Over the past two decades, The Undertaker and WrestleMania have become synonymous with each other. Nobody has dominated wrestling's biggest show of the year the way The Undertaker has and nobody has had fans at the edge of their seats quite like The Deadman did during his legendary WrestleMania undefeated streak, especially during its last few years. At WrestleMania XXV and XXVI, he and Shawn Michaels competed in perhaps the two best WrestleMania matches ever, as both men pushed each other to new heights and provided the WWE Universe with the type of unforgettable moments WrestleMania has come to be known for. At WrestleMania XXVII and XXVIII, he and Triple H would define and end an era, with two extremely physically punishing matches full of sledgehammer and chair shots. CM Punk would face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29, fresh off his 434 day reign as WWE Champion, and the two would deliver a Match of the Year worthy performance. The Undertaker's undefeated streak came to an end at the hands of Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX, in what was one of he most shocking and unexpected moments in WWE history.
Despite the end of his streak, Undertaker has performed at the last two WrestleMania events, defeating Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 31 and defeating Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 32, but rumors have been circulating that WrestleMania 33 could be The Undertaker's last ride. If it really is the end of the line for The Undertaker, it's important that WWE gets it right, as it will be the cherry on top of an amazing and legendary career. With WrestleMania season quickly approaching, there's been a lot of names being thrown around as possible opponents for The Undertaker and some names that haven't been getting suggested, but maybe should be. Here's 8 wrestlers rumored to face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33 and 7 who should be considered.
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15 Rumored: Hulk Hogan
The Hulkster has been persona non grata in WWE for the last year, after tapes of him using racial slurs were made public, but the company has slowly been softening its stance on Hogan and it's completely possible that he's back in their good graces by WrestleMania 33, in time to make an appearance or maybe even lace up his boots for one last WrestleMania match, with rumors starting to emerge that he could face Taker. Hogan and The Undertaker do have history together, as Taker won his first WWE Championship off Hogan in 1991 and defeated him again for the WWE Undisputed Championship in 2002. Neither man has much left in the tank in terms of athleticism, with Hogan having less to offer than 'Taker, but the name power alone could entice WWE into booking the match. WWE just cashed in on a Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg match that nobody thought was even possible a few months ago, so who's to say that they don't decide to trot The Hulkster out there one last time for a big payday. The nostalgia alone would sell that match, even if the in ring performance is less than stellar.
14 Consider: Baron Corbin
The Lone Wolf has had a hard time finding his footing on the main roster since his call up at WrestleMania 32. He won the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but he hasn't really been able to get over as a heel. His feuds with Dolph Ziggler, Apollo Crews, and Jack Swagger have simply failed to generate any sort of real heat and the matches often found themselves on the pay-per-view pre-show rather than the main show. He was part of the five man team that was representing SmackDown Live at Survivor Series this year, but was replaced by Shane McMahon after a storyline injury to his knee. He's currently in an uninteresting feud with Kalisto that he'll probably win, only to see the WWE Universe not care. One possible solution to Corbin's problem would be a WrestleMania 33 match against The Undertaker. If Corbin was given the chance to work with The Undertaker, a character that fans have a lot emotionally invested in and was able to impose his physical dominance during the match, and even win, it could finally start to make fans hate Corbin, rather than not caring about him at all. It's a long shot, but nobody saw Shane McMahon being The Undertaker's opponent at last year's WrestleMania coming, so you never know.
13 Rumored: Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman is an interesting case. Around this time last year, rumors began to surface that he was being considered as The Undertaker's WrestleMania opponent, there was push back from fans online, as many of them felt Strowman wasn't ready for such a big match and that he hadn't earned the right to face The Phenom at WrestleMania. Obviously the rumors proved to be untrue and Braun went on to do very little at WrestleMania, but it's now a year later and Strowman's character is far more developed than it was before. The new and improved Strowman is supposed to be an unstoppable monster and what would be more monster-like than destroying the legendary Undertaker at the show that defines his legacy? There is a slight obstacle standing in the way of this scenario though, with Strowman being a part of the Monday Night Raw roster and The Undertaker seemingly being a part of Smackdown Live, but if booked correctly it could still be done. With Shane and Stephanie McMahon, and their respective shows, constantly battling for supremacy, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility that Raw's Monster and Smackdown's Conscience clash at WrestleMania, each representing a McMahon and their brand.
12 Consider: Kane
Despite not being real life brothers, The Undertaker and Kane are up there with Bret and Owen Hart, The Steiner Brothers, and The Hardy Boyz as pro wrestling's most memorable siblings. The pair already met once at WrestleMania XIV and a second time at WrestleMania XX, with The Undertaker making his much awaited return to his Deadman persona before their second match. The Undertaker came out victorious on both occasions, and despite neither match being a barn burner, both were preceded by incredibly well executed build ups. Both men are way past their prime at this point, but with so much history between them, the frame work for a compelling feud is already there. If given the green light, The Brothers of Destruction could be pitted against each other one final time, with either Kane finally defeating his older brother and ending his career, or with The Phenom vanquishing his younger brother one final time before riding off into the sunset.
11 Rumored: Sting
With every passing WrestleMania, we get further and further from this match actually happening, but that doesn't stop the rumors or the WWE Universe's desire to see it. What hurts the most about this match is that much like the Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Hulk Hogan match that we never got, this one also had a chance to happen. Both men were active members of the WWE roster at the time of WrestleMania 31, but the decision was made to book both men against different opponents rather than finally give wrestling fans a dream match they've been waiting for since the Attitude Era. Sting has gone on record before stating his desire to face The Undertaker and it's been enough time since his neck injury to believe that maybe The Stinger would lace the up and face The Phenom, if given the opportunity.
10 Consider: Samoa Joe
The Samoan Submission Machine is the reigning NXT Champion and isn't even on WWE's main roster right now, but with still a few months to go before WrestleMania, it's completely possible that Joe finds himself on the main roster and in a match with The Deadman by the time WrestleMania rolls along. In a way, Samoa Joe could be the perfect opponent for The Undertaker at WrestleMania, as Joe is still performing at a top level inside the ring and his move set isn't something that The Undertaker couldn't hang with. If anything, Joe's hard hitting style would probably work great with The Undertaker, much like Brock Lesnar's did. It would work out well for both parties, as The Undertaker would get a formidable and recognizable opponent and Samoa Joe would get a boost from working such a high profile match against a legend. Win or lose, Joe would benefit greatly from a WrestleMania match with The Undertaker.
9 Rumored: Goldberg
Oh what a difference a few months makes. At the time of WrestleMania 32, the thought of Bill Goldberg wrestling a match for WWE, let alone having a WrestleMania match with The Undertaker, was laughable. Goldberg had been absent from the squared circle for 12 years and nobody thought we'd ever see him wrestle again, but fast forward to Survivor Series and the 49 year old is standing victorious after having just conquered The Conqueror, Brock Lesnar. It was supposed to be a one time thing, but Goldberg has already been booked and advertised for the 2017 Royal Rumble, which would indicate that there's at least a chance he gets asked to work WrestleMania 33. Goldberg will be 50 years old by the time WrestleMania comes around and thanks to the short length of his match with Lesnar, nobody know exactly how much he has left in the tank, but as far as creating a buzz, this match up would do exactly that if WWE chose to go that route.
8 Consider: The Miz
This past year has really been a resurgence for The Miz. The Hollywood A Lister won the WWE Intercontinental Championship from Zack Ryder the night after WrestleMania 32 and hasn't looked back since. He's done some of his best in ring work as of late and his work-shoot promo with Daniel Bryan on Talking Smack reminded fans of just how good a heel Miz can be when given the chance. The Miz is the ultimate cowardly heel, so why not match him up with The Undertaker and embrace that? The Miz would reach new levels of heat if he were to walk out of WrestleMania with a victory over The Undertaker, especially if he used his wife Maryse to cheat his way to a win. It could make for some great promo work from The Miz, as he could use the victory to constantly antagonize fans, much like Paul Heyman did for Brock Lesnar.
7 Rumored: Brock Lesanar
Unlike The Miz, it hasn't really been the best year for Brock Lesnar. His WrestleMania 32 match with Dean Ambrose wasn't met with much praise, he was suspended from the UFC for failing a drug test, and he lost to Goldberg at Survivor Series in under two minutes. Lesnar could really use a pick me up at this point, and what better way to get his shine back, than to go back to the well one more time against The Undertaker. WrestleMania XXX marked the end of The Undertaker's legendary undefeated streak and the beginning of Brock Lesnar's reign of dominance over the WWE. The two would meet again at SummerSlam 2015 and at Hell in a Cell 2015, with them splitting victories, but with Lesnar still looking dominant over The Undertaker. One last match between the two could bring a fitting end to their rivalry. Lesnar could conquer The Undertaker for good or Taker could avenge his one WrestleMania loss and defeat Lesnar in his final match before retiring.
6 Consider: Dean Ambrose
The Lunatic Fringe has enjoyed a good run at the top of the card ever since becoming exclusive to SmackDown Live. He and AJ Styles have feuded over the WWE World Championship for the last few months and it seems as though their rivalry might finally be wrapping up after their championship match at TLC, which would leave Ambrose looking for a WrestleMania opponent, assuming he doesn't win the Royal Rumble match. Last year Ambrose entered WrestleMania with one of the hottest storylines and one of the most anticipated matches on the card against Brock Lesnar, only to see the match disappoint. At this point, Ambrose is the only one out of his Shield brothers to not have a big WrestleMania moment. A match with The Undertaker could be just what the doctored ordered for Ambrose and The Undertaker could benefit from an opponent like Ambrose who's so willing to take crazy bumps for the sake of the match. A WrestleMania match between these two could surprise fans and give Undertaker one last show stealing performance at WrestleMania.
5 Rumored: Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens has been sitting pretty atop the Monday Night Raw roster over the last few months. The reigning WWE Universal Champion has passed every test put in front of him so far, with or without help, and much like Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar, his in ring style would seem to fit perfect with The Undertaker's. Owens would be a fresh opponent for Taker and he is a big enough star that it wouldn't seem like a step down for the legend. A win for Owens could launch his career into a whole different stratosphere, much like his victory over John Cena did during his initial debut. Owens is one of the most talented performers in WWE and he didn't get the chance to turn WrestleMania into KOmania last year, so maybe this year he finally gets his shot, if the rumors are true, and makes magic with The Phenom.
4 Consider: Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt
The Viper and The Eater of Worlds have been involved in a captivating storyline as of late. After initially feuding with The Wyatt Family, Randy Orton has decided to join forces with them, much like Daniel Bryan did in early 2014. Both men have a history with The Undertaker and both men have even faced off against The Undertaker at WrestleMania before. The intrigue to this match could be the possible friction between Orton and Wyatt over who would get the opportunity to end The Undertaker's legendary career. A scenario could even exist in which The Undertaker accepts a challenge to wrestle both men at WrestleMania, putting the odds clearly in favor of Orton and Wyatt and making for an even better story if The Undertaker were to come out victorious. The possibility even exists that WWE could finally decide to put Bray Wyatt over and have him and Orton emerge as the winners, with Wyatt scoring the final pinfall over The Deadman.
3 Rumored: A.J. Styles
Out of all the rumored matches for The Undertaker at WrestleMania, this is the one I would like to see the most. If anyone on the planet can send The Undertaker off with a classic match at WrestleMania, it's A.J. Styles and nobody would deserve the boost from a match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania more than A.J. Styles. The only damper on this possible match up would be the fact that we got it too late in The Undertaker's career. A.J. Styles is at the top of his game right now and we already know exactly what he's going to bring to the table, but it's a shame to think that had this match been able to happen four or five years sooner, The Undertaker would've be able to match A.J. and they could've given us something truly special. Despite the limitations that an older Undertaker would present, it's hard to imagine Vince McMahon not being excited to promote The Phenom vs. The Phenomenal One at WrestleMania 33.
2 Consider: Daniel Bryan
Has Daniel Bryan really wrestled his last match in WWE? After all, this is the same company that saw Shawn Michaels retire from action in 1998 because of a crippling back injury, only to make a triumphant return to the ring four years later. It's been said to "never say never" in the pro wrestling business and if Bruno Sammartino, The Ultimate Warrior, and Bret Hart can all find their way back to WWE, then maybe one day Bryan will finally receive clearance from WWE doctors and give fans the comeback they've been waiting for since they heard he was retiring. The fact that Bryan is in good standing with the company and is currently still employed by them bodes well for his chances of one day stepping inside the ring to compete again. It wouldn't be hard to build a storyline around The Undertaker and Bryan, given that Bryan is the General Manager of the show most closely associated with The Undertaker, SmackDown. It wouldn't be hard to imagine The Undertaker being displeased with the direction SmackDown is heading in and challenging Bryan to what would undoubtedly be the most anticipated match at WrestleMania.
1 Rumored: John Cena
John Cena has taken a step back from the spotlight over the last year. At one point in his career, it was almost impossible to imagine John Cena out of the title hunt, especially with the brand extension adding another major title to the picture, but in 2016, it's the reality we live in. WWE's franchise player missed last year's WrestleMania due to injury and was limited to a run in to save The Rock against The Wyatt Family. Despite wrestling a record low number of matches this year, Cena hasn't lost much of a step in the ring and, if anything, he seems to have gotten better. If his match with A.J. Styles at SummerSlam earlier this year is any indication, Cena might give The Undertaker a better match than anyone expects. All signs point to Cena being The Undertaker's opponent at WrestleMania 33 and despite the worthy alternatives, it's probably what's best for WWE, Cena, and The Undertaker. Cena gets to be back in a marquee WrestleMania match, The Undertaker gets the biggest star in the company for his final match, and WWE gets to cash in on what they'll undoubtedly promote as a clash of legends. Only time can tell who The Undertaker will end up facing at WrestleMania, but if it indeed is his last ride, odds are it's going to be a memorable one.
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