Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan and 5 Superstars Who Need a WrestleMania Moment
One of the reasons WrestleMania is referred to as the “Showcase of Immortals” is because it’s a stage on which a star can have a timeless moment.
It was over 25 years ago that Hulk Hogan bodyslammed Andre the Giant, but it’s still played in video packages to this day.
A great WrestleMania moment is one that either springboards a star to new heights or immortalizes an already established name.
When Steve Austin refused to tap to Bret Hart's sharpshooter, it helped elevate him to megastardom. When he wrestled an epic match with The Rock four years later, it immortalized him.
Some stars need a timeless moment, others simply need one to push them closer to the top of the company.
The following are seven stars in need of a WrestleMania moment.
In early December 2012 it looked like Dolph Ziggler was on the cusp of being a made man in WWE.
He had scored some wins over Randy Orton and was entering a high-profile feud with John Cena.
Unfortunately, his momentum was completely derailed with several losses to the Leader of the Cenation.
With recent wins over Kane and Daniel Bryan, Ziggler is only now beginning to get his groove back. Given he’s still “Mr. Money in the Bank,” Dolph Ziggler could have a spectacular WrestleMania moment on April 7.
Hopefully, his talent won’t be squandered and this opportunity won’t be missed.
It may seem contradictory to have both Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan on this list, given they’re opponents at The Show of Shows.
However, a Team Hell No implosion has been waiting to happen since around January.
There are rumors (via Wrestlinginc.com) that it may happen at WrestleMania itself.
If that’s the case, their breakup should be a spectacle worthy of such a momentous event.
Whether he initiates the end of their tag team or is on the receiving end of a shocking chokeslam, Daniel Bryan needs a WrestleMania moment not centered on an 18-second loss.
Behind John Cena, CM Punk is the biggest full-time star in the WWE.
Unfortunately, he's yet to have a WrestleMania moment befitting a man of that description.
His Money in the Bank wins were terrific moments, given his place in the company at the time, but a lot has changed since then.
His WWE championship match with Chris Jericho last year was great, but unfortunately overshadowed by Rock vs. Cena and 'Taker vs. Triple H.
With Punk vs. Undertaker, WWE has a chance to give the Second City Saint the timeless moment he deserves.
Despite being an obvious favourite of many WWE officials, Ryback suffered a harsh derailment similar to Dolph Ziggler’s.
Ryan Reeves debuted as Ryback in early April of 2012 and slowly worked his way up the card.
First he destroyed local talent, then WWE jobbers, then midcarders.
Upon John Cena being taken off the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view due to injury, Ryback was hotshot to the main event.
The time just wasn’t right for Big Hungry.
Prior to this push, he was an unstoppable monster, but he hasn’t won any of his high-profile PPV matches.
Ryback needs to get back on his rampaging road of destruction, and an extraordinary display of strength in his match with Mark Henry would be a great start.
Wade Barrett or The Miz
This is actually more about the Intercontinental championship than it is Barrett or Miz.
With Antonio Cesaro seemingly forgotten about by WWE officials, it’s up to Wade Barrett and The Miz to make it look like anyone cares about the midcard titles.
Unfortunately, a ‘Mania moment for either seems like a long shot.
Of all the matches on the card, this one seems the most likely to get the seven-minute treatment.
That’s a shame, since Miz, Barrett and the Intercontinental championship are all in dire need of some more attention.
Brock Lesnar is unlike everyone else on this list because he's a part-time megastar and not a full-time star of the future.
However, as a megastar in the wrestling world, Brock Lesnar needs a proper WrestleMania moment.
He had a terrific match with Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XIX, but it was marred by his botched Shooting Star Press.
His marquee match at WrestleMania XX with Goldberg was a trainwreck for numerous reasons, including crowd rejection and disappointingly tame action.
It’s unlikely that Lesnar will win on April 7, and luckily he doesn’t really need to.
He’s billed as a monster that brings the pain; all he needs is a spot where the pain is brought in particularly epic fashion.
For the past year or so, Randy Orton has been used mainly to put over newer talent.
It was great to see a top star do that, but now it’s time for Randy Orton to once again become the WWE’s Apex Predator.
It was only four years ago that Orton was in the main event of a WrestleMania, and two years ago he was the No. 2 guy in the company.
There have been rumors (F4Wonline via Wrestlinginc.com) floating around for a while that The Viper will be turning heel, which is exactly what his character needs.
WrestleMania XXIX is the perfect stage for a sudden change of character.
The Viper turning heel then spitting his venom at The Big Show and Sheamus on the grandest stage of them all could be a terrific 'Mania moment.