WrestleMania is a chance for superstars to stand out. On Monday, everybody will be talking about John Cena, The Rock, Undertaker and the rest of the main-event stars. Which wrestlers will join them from the mid-card matches is a major question mark.
It's an important opportunity because the weeks following WrestleMania are usually a down period for the WWE, as most of the part-time wrestlers fade into the background. That opens up chances for other superstars to take a step forward. Stealing the show at the big event would definitely help.
Given the depth of the 'Mania card (via WWE.com), there are no shortage of possibilities for who can step up on the huge stage. Let's examine three notable names capable of being the ones who shine under the bright lights of MetLife Stadium.
The Shield has exceeded almost all expectations. The rogue trio continues to make a major impact despite limited exposure, as shown by being placed in a WrestleMania match against three marquee names like Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show.
Even though it seems like the group will remain together for now, Ambrose possesses the most staying power once it does break up. His combination of mic skills, in-ring ability and understanding of how to sell a gimmick almost puts him on a main-event level already.
This match could involve a couple different swerves, including a potential heel turn for Orton, but don't be surprised if Ambrose walks away as the biggest winner from it. He's going to headline a couple WrestleMania shows before it's all said and done.
Ryback's encounter with Mark Henry probably won't last for long, but it the time they are out there expect plenty of destruction. The sheer power of these two superstars should make for a highly entertaining WrestleMania match.
Ultimately, Ryback should pick up the victory and move back toward the WWE Championship picture. He was there for awhile before the 'Mania push began and the part-time stars returned, and he's primed to return after the biggest event of the year ends.
The most interesting thing will be seeing if he can get a mammoth opponent like Henry up to deliver his Shell Shocked finisher. If he does, that will be the one replay everybody will be looking for on Monday and it should boost Ryback's status.
Ziggler deserves to battle for main-event championships, but is instead forced to team up with Big E Langston to challenge Team Hell No for the tag belts. In reality, it just seems like a chance to showcase him before cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Fans should expect to see a lot of ring time for Ziggler and Daniel Bryan. They are two of the best workers in the business and will put on quite a show for the diehards in attendance with some top-notch pure wrestling action, as opposed to the comedy Team Hell No usually brings.
It would be a surprise if Ziggler and Langston took the titles since bigger things are on the immediate horizon for the "Showoff," but his work with Bryan is key. If he returns later in the night to cash in and become champion, the tag match will have set the tone.