WWE: Why John Cena Should Face the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX

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WWE: Why John Cena Should Face the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX
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COMMENTARY | As WrestleMania XXX rapidly approaches, one of the more heavily promoted matches surrounding the event will be The Undertaker and his quest to go 22-0 on wrestling's biggest stage. Over the weekend, PWInsider.com confirmed that Taker will be making his return to WWE television on Feb. 24 and is expected to begin his storyline for WrestleMania XXX.

The prevailing thought amongst rumor sites and fans is that Brock Lesnar will step up to the plate and face "The Phenom" is a clash of two monsters. Lesnar and Taker have teased a match in the past and both certainly have the name recognition to draw the interest of casual fans.

However, these two have already feuded more than a decade ago and for fans that have watched the product for years, the potential matchup isn't a fresh idea for Mania. Not to mention that neither is expected to be around after Mania, so the match has no real impact on future storylines.

Even more troubling for this matchup is that Lesnar is a very physical force and needs to work with someone who can take a beating. Taker is banged up and frankly, too old to go out there and take more than one or two serious bumps. Lesnar has never been the kind of wrestler who is effective by taking bumps and getting beaten up.

So if Lesnar isn't the guy to work with Taker, who is?

I think the most intriguing matchup and the one that is sure to help draw for Mania would be if John Cena took on Taker. As good as The Undertaker's WrestleMania matches have been recently, there hasn't been much of a doubt that he was going to win each match. With Cena that doubt is instantly there as Cena has all the credentials and respect in the business to be worthy of ending the streak and has beaten every big star. If Taker was going to deem anyone worthy of ending his streak, Cena would have to be near the top of the list.

Cena has never faced Taker at Mania and hasn't worked a serious program with him since he won his first title in 2005. The two have worked together before, but Cena was still young and nowhere close to where he is today.

This match would be worthy of headlining WrestleMania XXX as Cena could do the majority of bumping while still being a serious threat to defeat The Undertaker. Cena's move set wouldn't require Taker to endure much impact as even Cena's finisher is really no worse than a bodyslam.

Plus with Cena being a serious threat to win, the fans both in the arena and at home would be totally invested in the match. A series of false finishes and close calls could have fans on the edge of their seats as these two close out the match. There is a large segment of the audience that hates Cena and having him threaten Taker's streak is sure to rile them up, while Cena's loyal fans would have to root against someone like Taker who is universally loved.

That's not to say I think Cena should win the match and end the streak, as I feel the streak should never be ended. However, a match against Cena would make convince me that there is a serious chance of it ending this year.

Both of these men have seen and done it all and as The Undertaker's career winds down, this is one of the few "dream matches" left he needs to cross of the list. Like I said, these two have faced each other hasn't had a match with since becoming a top guy.

It's been teased that Cena will work with the Wyatt Family at Mania, but holding off on this issue until a later date, would actually benefit the company more in my opinion as it gives Cena something to focus on after WrestleMania season.

In the past, the best WrestleMania cards are the ones that feature two or three major matches and as much as the WWE wants to pretend Batista's return is draw, the fan reaction thus far suggests it's not. Even if the WWE caves and gives fans a Daniel Bryan Championship win, the card still needs another headlining match to be memorable.

And right now, there is no better dream match than John Cena vs. The Undertaker.

Matt Durr is a reporter from Michigan who has watched professional wrestling since he was 3 years old. Not just a WWE fan, Matt enjoys Ring of Honor and Japanese wrestling. He has covered University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University athletics for Annarbor.com. Follow him on Twitter @mdurr84.

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