It’s pretty clear who will fight in the top matches of WrestleMania 32, but one giant question remains unanswered. It’s unknown whom The Undertaker will face at the biggest pay-per-view of 2016, and WWE hasn’t given any indication regarding which direction they might be going.
Roman Reigns will likely challenge Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event, while The Wyatt Family’s actions at the Royal Rumble indicate Bray Wyatt will have a match against Brock Lesnar. But The Undertaker hasn’t been on WWE TV since Survivor Series in November, and WWE doesn’t have many good options.
It could be a while before fans find out about WWE's plans. After not appearing at the Royal Rumble or the next night on "Monday Night Raw," The Undertaker isn't likely to return to WWE TV until after Fastlane on Feb. 21 to set up his match at WrestleMania 32.
John Cena had been The Undertaker’s rumored WrestleMania 32 opponent, but an injury will likely cause the 15-time world champion to miss the event. With such a depleted roster, one WWE superstar stands out as the best choice to face the Deadman in his 24th WrestleMania match.
Kevin Owens has proven himself to be the best heel that’s a full-time wrestler on WWE’s roster. If he won’t be fighting for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship or against Lesnar, the best way to use him would be in a match with The Undertaker.
Owens has quickly ascended the ranks in WWE, and he is one of the top candidates to face The Undertaker. He’s been on the main roster for just eight months, and in that time he’s beaten John Cena clean on a pay-per-view and won the Intercontinental Championship. It seems clear that some decision-makers in WWE see him as a potential main eventer, and a match with The Undertaker on the Grandest Stage of Them All would propel him to a new level.
If Owens doesn’t get a match with The Undertaker, it could be another young wrestler that WWE believes can be a future star. The latest rumors have The Undertaker facing Braun Strowman at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas. According to Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer, WWE might be planning to pit Strowman against The Undertaker after The Wyatt Family member faces Big Show at Fastlane in February.
Strowman’s size and strength give him a high ceiling in WWE, and it makes sense to have The Undertaker wrestle an up-and-coming star. But a match between Strowman and The Undertaker could prove to be a mistake. Strowman is relatively new to the wrestling business, and he’s had very few single matches in WWE, including no singles PPV matches.
For storyline purposes, the match is somewhat logical. Bray lost to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31, and The Undertaker and Kane defeated Bray and Luke Harper at Survivor Series.
If Owens or Strowman don’t get the call, WWE could always give fans another match between Kane and The Undertaker. The Brothers of Destruction have faced off at WrestleMania twice before, and it would be a fitting match if it does turn out to be the last of The Undertaker’s career, as some have speculated.
Heels like Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and Rusev can’t be ruled out as potential opponents for The Undertaker, though they are unlikely possibilities.
The Undertaker wrestled four times in 2015, beating Bray Wyatt and Brock Lesnar in singles matches. He lost to Lesnar at Hell in a Cell and won a tag team match at Survivor Series.