There is no greater wrestler at WrestleMania than The Undertaker. For eighteen years, dating back to 1990 and WrestleMania VII, The Undertaker has built his legacy and resume, by beating every single opponent that was put in front of him at the grandest stage of them all. With WrestleMania right around the corner and being only a few months away, it is only right to talk about possible opponents that The Undertaker could face at WrestleMania 27. With this WrestleMania possibly being Taker’s last, it has equal or more importance than the others. The last time we saw Taker on WWE TV, he was getting buried alive by Kane at the Bragging Rights pay-per-view. We are likely to see Taker return a month before WrestleMania and start a program with whoever he will face at the grandest stage of them all. Here are ten possible opponents for Undertaker at WrestleMania 27:
John Cena: The most logical choice for Taker to face at WrestleMania is the face of the company, John Cena. While Cena and Taker have faced off before in matches from 2003 to 2006, they never really had a real feud, and they certainly never had a WrestleMania match together. When Taker faced off against Cena in those matches, Cena was still an up-and-coming superstar and was still doing his rapping gimmick. If Cena and Taker will have a match at WrestleMania 27, it can really showcase their talents and it could be a much better match than most people anticipate. Taker and Cena have been two of the biggest draws in the company’s history and it would be the right move, at least money wise, to see a match between these two.
Sheamus: Another choice that could come to fruition is a WrestleMania match with Sheamus. Taker has had eighteen years of experience in the WWE and has feuded and beaten just about every big name there is to beat, while Sheamus has only about a year-and-a-half experience. Even though Taker has a big advantage in the experience category, Sheamus has had his share success already in the WWE, winning the WWE title twice in that short span. The Undertaker and Sheamus have never faced off in a one-on-one match before, but it would definitely be interesting, given their unique and contrasting styles and looks. If Taker and Sheamus were to have a match at Mania, it could be a great match, similar to the match that Batista and Taker had at WrestleMania 23, since Batista and Sheamus are both power and finesse wrestlers.
Wade Barrett: A possible choice but an unlikely one is a match with Wade Barrett at WrestleMania. Like Sheamus, Barrett and Taker have never faced off against one another in an official match, but this match might happen because of the altercations that Nexus has had with The Undertaker. On two separate occasions, Nexus has attacked Undertaker, the first time being on Monday Night Raw and the second time being at Bragging Rights, when Nexus came to Kane’s aid to bury Taker. When Taker comes back, he could come back to exact revenge on the stable and could pick his WrestleMania opponent to be the leader of Nexus, Wade Barrett. This match could also elevate Barrett to new levels, especially if he proves himself, even in a losing effort.
Goldberg: People have been buzzing recently about Goldberg being chosen to be Taker’s opponent at WrestleMania 27. This is more of a dream match than anything, and is highly unlikely to happen. But Goldberg has said in the past, that he wants to wrestle one more match in his career, and what greater match can Goldberg have, then with Taker at the grandest stage of them all? At one point in their careers, Goldberg and Taker were the biggest stars of their respective companies and this match could sell huge if it were to happen. Like Taker has his undefeated streak at WrestleMania, Goldberg had his own 173-match unbeaten streak on WCW and they could revolve a storyline around that. There are the obvious questions if Goldberg can still wrestle to the best of his abilities, given that he hasn’t been in the ring since 2004.
Brock Lesnar: Another unlikely opponent that has a chance of facing Undertaker at Mania is Brock Lesnar. The rumors of this match all started when Taker was sitting ringside at UFC 121 watching Brock Lesnar lose his UFC Heavyweight Belt. After the match, the beaten down Lesnar past by Taker, and they had a little confrontation with Taker asking if he wants to do it. This has led speculation to believe that they had plans to have a WrestleMania match together. The president of the UFC, Dana White, has said that there is no way this match would happen because of Lesnar’s contract with the company. For this match to take place, there would need to be a big loophole in Lesnar’s contract. This matchup has already generated big buzz and would be huge for the WWE.
Kane: Another logical choice for The Undertaker to face at WrestleMania is “The Big Red Machine” Kane. Taker and Kane have one of the most storied rivalries in WWE history, and it spans for the past thirteen years, ever since Kane’s debut in 1997. Both Kane and Taker are very similar and have similar styles. They know each other inside and out and have proven to put on a great match every time they go out there. For the past few months, the Big Red Machine and Taker have been feuding for the World Heavyweight Championship with Kane getting the better of Taker. Kane was even the one who buried Taker and that is the reason we have not seen him on television. Taker has faced Kane twice at the grandest stage of them all, WrestleMania 14 and WrestleMania 20. A third match at WrestleMania would be a great way to finally end this legendary feud once and for all.
Randy Orton: One of the most competitive matches that can be made at WrestleMania is a match between Taker and Randy Orton. Orton has faced Taker at WrestleMania before, more precisely WrestleMania 21, but Orton was still very young at that time with his Legend Killer gimmick. Since that match, Orton has really evolved into his element, and is only now entering his prime. There is no doubt that Orton can give a better showing if he was picked to be Taker’s opponent at WrestleMania 27. If the match is to happen, Orton would likely turn heel so we get to see a face versus heel matchup. Orton is a much better heel than face, and all it would take is an attack on Taker to get the crowd heat and heel status.
Edge: Another opponent that has faced Taker at Mania before that can face him again at WrestleMania 27 is “The Rated R Superstar” Edge. Taker and Edge had a very good match at WrestleMania 24, with Taker picking up the win of course. The feud between the two started when Edge cashed his Money in the Bank contract on Taker, who was world champion at the time. This started a lengthy program with the two that lasted almost a year, which included a Tables, Ladders & Chairs (TLC) match and a Hell in a Cell match. Both Edge and Taker traded victories along the stretch with neither one getting the better of the other. Edge has shown to be a formidable opponent for Taker in the past and would be a great choice for Taker to wrestle at WrestleMania 27.
Chris Jericho: Another intriguing opponent for Taker at Mania is Chris Jericho. “Y2J” is one of the few people in the company to hold more championship gold than Taker, with almost two-dozen total titles, including a record nine Intercontinental titles and six world titles. Jericho was also the first ever Undisputed Champion. Both Jericho and Taker have been in the WWE for more than a decade, but have only faced off against each other a handful of times in their illustrious careers, with their last meeting being last year. At the moment, both Jericho and Taker are off television, but both are expected to be back early next year. A match against these two legends could go down as one of the best in history, with both wrestlers still able to produce the best out of each other.
Triple H: The last opponent on this list that is a possible opponent for Taker at WrestleMania is “The Cerebral Assassin” Triple H. Taker has faced Triple H at Mania before, with Taker coming out victorious at WrestleMania 17. That match was one of the few times that Taker and Triple H ever wrestled one-on-one together, even though they have been with the same company for over fifteen years. Both of these veterans have proven time and time again that they are still on top of their game, even though they are getting older. As of this moment, both Triple H and Taker are out of action for different reasons but the match can very well happen if both of them are healthy enough to compete in time for WrestleMania.