WrestleMania is the grandest stage of them all for a reason, as people flock from all around the world to watch this mega-spectacle of WWE. In order to maintain a worldwide audience, the WWE needs to book the best of matches that will garner a balance of casual and hardcore, and therefore they reserve the best of dream matches for this event and make for some amazing entertainment, as everything you’d hope for can come true at WrestleMania.
Of course, the booking for WrestleMania matches are already underway months before the actual event itself, as the Royal Rumble event is a building block for many of the fights that will take place.
As there may be some of the rumored dream matches which we are gutted to not have taken place, there are also some which we’re rather glad didn’t actually take place, as the match didn’t deserve the honor of taking place at a grand stage like WrestleMania. These matches would’ve held the show down and been a mistake on WWE’s part, while there are certain rumored WrestleMania matches which we really wanted to see.
Let’s take a look at 8 rumored WrestleMania matches we’re glad didn’t happen, and 7 we really wanted to see.
15 Matches We're Glad Didn’t Happen
The Brothers of Destruction have never really been booked like that big of a terrorizing force in the WWE, as the two have rarely been together as a team. So The Undertaker and Kane were supposed to team up at WrestleMania 21 to take on the sadistic team of Snitsky and Heidenreich. who were dominating together on SmackDown at the time. The original plan wasn’t only for this tag match to go down, but for Snitsky and Heidenreich to actually win the match and break the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak as well. But thankfully none of that happened, as a match between these 4 wouldn’t have been that big of a deal for WrestleMania anyways. Instead, Taker would face Randy Orton in a classic match which was way better than a potential Brothers of Destruction vs Snitsky and Heidenreich.
14 John Cena vs Fabulous & Jay-Z in a Rap Battle - WrestleMania XIX
WWE has this habit of trying to get celebrities to up their shows whenever possible, as we’ve seen so many outside celebrities over the years appear at WrestleMania to rile up wrestlers and do a spot with them to get more eyes onto the product and make the mainstream news. So at WrestleMania XIX, the Doctor of Thuganomics John Cena was supposed to have a freestyle Rap Battle with rappers Fabulous and Jay-Z, only for it to get cancelled at the last moment due to both the rappers not being able to make it to the show. Cena would then talk some trash about the two, but thankfully we didn’t have to watch a freestyle rap battle at a show like WrestleMania, which has gotten its fame because of the actual WRESTLING. Sadly for Cena, he didn’t make the card because of it, but at least he didn’t have to go through this potential horrible segment.
13 Matt Hardy vs Mark Henry - WrestleMania XX
Matt Hardy and Mark Henry are both of different sizes and styles, and even though they would have matches in the ECW Brand of the WWE, it never felt like a PPV-quality feud as it just didn’t click between the two. But at WrestleMania XX, a match was pitched for Hardy to face Henry in a singles match and to snap his “losing streak” under his “Mattitude” gimmick which was going amazingly well at the time. Thankfully the WWE didn’t go with that decision because of Henry getting injured prior to the event, and this potential disaster of a match didn’t take place at an event like WrestleMania. Sadly for both, none of them got a place on the card but that’s probably still better than watching them trying to put on a good match.
12 Triple H vs Mike Tyson in a Boxing Match - WrestleMania X-Seven
WrestleMania X-Seven is widely considered to be one of the best WrestleManias of all time, as everything about it felt to be absolutely pitch perfect. But the WWE almost ruined this perfect recipe by adding a horrible match in Triple H taking on boxing legend Mike Tyson in a boxing match. The goal? To help Tyson’s bad image by making him play face to one of the top heels in the WWE at the time. Thankfully this didn’t materialize at the end of the day, as Tyson didn’t wanna do it. A boxing match would absolutely have ruined the amazing WrestleMania X-Seven, denting Triple H’s reputation. WWE made Triple H feud with the Undertaker who he faced at the grandest stage of them all and fell victim to, but losing to the Phenom is way better than having to box with a madman like Mike Tyson, who would’ve probably destroyed him.
11 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Big Show - WrestleMania 2000
Stone Cold Steve Austin is one of the guys who can electrify any crowd he appears in front of, and has the history of making for some of the greatest matches even with questionable in-ring workers. But that doesn’t mean that a potential match between him and The Big Show, which was supposed to be the main event of WrestleMania 2000, would have been any good. Now, The Big Show is a very good worker for his size, but him having a long main event with Stone Cold (who was only getting older) wouldn’t have been possible and it would’ve possibly been filled with antics rather than actual wrestling. That wouldn’t be fit for a WrestleMania main event and probably would have angered the crowd, so it's rather like a blessing in disguise for Austin to have gotten ruled out for it as he was recovering from neck surgery. WWE went with a fatal four-way between Triple, The Rock, Mankind and Big Show which was probably way better and had everything a main event demanded from it, making for a solid match which Austin and Show by themselves wouldn’t be able to give.
10 Edge vs William Regal - WrestleMania X8
The “Rated R” Superstar Edge was quite the different sort of wrestler than the technical wizard William Regal, who was one of the more underrated performers of his era. So during the end of 2001 and beginning of 2002, these two were pit against each other to feud for the Intercontinental Championship (held by Regal at this point) and they were going after each other for almost 4 months for it. The original plans were for Edge to reclaim the title at WrestleMania X8 but it was scrapped because the feud was too boring. Even though both are very good wrestlers, they couldn’t seem to sync together very well and hence made for some underwhelming, rather boring matches, which forced the WWE to scrap the feud and put the belt on Rob Van Dam instead at WrestleMania.
9 Bam Bam Bigelow vs Kamala - WrestleMania IX
So the two clash of the big guys in the WWE was actually pitched to happen at WrestleMania 9, but was cancelled in the last moment because of some problems on Kamala’s side apparently. One wouldn’t really want to watch these two brawny guys go at each other though, and them having to wrestle each other would feel to forced by the WWE trying to up the ratings by having two gigantic men fight. And going by the history of giants going after each other in the WWE, it wouldn’t have been the most entertaining of matches either as it probably would have limited action and some predictable moveset to it as well. Thankfully the match was nowhere near the card when the event actually happened, and the thought of this big guy named “Bam Bam” and a voodoo doctor like character like Kamala going against each other doesn’t feel right at a stage like WrestleMania.
8 Vince McMahon vs Eric Bischoff - WrestleMania XIX
So in 2003, the potential match between Mr. McMahon and Eric Bischoff had a lot of drawing power and was even possible considering that Bischoff had agreed to signing a WWE contract, making for the perfect WWE vs WCW clash but many thought that was nullified once Bischoff was introduced as the GM of Raw. But the match was apparently still on the cards until Hulk Hogan came along and WWE had to revise it to becoming a Hulk Hogan and Mr. McMahon Street Fight. Thankfully the McMahon and Bischoff match didn’t happen, as it would’ve been an absolute train-wreck which probably would’ve been hounded with outside wrestlers doing the actual wrestling rather than the two involved themselves, and going by the in-ring skills of both McMahon and Bischoff, this would’ve been utterly disappointing. As much as the match sounded to be mouth-watering at the time, it’s rather good that it didn’t go through at the end because it would’ve been pretty bad.
7 Matches We Wish Had Happened
Mr. McMahon has been quite the dictatorial asshole to many of his wrestlers, with the peak being showcased during the Attitude Era where he suppressed many wrestlers and didn’t let them get their chances. Mankind aka Mick Foley was one of them, as he was constantly screwed over by the boss and years later at WrestleMania X-Seven, Foley had the chance to exact his revenge in a match which was pitched to him by Mr. McMahon to take him on. But Foley disagreed to it and decided to referee the Vince vs Shane match which was quite the shame, because we’d love to see Foley go ballistic with his hard-core skills and kick McMahon’s ass and make him bleed bad. It would’ve been a match many of Mankind’s fans would’ve wanted to see, and it would’ve been amazing if it’d been a street-fight and Foley rallied back to go extreme on McMahon. This match was apparently also on the cards a few years later, but McMahon blowing out his quads made it impossible. Oh how we’d love to watch Foley kick McMahon’s butt!
6 Kane vs X-Pac - WrestleMania 2000
Kane and X-Pac have quite the history with each other, as the two not only have been a very good tag team in their time but also have some classic matches to back up their amazing chemistry together inside the ring. So the match was pitched for Kane to take on X-Pac in a barb-wired steel cage match which would have some “big ol explosions” as per X-Pac’s words. But WWE didn’t wanna do it because of the risk of it all, even though Kane was okay with going ahead with it, as the two trusted each other in a dangerous match as such and would’ve probably knocked it straight out of the park. With X-Pac’s eccentric athletic ability and the core destructiveness of the big red machine, it would’ve been a brutal and hard-core matches with some awesome spots which probably would’ve escalated the hardcore level of wrestling at the time and enthralled the crowd as well. But WWE decided to play it safe and this classic match was denied for us.
5 Shawn Michaels vs Eddie Guerrero - WrestleMania 22
Even the thought of two wrestlers like Shawn Michaels and Eddie Guerrero going head to head is amazing, as the two have such similar styles yet are amazingly different in the same time as well. The match between the two was actually pitched for WrestleMania 22, which was about a year before the tragic passing of Eddie in 2005. Apparently Vince McMahon was really high on this match taking place as one of the core matches of WrestleMania 22, with the heel Guerrero going against Michaels and was sold on it being a fire-cracker. This match probably would’ve blown the roof of the arena if it had happened, as both are incredible performers and their styles would’ve complimented each other as well. Sadly Eddie passed away in 2005 which turned out to be gold for Rey Mysterio, who defied the odds to win the World Heavyweight Championship in WrestleMania 22 and Michaels had to wrestle Mr. McMahon in the event, but we can only imagine how good the Eddie vs Michaels match could’ve been if it had actually happened.
4 The Rock vs Triple H - WrestleMania 2000
The Rock and Triple H have had some classic encounters in the past, but their legendary feud deserved a WrestleMania main event match itself, as the two were on top of the world during WrestleMania 16 when they were the top face and heel of the company respectively. The original plan was for The Rock to become the no #1 face after Austin had to be ruled out because of his neck surgery, and would challenge the transitional champion in Triple H who got over as heel after feuding with Mick Foley. To have the Game and the Great one go one on one at the grandest stage of them all in the main event would be a quality encounter, as both seem to have an amazing chemistry when wrestling against each other and have the ability to put on some really intense, entertaining matches. But WWE went onto add Mick Foley and The Big Show to the match as well, making it a fatal 4 way which was pretty good but the potential of a Triple H and Rock main-event at the time would bring big bucks to the company and also made for a classic, top-level encounter.
3 Hulk Hogan vs Ric Flair - WrestleMania VIII
Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair were probably the biggest draws in the wrestling industry during their time, and when they both ended up being in the WWE in 1992, it was the perfect opportunity for the WWE to make that dream Hogan vs Flair match everyone those days was craving for. Apparently the match was in the plans of WWE during WrestleMania, as they even did a mock press conference where WWE President Jack Tunney announced Hogan to be the no #1 contender for Flair’s WWE Championship. But the plans somehow dwindled out, as WrestleMania 8 had a double main event with Flair defending his title against Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Hogan facing Sid Justice. But the thought of the charisma of the Hulkster against the technical wizardry of Flair makes for such awesome thoughts, and if these two had faced against each other at the time where both were pretty good in the ring, it would’ve been a spectacle to behold and instantly sold out WrestleMania. But sadly WWE went another way, and we had to wait a long time before getting and these two legends didn’t have the opportunity to face each other at the grandest stage of them all.
2 The Undertaker vs Sting - WrestleMania 31
Wrestling fans have been wanting the legendary match of The Undetaker and Sting for almost decades now, as the two mystical legends of wrestling are yet to step into the ring together to go against each other. But the Sting vs Taker match has been the talk of the town for quite some years now, with a real possibility being at WrestleMania 31 with Sting in the WWE finally and the Deadman wanting to go out of the WWE on a high. There were a lot of rumors of this match actually going down ever since Sting appeared in WWE TV, and it was discussed by WWE officials too but in the end they went with Sting vs Triple and Taker to take on Bray Wyatt. But the prospect of Taker taking on Sting(irrespective of their age) is a mouth-watering prospect because of the antics, the action and the wrestling material the match could bring to us and the thought of these two legendary characters going at it at the grandest stage of them all excites a wrestling fan up. This match looks improbably as the years go on, and WWE missed a real spot at WrestleMania 31 and should have booked this match to up the ante of the event.
1 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Hulk Hogan - WrestleMania X8
When The New World Order was bought by the WWE in 2002 and Stone Cold going onto feud with them, many thought that we might get the Stone Cold vs Hulk Hogan dream match at WrestleMania X8. That match itself could’ve sold out WrestleMania as the potential of the Texas Rattlesnake taking on Hollywood Hulk Hogan would bring even the most casual of watchers to tune in to watch. But the match was apparently declined by Austin when WWE pitched the idea to him, stating that he never likes or trusts Hogan enough to work with him. The match was eventually made The Rock vs Hulk Hogan, with Austin having to wrestle Scott Hall instead. Not that neither of the above two were disappointing by any standard, but the thought of two top guys of the two eras going head to head at the grandest stage of them all would have been stunning, with Austin’s bad-assery and Hogan’s coolness would make for an amazing match and something which would truly have been once in a lifetime.
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