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WWE WrestleMania 29: Ranking the Debuting Stars from Sunday's Pay-Per-View

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterApril 8, 2013

WWE WrestleMania 29: Ranking the Debuting Stars from Sunday's Pay-Per-View

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    WrestleMania 29 saw several new names debut, with these first appearances ranging from solid to spectacular.

    The event was as much about a wave of new stars debuting as it was about a dependence on part-timers. Fandango, Ryback, Big E Langston and The Shield all wrote the first chapters of their WrestleMania stories.

    Who impressed with great matches? Who let WWE know that the future of the company and the event is safe?

    The following are the newcomers to "The Granddaddy of Them All," ranked in terms of how much they entertained and how much they looked like they belonged on the grand stage.

5. Damien Sandow

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    WWE cut Damien Sandow's debut out of the event.

    The eight-person mixed tag match against Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls wouldn't have been anything other than filler. That means that Sandow likely wouldn't have been able to do much with his time, but he certainly would have done more entertaining than he did by sitting backstage.

    This may be a blessing in disguise, though, as his WrestleMania debut is delayed, leading to perhaps a far more fitting appearance for him next year.

4. Big E Langston

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    Big E Langston's most impressive skillhis uncanny powerwas showcased in his first WrestleMania match.

    In the process of trying to take Team Hell No's tag titles, Big E slugged it out with Kane and later tossed him around quite easily. 

    His partner, Dolph Ziggler, was asked to carry more of the load by taking much of the punishment the match had to offer. This led to less time for Big E to show off his beastly ways, but he performed solidly in a match that impressed.

     

    WrestleMania Record: 0-1

3. Ryback

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    Against Mark Henry at WrestleMania 29, Ryback showed more vulnerability than he ever has before. He did well in selling his rib pain while struggling against the larger man. He showed more depth than he has in previous matches.

    The match was slow and one-sided, but Ryback made the most of his opportunities.

    He traded punches with Henry, as their collisions looked like meteors crashing. His most impressive moment, though, came after his loss. Ryback managed to get his massive opponent up over his shoulders and delivered the biggest Shell Shock to date.

     

    WrestleMania Record: 0-1

2. Fandango

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    Fandango was in survival mode for much of the match, but in hanging in there with Chris Jericho, he looked mighty good.

    Jericho springboarded off the ropes and Fandango was waiting for him with a kick. The dancer later slung Jericho into the ring post. He looked like he belonged with the big star, even if the match suffered from a lackluster energy.

    WWE clearly believes in Fandango and he rewarded the company with a more-than-solid WrestleMania debut.

     

    WrestleMania Record: 1-0

1. The Shield

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    The Shield have met and exceeded expectations at every turn.

    Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose's debut at TLC 2012 led to the match of the night. They were asked to go against WWE's top stars at Elimination Chamber 2013 and looked like they belong with the elite.

    WrestleMania 29 was no different.

    The Shield's wolf-pack chemistry contrasted well with Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show's dysfunction. The group flew around the ring in a blur of black.

    When they were caught by Orton, Sheamus or Show, they culled the most drama out of getting beat down. Their match was among WrestleMania's most engrossing, a bout that was an impressive first shot at the grand event.

    Fans may come away with WrestleMania 29 disappointed as a whole, but they'd be best to think of The Shield's debut as a glimpse into a bright future.

     

    WrestleMania Record: 1-0

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