Will The Undertaker Face John Cena or The Rock at WrestleMania?

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IIOctober 31, 2012

Graphic by Micheal Robinson (Bleacher Report)
Graphic by Micheal Robinson (Bleacher Report)

It was a cool November night at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut on November 22, 1990.

Just three days after an appearance at a WWE Superstars taping, The Undertaker made his live WWE debut at the 1990 Survivor Series.

The Undertaker, a man I recently ranked fourth all-time in my Top 100 WWE Superstars of All Time list, could arguably be the best ever.

Of all of Undertaker's moments and all of his accomplishments in the WWE, none stand more tall and ominous than the famous WrestleMania streak.

Twenty-two years after his debut, The Undertaker is 20-0 at WrestleMania.

After having only missed two WrestleManias since his debut, he has been a part of the grand spectacle for 12 years in a row now.

He's beaten the likes of Triple H (three times), Shawn Michaels (two times), Randy Orton, Batista, Edge, Ric Flair, and the list of big names goes on and on.

One thing that does come to mind when you think about The Undertaker and his streak—time will eventually catch up with him and stop the streak in its destructive path.

The past two years, we have only seen The Undertaker come out of hiding when WrestleMania season is upon us.

While The Undertaker is most likely never to have a loss at WrestleMania, all good things have to come to an end, and his career and legacy will never tarnish.

In reality, The Undertaker will turn 48 years of age a couple of weeks before WrestleMania XXIX next year.

WWE recently released a home video called The Streak, chronologically showing how he got to 20-0 at WrestleMania.  The video, to a point, can make you feel like his time is done after the "end of an era" match at WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami.

In my heart of hearts, I don't think it is over yet.  There are too many good opportunities left to be had for The Undertaker and the WWE.  If there is a will, there is a way.

The question now remains: If the streak goes on, who will he face next?

While you could mention top WWE superstars such as CM Punk, Ryback or Sheamus as possible opponents for The Undertaker, only a few names come to mind for me.

Believe it or not, I don't think Brock Lesnar is one of those wrestlers.  While The Undertaker and Lesnar had a stare-down after a UFC event a few years back, I don't think Lesnar is worthy of a match with The Undertaker after the way he left the WWE eight years ago.

Ultimately, if it is up to The Undertaker, I think Lesnar is a possible choice.

The only two wrestlers I am interested in seeing The Undertaker have a WrestleMania match with is John Cena and The Rock.

John Cena is no doubt the face of the current WWE product.  It would be an amazing buildup leading to a match between these two if a WrestleMania showdown were to occur.

Earlier in his career, Cena faced The Undertaker at Vengeance in 2003 and was defeated by the Deadman.

Besides crossing paths a few times on SmackDown in 2004, Cena and The Undertaker have been on separate paths in their respective careers and haven't collided.

Cena's never-back-down attitude that shows no fear would work well against a man with nothing to lose near the end of his illustrious career.

Unlike Cena, The Rock has had some history with The Undertaker.

With a victory over The Undertaker at Vengeance in 2002 for the WWE Championship being the highlight, The Rock has history with the Deadman.

All of their history wasn't against each other, either, as The Undertaker actually teamed up with The Rock and Kane at the 2000 King of the Ring to defeat Triple H, Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon.

At Survivor Series 2001, the duo teamed up again in a traditional five-on-five Survivor Series match with The Big Show, Kane and Chris Jericho alongside to take on the Alliance.

In 2002, The Rock and The Undertaker nearly had an encounter at WrestleMania X8 until Ric Flair stepped in and challenged The Undertaker.

The Rock and The Undertaker were on a collision course in 2002, after The Rock made fun of The Undertaker for getting eliminated by Maven at the Royal Rumble.  After costing each other a few matches, they faced off at No Way Out, where The Undertaker was defeated thanks to the interference by Ric Flair.

Besides the years of 2000-2002, The Rock and The Undertaker have not crossed paths again, much due to the fact The Rock was gone for seven years (2004-2011).

While The Rock may be a part-time performer, he has a WWE Championship match at the Royal Rumble next year, and he's stated he would be at WrestleMania XXIV as well.

It is only a matter of time before The Undertaker's bell tolls again and he walks the fog-filled aisle to defend what matters to him the most—the WrestleMania streak.


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