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Some of the most awesome rivalries in WWE history didn’t get to the extent they would’ve gone had the circumstances and bookings been a little different. Just like some of the most epic dream matches that could have happened during various eras of time in the sport of professional wrestling. These matches could’ve been instant classics. Here are 10 of the ambitious rematches that should happen.
The Rock vs. Stone Cold
Two of the most popular superstars to ever step foot in a wrestling ring have a long storied history between them.
At WrestleMania XV in 1999, the main event saw the challenger Stone Cold Steve Austin face The Rock (Champion) in a No Disqualification match for the WWF Championship with Mankind as the special guest referee. Austin won the match and the championship.
At WrestleMania X-Seven in 2001, the main event was a No Disqualification match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock (Champion) for the WWF Championship. Austin once again became champion after he beat The Rock in front of 67,925 people in attendance.
At WrestleMania XIX in 2003, the third WrestleMania meeting between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin took place in front of 54,097 people in attendance. This also marked Austin's final official match before his retirement from in-ring competition due to injuries sustained in previous years. The Rock won this encounter after delivering three Rock Bottoms to the rattlesnake.
During the 2008 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, The Rock teased about a rematch between him and the rattlesnake at WrestleMania to settle the score to which Austin nodded approvingly. Ever since there has been a ray of hope for this rematch to happen one more time!
The Rock vs. Goldberg
The night after WrestleMania XIX was dubbed as The Rock’s Appreciation Night to honor his victory over Stone Cold. That night, he was attacked by a debuting Goldberg. A match was made for Backlash 2003 between two of the most recognizable athletes in sports entertainment. At Backlash, Goldberg defeated The Rock in the main event of the night. This was the first and only encounter between the two. A rematch between the two would be a feast for the fans to see.
The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar
At SummerSlam 2002, The Rock lost the match and the WWE Undisputed Championship to Lesnar along with the record for the youngest WWE Champion, which he had set in 1998, after interference from Paul Heyman, who was managing Lesnar at that time. The Rock never received his rematch with the Beast Incarnate and a rematch between the two would be great to write-off the rivalry that the fans never got to witness in full bloom.
Triple H vs. The Rock
In 2014, right after the October 6th episode of Monday Night RAW, The Rock and Triple H recalled the 15 years of SmackDown while taking an aggressive stroll down memory lane. During that segment, they both teased a match between the two at WrestleMania to see who the better man is. This match could be one of the most entertaining rematches of all times if two of the greatest in-ring generals share the ring one more time.
- The Rock and Triple H take an aggressive stroll down memory lane: SmackDown, Oct. 10, 2014
When it comes to the rivalry between The Rock and Triple H, some things never change.
Batista vs. John Cena
Batista and John Cena go way back to Ohio Valley Wrestling days. They came face-to-face in the WWE during the 2005 Royal Rumble Match when both made it to the final two but Batista coming out on top as 2005 Royal Rumble match winner.
In 2008, they faced off against each other in a singles match for the first time ever at SummerSlam 2008 which was billed as a match that had been six years in the making. Batista won via pinfall.
In 2010 at the Royal Rumble event, Cena eliminated Batista from the match costing him a chance to main event WrestleMania XXVI. A month later, at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Cena won the WWE Championship after competing in a grueling elimination chamber match. Immediately following the match, Vince McMahon forced John Cena to defend his title against Batista in a previously unannounced match which Batista won, making him the new WWE Champion.
- John Cena wins Raw Elimination Chamber Match: Elimination Chamber 2010
Mr. McMahon gives John Cena a rude awakening after The Champ endures a debilitating 30-minute Raw Elimination Chamber Match on February 21, 2010.
At WrestleMania XXVI in 2010, Cena challenged Batista to a rematch for the WWE Championship and won the title after making Batista tap out to the STF submission hold.
At Extreme Rules 2010, Batista invoked his rematch clause in a last man standing match which Cena won. The two would face off one final time at Over the Limit 2010 event in an "I Quit" match which Cena won again.
This rivalry is regarded as one of the most happening ones in WWE history and one more match between the two would be a treat for the fans.
Goldberg vs. Shawn Michaels
In 2003, for the first and only time in history, Goldberg faced Shawn Michaels on Monday Night RAW in a singles match to defend his World Heavyweight title but due to interference by Batista, the match ended in a no-contest as a result. At one point in history, this was considered to be a dream match for ages as the powerhouse met the showstopper for the prestigious World Heavyweight Championship. The rematch never happened but if it does, it could be one of the all-time favorite rematches in wrestling history.
Goldberg vs. Batista
In 2003, Triple H issued a $100,000 bounty to anybody who could take Goldberg out. This was ultimately collected by Batista who attacked Goldberg during a title defense and shattered his ankle with a steel chair. Three weeks later, the two faced each other in a singles match which Goldberg won after interference by Triple H. This rematch could be delightful to watch if two of the most powerful athletes in sports and entertainment collide with each other one more time.
The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns
In 2017, Roman Reigns eliminated The Undertaker from the Royal Rumble match. Taker returned on an episode of Raw and performed a chokeslam on Reigns which led to a No Holds Barred match between the two at WrestleMania 33. Reigns defeated The Undertaker after hitting five spears. This lead to The Undertaker leaving his gloves, coat and hat in the center of the ring before slowly making his exit while Reigns claiming that it was his yard now.
- Roman Reigns Calls Win Over The Undertaker A Loss
Roman Reigns speaks with Jonathan Coachman after defeating The Undertaker in the main event of WrestleMania 33, saying it almost feels like a loss.
- Roman Reigns declares that WWE is his yard now: Raw, April 3, 2017
Just one day after his epic victory over The Undertaker at WrestleMania. The Big Dog delivers a short and sweet message to the WWE Universe.
The Undertaker never faced Reigns again and this much looked-for rematch never took place which needs to happen before The Undertaker takes-off his gloves once and for all.
Goldberg vs. The Undertaker
At The Super ShowDown 2019 event in Saudi Arabia, The Undertaker took on Goldberg for the very first time in history. However, two of the greatest in-ring performers weren’t able to give the fans a match to remember as both of them failed to live up to the hype of the match that was created prior to their meeting.
Regardless of the outcome, this rematch needs to happen as both of these legends need to erase the botched performance on their part and give the fans a match that they initially asked for.
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
In 2017, John Cena called out Roman Reigns for a confrontation. During the feud, both individuals argued each other back and forth, cutting one of the most entertaining promos in WWE history. While Cena referred to Reigns as "a corporately created John Cena bootleg", Reigns insulted Cena for being absent and compared him to The Rock, whom Cena had criticized for leaving WWE for Hollywood several years ago.
- Watch the uncut war of words between John Cena and Roman Reigns: Raw, Aug. 28, 2017
Hear every blistering insult from John Cena and Roman Reigns' intense and controversial confrontation.
You should be ashamed I am a part timer; because I can do this part-time better than you could ever do it full time.
— John Cena to Roman Reigns on Monday Night Raw.
Both faced each other at No Mercy (2017) where Reigns defeated Cena. After the match Cena raised Roman Reigns' hand in a show of respect in what many may refer to as a moment of ‘passing the torch’. This match needs to happen one more time as John Cena should not go down in history as the man who did not beat Roman Reigns in one-on-one competition rather substantiate that he is one of the greatest in-ring performers of all times.
Ever since the introduction of the Universal Championship title in 2016, the title has switched hands multiple times. Despite seeing different winners, the fans never got to witness any of those winners invoking their rematch clause. This might seem strange but this is how it is. Whether it’s Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Goldberg, Brock Lesnar or Roman Reigns, neither one of them has ever invoked their rematch clause. But as far as wrestling is concerned, every champion has a right to invoke their rematch clause for the championship title they have lost/vacated. So the final pick would be those rematches that never happened for the Universal Championship.
Alright, that is all for this time. Hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing this piece. Make sure to let know of your thoughts regarding this article and feel free to drop in your favorite rematch that is not in the list in the comments section below.
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