If you go back one year and ask yourself about dream matches for WrestleMania 34, Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar would certainly not be one of them. But with that said, Daniel Bryan’s return to action is at the top of the list right alongside Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles and Asuka vs. Charlotte for world championships. In an age where dream matches are closer to reality, what about next year at MetLife Stadium?
WWE officially announced its return to New York/New Jersey for the next WrestleMania weekend, and we already have some dream matches in mind…
Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey – Keep these women on separate brands, have one win the Royal Rumble and enjoy the spoils of a dream match on the grandest stage. There may not be a more believable challenger to Rousey’s fighting spirit and athleticism. It is a modern-day Flair vs. Roddy Piper against the two biggest female stars of a generation. Heck, this could close any pay per view in wrestling. This one is so obvious that nothing else needs to be written.
(Demon) Finn Balor vs. Kenny Omega vs. AJ Styles – We can all agree that “the Bullet Club is fine” under Cody’s leadership. Maybe it is finally time to see the Club’s greatest leadership go to war in a WWE ring. Kenny Omega gave a two-year commitment to New Japan when he was the hottest free agent in wrestling last year, but that expires shortly after next year’s WrestleKingdom event. If WWE is ever going to get Omega at the right time, it is then. Styles seems destined for Raw after the next “Superstar Shakeup” while Balor could be one of the top babyfaces on the brand. What if one of the two takes Roman’s Universal Championship and Omega wins the Royal Rumble? Who says it has to be for a championship at all? WWE is all in on trolling the Bullet Club with cease and desists plus the new OGBC shirts. Make a story out of it.
Daniel Bryan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – If you asked fans to go back a few years and pick the two or three Americans you want to see Nakamura fight, Bryan and A.J. Styles would be on every list. WWE gave us the Styles match for New Orleans this year. Nakamura will be a bigger star because of it, and a match against his former young-boy, roommate, the American Dragon screams international viewership. If Bryan is back to full form, let the kicking war begin.
Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley – This one may not wait until WrestleMania. Lesnar could be on his way out (again), and Lashley is one of the hottest anticipated names to come back under the WWE umbrella this year. If time permits, this war between Beast Incarnate and Walking Armageddon is the perfect spectacle to send Lesnar out.
The Rock vs. Roman Reigns – There is so much built-in story here, and unlike the Undertaker, it actually makes sense for Reigns to retire the Rock from in-ring competition. As long as it does not take away a championship match from main-roster superstars, this is the perfect match to retire the Rock. The Rock last wrestled a real match (Erick Rowan doesn’t count) in the same building when he passed the torch to John Cena five years ago. What if the Rock takes Reigns’ run personally? What if the Rock brings up the time Philadelphia booed him because of his associate with Reigns? Nobody boos the Rock. It’s a family feud that could include everyone from Rocky Johnson to Rikishi to the Uso brothers. WWE occasionally dips its foot into the Anoa’i family storylines. Why not go all in?
Rusev vs. Kurt Angle – It is too late for this to really matter, especially with the consistent babyface reactions for Rusev Day, but Angle is the man every fan wanted to break Rusev’s original winning streak with the United States Championship. Three years too late, it would still be a fun submissions match with a story behind it.