Every year, people discuss which matches are "essential" at WrestleMania, and comment is often given to how unusual a WrestleMania without The Undertaker would be. This got me thinking, "Who are the essential faces that fans are accustomed to seeing at a WrestleMania event?". The hope was to show which appearances have become both established traditions and have a role in the current WWE product.
Being sports entertainment rather than a legitimate competitive sport, often the kayfabe competitors are not the only people capable of stealing the show at WrestleMania. Shawn Michaels' upcoming role as a referee in the match between The Undertaker and Triple H, and the amount of attention this has received, shows that much.
Consequently all appearances at a WrestleMania event were included in the tallies of appearances, not just wrestling in main matches. This means the WWE Hall of Fame is included, as it forms a part of the WrestleMania pay-per-view package. Dark matches are included because they are part of what fans who pay to attend WrestleMania experience, and they are available on WWE.com and receive a wide audience among the IWC and others.
This list focuses primarily on men who have been wrestlers during their WWE careers. A second slideshow will be created later, documenting the non-wrestlers who have built up the highest tallies.