WrestleMania XXX Should Be Used to Catapult Rising Superstars

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WrestleMania XXX Should Be Used to Catapult Rising Superstars
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Established names like Triple H, Brock Lesnar and Undertaker will bring in viewers for WrestleMania XXX, but it has to be the next generation of Superstars awaiting their turn who receive much of the event's focus.

When those stars can't extend their WrestleMania resumes, WWE is going to have to rely on Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt and Cesaro to take their places. Building a future where those men have their names on the marquee has to begin in the present.

Hulk Hogan said of WrestleMania XXX in a recent interview with Michael Cole, "This is our launching pad. This is our future."

WrestleMania has to be both an event to showcases the company's biggest stars and one used to push new names to the forefront.

There is no grander stage in WWE than WrestleMania. Nowhere does a victory or performance have more impact. 

To make the most of that impact, WWE would be wise to give Cesaro a great moment, Wyatt a victory and The Shield ample time.

 

Time for The Shield

On a crowded card that includes a 30-man Battle Royal, a 14-Diva title match and a four-team clash for the WWE Tag Team Championships, it will be all too easy to have The Shield's match be a short, forgettable one.

Kane and The New Age Outlaws vs. The Shield, though, should be a bout WWE allows to develop for at least 10 minutes. It's an opportunity for the company to showcase three of its best prospects.

Sufficient time to tell a good in-ring story is key to making this a bout fans remember.

The match would be at its best if each member of The Shield gets a chance to shine. Reigns' howling after hitting a spear, Ambrose wearing a crazed look as he grinds his forearm against a foe's face and Rollins landing on his feet after being tossed into the air should all be included.

Fan-made tribute video for The Shield

Few fans would name Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes as one of WrestleMania XXVIII's highlights. The same is true for Big Show, Kane, Santino Marella and Kofi Kingston defeating The Corre a year earlier.

Both contests were short, hurried affairs.

The Shield can't get that kind of treatment at WrestleMania. Great momentum is at stake.

WWE reportedly wants to soon book Reigns "as a top singles babyface," per F4WOnline (via WrestlingInc.com). Having him add a standout WrestleMania match to his resume, complete with memorable, destructive moments will help the company do that.

Having The Shield increase their record to 2-0 at the event will elevate them, but that movement upward is increased the bigger and better their WrestleMania match is.

 

A Win for Wyatt

If Bray Wyatt just becomes John Cena's latest conquest, WWE will be making a mistake.

There is a chance to give him a rare accomplishment, to have him make a momentous WrestleMania debut and announce to the world that he's a monster worthy of the main event.

Beating Cena without help is a career changer. The list of men who have come close to beating Cena is miles long. Only The Rock has beaten him by himself in a one-on-one match at WrestleMania.

To have Wyatt join that exclusive club amplifies his position. 

After watching Wyatt defeat Kane, Daniel Bryan and now Cena, it will be easy for fans to buy into his power. It will have a similar effect to Brock Lesnar knocking off Hogan, The Rock and Undertaker early in his career.

As the folks at Pro Wrestling Illustrated pointed out, this could make for a huge year for Wyatt:

Cena's resume is so bloated at this point that no single loss is going to set him back. His star power and lofty position is a potential tool to create a new top star.

WWE has him now set to collide with Wyatt, which is a smart move, pitting an established vet against a hungry, young lion.

Should Wyatt get the best of that crash, he emerges from the wreckage a new headliner for WWE to use. 

 

A Moment for Cesaro 

Cesaro doesn't have a great shot of winning the tag team titles. He and Jack Swagger are one of the three pairs of challengers vying for The Usos' gold. He doesn't need a victory, though, only to make an impression.

In the hectic, exciting battle that this tag match is sure to be, WWE must find a way to let Cesaro craft an iconic image.

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Cesaro cracks John Cena with a nasty uppercut.

Perhaps it comes in the form of a series of uppercuts knocking foes out of the air or a double Cesaro Swing. Either way, with as hot as Cesaro is right now, WWE needs to capitalize. Have him be the talk of WrestleMania, tag champ or not.

This is Cesaro's first trip to "The Show of Shows." To best push him afterward, WWE must make that debut an impressive one.

Fans won't ever forget Steve Austin passing out in Bret Hart's grip at WrestleMania 13. Fans will forever hold onto the image of Shawn Michaels leaping off the ladder at WrestleMania X.

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Shawn Michaels leaps at Razor Ramon during WrestleMania X.

It didn't matter that both Austin and Michaels lost those matches. What mattered was that those moments were burned into fans' brains.

WWE should focus on creating something as lasting for Cesaro.

For Cesaro, Wyatt and The Shield, WrestleMania XXX offers a launching pad for the future as Hogan talked about. Those wrestlers are capable of reaching great heights. WrestleMania can get them there like no event can.

 

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