John Cena vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania 31?
It is a match that that would be two years from now, but one that all wrestling fans could buy into. It is the only dream match left that fans have never seen. We never got to see Hogan vs. Austin or Hogan vs. Flair, and aside from those two matches, are there any other matches we have not been able to witness at Wrestlemania?
With this year’s Wrestlemania in the books as far as who John Cena and the Undertaker will be facing, I will take a look at the possibility of the one big dream match left that has never happened and should happen at next year’s showcase of the immortals in Santa Clara, California.
This match is too prominent and could sell out Wrestlemania by itself based off the strength of the unknown. These two have never crossed paths as the legends they are now, and the biggest WWE Superstar of the last 10 years going up against The Undertaker at wrestling’s Super Bowl would be a sight to see. Fans would be clamoring to see if “Super Cena”, who has defeated everyone in his path, can be the one to end The Streak.
John Cena vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania 31 – the biggest match on the biggest stage we still can see and have not seen yet.
Provided that hell doesn’t freeze over in New Orleans in a few weeks, The Undertaker should walk out of Wrestlemania 30 against Brock Lesnar with a win and move his winning streak to 22-0. John Cena will most likely make Bray Wyatt look like a future star (which Wyatt already is) by dropping a somewhat shocking but career-launching match to the Eater of Worlds.
Allow me to play fantasy booker here. Lesnar will beat Undertaker savagely at Wrestlemania yet Undertaker will still come out victorious because Undertaker doesn’t lose, and that will make three Wrestlemanias in a row that Undertaker has been physically tested at Wrestlemania (two epic violent encounters with HHH and now Lesnar). Undertaker is not exactly a spring chicken anymore and with age and the brutal toll of three tough matches. Undertaker could easily disappear or even come out the next night on RAW and tease a possible retirement. Out comes John Cena, who as the leader of WWE for the last 10 years, is the first to want to thank Undertaker for all his years of service and everything that Undertaker has meant to WWE. Cena can go into putting Undertaker over as the greatest superstar of all-time and say it was a pleasure to share the same ring as Undertaker.
As John Cena is writing the final chapter to Undertaker’s storied career, Undertaker gets upset as he feels he has earned the right to end his career how he chooses and not have someone else do it for him. I envision Undertaker grabbing Cena by the throat and delivering a chokeslam to Cena that would set the roof off of RAW as Undertaker will not allow anyone else to end his career but Undertaker himself. Undertaker leans over a fallen Cena and says “I’m not done yet and at Wrestlemania 31 John Cena, you, like everyone else, will Rest in Peace”.
Right there you have the angle, The old veteran taking exception to his premature exit which anyone who has worked at a job for an extended amount of time can relate to because you want to leave a place on your terms and not be shoved out the door against the leader of WWE for the last 10 years. Can Undertaker, who has never lost at Wrestlemania, defeat the most dominant superstar in the WWE for the last 10 years? Will this match be the last of The Undertaker? Can John Cena, a superstar who has faced insurmountable odds and defeated everyone from Shawn Michaels, HHH, Randy Orton, Edge, Big Show, and the list goes on, defeat the most hallowed streak at Wrestlemania 31?
That sells out Levi’s Stadium the day after RAW if possible and we still have a year to go before The Streak vs 10 years of Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect.
As wrestling fans, we have been able to see almost any match we could imagine at Wrestlemania with the exception of Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair at Wrestlemania 8 and Hulk Hogan vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin. Anyone else but me see a recurring theme in those two matches we never saw, brother?
We have never been able to witness John Cena at his main event level vs Undertaker in any match of any consequence. Yes, John Cena and Undertaker had a brief rivalry in 2003 but John Cena was not where he is now, obviously, and Undertaker’s streak was not as historic as it is right now. WWE will make that feud never happen in the same breath that they made HHH vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania 17 “never happen”, when they built up HHH vs. Undertaker at Wrestlemania 28.
The one thing about WWE that I have always loved and respected is that they can make dream matches happen on the biggest stage of the year. From Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock to John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels to Undertaker vs .Shawn Michaels to John Cena vs. The Rock etc., as fans if we really want a particular match we usually end up getting it. It is something that separates WWE from sports in the sense that in the NFL, we don’t always get the Super Bowl the fans want. The year the Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2002, and they were not the BEST team in the NFL. The dream match was not the New England Patriots vs the St. Louis Rams but that was how it went.
This match is the best possible match we have never seen and WWE can make it happen. John Cena has been front and center in WWE for 10 years now and Undertaker has been “the man” for over two decades, to see these two titans battle it out at Wrestlemania 31 is a dream for wrestling fans that are present day fans and fans that grew up watching Undertaker in the 90s and 2000s.
Let us all be honest. A lot of the “Attitude Era” fans have faded away, and I believe this match could be the one to bring some of them back as most of them are disenfranchised with WWE product because of the PG Era that appeases kids and constantly is “safe”. This match brings fans in to watch one of the leaders of the “Attitude Era” going against the leader of the “PG Era”. As wrestling fans we are fiercely loyal to wrestlers that we determine to be “our guys” and Undertaker is without question “the guy” for a great deal of fans who were loyal to a certain era of wrestling that has gone, and to watch him go against the guy who represents everything wrong with wrestling now can bring fans of all generations in front of the television screen and into Levis Stadium in 2015.
Whether we like John Cena, or like Undertaker, one thing is for certain. We would all watch to see what happens between two representatives of an era with passion and intensity, which in itself is the exact definition of a dream match.
Do I think that John Cena should be the one to end “The Streak”? No, I do not, but I do think that fans of the last twenty years of wrestling need to have a legit reason to believe that it could.
Having Brock Lesnar go up against Wrestlemania is more of a clash of the titans. But, Lesnar has lost so many times to less caliber opponents than what the The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania Streak can represent, and it would take away from the aura of what this match can bring to the card. John Cena vs. The Undertaker can bring out the disbelief from the kids that idolize John Cena and their hero that rarely loses on the biggest stage, to the adults that are tired of John Cena as the white meat super hero who always does the right thing and always gets forced down our throats with unlimited championship shots.
I do think that this match is the one dream match for wrestling fans that we have not seen and are able to still see.
Let us all face facts. None of us really wants to see Hulk Hogan or Ric Flair in the ring wrestling on the biggest stage. We have seen those two hang onto their careers in matches that do more to damage their legacy then solidify it. Stone Cold Steve Austin has moved on to other projects and there is not much to be gained from a one match comeback that he has gone on record saying that he is not interested in doing. These two legends, John Cena and The Undertaker, have been fixtures in WWE for a long time and to see these two wrestlers square off and close Wrestlemania 31, is a treat for the fans and the wrestling business alike.
World Wrestling Entertainment listens to the fans, even if we don’t always seem to think they do by certain choices. The way we react to wrestlers more often than not will determine how far a wrestler goes up the ladder in WWE. This is the one match that could set the company on fire and the crowd reaction would be tremendous. If nothing else it is the one match we have not seen.
The greatest streak in pro wrestling vs. the most dominant wrestler of the last ten years. Imagine how wrestling fans would get behind “their guy”. Imagine the boom in business. Imagine how many people who don’t watch wrestling as much would come back to see this match.
John Cena vs The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 31 and fans from different walks of life would ask one question:
Who would win?