WWE WrestleMania 2013: Examining Biggest Snubs from 'Mania Card

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2013

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

WrestleMania is the WWE's biggest show of the year and it is used to showcase the company's biggest stars. At the same time, there is a lot of pressure to get as many Superstars and Divas on the card as possible. Try as they might, the writers inevitably leave some deserving people off the card each and every year.

We all have our favorites, but the likes of Yoshi Tatsu and Michael McGillicutty don't really have a legitimate gripe. When it comes to titleholders or Superstars who have had notable success in the past, however, there is no question that they should be involved with WrestleMania XXIX in some capacity.

Since the pre-show is an hour long, there is a chance that some more wrestlers could be integrated into the show, but as of right now the only announced pre-show match is Wade Barrett vs. The Miz. If that remains true, then here are three WWE roster members who are in line to get snubbed.



Antonio Cesaro

Antonio Cesaro has perhaps been utilized worse than anyone on the entire WWE roster over the past several weeks, but he is still the United States Champion and there is really no excuse for him to be left off the WrestleMania card. Cesaro was actually engaged in a fairly entertaining mid-card feud with The Miz coming out of Elimination Chamber, but Cesaro was given the victory in a two-out-of-three falls match on SmackDown and the rivalry was dropped suddenly.

Cesaro had really gained some headway prior to that and was viewed by most as a future top heel and world champion. That may still be the case, but he is a forgotten man at the moment. The WWE's mid-card is admittedly thin right now, but if the creative team really cared about the mid-card titles, then it would have found somebody to feud with Cesaro and at least put the match on the pre-show.

The Swiss Superstar is easily one of the most talented in-ring performers on the entire roster and he is constantly improving on the mic as well. The WWE has undone all the work it did in terms of building him up and making him look like a credible threat, though. The WWE probably figures that only the "Internet fans" care about Cesaro's absence, but the company is doing itself a disservice by snubbing him.




Whether you love the Diva division, hate it, or are indifferent towards it, most would probably agree that there is no point in having a Divas Champion if she isn't going to defend it at the biggest show of the year. Kaitlyn has held the title since defeating Eve in her final WWE match a few months ago, but her usage has been very spotty. The WWE has seemingly started a couple storylines revolving around her, but they have been halted out of nowhere, so it's tough to say what the creative team is thinking.

The initial feud that the WWE appeared to be building toward was Kaitlyn vs. Layla. Although Layla is still a face, she was starting to turn a few weeks back as she began to admire Kaitlyn's title and even "accidentally" cost Kaitlyn a match. Layla hasn't been seen lately, though, so that is likely dead. Kaitlyn has since reignited her longstanding feud with A.J., but no announcement has been made regarding a potential match.

A.J. will be in the corner of Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston when they challenge Team Hell No for the Tag Team Championships, while Kaitlyn has supported Kane and Daniel Bryan as of late. Perhaps Kaitlyn and A.J. can be added to that match with the Divas Championship being put on the line as well, but the Divas Champion really does deserve her own match.



Kofi Kingston

One guy who many fans believe deserves a push up the card and into the main-event scene is Kofi Kingston. That is certainly debatable as Kofi's character is one-dimensional and his mic skills are well below average, but there is no doubt that he deserves to be on the WrestleMania card in some capacity. In recent years the WWE has made a habit of throwing Kingston into random, multi-man tag matches, but there wasn't a spot for him this time around.

Even so, the smart move would have been to start a mini-feud between him and Antonio Cesaro. There admittedly isn't much of a reason for them to feud, but they are both high-quality wrestlers who should be involved in WrestleMania. The match could be put on the pre-show and given eight minutes at the very least, and the fans would be entertained by that. No storyline effort is even necessary, so it's quite strange that the WWE hasn't added a match like that.

Since dropping the Intercontinental Championship to Wade Barrett a few months ago, Kofi has been used as a jobber to the stars, and he doesn't really have any direction. The fact remains that he is a four-time Intercontinental Champion and a two-time United States Champion, so he is the type of decorated Superstar that the WWE should find room for.



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