For years professional wrestling fans have had a number of “dream matches” that they would love to see happen. Back when the WWE had more legitimate competition like WCW and ECW, fans could dream up matches that would take place and, if they did take place, which wrestler would dominate. These dream match scenarios even inspired fantasy wrestling leagues which have been popular online for years.
Many huge matchups actually almost happened, but never did. Whether the matches were changed, cancelled due to injuries, or were simply a case of the producers deciding to go in another direction, all of these fights would have been huge. Wrestling fans from all over the world would have tuned in to see the action. Many of these matchups would have been between two big egos, and one, or both of them refused to lose, even if it was best for professional wrestling at that time.
With that all said, let’s waste no more time and get to the 10 Wrestling Matches That Should Have Happened But Didn’t.
10. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Brock Lesnar
Two of the biggest and best brawlers in the history of professional wrestling, Steve Austin and Brock Lesnar, almost did face off, but it never actually ended up happening. With a little built up tension, Lesnar was supposed to beat Stone Cold on Raw. But he didn’t want to lose, and certainly not if it wasn’t gonna be on pay-per-view. His massive ego it seems matched the amount of talent he had in the ring. Wrestling fans can only imagine the hard hitting action that would have gone on and what the end result of Austin stunning Lesnar or Lesnar delivering an F5 to Stone Cold would have been. This one could have turned into a good old Pier 6 brawl and Austin could have won in his prime by delivering not one, but two stunners.
9. Eddie Guerrero vs. Shawn Michaels
This matchup was reportedly in the works for WrestleMania 22 until Eddie Guerrero passed away in 2005. This contest would have been very technically sound and would have had some fast paced action to keep fans on the edge of their seats throughout. Michaels and Guerrero would have been one of those matches that could have possibly gone the distance and ended in a 60-minute time limit draw. This match would have had plenty of highlights and, if the match didn’t end in a draw, Mr. WrestleMania would have likely won it.
8. Sting vs. The Undertaker
This match between two professional wrestling icons, Sting vs. The Undertaker, almost happened at WrestleMania 31 last year. Of course both of these guys would have been way past their prime, but it still would have been a dream competition. Even though The Undertaker may have spent a bit of time in WCW at the beginning of his career, this match would have basically been Mr. WWE vs. Mr. WCW. Obviously, if it had happened during the Monday night war era, it would’ve been way better, but Wrestlemania 31 could have been good, too. Instead of having two dark and mysterious figures, perhaps Sting would have gone back to his old school bright persona to liven things up a bit. Vince McMahon would never let WCW beat WWE, so ‘Taker would have won this one in a close contest.
7. Bret Hart vs. Hulk Hogan
Bret Hart “The Hitman” and Hulk Hogan were scheduled to face off at SummerSlam in 1993. That year The Hitman started off as the WWF Champion. He lost the title to Yokozuna at WrestleMania IX, who only held the belt for a few minutes before Hulk Hogan came out to beat the sumo superstar in a surprise title match. Things were set up for Hogan to defend against Hart at WrestleMania, with The Hulkster scheduled to drop the belt before going to WCW. But Hogan, like Stone Cold, absolutely refused to lose to the competition, so the classic contest never ended up taking place.
6. Shawn Michaels vs. The Rock
Mr. WrestleMania vs. The Great One, aka Shawn Michaels vs. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, would have made for an electrifying, even show-stopping match. Even if there were no championship on the line, this match could have easily main-evented WrestleMania 19 or 20. Not only would the match have been great, but imagine all the promos and hype that would have led up to it. The Rock and Michaels could perform both in and out of the ring and this one would have likely gone back and forth for quite some time before a winner was finally determined. We predict that Mr. WrestleMania Shawn Michaels would have won this contest after a long and brutal clash of titans.
5. Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair
This classic matchup, Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair, was actually supposed to happen at WrestleMania VIII at the Hoosier Dome according to Hogan. Hulk said that “It was supposed to be me and Flair. That just didn’t happen”. He went on to explain that the two wrestled on live events and broke several records. “You could have doubled the ticket price and it would have still sold out” Hogan said. The story went that Sid Justice requested a match with Hogan after the pair had a falling out at the Royal Rumble that year and the match was changed. Ric Flair ended up defending the title against Randy Savage at WM VIII, and Hogan and Flair still wrestled plenty of times in the WWF and WCW. If this match would have happened, Vince McMahon would have booked Hogan to win since he was a WWF guy all the way.
4. Vince McMahon vs. Eric Bischoff
The leaders of the WWE and WCW, Vince McMahon and Eric Bischoff respectively, could have had an interesting, if not sloppy matchup at the end of the Monday night wars. After McMahon acquired WCW, he could have booked himself in a marquee matchup against Bischoff at WrestleMania. The match could have been for control of the WWE/WCW, with Vince likely winning because he would refuse to give up the gold to Bischoff. This would not have been a clean match, with wrestlers from the WWE and WCW interfering on their boss’s behalves. McMahon would have cheated to win, but a win is a win in his book.
3. Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan
The WWE ruthlessly teased its fans with this possible dream match for WrestleMania 31. Daniel Bryan battled back from injury but was eliminated early from the Royal Rumble in 2015. He had a chance to take Roman Reigns’ spot at WrestleMania when he faced Reigns at Fastlane, but came up short. This would have been the ultimate David vs. Goliath matchup and fans would have gone crazy for it. Instead Daniel Bryan won the Intercontinental title in a Ladder match while Brock Lesnar faced Reigns for his WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It may have been better off that this match didn’t happen, because fans would have rioted if Seth Rollins had cashed in his Money In The Bank contract to screw up this dream match.
2. Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior II
The title vs. title match between Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior blew the roof off the Toronto Skydome at WrestleMania 6. After the Warrior prevailed in “The Ultimate Challenge” Vince McMahon booked the next year’s supercard at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He had to be anticipating a huge crowd for the expected rematch, but it never happened. Allegedly, McMahon wanted to use Sgt. Slaughter in the main event against Hogan due to how much heat Slaughter was getting for being an “Iraqi sympathizer”, so plans for Hogan vs. Warrior II were scrapped. The official story was that President Jack Tunney ruled that they could not face each other again due to injury concerns. The WWF was not able to sell out the Coliseum, so WM was moved to the LA Memorial Sports Arena due to low ticket sales, although the WWF claimed the move was due to security concerns about Sgt. Slaughter.
1. Hulk Hogan vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
Hulk Hogan against “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is a true dream match that was rumored to be in the works several times. It would have been very difficult for either man to set aside their ego to the other, and the buildup to this match would have been huge. The match would have gone back and forth and would not have been very technical. The advantage would likely have gone to whichever man would have been willing to bend the rules and go behind the referee’s back. Who would have won this match is anybody’s guess, but the slight edge goes to the Hulkster in his prime.