With Hell in a Cell officially over and his rivalry with Brock Lesnar now over and done with, The Undertaker seems to be reigniting his feud with Bray Wyatt. However, with the celebration of “25 Years of The Undertaker” taking place at this year’s Survivor Series and Wrestlemania 32 taking place in Texas, it looks as though this may be the end to the Deadman’s storied career. As we approach the possible swan song of the Undertaker, the time has come for us to look at the top five possible opponents for the Undertaker at Wrestlemania.
-If this were a month ago, if this were five years ago, then Sting would be the number one pick on this list. However, after receiving a scary neck injury from being powerbombed into two turnbuckles by Seth Rollins at Night of Champions his chances of getting back into a WWE ring are looking slim. When asked about his injury in an interview with WWE.com, Sting states “They mentioned cervical spinal stenosis, but that’s only part of what I heard” after overhearing the doctor while he was at the hospital after the match.
Cervical spinal stenosis is without question a serious injury. It is the same injury that cut both Edge and Stone Cold Steve Austin’s careers short and might just be what ends the career of the WCW legend. However this is just speculation, as reported by Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio Sting’s neck is not broken, but he is not scheduled for any other appearances. If Sting is able to make it to Wrestlemania then the match fans have been waiting for can finally happen.
-Personally, I do not want to see another Kane versus Undertaker match at Wrestlemania, but if it is his last match then it would seem appropriate to have for storyline purposes. Kane and the Undertaker have been able to ride their Brothers of Destruction storyline for over a decade and each time WWE decides to revive it fans cannot help but be drawn to it. While most hardcore fans might not like the idea of another Kane vs Undertaker match at Wrestlemania, the casual fan will definitely be intrigued to see this feud revived once more.
One of the big problems that Vince Mcmahon and the rest of WWE officials see in Sting is that he might not be able to go a full match with the Undertaker, however Kane is still in great shape. Having kept his body together for over 20 years, Kane can still go in the ring and last a solid 15 to 20 minutes. If there is nobody that WWE feels would be right to face the Undertaker in his last match, then Kane would be just right.
3. Randy Orton
-Randy Orton has been pretty stale as of late, almost like he has done everything in his career and is not focused on wrestling as much. Another match with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania could definitely be the spark that gets the Viper rejuvenated and could be a solid way for the Undertaker to retire considering that he and Orton have already proven that they can have a great match against each other. The major difference between now and 2015 however would be the spots both men are in now. The Undertaker is at the tail end of his career and Randy is very much in his prime, so the Undertaker does not have to be the one that carries the match this time around because Randy is enough of a great performer that he can work Undertaker to a great match.
2. John Cena
-Oddly enough, John Cena and the Undertaker have stayed very far away from each other for the better part of a decade. The two have not had a singles match against each other since 2006 and have not had a singles feud against each other since 2003, and for good reason. While the Undertaker remained on Smackdown, it was John Cena’s turn to become the face of the Raw brand and WWE. Now in 2016, it would seem as though Cena is his last good opponent.
Before Wrestlemania 30, this match would have seemed like a bad idea considering that the Undertaker is undefeated and John Cena is the face of the company. Had the WWE made John Cena the next challenger to the streak, then he would get a complete heel reaction from the crowd, which is not what they would want. However, the streak is long gone and Cena’s run as the top guy in WWE looks to be fading. Now would be a perfect time to have John Cena face the Undertaker at Wrestlemania.
1. Bray Wyatt
-Thanks to him and the rest of the Wyatt family kidnapping the Undertaker at the end of Hell in a Cell, Bray Wyatt just became the perfect choice for the Undertaker’s next and last Wrestlemania opponent. Having lost to the Undertaker at last year’s Wrestlemania, many fans were left confused as to why they would book Bray Wyatt to face the Undertaker, have the Deadman no-show the Raw’s leading up to Wrestlemania, and lose clean. However, with Bray Wyatt carrying the Deadman away this feels like WWE is trying to give this storyline a proper ending.
Of all the current WWE superstars that could possibly be the Undertaker’s last match, Bray Wyatt just feels like the spot on choice. For one thing, their gimmicks match up very well together which is why fans did not have a problem seeing them wrestle each other before. Bray Wyatt has the potential to give the Undertaker his last great feud and it could give a perfect end to an already stellar career.