WrestleMania is the biggest WWE event every year, and a place where the biggest feuds and the greatest dream matches take place. Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant. Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior. Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart. Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock. Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock. John Cena vs. The Rock. These are all legendary dream matches that played out on the world's biggest stage.
However, there are other dream matches that never happened at WrestleMania. The sad thing is that some of these matches were supposed to happen but WWE canceled or waited too long to make them a reality. There are other cases where fans screamed for them, but WWE wouldn't listen. Regardless, these are dream matches built for WrestleMania that fell by the wayside.
10 HULK HOGAN VS. RIC FLAIR
In the '80s, there were two world champions in wrestling that mattered above all others. Hulk Hogan was the face of WWE and Ric Flair was the man in NWA. Fans dreamed of what would happen if these two men ever faced off in the wrestling ring. When Ric Flair showed up in WWE with his world title, those dreams were coming true.
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The problem is that they didn't come true. Flair won the WWE world title in the Royal Rumble match. WWE was planning on Hogan vs. Flair at WrestleMania but changed its mind and had Flair fight Randy Savage instead in the title match. Fans didn't get to see this WrestleMania dream match on a PPV until both men were back in WCW.
9 STING VS. UNDERTAKER
The biggest WrestleMania dream match coming out of the Attitude Era was Undertaker -- the face of WWE -- vs. Sting -- the face of WCW. However, when WWE bought WCW, Sting sat out his Time Warner contract and then joined TNA Impact Wrestling. Then, there was finally a chance for this dream match to happen.
Sting signed with WWE finally and got the only WrestleMania match of his career. However, it wasn't against Undertaker and was instead against Triple H in a match that had DX and the nWo battle at ringside. Also, not only did Sting not get the fan's dream match against Undertaker, but he also lost in his only WrestleMania match.
8 GOLDBERG VS. STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN
Bill Goldberg was accused for many years in WCW of being a Stone Cold Steve Austin knockoff. Of course, this isn't fair because the only thing that they had in common was a bald head. Austin was a great in-ring wrestler with a ton of charisma and Goldberg was a runaway train that just bulldozed over everyone and said very little.
When Goldberg appeared in WWE finally, fans wondered if he would get to fight Stone Cold Steve Austin finally. Goldberg feuded with The Rock but never got his shot against Austin because Stone Cold had already retired from wrestling due to injuries. They did share a ring at a WrestleMania when Austin refereed Goldberg's match with Brock Lesnar.
7 SHAWN MICHAELS VS. THE ROCK
Shawn Michaels and The Rock were top stars in WWE at the same time. They were two of the biggest names in the company at the same time. However, while Rock feuded with Michaels' best friend Triple H and both men worked with Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania events, they never wrestled each other at the biggest event of the year.
As a matter of fact, they never even had a one-on-one match because The Rock refused to wrestle Shawn Michaels. They did share a ring as Shawn Michaels refereed a match between Rock and Triple H that ended when Undertaker made his WWE return as a biker.
6 DANIEL BRYAN VS. SHAWN MICHAELS
When Daniel Bryan was battling The Authority, his relationship with Shawn Michaels was brought up. Before Bryan began wrestling in Ring of Honor, he trained under Shawn Michaels and William Regal. HBK, as one of the trainers for Bryan, came out and tried to explain to him how dangerous Triple H was.
When Michaels refereed a match between Bryan and Triple H, he cheated to help his buddy win and that set off Bryan. There was a moment where Bryan attacked Shawn Michaels on Monday Night Raw and fans thought HBK might come out of retirement to face his former pupil at WrestleMania. It never happened.
5 AJ STYLES VS. SHAWN MICHAELS
When Shawn Michaels returned to the ring last year for WWE in Saudi Arabia, after a decade or retirement, many thought it was the start of something big. The idea was that Michaels would have yet another WrestleMania moment and dream matches started popping up in conversation, including Undertaker, Daniel Bryan, and AJ Styles.
For many years, AJ Styles was seen as the TNA Impact Wrestling version of Shawn Michaels and fans salivated at the chance that this dream match that existed for years while both men were in different companies could finally happen. Michaels never came back and Styles will now face Randy Orton instead.
4 STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN VS. HULK HOGAN
When Stone Cold Steve Austin left WCW, he popped up first in ECW. Paul Heyman asked him to cut any promo he wanted and Austin pulled out his Hulk Hogan impersonation and buried Hogan in the promo. It was brilliant and proved Austin was a bigger star than WCW portrayed him to be. He went to WWE and proved he was the biggest star in wrestling.
When the nWo invaded WWE, the company put Austin up against Scott Hall at WrestleMania X8 and Hulk Hogan battled The Rock. After this, Hogan turned babyface and he never had a chance to wrestle Austin, eliminating a dream match between two of the biggest superstars in WWE history.
3 SETH ROLLINS VS. DEAN AMBROSE VS. ROMAN REIGNS
It seems almost a waste. When Seth Rollins turned on his Shield brothers and joined The Authority, fans were waiting for the huge moment where the three members of The Shield would face each other in a triple-threat match. It was a massive dream match and seemed like it would have huge box office potential.
This WrestleMania caliber dream match happened at the Battleground PPV. Dean Ambrose won the match by pinning Roman Reigns and that was the only time the three men fought in one match. However, that Battleground match was a WrestleMania dream match that happened at the wrong PPV.
2 RANDY SAVAGE VS. SHAWN MICHAELS
There is an interesting story about Macho Man Randy Savage and his ideas for a big match that WWE shot down before he left the company. At that time, Shawn Michaels was a young superstar on his own after leaving The Rockers. WWE was pushing him in the mid-card and Savage liked him and wanted to help make him a main event star.
At the time, Savage was working as a color commentator and pitched the idea of Michaels taunting him and forcing him back into the ring. The two would then have a series of matches that would culminate with a WrestleMania 9 match -- one that Savage said Michaels would win, forcing him back into retirement.
1 GOLDUST VS. CODY RHODES
Sure, Goldust vs. Cody Rhodes was not a match that would ever even sniff the main event of a WrestleMania show, but that wasn't the point. The Rhodes brothers wanted, more than anything at times, to wrestle each other at a WrestleMania event. They are second generation stars and their dad was one of the best ever in the business.
However, WWE didn't see money in putting Cody and Goldust on a WrestleMania card, even if they were in an early match or a filler match. It was something that the brothers wanted and their fans seemed interested in, but it was a WrestleMania dream match that never came to be.