Who Will Face The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX?

Naming four potential Wrestlemania XXX opponents for The Undertaker.

Few WWE wrestlers have had such an impact on sports entertainment as The Undertaker; making his full debut at the 1990 Survivor Series, and accompanied for years by the late, great Paul Bearer, the man known in real life as Mark Calaway has carved out a tremendous 20-year career with his in-ring speed and intensity, and unique characterisation which has always struck fear into opponents. Among many other accomplishments he’s a seven-time WWE champion, but these days it’s The Streak which keeps fans coming back year on year. He has not lost a single one of his 21 matches at Wrestlemania, and the lure of defending The Streak forms a big part of the WWE’s Wrestlemania plans each year.

WWE Undertaker Wrestlemania XXX

The Undertaker at a previous ‘Mania. Image by Simon Q.

Two decades of destruction have taken their toll on the native Texan, who pretty much only wrestles at the biggest event on the WWE calendar. Despite some flops – the handicap match against the Big Show and A-Train anyone? – the booking surrounding The Streak is a huge priority to attract interest in what this year will be a massive landmark event; the match needs the right opponent for The Undertaker and the right circumstances to make it a killer rivalry. And so, just two months away from the thirtieth Wrestlemania – not to mention his 49th birthday – which Superstar will be chosen to take on the chance to end The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania Streak?

Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan Royal Rumble 2014

Daniel Bryan – image by Krystal Bogner

He shocked the world of wrestling when he finally, under intense psychological and physical pressure, joined the Wyatt Family on Raw last week. (We all knew it was coming though, why else would Daniel Bryan grow that epic beard?) Just a week later we saw some tension between Bryan and cult leader Bray Wyatt, but if the writers do as good a job of teasing a split as they with The Shield then we should be in for some great action between now and Wrestlemania XXX.

Of course, the main problem with Bryan as an opponent – unless Taker happens to capture the World Title before Wrestlemania! – is that we all want, nay, need to see Bryan winning the Royal Rumble later this month, which would put him in a World title match instead. Taker has apparently personally requested Bryan as his WMXXX opponent, which means that Bryan must remain heel until then in order to truly jeopardise The Streak. Perhaps the Wyatt Family will focus their attention on taking down Taker on the Road to Wrestlemania XXX?

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar Wrestlemania XXX

Brock Lesnar. Image by Krystal Bogner

Former MMA fighter Brock Lesnar recently resurfaced in the WWE to announce his intention to pursue the WWE World Heavyweight Title; challenging John Cena and Randy Orton to face him for the belt somewhere down the line. If this comes off then we could expect to see him in title action at the Elimination Chamber – whether that would be among the competitors in the main match itself or elsewhere on the bill remains to be seen.

Assuming that Lesnar’s pretty much part-time schedule prevents him from an unsuccessful title bid, it’s quite possible that he’ll turn his attention to breaking The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania Streak instead. Since their real-life-or-was-it-face-off at a UFC event in 2010, the match has been greatly anticipated by fans; however, such a potentially brutal match – which it would have to be to really threaten the outcome – would do the near 50-year old Deadman no favours as he nears the end of his career. With pundits speculating that Taker only has three good matches left in him, this one would have to take place sooner rather than later.

Batista

Batista WWE Wrestlemania XXX

Batista – image by Krystal Bogner

Before even stepping back in the WWE ring, we’ve been promised that Dave Batista will be competing in the 2014 Royal Rumble. At 44 years of age, he too may have his work cut out for him if he is to make a real impact in the ring during 2014. However, he’s been busy making films and staying in shape, and – much like The Rock who impressed so much during his last run – he could really hit the headlines by challenging Undertaker to a match at Wrestlemania XXX.

The Animal is the longest-reigning World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history among his six world title reigns and, if pushed to produce the same fine form which won him Feud Of The Year against The Undertaker in 2007 – where he became another notch on the belt at Wrestlemania 23 – the two veterans could produce a few surprises this time around.

Dean Ambrose

Dean Ambrose The Shield Wrestlemania XXX

Dean Ambrose – image by Krystal Bogner

Who better to bring the story full circle than the man who, alongside his teammates in The Shield, was responsible for the fall of The Undertaker the very last time we saw him in action? It was the week after Wrestlemania 29 when, while attempting to pay his respects to dearly-departed friend Paul Bearer, Undertaker was attacked by the Hounds of Justice.

He was powerbombed through the announce table, and that was the last we’ve seen of the legendary Superstar – until later this year that is. With The Shield now in the process of splitting up, and their current target CM Punk apparently locked in for a match with Authority leader Triple H, this will nicely free up the leader of the stable for some vengeance served up Undie-style in the next few weeks.

With the Streak standing strong at 21-0, and Wrestlemania XXX providing a nice round number for a wrestler getting on in years, will this be the final time we see the Phenom? Who would you like to see attempt to break the one thing which has kept wrestling fans on tenterhooks for the past two decades?

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