modern-day bromances is about to come to an end. After months of having each others backs, it’s finally time for Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens to officially split up and have a match against each other. Their feud can be done a number of different ways. Jericho could win the Rumble, turn on Owens and feud with him going into WrestleMania.
10 Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar III
After Goldberg’s annihilation of Brock Lesnar at the 2016 Survivor Series, it was almost a given that these two monsters would meet again in a WWE ring. Both men have already been confirmed for the 2016 Royal Rumble and rumors have swirled that their next encounter will be at WrestleMania 33. With Goldberg sporting a 2-0 record against Brock, it’s likely that Lesnar will finally get a win. WWE could throw us another swerve though, in an effort to help continue Goldberg’s dominance and push, as the company can then have an underdog beat Goldberg to generate a big push for themselves.
9 Shaq vs. The Big Show
In what could go down as one of the clunkiest and worst matches in WrestleMania history, Shaq himself has continuously fueled rumors that he's going one-on-one against the Big Show. Shaq made an appearance in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal last year and he briefly teamed up with Big Show before both men were eliminated.
8 The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan may be retired from in-ring action at the moment, but the WWE creative team isn’t acting like it. For several months, The Miz and Daniel Bryan have been teasing a match against each other. They openly taunt one another and have had several angry arguments on SmackDown and the post-show, Talking Smack. Their rivalry has been great, but it’s missing the in-ring action and physical battles between the two.
7 Renee Young and Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz and Maryse
The relationship between Renee Young and Dean Ambrose has been kept quiet until Young became an official member of the Total Divas cast. Since then, fans have been exposed to their off-screen relationship that is slowly transitioning into some on-screen drama.
6 Sami Zayn vs. A.J. Styles
On the Raw side of the roster, the WWE creative team has done great things with Sami Zayn. Over the past few months, they have built him up as a tough opponent, great in-ring competitor, and one of the best underdogs to look out for. After so much tension with Mick Foley, Zayn could be traded to the SmackDown roster in dramatic fashion. If this is the case, then Zayn could be the person to dethrone A.J. Styles and win his first World Championship on the main roster.
5 Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte
As Ronda Rousey prepares for her UFC comeback fight, rumors have been going around that she may also retire from active competition. If this is the case, then you can expect the WWE to try and scoop her up as soon as possible. Rousey is already friends with Stephanie McMahon and the connections could create a lot of great women’s matches.
4 Ronda Rousey & The Rock vs. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
Ronda Rousey’s first big WWE experience came at WrestleMania 31. Standing by The Rock’s side, Rousey took down Triple H and put Stephanie McMahon in an arm-bar. The moment was great and left fans wanting more. If the Triple H and Seth Rollins match falls through, then this would be an epic back-up plan. The Rock and Rousey are mega-stars and this match-up has been rumored for years.
3 Kurt Angle in the WWE Royal Rumble
Some of the biggest rumors to start off the year include who will be the surprise entrants in the Royal Rumble match. If this year’s rumors prove to be true, it could prove to be one of the biggest Rumble matches of all-time. Oh it’s true. Kurt Angle is rumored to make his official WWE return at the 2017 event. It’s been over ten years since Angle has appeared in the WWE and the crowd would go absolutely NUTS if he returned at the Rumble.
2 Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns has taken on a lot of giants like Rusev and Big Show, but it looks like he will face his biggest challenge in 2017 when he goes up against Braun Strowman. Strowman has spent weeks destroying the WWE talents in squash matches and he’s finally ready for a real feud. Never one to back down from a challenge, Reigns would take on Strowman and likely have his United States Championship on the line.
1 The Undertaker vs. John Cena
It seems like every year for the past five years, people have been talking about John Cena taking on The Undertaker at WrestleMania. This year looks like the pieces are finally in place to see this match happen. Both Superstars are a part of the SmackDown roster and ready to return as the new year arrives. A headlining match between these two would give WrestleMania the hype it needs to become a must-see event.
John Cena and The Undertaker have fought before, but it was early in their careers when John Cena was still a young rapping heel on the SmackDown roster. Now as one of the greats, it would be interesting to see if The Face That Runs the Place will try to conquer The Deadman for some WrestleMania glory. It would also be fun to see Cena booed out of the building if he actually defeated The Undertaker at Mania.
In addition, the rumor mill believe this match will have championship implications. If so, and Cena wins, he will tie Ric Flair's illustrious 16-time title record.
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