Some of the year’s biggest matches will occur this weekend at WrestleMania 38. It’s a fun time to reminisce on past Mania matches and think about those that never occurred. The Ultimate Show on the WWE Network booked the Ultimate WrestleMania Card.
The rules are you can pick any wrestler from any era who competed at a WrestleMania. Also, you can only use a wrestler once. So, I put my promoter’s cap on and created what I believe would be the Ultimate WrestleMania.
Since WrestleMania has been a two-night event for the last three years, I’m going to treat this card the same. Two nights, six matches each, and headlined by a blockbuster main event.
-ULTIMATE WRESTLEMANIA: NIGHT ONE
Bret Hart vs. Kurt Angle: Canada versus America. Sharpshooter versus Ankle Lock. Both wrestlers facing off against each other in their prime. It would be the most incredible story of guts and determination to ever be told between the ropes.
Sensational Sheri vs. Bayley: To be more specific, I’d use Queen Sheri as she would bully the lovable, side ponytail wearing Bayley. People would pay in droves to see Sheri get her comeuppance.
Andre The Giant vs. Shawn Michaels: The boyhood dream of WrestleMania 12 would take on the Giant of WrestleMania 3. It would be the ultimate David vs. Goliath match. HBK was at his absolute best in 1996 and never mind Andre’s bad back. In 1987, he was the most feared wrestler on the planet.
Steel Cage Match – New Age Outlaws vs. The Steiner Brothers vs. Demolition: Two trash-talking heels trapped inside of a cage against two badass teams. New Age Outlaws kicked the hornet’s nest when they ran afoul of both The Steiners and Demolition. While fans will relish the thought of them getting their comeuppance, the is one problem. Rick, Scott, Ax, and Smash might tear each other apart first.
Brock Lesnar vs. Vader: The current overall-wearing cowboy hat sportin’ Lesnar would take on the man they call VADER! Two of the most agile and hard-hitting big men in the history of the game collide in a total hoss fight. Lesnar has wrestled plenty of big men in his day. However, could he handle someone as big, strong, and like himself, is deceptively fast. The big question would be, Can Lesnar get Vader up for an F5?
Rowdy Roddy Piper vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (WM 1 – Attitude Era): The promos between these two would be worth the price of admission alone. Their creativity would produce a brawl for the ages with more heat than a furnace.
-ULTIMATE WRESTLEMANIA: NIGHT TWO
British Bulldogs vs. The Usos: WWF’s explosive British tandem of the 80s will brave the dangerous elements of the Uso Penitentiary to rescue their beloved pooch, Matilda. Of course, I mean metaphorically. There is no cinematic match in an abandoned jail or a dog on a pole match. I would never rob the art of what these two teams could do in the ring together. Still, Matilda’s getting snatched up.
Ultimate TLC: AJ Styles, RVD, Shelton Benjamin, Kofi Kingston, Edge, Jeff Hardy, and John Morrison are the most creative, high flying, death-defying wrestlers who helped make ladder matches a staple of the industry. It. Would. Be. Insane.
Alundra Blayze vs. Becky Lynch: Women’s wrestling has taken many big steps in the last seven years, and perhaps none sit higher at the top of the mountain than Becky Lynch. Alundra Blayze is a Hall of Famer as she was a wrestler ahead of her time. Sadly, a time when women’s wrestling was an afterthought at best. Blayze exuded toughness, and “The Man’s” brand of bravado would make such a program a treat on the microphone and in the ring.
Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Eddie Guerrero: Another match that could speak for itself no matter which era you draw from. I’d pick the Macho Man who won the title at WrestleMania 4 to take on an Eddie Guerrero who lies, cheats, and steals for my card. In this feud, “Latino Heat” tries to steal the lovely Elizabeth.
The Rock vs. Roman Reigns: “The People’s Champion” locking horns with “The Head of the Table” is a match that could happen. It was rumored to happen at this year’s WrestleMania and the next one. It’s a storyline that writes itself with family implications. Many dream matches have never occurred for one reason or another. I’m not taking any chances and leaving it to fate. It’s happening on my WrestleMania card.
nWo vs. Evolution: Two of the most dominant stables in the history of professional wrestling find each other on opposite sides of the ring. Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton, and Batista are Evolution. Picking 4 of the 9 million members of the nWo, we’re going with the Hall of Fame incarnation of Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Syxx, and Hollywood Hulk Hogan.
However, there’s a twist!
nWo ups the ante and demands a 5 on 5 match. Evolution obliges, and each team has a mystery partner revealed at match time. In a call back to Bash at the Beach 1996, nWo comes out first without their mystery partner and is willing to go on without him for now.
Evolution comes out next, and their mystery partner is…THE UNDERTAKER! Everyone is shocked. No one saw this coming. The nWo is so concerned they consider bringing out their mystery opponent now instead of later, but they wait.
The match turns into a gigantic brawl, just as Evolution is about to win…JOHN CENA hits the ring, gets the win for the new world order, and reveals the infamous black and white shirt as he hugs the rest of the group.
The camera pans to Hogan and Cena in the show’s final shot. nwo’s influence is felt 25 years later as now two of the industry’s all-time heroes have turned to the dark side.