article-img

5 Dream Matches That WWE Failed To Book

8 months ago By Jhon Woug

Some of the most memorable bookings for Wrestling matches have happened in recent times. To see the two biggest stars collide from the same or 2 different generations will always be money. Just look at The Rock vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan for example. The emotions translated to ticket and merchandise sales immediately. But for every one match that happened, there were two that didnt. On that note, here are 5 Dream Matches WWE failed to book.

  1. J. Styles vs. CM Punk

The dream match that happened more than once Not quite. One dream match that has eluded the WWE universe is a proper, story-driven showdown between AJ Styles and CM Punk.

AJ Styles and CM Punk, while having faced each other a few times in Ring of Honour and in a few tag-team matches in TNA Wrestling, have never been in WWE at the same time to continue their story. Punk left the WWE in 2014, while AJ, although he was featured on WWE TV in 2002 for try-out matches, made his proper debut at the Royal Rumble in 2016.

Punk and AJ’s two styles clash very well, and given their history of facing each other, they possess an undeniable chemistry that could have created an iconic wrestling spectacle. AJ Styles, known for his high-flying athleticism and technical mastery, has left an indelible mark on the wrestling world. His ability to seamlessly transition between high-risk aerial manoeuvres and grounded submissions sets him apart as one of the most versatile wrestlers of his generation. On the other hand, CM Punk’s rebellious persona, sharp wit, and intense in-ring style made him a polarising yet undeniably magnetic figure during his time in WWE.

However, in recent times, when asked, AJ Styles has shut this idea down by saying,

“Nope. That will never happen. I don’t have to go into detail about that one. I think it’s pretty obvious where things stand. I’m not a fan,” said AJ Styles. “

Styles said this in response to Punk’s political stance at the time, but who knows? Given the amount of time that’s passed, this might very well be water under the bridge.

Let’s consider the narrative potential alone. With Punk’s outspokenness and Styles’ determination, they would have woven a compelling storyline leading up to the match. Punk and Styles getting off on a good note due to their beliefs and lifestyles, while clashing about personal issues and history, would have been something to behold. Continuing and adding to the stories about their earlier clashes in different promotions would leave the fans wanting more.

Styles’ breathtaking high-flying assaults set against Punk’s ground-and-pound approach could create an enthralling back-and-forth dynamic. The clash of these distinct styles could truly be a once-in-a-lifetime encounter, captivating fans with its dramatic fusion of athleticism and tenacity. As a fan, one can only hope that Punk makes his return to WWE one day for this to become a reality.

  1. John Cena vs. Goldberg

Dream matches. Those electrifying showdowns that pit legendary figures against each other in a battle for supremacy Among the many that have eluded fans, the absence of a clash between Goldberg and John Cena stands as a glaring missed opportunity in the WWE’s storied history.

Goldberg rose to prominence quickly in the late ‘90s. Having been one of the few people to beat Hollywood Hulk Hogan in his prime, during his undefeated winning streak, his dominance and imposing presence made him an icon, and his matches were characterised by their brevity and raw intensity.

On the other hand, John Cena, a multi-talented star, carved a distinct path in WWE with his charismatic mic skills and incredible in-ring abilities. His “Never Give Up” mantra endeared him to millions of fans across the globe.

Fans would have been treated to a collision of wrestling styles: Goldberg’s explosive power versus Cena’s versatility. The exchange of verbal jabs and the psychological warfare in the buildup could have rivalled the clash itself, given that both of them are great on the mic and deliver their talking points with enthusiasm, intensity, and vigour.

Goldberg’s lightning-fast, powerhouse approach, characterised by sudden, explosive spears and jackhammers, stands in stark contrast to John Cena’s versatile arsenal. Cena’s dynamic mix of technical prowess, high-flying manoeuvres, and the iconic Attitude Adjustment showcases a more well-rounded skill set.

The clash between Goldberg’s raw intensity and Cena’s adaptability would create an intriguing dynamic, with each wrestler bringing their unique strengths to the forefront. The clash of styles would not only be a battle of physicality but also a test of strategic wits. Such a match would offer a captivating blend of brute force and finesse, a collision that fans could remember forever if done well.

As the wrestling world continues to evolve, the possibility of unexpected dream matches is always alive. While Goldberg’s and Cena’s active in-ring careers might have taken different paths in recent times, the hope remains that WWE might still seize the chance to bring these two legends together for a match that could, even if belatedly, provide a glimpse into what could have been—a battle for the ages that would stand as a testament to their enduring legacies.

  1. Bobby Lashley vs. The Rock

Two titans who have each left an indelible mark on the wrestling world are Bobby Lashley and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Bobby Lashley’s journey in WWE has been one of learning, returning, and transforming. Emerging as an athletic force, Lashley showcased his prowess, with his background in MMA, as a powerhouse, winning multiple titles and establishing himself as a dominant figure in the company.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, on the other hand, has had an impact that’s been immeasurable. Transitioning from a third-generation wrestler to a Hollywood megastar, he remains one of the most beloved and recognisable figures in pop culture. His rare appearances have captured fans’ imaginations and created dream match scenarios with current WWE talent.

The Rock returned to WWE in 2011 to face John Cena at Wrestlemania 28 and for their rematch at Wrestlemania 29. Bobby Lashley was, however, at this time busy winning the IGF Championship tournament and later went on to win the IWS Championship on the indie circuit. The Rock would also return in 2016 to face Erick Rowan at Wrestlemania 32. Lashley was in Impact Wrestling at this point. He had long since left the WWE and would not return until 2018.

The Rock would go on to make sporadic appearances in WWE since. Contracts usually restrict athletes from competing in sports while filming for movies. However, the window was there. They were finally on the roster at the same time.

Imagine the build-up: The Rock, returning to his wrestling roots, confronting Bobby Lashley, the modern-day powerhouse. The exchange of words, the mind games, and the anticipation leading up to the actual match could have been a masterclass in storytelling. Fans would have been treated to an epic encounter that showcased the past meeting the present against the backdrop of WWE’s grand stage.

While professional wrestling is scripted entertainment, the emotions it evokes in fans are very real. The missed opportunity for WWE to present a match between Bobby Lashley and The Rock remains a bittersweet thought for wrestling enthusiasts.

As the wrestling landscape continues to evolve, the possibility of unexpected dream matches will always loom large. Fans can only hope that WWE seizes this opportunity and creates moments between these two that will be etched in the annals of wrestling history forever.

  1. AJ Styles vs. Shawn Michaels

The history books may never know who among these two living legends was superior. Aj Styles had everything that a young Shawn Michaels had and more. The look of disbelief one may have knowing that a match between the two superstars was always possible However, AJ Styles was rising in the ranks in TNA, whereas Shawn Michaels was doing record numbers in the WWE back then. Had AJ Styles made the switch earlier, this match would have definitely happened and given fans their money’s worth.

  1. John Cena vs. Gunther

A match that may still take place is this epic showdown between two titans. Talk about making it on your own in this business. Both of these icons have made a name for themselves despite the barriers that stood in their way. Gunther has taken the WWE Universe by storm, and it was only a matter of time before the fans realised he is a once-in-a generation superstar. Gunther has overwhelmed the entire locker room, and part-timer John Cena is no stranger to the phenomenon.

John Cena has been looking for a legitimate challenge wherein he can showcase his old calibre after so many years. John Cena was the face of this company before the Tribal Chief took over the show. PPVs were designed around Cena’s appeal, and everything Big Match John got during his initial run has been seen in The Ring General. This contest may not be set for one fall, as it will take an elimination chamber-like structure to contain the tension between these two.

More Recommendations
Unlock a World of Endless Discoveries: Your Personalized Recommendation Engine
article-image

Liv Morgan’s Heartfelt Message to CJ Perry (Lana) Shows their strong bond of friendship even after not working in the… Read More

8 months ago Sports Desk
article-image

Take a jump out of the rhythm into the drama of UFC fights, in which gladiators clash with each other… Read More

2 months ago Jhon Woug
article-image

The dream bout between Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XIX brought together two of the greatest in-ring performers… Read More

10 months ago Sports Desk
article-image

Dillon Danis isn’t ending his trolling war against Logan Paul anytime soon. The Bellator welterweight contender recently sounded off on… Read More

8 months ago Sports Desk
article-image

After the pay-per-view event Crown Jewel 2023, we are heading towards another event of this year, i.e., WWE Survivor Series… Read More

5 months ago Sports Desk
article-image

The upcoming WWE Survivor Series 2023 promises an intense showcase of battles within the WarGames structure, and fans are eagerly… Read More

5 months ago Jhon Woug
Stories Going Viral
Unleashing the Power of Stories
article-image

The Toyota Arena in Ontario, Canada, hosted Monday Night Raw. A match card that was worthy of a PPV, this… Read More

7 months ago Jhon Woug
article-image

Despite his limited time, Logan Paul has quickly become a WWE sensation, facing some of the biggest superstars and participating… Read More

9 months ago Sports Desk
article-image

The wrestling world is abuzz with excitement as WWE Superstars Spectacle 2023, a special WWE live event, prepares to make… Read More

8 months ago Sports Desk
article-image

As the sun enjoys its last banks of the evening behind a panorama of the city with some long shadows… Read More

3 weeks ago Jhon Woug
article-image

In a stunning turn of events, Bellator welterweight contender Michael “Venom” Page has officially signed with the UFC. A new… Read More

4 months ago Jhon Woug
article-image

WWE RAW of November 27, 2023, is here. WWE RAW today is the first episode after the electrifying WWE Survivor… Read More

5 months ago Sports Desk
Join Our Exclusive Newsletter and Stay in the Loop!