WrestleMania is often about top stars coming through in big moments, but it can also serve as a platform for up-and-coming talent to take the next step. There are many young stars set to compete at WrestleMania XXIX, and they would definitely benefit from a victory.
The WWE is in an interesting position right now with part-time stars from the past such as The Rock, The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Triple H being featured in main event-level matches at WrestleMania. At the same time, the company needs to start building future stars and that could potentially start at WrestleMania as well.
Which veteran is most likely to lose at WrestleMania?
The Shield has run rampant over the WWE since debuting at Survivor Series, but it has received plenty of resistance from the team of Big Show, Sheamus and Randy Orton. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have yet to lose as a unit, and it is highly unlikely that will change at WrestleMania. Somebody will have to make the young trio look good, and Big Show is probably the best person to do that.
Big Show, Sheamus and Orton are somewhat of a dysfunctional team as Big Show is still technically a heel while Sheamus and Orton are faces. They have come together due to mutual disdain for The Shield and have gotten the better of it as of late. Based on the fact that The Shield beat Sheamus, Ryback and John Cena at Elimination Chamber, though, it would make absolutely no sense for it to lose at 'Mania.
Even as a heel, Big Show has been a dominant force over the past year. When The Shield attacked him and executed a triple powerbomb a few weeks ago, it was extremely impressive. Doing the exact same thing at WrestleMania and proceeding to pin him would be a major coup for The Shield and would give the members a lot of momentum. Big Show has done pretty much everything in the business, so he won't mind putting the trio over.
One of the most entertaining feuds heading into WrestleMania has been the midcard rivalry between Ryback and Mark Henry. It has been fairly simple, but Ryback and Henry are two of the strongest men in professional wrestling, so the novelty surrounding their feud is great. They have essentially tried to one-up each other at every turn in the form of beating up Drew McIntyre and even lifting weights. On Sunday, it will be determined once and for all who is better.
Ryback was one of the hottest things going in wrestling a few months ago, but he has fallen on hard times as of late. He hasn't won a meaningful pay-per-view match and he even took the fall against The Shield at Elimination Chamber. Ryback may not be as popular now as he was when he rose to prominence prior to Hell in a Cell, but he definitely still has crowd support and would benefit from a big 'Mania win.
As entertaining as Henry is as a heel, he is nearing the end of his career and wouldn't benefit much from a WrestleMania victory. Nobody knows for sure how much longer he plans to wrestle either, so he simply has to lose the match. If Ryback is able to stop the World's Strongest Man's and march through the WWE roster at 'Mania, then he will suddenly look like a legitimate threat again and he may be ready to re-enter the main event scene.
It is no secret that Chris Jericho doesn't worry too much about winning or losing, so he may be the perfect opponent for Fandango. The WWE has been hyping Fandango's debut for months with vignettes and promos, but he still hasn't actually wrestled a match. Fandango will debut at WrestleMania against Y2J, though, and the only logical path for the WWE to take at this point, is to give Fandango the victory.
Fandango may or may not be a future star, but hyping him for so long and then jobbing him out at 'Mania would be senseless. Jericho definitely has more fan support than Fandango does and there are plenty of people out there who would love to see Jericho get a win at WrestleMania. With that said, Jericho is an established star who wouldn't benefit one bit from beating a young guy like Fandango at 'Mania.
If Fandango wins, though, he will have a big victory to his credit and will garner even more heel heat. There isn't really a lot of room for him in the main event scene; however, he could be a top midcard heel for the time being. Fandango has a lot of potential and there is no point in the WWE wasting it right off the bat. Fandango needs the win and Jericho will be happy to give it to him.