At WrestleMania 33, we thought that The Undertaker was retired by Roman Reigns, but if recent rumors are to be believed, that might not be the case after all. Fans assumed that The Dead Man was done, but there was no official word from Taker or the WWE, and he’s been confirmed for Raw’s 25th anniversary (although in what capacity we are still unsure), and it’s being reported that it could be to set up one final match. With that in mind, let’s look at five performers that Taker and the WWE should consider for what may be his official final match.
5. Braun Strowman
When rumors leaked that WWE was considering a Braun Strowman vs. The Undertaker match at WrestleMania 32, fans revolted and plans were changed. Now, two years later, Strowman is very over with the crowd, and it could be on again. The rumors surrounding Taker don’t mention Strowman very much, but after how fans reacted two years ago, it should be thrown around as an idea. After he destroyed The Big Show and hopefully dispatches of Kane, it would make perfect sense as the next step up. We don’t know how healthy or quick The Undertaker will be if he does indeed return, but assuming he’s fully ready to go, this could be an iconic "big hoss" match pitting the past vs. the future, and it would be one the fans would be fully invested in.
4. Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe has been one of the best wrestlers in the world over the last 15 years, and ever since he’s debuted on Monday Night Raw, he’s grabbed the brass ring and run with it, and if Taker is going to be around for several matches, Joe NEEDS to be considered. The Samoan Submission Machine exudes confidence and has an aura about him, and pitting him against The Undertaker would prove to the fans that the WWE see Joe as a top star, and he deserves that. The WWE might have hesitations about putting Undertaker in with someone so physical, but their clash of styles would be incredible to watch and would set Joe up as a top player for the next four to five years.
3. AJ Styles
AJ Styles is the best in-ring performer in the WWE, and is arguably one of the best to ever step foot in a wrestling ring, and after his performance against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, he should be considered a favorite to get The Undertaker match. He is one of few guys that could carry the Deadman to a fantastic match, but it’s likely that Taker will return on Raw, and with Shinsuke Nakamura seemingly on the horizon at WrestleMania, it’s very unlikely. Still, we are unsure whether Undertaker is returning for one WrestleMania match or if he has a few left in him, but either way, Styles vs. Undertaker is one we’d all love to see.
2. John Cena
This one has been rumored for a while, and it’s one we thought we’d get at WrestleMania 32 and 33, but Cena was inactive and then wrestled The Miz, so we’ve still yet to see this high profile match, and it’s time. Sure, we did see it way back in 2003 before Cena became the star he is, but he and Undertaker haven’t crossed paths in a singles encounter since. With WrestleMania being a time where WWE wants its biggest stars around, this one makes complete sense. It seems that neither of them have anything obvious heading into WrestleMania, and both men are expected to be at Raw’s 25th anniversary, and whether you like Cena or not, this is the most obvious choice for WWE and one I hope they go with.
1. Finn Balor
The potential for a Deadman vs. Demon matchup was discussed prior to WrestleMania 33, but due to not recovering from his injury in time, it was Roman Reigns who was chosen, so why not revisit that idea now? With the recent reports that Finn Balor isn’t "over enough" with the crowd, and his poor booking, this one may become quite unlikely, but the matchup would be great. Balor could bump around for the older, bigger Undertaker, and he is quite safe yet entertaining in the ring, so if Undertaker does return to the WWE, Balor should be at the top of the list. With his poor booking recently, we can’t see much else for Balor to do at WrestleMania, so The Undertaker match would be a great honor for him, and would go a long way to proving to the fans WWE sees Balor as a top star.