Former WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens is letting the world know that he’s interested in being The Undertaker’s next opponent at WrestleMania.
In a recent interview with Title Match Wrestling, Owens discussed several wrestling-related topics, but the one thing that is sure to get people talking is his WrestleMania opponent of choice.
Despite The Undertaker’s legendary undefeated streak at Wrestlemania being ended by Brock Lesnar two years ago, Owens feels the event is “synonymous” with the “Phenom” and the reason why he wants to face him at the event.
“WrestleMania is synonymous with The Undertaker. So, regardless of what’s happened with the streak, I still feel like WrestleMania is The Undertaker’s show. Obviously, I’d love to throw my name in the hat and try to see if he’s still the phenom that he’s claimed to be all of these years.”
While a match between Owens and Undertaker may have seemed like a longshot just a few weeks ago — and potentially still a longshot at this moment — injuries to several of the company’s top stars has put WWE in a precarious situation. With top superstars such as John Cena, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, and Sting out with serious ailments, WrestleMania 32 plans are once again in a state of uncertainty.
Therefore, it may force the WWE’s hand into booking matches that were originally not even a discussion. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the original plan for The Undertaker at this year’s WrestleMania was a match against Cena.
Both men have been cornerstones of the WWE the past decade and never face each other on the Grandest Stage of them All. A match between Undertaker and Cena was teased for WrestleMania 26, but nothing came of it, as Cena went on to wrestle Batista and Undertaker retired Shawn Michaels in his last match.
With Cena’s injury reportedly costing him the next six to nine months of action, WWE fans will have to wait until WrestleMania 33, at the earliest, to see the two WWE legends face each other.
Moving on to WWE’s current plans, the company reportedly has deals in place with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) stars AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Doc Gallows, and Karl Anderson.
While Gallows and Styles have some history with the WWE, neither Nakamura or Anderson have ever stepped inside a WWE ring. So when and if both men do so, it’ll be their first time. In the same interview with Title Match Wrestling, Owens named Nakamura as the man he’s most excited to see debut with WWE.
“If the rumors are true, Nakamura is probably the one I’m most excited about. I wrestled him once before I got to WWE, and it was an awesome experience. I think he’d bring something different to the WWE.”
The one match Owens had against Nakamura happened at Ring of Honor’s (ROH) War of the Worlds event on May 17, 2014. Nakamura, representing NJPW, defeated ROH’s Kevin Steen in the sixth match of the night.
There was a report that both Styles and Nakamura were signed to big money contracts, meaning they are likely to bypass NXT and head straight for the main roster. If that happens, it’s likely both men will have roles at WrestleMania 32 this April.
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