WWE WrestleMania 29: Underrated Stars Who Proved Their Worth Sunday Night

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan flys off the ropes during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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WWE’s WrestleMania 29 has faced a mixed reaction from wrestling fans, but there are certain underrated stars that proved their worth Sunday night by putting on a great show.

While members of the WWE Universe may have been upset at the predictability of the main events, performers such as Kane, Daniel Bryan, Mark Henry and others helped provide quality depth to an already impressive card.

There wasn't much pressure on any of the following stars because of the focus on the top-billed matches, but each took a shot at stealing the show and proved their worth in the process.


Daniel Bryan and Kane

Despite successfully defending their tag team titles against Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston on the WrestleMania card, the WWE Universe is not talking about how great Daniel Bryan and Kane looked once again.

Not only did Bryan and Kane help make Langston look great during his in-ring debut, Team Hell No showcased their immense ability to tell a story with action. It was a well orchestrated match considering the time it was allotted.

Bryan and Kane have developed into one of the best tag teams of the last 10 years, but the lack of depth in the division hasn’t given the duo many memorable feuds. As great as the pair looked in the ring Sunday, though, Team Hell No needs a main-event feud.

It may be time for a Rhodes Scholars vs. New Age Outlaws vs. Team Hell No three-way battle.


Mark Henry

Mark Henry is one of the most interesting characters in the WWE right now, and the win over Ryback at WrestleMania 29 is a much-deserved honor for the World’s Strongest Man after spending so many years with the company.

As much as the WWE wants to catapult Ryback to the top of the card, he is still a prospect that continues to develop his in-ring abilities. As promising as Ryback is, it was Henry’s knowledge and experience Sunday that made this battle of the behemoths fun to watch.

Ryback stole the show when he got Mark Henry up on to his shoulders and hit his shellshock finisher, but the way Henry controlled the pace of the match proved his leadership abilities and underlying value to the WWE as a company.


The Shield

While there were concerns about how The Shield would be treated after the group debuted at Survivor Series 2012, the undefeated streak continues, this time after beating Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show.

Comprised of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, the promising group of NXT standouts has made a serious impact on the WWE, winning every one of their matches on PPV and television thus far.

The storylines that could come out of this group are endless, but the great start to each of these potential main-event stars has the future looking bright. As for now, The Shield should soak up their victory over the faces and plan their next attack.


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