The WWE Roster is dripping with talent, more talent that’s been seen on a roster since 2002. After reintroducing the brand split last year, the need to fill out two shows has caused for a need to create and bring up multiple stars.
Some are former NFL stars or athletes looking to take advantage of an opportunity to show their talent, some are world-traveled veterans who are proven draws in promotions around the world, some are part-time WWE legends who come back to see the fans and make some money. The diversity of the WWE roster right now leaves opportunities for matches never thought possible to end up being realistic. For example, in the last month we’ve been blessed with the dream scenarios of Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe as well as John Cena vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.
Here are ten more potential dream matches that we might see down the road on a WWE show.
10. “Broken” Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt
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When Matt Hardy lit the wrestling world on fire in 2016 after debuting his new “Broken” persona on-then TNA television, almost immediately people were comparing him to Bray Wyatt. Both gimmicks are over the top, dip into the supernatural, and the commitment to the character by both men is second to none. It was no surprise that once “Broken Matt” got some traction people were already talking about the possibility of a WWE return and a match with “the Eater of Worlds”. Both Hardy and Wyatt have taken shots at one another in the past on Twitter in an attempt to bring heat to the rivalry. Now that Matt is back in WWE, it’s only a matter of time before we see the debut of his “Broken” persona, which would mean that a feud with “the New Face of Fear” shouldn’t be too far behind.
9. AJ Styles vs. Seth Rollins
You can make an argument for either AJ Styles or Seth Rollins to be the best in-ring worker in the WWE right now, both are performing at the top of their games as far as match quality. The two share some history as well, the two have only wrestled each other once back at an NWA No Limits show back in 2006 when Rollins was just trying to find his footing as a wrestler. AJ won and put a young Seth over after the match and Seth has clamored for a rematch ever since. Ten years has past and now with Rollins running roughshod over Raw and Smackdown being the house that AJ Styles built, the show-stealing scenario is so close that fans can practically taste it.
8. Triple H vs. Finn Balor
Triple H’s in ring career has been winding down over the last couple of years. In fact, he’s only had 10 televised matches since losing to Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 30 in 2014. The fact is, his role behind the scenes is becoming more prominent and he has to pick and choose who he wants to work with carefully. However, the parallels between him and young Finn Balor are everywhere. Triple H was the man who brought Balor into NXT in the first place. He was the man who made Balor the face of NXT during its boom period from 2014-2016. He was the one who made the call for Balor to be the longest reigning NXT Champion in history. Balor, much like Seth Rollins before him, has been a pet project of Triple H’s for years. Rollins turned that into a Wrestlemania match with The Game, hopefully Balor can be granted the same.
7. AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor
A story couldn’t be written better than that of AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor. Styles debuted in NJPW the same day as Balor left to go to NXT. Balor founded and was the original leader of the world-renowned Bullet Club; AJ took his place as the leader in his first night with the company. It’s a match that’s never happened before and the comparisons between the two have been teased on Twitter and WWE television alike. While we might not get the full story told between the two in WWE, both AJ and Balor are tremendous in the ring – they’ll have no problem putting together an incredible match and telling an incredible story with it as well.
6. Charlotte vs. Asuka
With the Women’s Revolution in full swing for about two years now, it seems as though it’s kind of stalled when it comes to building new superstars in the Women’s Division on both Raw and Smackdown. The reliance on Charlotte Sasha Banks, Bayley, Alexa Bliss, etc. has become noteworthy amongst the WWE Universe because everyone remembers the two horse division last year between Charlotte and Banks. Meanwhile, down in NXT, Asuka has been undefeated for almost two years, NXT Women’s Champion for 487 days and counting, and carried the NXT Women’s Division almost by herself after the Four Horsewomen left for the main roster. At this point, Asuka is just waiting for someone to take the title off her so she can go to the main roster and a feud with Charlotte, the Queen of the Women’s Division, should be at the top of the list for creative. When that happens, we should see another pay per view main evented by the women in a legitimate dream match for all involved.
5. Brock Lesnar vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
This is a smart fan’s dream. The “Beast Incarnate” and Shinsuke Nakamura have wrestled each other before back in NJPW in 2006, where Lesnar defeated Nakamura to defend his IWGP Heavyweight Championship. However this was before Nakamura had developed his “King of Strong Style” gimmick than has made him beloved by fans for the last few years. Both men are legitimate ass kickers, both are trained MMA fighters, and both have an aura to them that makes them larger than life to fans. A match seemingly destined for Wrestlemania, if Lesnar and Nakamura are able to get in the ring with one another before Lesnar leaves, it will certainly be a spectacle for all fans, smart and casual alike.
4. John Cena vs. Samoa Joe
You might not know this, but John Cena and Samoa Joe’s careers have sort of intertwined with one another from the beginning. Cena and Joe both started their wrestling careers at Ultimate Pro Wrestling and in the year 2002, the two had a match with one another that actually got Cena signed to WWE, according to Joe. While Cena went on to becoming a 16 time WWE Champion, Joe went on to travel the world, working his ass off and padding his resume. Now in 2017, Samoa Joe is in WWE and Cena’s WWE career is winding down. With Cena’s “free agent” status allowing him to appear on both brands, a mat classic dripping with story is bound to happen before Cena walks away for good.
3. Kurt Angle vs. Literally Anyone
Honestly, it was too hard to put one specific person up against Kurt Angle, you’d have to create a separate top 10 list. The fact of the matter is, the now-WWE Hall of Famer being back in the company for the first time in 11 years has fans worldwide begging for him to wrestle again with a litany of ideas for opponents for the Olympic Gold Medalist. The list includes Triple H, Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Chad Gable, Kevin Owens, Brock Lesnar, and Shinsuke Nakamura, just to name a few. While Angle might not be able to get in the ring with everyone the fans want him to, it would be wasted money for WWE to not allow Angle, if he passes his physical, to wrestle at least one more match.
2. AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Even though they worked in the same company for two years prior to joining WWE, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura have only wrestled each other once in their careers. It was on January 4, 2016 at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 10 event for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship that was regarded as a match of the year candidate four days into the New Year. They both jumped ship to WWE later that year and while they’ve teased it a couple of times, fans are still waiting on the edge of their seats for Styles-Nakamura II. A match worthy of the main event of Wrestlemania, when “the King of Strong Style” faces off against “the Phenomenal One,” it could go down as one of the greatest in-ring WWE matches of all time.
1. John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
A controversial choice for number one, but no one can deny that John Cena vs. Roman Reigns would sell out a Wrestlemania on its own. Cena has been the top dog, the golden boy, “the Face that Runs the Place” for the last 10 years. He’s the only megastar created in that time that can compare to the likes of the Rock or “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Reigns is the man that has been primed to take his spot ever since the Shield split in 2014, he’s headlined the past three Wrestlemanias, he’s a three-time WWE Champion, a former Royal Rumble winner and is on pace to inherit the kingdom. It’s only natural that down the road we finally see “the Champ” vs. “the Big Dog” before Cena bows out, and if we know how WWE is, they’ll treat it like John Cena vs. The Rock back in 2008.
Jeff Hardy vs. Finn Balor
The reaction that Balor receives from the fans can only be described as “rockstar-like,” a reaction that resembles the same that those same fans give for the younger Hardy brother. We’ve seen Balor and Jeff on the same team along with Matt, but the idea of the reaction to Jeff and Balor across from each other can only be described as thunderous.
Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman
The two behemoths were on course to colliding originally at Great Balls of Fire, but elbow surgery for Strowman caused him to miss the event. His star has only risen higher since his return and it would appear that with Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe out of the way, Strowman-Lesnar is next in line for the “big man dream match.”
The Hardys vs. the New Day
The Hardys has been running through the Raw Tag team Division, competing in dream match scenarios with Gallows and Anderson, Sheamus and Cesaro, the Revival, teaming with Finn Balor, etc. Only one tag team remains untouched and tucked away over on Smackdown in the longest reigning tag champs in history. It’s been teased on the internet for years and before the Hardys split, they must go against the New Day in what will be a WONDERFUL tag team match.