WrestleMania 29: Rookies Ready to Shine on WWE's Marquee Stage

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2013

UNCASVILLE, CT - AUGUST 3:  Actor Jeremy Piven guest hosts WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' at Mohegan Sun on August 3, 2009 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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WrestleMania 29 is approaching fast, and while the excitement surrounding the veterans main-eventing the WWE’s marquee event is through the roof, there are rookie stars destined to shine on the biggest stage as well.

All of the following stars made their debut on WWE television over the last year, and now they will be catapulted into matches on the most-watched pay-per-view of the entire year.

Despite the immense pressure on these WrestleMania rookies, all will shine and prove why the company has so much faith in them.


The Shield

When The Shield—the trio of former NXT standouts Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns—made their first appearance at Survivor Series 2012, the WWE Universe was stunned and excited all at once.

This wave of WWE rookies was different from anything the fans had seen in the past, and since that time, The Shield has made its impact felt on every major star in the company; everyone from John Cena to The Rock.

At WrestleMania 29, the trio gets to show how great they can be in front of the entire world.

The WWE has done an excellent job putting the trio against some of the top faces in the company thus far, and allowing them to square off against Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show is a smart addition to the card and the best move for the betterment of the trio.

The Shield is as technically sound in the ring as any group could be, so if the WWE gives the trio the leniency to work a match like they had against Team Hell No and Ryback at TLC 2012, there is no doubt that the rookies will start their WrestleMania careers off with an unforgettable match.



When Fandango dances his way to the ring at WrestleMania 29, the WWE’s newest member of the main roster will be taking his first steps toward becoming a legitimate superstar.

Chris Jericho is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, but at WrestleMania 29, his job will not be to steal the show; Y2J’s duty will be ensuring that Fandango is the one that steals the show.

Not only is this Fandango’s first WrestleMania match, this will be his first televised match for the former NXT winner. The move to put Fandango on the WrestleMania card proves the WWE believes in Fandango and the character he is portraying, but it also shows how much faith the company has in Jericho and his ability to work with fresh talent.

The WWE has the unique opportunity to have Fandango's in-ring debut on the WrestleMania stage, and as unorthodox as that is, there is no better way for a character like his to make an impact than by squaring off with Y2J on the biggest stage of them all.


Big E Langston

The WWE Universe still hasn’t seen Big E Langston perform in a televised match, and just like Fandango, the current NXT champion has been groomed to make a big impact from the start.

Not only will Langston team with Dolph Ziggler in a tag match at WrestleMania, the duo will be battling fan favorites Team Hell No with the tag team championships on the line. This the ideal opportunity for Langston to show WWE officials how much talent he possesses in the ring.

Langston's strength will be the focal point of the match when battling against Kane, but it will ultimately be how he interacts with the crowd and the other wrestlers during the match that depicts how well the WrestleMania rookie gets over as a heel.

With the likes of Kane, Daniel Bryan and Ziggler doing their best to help him look strong, there is little doubt that Langston will put on a memorable first performance in the WWE.


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