When you think of Wrestlemania, you think of the biggest and best stage for the world’s best wrestling talent to shine on. You think of those 5 star matches, and those Wrestlemania moments that will never die. And you think of The Undertaker.
The deadman is 21-0 at the grandest stage of them all, and has put away such massive names as Ric Flair, Triple H, Kane, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, Edge, Batista, and the list goes on. The Undertaker defending his streak has become almost synonymous with Wrestlemania, and for the last few years, it’s consistently been the best match on the card. So it’s inconceivable then, that The Undertaker won’t be wrestling at the 30th anniversary of the showcase of the immortals. The only issue then, is who he should fight?
Ryback seems to be the obvious choice as far as building for the future is concerned, he certainly has the look of a man capable of giving the phenom a beatdown, but does he have the ring skills? Ryback’s main event push came far to early for the big guy, and despite being extremely over with the live audiences as a top face, he went almost a year without a pay-per-view victory. And not only were the results bad, the match quality hasn’t been great either. Even against main event stars like CM Punk, Chris Jericho and John Cena, Ryback still has yet to produce a standout match in my opinion. So Ryback may have the look, but he lacks three major components: Microphone skills, Credibilty, and match quality.
What about Chris Jericho then? The man has had countless classic matches in his career, and he’s one of WWE’s best ever talkers. I would actually be all for this match, as long as Jericho was a heel. In my opinion, Chris Jericho’s best work has been whilst he was a heel. On the microphone, Jericho is one of the all time best at picking up good heat fast in any arena he goes to. And to see the overenthusiastic rockstar that is Y2J fight the deadman at the show of shows, would be a massive injustice. If Jericho’s fighting The Undertaker, we need to see heel Jericho make an appearance, because when Chris Jericho puts on his suit and struts out to the ring with a frown on his face, he truly is the best in the world at what he does.
Another man who could challenge The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30 is the viper, Randy Orton. He’s one of the most natural athletes in the WWE, and his in-ring work is always on point. It doesn’t matter if he’s punting Vince McMahon, or defending the WWE championship against Daniel Bryan, he always gets the reaction he wants out of the crowd. The Undertaker may have already defended his title against Orton in his legend killer days, but the viper has grown up a lot since then, and would be more than a match for the phenom at Wrestlemania 30. The only downside to this match as far as I can see is that we have already seen it once, but that was in a very different era, and I doubt this match would bear any resemblence to the match we saw at Wrestlemania 21.
So who do I think will be the perfect opponent for the demon of Death Valley at what could be his final Wrestlemania? As odd as it might seem, none of these men would my first choice. The only person that could make this match feel as big as it should feel, is the 11 time WWE champion, John Cena. Cena is one of the best big match performers in history, and I think that the only way he could significantly add to his list of accomplishments is by ending one of the greatest careers in wrestling history. If I was booking, we’d be watching Cena vs Taker at Wrestlemania 30.