Ryback. Sheamus. The Miz. The Shield. Kane. Daniel Bryan. Antonio Cesaro. Wade Barrett. Kofi Kingston. Chris Jericho. Mark Henry. Randy Orton.
One of the most talented rosters in WWE history, there are almost too many talented individuals for every one of them to appear on the WrestleMania card. Main event Superstars or those on the receiving end of a push, such as Ryback, Jericho, Orton and Sheamus, are going to make the card regardless. Kane and Bryan are near-locks to make the final card, either as singles or tag competitors.
But that leaves a handful of guys with main event potential who may be forced into pre-show competition or, worse, made to watch from the locker room area.
Secondary champions Cesaro and Barrett, as well as their top challengers Bo Dallas and The Miz, are not guaranteed to appear. Kofi Kingston has been a tremendous spokesperson for the company, and is easily one of the most popular mid-card performers on the roster, but with a decided lack of interest and push, is most in danger of missing out on a fat WrestleMania paycheck.
Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Brodus Clay, Tensai, 3MB, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara are also going to find it difficult to weed through the traffic in front of them to end up on the card.
There is one potential solution to the problem, however. In recent years, Money in the Bank or huge multi-man tag matches have appeared on the WrestleMania card as a way of getting a group of talented and deserving workers on the card despite no real storyline for fans to get behind. Last year, Team Teddy versus Team Johnny helped a large number of stars earn their spot.
Perhaps an inter-brand showdown between a team constructed by SmackDown GM Booker T and a team of stars led by Raw GM Vickie Guerrero could accomplish the same thing.
There are times when a talented roster is a blessing, but in a situation such as WrestleMania, where spots and time is at a premium, a roster full of tremendous performers creates a number of issues when it comes to getting everyone their moment in the spotlight. WWE is staring said issues in the face with only seven weeks to go until WrestleMania.
Here is hoping they confront the problem and come up with a solution. The WWE Superstars work extremely hard, travel hundreds of thousands of miles and entertain millions of fans every year, and a spot on the WrestleMania card means the world to them. They deserve the notoriety and attention that comes with an appearance on that show.