WrestleMania is an exciting event for every member of the WWE roster. It's like the World Series, Final Four or Super Bowl. This year's show will provide an opportunity for superstars to make a statement with a strong showing at MetLife Stadium.
Although that goes for every wrestler on the card, it's especially true for those with something to prove. Whether they are fresh faces hoping to improve their standing within the company or stars looking for a push back up the card, WrestleMania is the place to showcase why those chances are deserved.
Here's a closer look at three superstars with plenty to prove while in the WrestleMania spotlight. How they handle the pressure of performing in front of a massive crowd will likely impact the chances they receive after the 'Mania hype dies down.
Big E Langston
Langston has the look of a WWE superstar, there's no doubt about that. Now we get to find out how he handles himself over the course of an entire match. To this point, he's only been used in limited situations to showcase his immense strength.
Putting him in a tag match alongside Dolph Ziggler against Daniel Bryan and Kane, two reliable veteran workers, gives him a terrific chance to succeed. Bryan, who's easily one of the best in the business, can make even the greenest wrestlers look good.
Eventually Ziggler is going to go off on his own as the World Heavyweight champion, which means Langston must show he can survive on the main roster on his own. WrestleMania is his first chance to illustrate what he brings to the table beyond pure power.
Two years ago, The Miz defeated John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania to retain the WWE Championship. Tonight, he will face Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship on the YouTube pre-show. That's a pretty hefty drop off.
The problem for Miz ever since his huge push ended has been a general lack of direction. He's bounced around from feud to feud without any real rhyme or reason. Over the course of time, that caused him to slide down the card.
His recent face turn also hasn't worked in getting him back toward the top, mostly because he's a natural heel. He needs to turn the tide back in his favor one way or another. A good performance at WrestleMania would be a big first step back toward prominence.
Ever since Fandango began appearing on the weekly shows following an extended period of vignettes highlighting his debut he's been met with "You can't wrestle" chants. That's not the way any superstar wants to start a new gimmick.
The good news for Fandango, formerly known as Johnny Curtis, is that it's not impossible to overcome. Ryback received a similar mixed reaction during his first few months, including a lot of "Goldberg" chants, but he's been able to move past it.
Getting a WrestleMania match against Chris Jericho right out of the gate is a tall task, but if he handles it well his stock will immediately jump. Jericho is really good at working with inexperienced superstars on a big stage, which gives Fandango a good chance to succeed.