WWE Wrestlemania 30: Performers Who Will Deliver Memorable Matches
Daniel Bryan leads an assemblage of rising stars set to make WWE WrestleMania 30 the event that catapults them into the top tier.
Fans, of course, can count on The Undertaker to produce one of the pay-per-view's best matches, but Bryan, Bray Wyatt and some of WWE's other soaring talents will deliver as well. Count on WrestleMania 30 being a night when a new generation emerges.
Based on their recent momentum, in-ring resume and upcoming opportunity at "The Showcase of the Immortals," these are the Superstars who will fill the post-WrestleMania headlines thanks to fantastic matches.
WrestleMania's one constant over the last few years has been Undertaker's greatness.
Undertaker has piled up an astounding collection of classics at "The Show of Shows." Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via ProFightDB.com, has handed him great star ratings for the last seven WrestleManias.
- WrestleMania 29-vs. CM Punk (4.5 stars)
- WrestleMania 28-vs. Triple H (4.75 stars)
- WrestleMania 27-vs. Triple H (4.5 stars)
- WrestleMania 26-vs. Shawn Michaels (4.75 stars)
- WrestleMania 25-vs. Shawn Michaels (4.75 stars)
- WrestleMania 24-vs. Edge (4.25 stars)
- WrestleMania 23-vs. Batista (4 stars)
Going up against Brock Lesnar this year, expectations will be high once again.
Lesnar's hard-hitting style will make for an intense bout. Paul Heyman's presence can only add to the drama. It's Undertaker who will be the star of the event again, though.
The defense of his streak has been one of the most memorable matches dating back to 2007. Many fans believe his undefeated mark will remain unblemished, a scenario that is just as expected as him delivering another masterpiece.
Cesaro's first WrestleMania experience will come in the pre-show.
He enters a four-team clash that promises to be crowded, but his recent hot streak and surging momentum will help make the tag-team title match one worth talking about. Count on him being the star of that bout, just as he has been the star of so many of his recent fights.
His stellar 2014 has already included a memorable showing against Randy Orton on SmackDown, an instant classic against John Cena on Raw and impressing in the WWE title match at Elimination Chamber.
He was a big part of why Chris Shore of ProWrestling.net called it "the best Elimination Chamber match in several years." His uppercuts and Cesaro Swing were some of the most fun parts of the bout, something that will be true with his WrestleMania debut as well.
As the crowd reactions for the Swiss strongman continue to grow, WWE is going to have to set him free and push him up the card. His excellent performance on the pre-show will be more incentive to do just that.
Bray Wyatt has set fire to memories of his first few awkward matches by going on a tear lately.
Wyatt has been an enthralling monster between the ropes. The way that he steamrolls over his opponents, along with his viciousness and expressiveness, have put his recent efforts in the must-watch category.
Fighting Spirit Magazine tweeted that both Wyatt's bout against Daniel Bryan and The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield at Elimination Chamber were Match of the Year candidates.
When he faces John Cena at WrestleMania, he has the opportunity to add another nominee to that race. Their feud has been built extremely well. Cena's star power and prominence instantly make the match more significant.
Expect an emotional brawl in which Wyatt delivers his magnum opus.
Kane and The New Age Outlaws aren't the ideal opponents at this stage in their careers. The Shield, though, have a reputation for making the most of big moments.
From their stunning in-ring debut at TLC 2012 to their recent battles against The Wyatt Family, The Shield clearly welcome the heat of the spotlight.
Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose have gotten the most of their foes as well. Be it against Los Matadores, 3MB or random pairings like Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler, The Shield consistently deliver one of the night's most thrilling matches.
The buzz surrounding WrestleMania and the potential for infighting among the group or even a breakup promise to make The Shield's latest tag-team clash exceed expectations.
A compelling story plus two great in-ring performers will equal one of WrestleMania's best matches ever.
The emotion that Daniel Bryan attacking Triple H on Raw produced was only a preview of the electricity that will flow throughout the Superdome on April 6. Buildup that began at the end of last year's SummerSlam has required the fans to be mighty patient but will climax with a cathartic moment for Bryan and his fanbase.
Also factor in Bryan's reputation for in-ring excellence, and there is little doubt about how great this match will be.
Triple H's last two WrestleMania outings have been outstanding, one a memorable brawl with Brock Lesnar and the other a masterpiece with Undertaker. He now faces a man who has been a part of Bray Wyatt's best singles match, great fights with Randy Orton like their violent meeting on the Dec. 16 Raw and countless other fan-wowing showings.
Bryan then has a chance to wrestle twice in the same night, challenging for the WWE title in the main event. WrestleMania has set up to be the launching point for the Bryan era to truly begin.