If the rumored Undertaker vs. Braun Strowman match takes place at WrestleMania 32, no one will come out of this as a winner.
For the past week, a rumor surrounding the WrestleMania 32 match card has involved The Undertaker’s potential opponent. First it didn’t look like it would be Braun Strowman. 24 hours later, reports came out that this match will take place, mostly due to Vince McMahon pushing for it to happen.
The concept behind this match at WrestleMania is an interesting one but is something that could have been seen coming. Even before John Cena’s injury (he was supposed to face Undertaker at the show), the Dead Man was in a feud with The Wyatt Family. Him and Kane faced Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper at Survivor Series 2015, defeating them with Strowman at ringside. Wyatt specifically told him before the match started to stay at ringside. This could have been a way of protecting a possible matchup between the Black Sheep and the former Ministry of Darkness leader.
However, it doesn’t mean this match taking place is a good thing.
The Undertaker is going to be 51-years-old just days before WrestleMania 32. He’s on his last legs as a WWE Superstar and could retire at any point, maybe even as soon as Apr. 3. There have been no signs of this happening, though.
Since this is one of the last matches for ‘Taker, he should be working with a star that he could put over. More importantly, though, he needs to work with someone that can carry a match with him. Kevin Owens, AJ Styles and even the 45-year-old Chris Jericho could fit the bill.
Unfortunately, Strowman does not fit that prerequisite.
Since debuting on the main roster the night after WWE SummerSlam 2015, Strowman has only wrestled five singles matches, with the latest one being on the Dec. 7 edition of Raw. It lasted only 2 minutes and 43 seconds on TV (h/t Pro Fight DB). He has only worked two live event singles contests during that time too.
When the Wyatt Family member has been seen in the ring, his move-set is limited. He can use his fists and the bear hug, but that’s about as far as his talents go. How he would hold up doing this against Undertaker would be fascinating to watch.
If that’s all he can do, then Undertaker will have to carry this match. That’s something he cannot do in 2016, as seen by his matches in 2015. He didn’t look bad but obviously didn’t perform similar to the years he faced Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania.
The interesting part of this will be the winner because the impact will be large.
If Undertaker defeats Strowman, it would be the first time the latter has taken a pinfall or submission since his call-up. If he had any heat on him before hand, it would be gone, similar to Cena defeating Rusev at WrestleMania 31.
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If Strowman defeats Undertaker, it opens up the possibility of dissension between the Wyatt Family members since Bray was unable to accomplish this one year prior. It could also put Strowman in the conversation for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, meaning a rivalry with Roman Reigns could take place (if he wins at Fastlane and WrestleMania). It would be hard to believe that the former Shield man would lose the title to the New Face of Destruction quickly after regaining it. He would be the one to take him down then.
What also has to be looked at is if Strowman is drawing any heat. So far, he hasn’t drawn a reaction from the crowd. Keeping him out of the ring is not helping matters. If he was destroying opponents in squash matches week after week, the fans would take notice. He could defeat Fandango or the recently-formed Social Outcasts. This is similar to how Baron Corbin started getting his negative reaction, except he made a transition from a babyface due to the fans not taking to his quick matches.
So Strowman has no heat, hasn’t proved anything in the ring in just 5 TV singles matches and is about to step into a ring in front of 100,000 people against one of the men who made WrestleMania what it is today in The Undertaker. One of the future WWE Hall of Famer’s last matches will also be on Apr. 3. This sounds like a terrible idea.