WrestleMania is the ‘grandaddy’ of them all – the annual spring event that has excited wrestling fans for the past 30 years. From the famous body slam of Andre The Giant by Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III, to unforgettable moments by stars like ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, the Undertaker, The Rock, and many, many more.
It’s the one card of the year that many wrestling fans start to think about months in advance. While the January Royal Rumble is supposed to set the stage for the WrestleMania main event, things can quickly change based on fans' reaction and booking plans.
Last year Batista won the Royal Rumble, setting up what was supposed to be a match between he and Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Fan reaction was harsh to say the least, and after weeks of clamoring, the company added fan favorite Daniel Bryan to the match via a special stipulation.
There’s also the magic of returning stars of WWE as well as celebrities that find their way a lot of times into WrestleMania. Fans shell out big money with the hopes of being able to relive the glory days of the past, hoping to see one of their all-time fan favorites either find their way into a match, or even just to come out and speak in an interview.
With so many wrestlers and so many possible combinations, there’s already talk of what matches fans will see with four and a half months before WrestleMania XXXI, which will take place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Fans love to start rumors and try to guess just what the big matches at the next event will be.
Then there’s matches that fans can only dream of seeing, again hoping their stars of the past will come back to fight that magical ‘one more match’ against one of today’s mat warriors. With all that, today we take a look at “Top Early 20 Matches We Want To See At WrestleMania XXXI.”
20 Bray Wyatt vs The Undertaker
19 John Cena vs Rusev
18 AJ Lee vs Lita
Two of the best female wrestlers in the last 20 years. Lita is a Hall of Famer, and a match with the equally talented AJ Lee for the Divas Title would be a great way to take away from the usual filler women’s match. The Maina card's offerings with women has often included bad celebrity appearances or matches with women focused more on their Playboy covers than in-ring ability. Lee and Lita could be a match that could push the ladies division of the WWE to a totally new level. While Paige has come on the scene and had a strong year as a worthy contender for Lee this last year, she’s still the best Diva on the roster, and should have the biggest Diva match on the roster.
17 The Rock vs John Cena
16 Seth Rollins vs Roman Reigns
15 Dolph Ziggler vs Sami Zayn
14 Randy Orton vs Triple H
13 Triple H vs The Rock
12 Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose vs Roman Reigns
11 John Cena & Hulk Hogan vs Triple H & Mr. McMahon
10 Dean Ambrose vs Brock Lesnar
9 John Cena vs The Undertaker
8 ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs Hulk Hogan
7 Daniel Bryan vs Shawn Michaels
6 Kurt Angle vs Rusev
5 Hulk Hogan vs John Cena
4 CM Punk vs ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin
3 Sting vs The Undertaker
2 Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar
1 CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan
The rumor is this was the early call to be the main event of WrestleMania XXX, but then a number of circumstances ruined what would have been a mat classic between two great stars of the company. Putting Punk in the main event of the biggest show of the year against maybe the best pure wrestler in the company could be an easy way to draw him back in after the messy divorce that took place last January when he walked out of the company the night after the Royal Rumble. These two could easily go 30-40 minutes and keep the crowd engaged, and it’s a match that could go down as one of the best ever if given the build and the time.
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