You often hear about dream matches in wrestling. Those battles between top stars that we're just dying to witness. Some are impossible and could never happen, but more than ever, WWE has made some of those dreams a reality. It's not uncommon to watch a match that you didn't ever think would occur.
Still, even with us seeing some of these meetings, they might only happen once. Maybe a wrestler leaves the company or maybe they retire before a rematch can go down. Some even might only happen once because a competitor tragically passed away. Whatever the case may be, we have picked out 10 one time matches that we'll never see again.
10 John Cena Vs. Vince McMahon
We start with what was probably the strangest match on the list. Though he is the owner and chairman of WWE, Vince McMahon has mixed it up with some of the greatest Superstars in company history. Triple H, The Rock, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, and The Undertaker are among his past opponents.
One star that Vince only competed against once was John Cena. They squared off on an episode of Raw back in 2006 and it never happened again. Considering Cena's part-time status with the company these days and Vince being 74 years old, we aren't getting a rematch.
9 Dean Ambrose Vs. The Undertaker
When The Shield burst onto the scene, nobody was safe from the trio. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns took out everyone from CM Punk to John Cena to Daniel Bryan. One of their most shocking targets was The Undertaker. It led to a rare Smackdown match for the Deadman.
The Undertaker collided with Dean Ambrose on a 2013 edition of Smackdown. This was a match that nobody ever expected to see. It was so far-fetched that people didn't even consider it a dream match. It was a relatively short contest but one that won't happen again considering Ambrose left the company.
8 Bret Hart Vs. Mick Foley
It's kind of crazy to realize that these two never had a prolonged rivalry. After all, they're two of the biggest stars of the 90s. The timing was just never right. Mick Foley entered WWE in 1996. Bret Hart was gone for most of that year. In 1997, both guys spent a lot of time as heels, with Foley only turning babyface as Bret was winding down with the company.
But they did have one meeting. Bret Hart took on Mankind on an early 1997 episode of the long-forgotten show, Shotgun Saturday Night. Their only match took place inside of a New York nightclub and unfortunately ended via disqualification when Owen Hart interfered. Both men have been retired for years.
7 Brock Lesnar Vs. Hulk Hogan
When this match took place, it was one of the biggest deals of 2002. Brock Lesnar was hyped as "The Next Big Thing" and on his path to winning the WWE Championship just a few short months after his debut, he faced Hulk Hogan. Though Hogan was way past his prime, he did hold the WWE Title earlier in the year so it wasn't a total mismatch.
Except Brock Lesnar turned it into one. Lesnar dominated Hogan from the opening bell and destroyed him with a lengthy bearhug. It was another great performance from Lesnar on his road to the top. The closest we ever came to this again was a 2014 confrontation during a birthday celebration for Hogan.
6 Goldberg Vs. Shawn Michaels
The top guy built up by WCW against arguably the greatest in-ring performer in WWE history. It's a matchup that seemed incredibly improbable. When Goldberg was at his peak in 1998, Shawn Michaels was in the earliest stages of his retirement. When WCW closed in 2001, Goldberg seemed to retire and Shawn was still at home.
That all changed in 2003. Shawn Michaels had returned to the ring a few months prior and Goldberg debuted that April. Still, the encounter had to wait until October. Goldberg defended the World Heavyweight Title against Michaels in a match that still looks crazy to see on paper.
5 The Harts Vs. The Steiner Brothers
This one probably seems a bit odd to include. It's not like Bret and Owen Hart teaming up against the Steiner Brothers was something that millions of people were clamoring for. But when you consider that these are the two best sets of brothers in wrestling during the 90s, the matchup sounds more intriguing.
It turned out to be a rarer match than most listed. It did only happen once, but it wasn't on traditional television or even a pay-per-view. This was taped for an old WrestleFest tape back in 1994. The result was one of the infest tag team matches of the decade. Bret and Owen didn't team for long, making this an even more surprising bout.
4 Brock Lesnar Vs. CM Punk
We only got to witness this match once and was an outing it was. About a year and a half after Brock Lesnar returned to WWE, he wasn't exactly doing too hot. He lost to John Cena and took two out of three from Triple H in some underwhelming contests. That all changed when Paul Heyman brought him in to face CM Punk at SummerSlam 2013.
The No Disqualifications Match pitting two of Heyman's greatest clients against each other was extraordinary. They battered each other with weapons and put on one of the best matches of either man's careers. Knowing how great both are, that's saying a lot. The win for Lesnar kickstarted a new dominant era for him, but we never got to see them go to war again as Punk was gone in a few months.
3 Kurt Angle Vs. Shane McMahon
Here's one that almost happened a second time. Both men were part of the Best in the World Tournament that took place in 2018, but Shane McMahon only entered at the last minute and Kurt Angle was already gone. That's fine because their 2001 King of the Ring battle is a classic.
Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon put on one of the most hellacious matches in WWE history. Watching Angle dump Shane on his head over and over was terrifying. The fact that this only occurred once actually helps keep it special in the hearts of many fans.
2 Sting Vs. Triple H
When Sting made his shocking WWE debut at Survivor Series 2014, one thing came to most people's minds. A WrestleMania match against The Undertaker. Surprisingly, he entered a rivalry with another WWE legend in Triple H that culminated in a once in a lifetime meeting at WrestleMania 31.
From Triple H's Terminator themed entrance to the run-ins by the nWo and D-Generation X, this was a memorable outing, even if it wasn't a great match. Triple H came out on top after nearly 20 minutes. It never went down again because Sting only competed a few more times in WWE and retired after an injury suffered that September.
1 Eddie Guerrero Vs. The Rock
Two of the greatest performers to ever step into a wrestling ring. Eddie Guerrero and The Rock could both put on great matches and were among the most charismatic Superstars to ever grace WWE television. The fact that they only got to face off one time in one on one action is a travesty.
The Rock captured the WWE Championship at Vengeance 2002 and was confronted by Eddie Guerrero. That set up a Raw main event that we would have cherished more if we knew it was never going to happen again. The Rock started appearing more sporadically after a loss at SummerSlam the following month and they never crossed paths again in singles competition.