Every year around April, pro-wrestling fans get griped by WrestleMania fever. And every year, the WWE makes it a point to push the envelope to make this their biggest show on the event calendar. This is why fans often see the number of celebrity participation and appearances and increase during this time of the year. We also get a higher number of part timer or legend appearances during this time as well.
Although WrestleMania has had its fair share of big time match-ups like Sting vs Triple H and Goldberg vs Lesnar, which we will see again at this year’s mega event, fans have nevertheless missed out on some dream match-ups that will sadly never materialise at wrestling’s biggest show. Here are some, which unfortunately we might never get to see ever at the showcase of the immortals…
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Daniel Bryan
Bryan had to retire due to injury just as Nakamura moved stateside from New Japan. But now there’s a distinct possibility that both grapplers may finally meet in a WWE ring following Bryan’s return. The bout should be a classic and worthy of a WrestleMania match as both performers have an extensive background in Japanese style of wrestling. The leader of the Yes Movement going up against the King of Strong Style’s flamboyant persona would have also made for a great build-up. Let’s hope this one materializes somewhere down the line in the WWE.
Kurt Angle vs Bret Hart
When Angle made his debut in WWE, Hart had already left the company and seeking his fortunes at WCW. A pity though because we can only imagine what kind of match-ups these two mat technicians could have come up with. Dead even in terms of in-ring ability and athleticism, the battle between the Olympic Gold medallist and the Hitman would have been a match-up for the ages. Such a shame it never happened.
Shawn Michaels vs AJ Styles
Largely considered two of the greatest in-ring performers of all-time both Michaels and Styles could have pulled off a wrestling clinic if they ever locked horns. The setting also would have been perfect with Styles appearing as an heir apparent to Michaels following HBK’s winding down on his career. Nevertheless Styles was too busy tearing it up in the Indy leagues whilst Michaels served out his last years in the WWE.
Austin vs Goldberg
There have been a lot of comparisons between Austin and Goldberg especially during pro-wrestling’s heyday in the 90s. Both men are instrumental in the success of both WWE and WCW and strangely enough both were also bald, sported a goatee and wore black trunks. The Texas Rattlesnake however retired just as Goldberg arrived at WWE. Nevertheless, both did manage to share a ring on a grand stage at WrestleMania 17 where Austin served as a special referee in Goldberg’s first match against Brock Lesnar.
Sting vs Undertaker
Of all the ones on our list, this one stings the most, literally. WWE had the opportunity to capitalise on the Stinger’s long-awaited arrival to the company but had him paired against Triple H with the Deadman facing Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 31. Ironically both legends were on the same card that night and healthy too but it wasn’t factored at the least by the WWE at the time. Perhaps deep down there was a plan to eventually have the Icon meet the Phenom but unfortunately a career ending injury took out the Stinger out for good.
WrestleMania 34 airs in Malaysia on 9 April at 7am exclusively on the WWE Network (Astro Ch 840)