Dream match is a term which refers to such a wrestling match in which the involved wrestlers have great in ring chemistry or possess certain similar characteristics that make the fans want to see them compete against each other. Dream matches are often saved for special occasions or big events but sometimes, they are given away on any show. A dream match doesn’t only rely on the match quality but also on the build-up prior to the match. An interesting build up creates the hype for the match. A dream match without proper build-up doesn’t live up to the expectations and anticipations. Here, we will discuss 5 dream matches with no or poor build-up.
Daniel Bryan vs. Jeff Hardy, a match between 2 of the most extremely talented superstars of this era, looks solid on the card. This match was given away on Smackdown as a Money in the Bank qualifying match. This match was just announced a few days before it was supposed to take place. The match ended up being good but the lack of build-up made it look less spectacular. With proper build-up, this match could have looked much bigger and the hype surrounding this fight would have been off the charts. The sudden announcement of this match surprised the fans but still, the lack of a proper story-line behind this match took away the excitement from an otherwise potential 5 star match.
When it was announced that every champion would face their counterpart from the opposite brand, it looked like we would be getting a Lesnar vs. Mahal match. AJ Styles was feuding with Jinder Mahal for the WWE title during that time and fans were hoping that AJ would somehow win the title from Jinder so that we could see Styles vs. Lesnar. Styles ended up defeating Mahal and became a 2 time WWE Champion with less than 2 weeks remaining until Survivor Series. We got a promo from Lesnar and Heyman on the following Raw and a Styles promo on Smackdown. Both the promos were good and made the match look like a big fight. The only problem lies in the fact that there were no interactions between AJ and Brock prior to the match. The match itself was very well executed. Both superstars had their time to shine but a few more weeks of build-up would have made this match look even bigger.
For many years, fans have been asking for a match between 2 of the biggest superstars ever, namely John Cena and The Undertaker. Chances of witnessing such a dream match started increasing in 2017 when rumors started circulating that The Undertaker would come back from retirement. After John Cena failed to secure his chance to headline Wrestlemania at both Fastlane and Elimination Chamber, Cena challenged The Undertaker which earned a monster pop from the audience. There was more than a month remaining for that match to take place. What else could have gone wrong? But then, every week, John Cena came out to get an answer from The Deadman but to no avail. The match wasn’t even made official until an hour or two into the show when a referee asked Cena to get ready for the match. The match lasted less than 5 minutes and a match that people had been anticipating for nearly a decade ended up disappointing almost everyone and fell short of expectations.
Fans who followed the careers of these 2 superstars prior to signing with WWE are well aware of the fact that both of them served as the leaders of Bullet Club in the past. AJ joined The Bullet club after Finn left for WWE so we never got to see them cross paths before. When AJ joined WWE in 2016, fans quickly started to speculate that we could see a reformation of The Bullet Club with AJ, Finn, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows or even a feud between AJ and Finn for the leadership of the Club but then the superstar shakeup happened and Finn, along with Gallows and Anderson was drafted to Raw while AJ got drafted to Smackdown. During the TLC weekend, Bray Wyatt (supposed to face Finn Balor at TLC) was sidelined with an infection and he was replaced by AJ Styles. The match was announced just 3-4 days prior to the event. Such an amazing dream match was just placed on the card randomly. The two put on an excellent match on such a short notice but still, the quality suffered a bit due to the lack of build-up but there’s still hope that we would get to see these 2 superstars feuding in the future, now with fellow Bullet Club members Kenny Omega, Matt and Nick Jackson rumored to join them in WWE next year.
The Shield, consisting of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins reigned over WWE for almost 2 years. The Shield destroyed each and every superstar or team that stood in their path of destruction. The Shield disbanded in 2014. Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns all became top superstars shortly after and were involved in some entertaining and meaningful storylines. A triple threat match between the three members of The Shield seemed like a dream match which deserved to main event Wrestlemania but we got the match at Battleground 2016, which still wasn’t a bad thing as all 3 of them were at the top of their respective games then but then, Reigns got suspended for 30 days for violating WWE’s Wellness Policy which removed him completely from the build-up leaving Rollins and Ambrose to carry on the feud. The build-up featured only Rollins and Ambrose with references and mentions of Roman Reigns. Because of this, the hype was reduced and the big match feel was taken away as the feud was supposed to be between the 3 members of The Shield and not just Rollins and Ambrose. The match, however was really enjoyable but it would have meant more if Reigns was a part of the build-up too.