Everyone is talking about the big changes hitting WWE over the past month. The brand split has given us two completely different rosters for Raw and SmackDown. Mick Foley and Daniel Bryan are back in General Manager roles under the leadership of Stephanie McMahon and Shane McMahon. New stars are up from NXT. Roman Reigns was suspended and has us wondering his future in the plans of WWE. Seth Rollins returned from injury and looks amazing. Dean Ambrose shockingly won the WWE Championship. Brock Lesnar’s drug test violations have sparked negative stories. Things are all over the place right now in the WWE.
It is almost impossible to predict the distant future, but only a select few performers have the realistic ability to main event WrestleMania. There are the part-time performers appearing infrequently but holding a drawing power thanks to their legendary status in the company. The current stars are building momentum and hoping to get to the next level as elite names in the industry. We can’t forget about the prospects with potential to take over the top spots in WWE. We’ll break it all down and try to play the role of psychic. These are 15 possible WrestleMania main event matches that may happen in the very near future.
15 Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
The original plan for Triple H at WrestleMania 32 was to enter a feud with Seth Rollins. Sadly, Rollins would suffer an injury in November forcing him to miss WrestleMania. Triple H entered a program with Roman Reigns in the main event for the WWE World Championship instead. Rollins was likely scheduled to lose the title and get turned on by Triple H, with him no longer holding the power required to be The Game’s protégé.
14 The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar
The two biggest names to make appearances for WWE have to be The Rock and Brock Lesnar. The Rock can’t always wrestle due to movie studios excluding potential wrestling injuries from his insurance. His busy schedule also provides difficulty in appearing enough to build up a storyline. That being said, The Rock still loves the wrestling industry and tries to find a spot on WrestleMania every year. It is a safe bet Rock will have a few more WrestleMania matches in the near future.
13 Finn Balor vs. A.J. Styles
WWE is trying their best to showcase new stars that already have reputations from working all over the world. Both A.J. Styles and Finn Balor ended up getting signed to the WWE at different points due to their respective stints as leaders of The Bullet Club in New Japan. Balor has finally been called up to the main roster in the recent draft. Styles was sent to SmackDown to serve as one of the top stars on the new look brand.
12 Shinsuke Nakamura vs. John Cena
Shinsuke Nakamura is on pace to become the most popular star in NXT and wrestling fans are continuously falling in love with him. His combination of elite in-ring work and a personality like no other in the WWE has made Nakamura one of the top merchandise sellers in the company already. Nakamura is likely being relegated to carrying the NXT brand for a few more months, but he should be up on the main roster by early 2017.
11 Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor
Let’s get weird. WWE tries to make WrestleMania bigger than the wrestling business and crossover into the territory of the Super Bowl. WrestleMania has to be one of the biggest live spectacles of all entertainment each year and that typically means going after stars from other industries. Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are respectively the biggest stars in boxing and mixed martial arts. Both men create a buzz by basically playing a wrestling character and cutting promos against their opponents.
10 Triple H vs. The Rock
WWE teased the potential The Rock and Triple H battling it out like old times back in 2015. The two engaged in competitive backstage promos when The Rock made a few random appearances on WWE television. Triple H and Rock had one of the greatest rivalries of The Attitude Era. They had a long series of matches as newcomers in the midcard and eventually competed for the WWE Championship in many memorable bouts at the top of the industry.
9 Brock Lesnar vs. Big Cass
Vince McMahon still has a preference towards the larger wrestlers. Wrestling fans tend to reject them more due to lack of personality and their inability to keep up with the faster performers in the ring. Braun Strowman is the best example of what is wanted from a WWE Superstar, but what fans will ultimately reject. One wrestler that has both the look desired by McMahon and the organic fan support from the crowd is Big Cass.
8 Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
The women’s division has finally started to develop the credibility it deserves. Time is the biggest factor and the fact that WWE has not gone back to the old ways yet is a great sign. The brand split has created two unique rosters of female wrestlers and the rumor is both shows will dedicate a lot of time to women’s wrestling. WWE wants the women to be treated as equal athletes to the men and the goal is for them to one day main event WrestleMania.
7 Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor
The task of trying to think of potential WrestleMania main eventers is tough when you get past the legends that wrestle part-time. Seth Rollins and Finn Balor are two of the rare talents who are special enough to have realistic paths to the top of the WWE. The ascension of Rollins has already made him one of the top stars in the WWE and he may be on the way to passing Roman Reigns as “the guy” after the past few months of circumstances.
6 The Rock vs. Roman Reigns
WWE has been trying their best to make Roman Reigns the face of the company, but it has been met with roadblock after roadblock. Fans developed resentment towards Reigns for being the chosen one and have consistently booed him out of the building for the past few years. A recent wellness policy violation has changed the standing of Reigns in the company due to his suspension, but we all know they will still push him heavily once the dust settles.
5 Kofi Kingston vs. Big E vs. Xavier Woods
The New Day have become the hottest act in the WWE. Through the months of terrible injury news, WWE needed some talents to step up and the trio did just that. New Day have sold a ton of merchandise and are always the most beloved stars at every WWE show. Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods all found their calling by showing their naturally humorous and lovable personalities while working together.
4 John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
The inevitable match that will main event WrestleMania within the next few years is Roman Reigns vs. John Cena. WWE desperately wants Reigns to replace Cena as the top star in the company. The experiment has not worked out to perfection, but the long term game plan is still in place. Cena can still perform at a high level and is definitely the biggest star in WWE, but he is inching closer towards his 40th birthday.
3 Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
A large percent of fans would name Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose as the best active rivalry in the company. Rollins and Ambrose have been going at it since Rollins turned on him to break up The Shield. The two have had a nearly two-year long rivalry with dozens of matches all over the world. WWE clearly views them as the stars of the future with fellow Shield alumni Roman Reigns.
2 Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Speaking of amazing rivalries, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are destined to keep fighting each other for the remainder of their careers. The two star talents have battled throughout their entire careers from the Montreal wrestling scene to ROH to NXT before fighting each other on Raw every week. Owens is the perfect villain and Zayn knows how to play the underdog hero to perfection. The two are currently in a feud, but it will continue on and off for many more years.
1 John Cena vs. The Undertaker
The most likely and interesting WrestleMania main event matchup in the cards has to be The Undertaker facing off against John Cena. For all of the legendary stars Undertaker has faced at WrestleMania during the epic undefeated streak, Cena has never been one of his opponents. The rumors indicated Cena was schedule to face Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 but an injury removed him from the plans and Shane McMahon was called in.
This is one of the rare matches left that can bring in huge money and create a genuinely eclectic environment. Cena is nearing the end of his prime and The Undertaker only has so few matches left in the tank. The match would take place at WrestleMania 33 in all likelihood and give us one of the biggest main events in quite some time. Every wrestling fan, casual or diehard, would be interested in this one. John Cena against The Undertaker is the dream and we might find the match main event WrestleMania next year.
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