WWE WrestleMania 29: Struggling Superstars Who Need Victories

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Wade Barrett is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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WrestleMania 29 is approaching fast, and the hype around struggling stars that need a victory on WWE’s biggest stage is the talk of the wrestling community.

Some of the WWE’s top prospects—talented wrestlers like Ryback, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow and Wade Barrett, to name a few—have been handed tough losses over the last several months.

With the biggest stage the company will have all year, the WWE must put over all of the following stars to build them for the future.



Despite being booked as one of the strongest characters in the WWE on television, Ryback has been awful at pay-per-views over the last year.

The WrestleMania rookie has lost every one of his PPV matches so far—Hell in a Cell, Survivor Series, TLC, Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber—and is more than due for a huge win on the biggest stage of them all.

Losing to the WWE champion CM Punk and The Shield are tough enough pills for the fans to swallow, but the outside interference and the tag team setting gave Ryback an excuse each time.

Against Mark Henry, there should be no excuses.

Ryback needs a PPV win more than almost anyone in the WWE, and beating Henry right now (the World’s Strongest Man has never been better) would be the kind of momentous win that the WrestleMania rookie needs.


Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow

While the status of the Rhodes Scholars team is ever-changing—one week the team is back together, the next they are split up—the success both Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow have had over the last year both individually and together is alone worth a spot on the WrestleMania card.

Rhodes made great strides on the mic and with his mannerisms as a heel character, but the real star of the group is Sandow. The character he portrays is amazing and the way the classic bad guy carries himself in promos has been so much better than expected.

Together, the talented duo should easily beat the team dubbed Tons of Funk, comprised of Tensai and Brodus Clay.

Tensai and Clay are over with the crowd as faces. Therefore, allowing the Rhodes Scholars to collect the win here would give the team the boost they need. The children will still love Tons of Funk, while Sandow and Rhodes will get the WrestleMania win they deserve.


Wade Barrett

There are few WWE stars that have been treated as poorly as Wade Barrett has been over the last several months since winning the Intercontinental Championship.

As much as the company loves The Miz and the surprise success of his movie The Marine 3, the only way this championship match should be booked is with Barrett getting the much deserved WrestleMania win.

The Miz was thrown into this feud at the last minute, and while it’s a no-brainer for the WWE to get one of its more mainstream names on the card, The Miz should not beat Barrett just because he is well-known to the casual fans.

Barrett needs to look like a viable threat if he ever wants the chance to hold the World Heavyweight Championship, but a loss to The Miz at WrestleMania after the losing streak he’s had over the last several months would kill any momentum he has left.


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