After one of the wildest weeks in pro wrestling history, WrestleMania 29 and its surrounding events have passed and the WWE Universe can now decipher which Superstars that shined brightest will help carry the company in 2013.
Much of the WrestleMania card was made up of part-time Superstars, and as they begin to transition away from the programming once again, it will be the job of the talent present every week to carry the company.
All of the following stars debuted in the WWE over the last year, and with a strong performance at WrestleMania and the subsequent Raw, they will help carry the company to one of the best years in its existence.
While Ryback took the defeat from Mark Henry at WrestleMania—this marks the talented star’s sixth straight pay-per-view loss—the WWE ensured that he looked like a monster to end the night by allowing him to get Henry up and hit his Shell Shocked finisher.
After Tensai sandbagged Ryback last year, most doubted his ability to hit his finisher on a star as big as Henry. Despite the thoughts that he would fail, Ryback hoisted Henry with no problem and hit the move perfectly.
That WrestleMania moment will be what the WWE Universe remembers from that match.
Add in the fact that Ryback went on to destroy John Cena the following night on Raw and stake his claim on the WWE Championship, and it is clear that the company has huge plans for Big Hungry.
The majority of the WWE Universe trashed Fandango and the commitment to his character from the creative team, but a huge victory over Chris Jericho at WrestleMania has cemented his spot as an upper-midcard heel with main-event potential.
While the match wasn’t the best of the night, the fact that a rookie making his WWE debut at WrestleMania like Fandango was able to steal the win from a former undisputed world champion is extremely impressive.
The crowd is starting to fall in love with the creepy mannerisms and nuances of the Fandango character, and the fact that the crowd at Raw the night following WrestleMania was humming his theme song could easily make the tune this year’s “Yes!” chants.
Jericho did a great job helping Fandango get over with the fans, but the fact that the former NXT winner has been able to not only embrace the gimmick but also get the WWE Universe to start buying into it is a testimony to just how much talent he possesses.
The fans will pronounce his name correctly now.
The Shield has been on an absolute tear since debuting at Survivor Series, and with another huge win over three of the biggest names in the company—Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show—the WWE has made it clear that this trio isn’t going anywhere.
The enigmatic trio is made up of gifted prospects (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns), and with dominant wins over almost every top star in the company, the fact that the WWE gave them another win—this time at WrestleMania, no less—proves that 2013 will be the year of The Shield.
As if beating the likes of John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus, Randy Orton and every other main-event face in the company wasn’t enough, the fact that The Shield had the audacity to interrupt The Undertaker’s speech and attempt to attack him Monday on Raw was the icing on the cake.
There are big plans for this trio of future stars. Believe in the Shield.
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