WWE WrestleMania 30: Superstars Who Will Define Massive Show

Erik BeastonFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2014

WWE WrestleMania 30: Superstars Who Will Define Massive Show

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    Sunday night at WrestleMania 30, the brightest and best WWE Superstars will take center stage at the biggest event of the year.

    On one night, they have the opportunity to deliver performances that will forever be immortalized in the annals of wrestling history and along the way could very well end up defining the entire show. Whether it is Daniel Bryan's quest for championship glory and main event acceptance or Bray Wyatt's desire to destroy John Cena's legacy, every Superstar on the card is motivated by something different.

    Legends such as Hulk Hogan, Undertaker, Triple H, Steve Austin and The Rock will all play major roles in the night's festivities. Will they be part of defining moments or be upstaged by the young talent in today's WWE?

    With WrestleMania just under 24 hours away, here is a look at four Superstars who can not only enjoy a newsworthy evening in New Orleans but also ensure that fans looking back on April 6, 2014 forever remember their contributions to the biggest night in sports entertainment.

Daniel Bryan

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    The one Superstar who will define WrestleMania 30 above all is Daniel Bryan.

    The entire show has been centered around him, his feud with The Authority and his journey back to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Sunday night's show will be the culmination of an eight-month story that had its bumps along the way but has finished strong ahead of the biggest show of the year.

    His matches with Randy Orton over the last year have been stellar, while his few interactions with Batista, who has played the role of arrogant and egotistical former champion to perfection, have been intriguing. 

    Like WrestleMania X is readily associated with Bret Hart, who wrestled a classic against brother Owen and captured the WWE Championship from Yokozuna later in the evening, this weekend's event will be the Daniel Bryan show. Whether he rises to the occasion and turns in a single night of performances that put him on Hart's level or falters on the most important night of his career remains to be seen.

    Either way, he will be the man that people readily associate with WrestleMania for generations to come.

Bray Wyatt

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    WrestleMania 30 marks the first time that Bray Wyatt will appear at the Showcase of the Immortals. Rather than partaking in a meaningless undercard match, though, he has been thrust into a high-profile match against WWE's franchise player John Cena.

    Wyatt has been extraordinary to this point, cutting promos that rank among the greatest in WWE history. Everything, from his delivery of his lines to facial expressions and body language, has been spot on. His biggest test will come Sunday night when all the hype surrounding the bout is over and he and Cena are standing across the ring from one another with the attention of 70,000 fans focused squarely on them.

    Wyatt has shown rapid growth as an in-ring performer. His matches against Daniel Bryan and The Shield have allowed him to expand his move set and adopt a more explosive offensive style.

    As JBL has repeatedly stated on commentary, "I don't think he has a plan. He just does things." Given the similarities between Wyatt and The Joker from 2008's The Dark Knight, that is the perfect way to describe the enigmatic competitor.

    Fans have not seen Wyatt and Cena mix it up before now, so there is no precedent to look back on to judge the type of match they can expect. What fans do know is that Cena has a history of delivering his best performances when he has the opportunity to elevate new talent on a big show. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan both benefited immensely from working with Cena over the last three years, and Wyatt should too.

    If Wyatt delivers up to expectations, he could very well steal the show and leave fans remembering WrestleMania 30 as the birthplace of WWE's next great main event heel.

The Undertaker

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    There is no Superstar more readily associated with WrestleMania than Undertaker. His undefeated streak at the show has become one of the biggest selling points of the entire show. Every year, casual fans return to WWE programming to see just who will be stepping up and attempting the seemingly impossible at the Showcase of the Immortals.

    This year, that competitor is Brock Lesnar.

    Despite defeating the likes of Big Show, CM Punk and Triple H since returning to WWE in 2012, Lesnar has yet to step in the ring with anyone the likes of Undertaker. Sure, he has defeated The Deadman in the past. He has even conquered The Phenom inside Hell in a Cell. But beating Undertaker at WrestleMania and beating him at No Mercy are two entirely different things.

    Since his instant classic against Batista at WrestleMania 23 in 2007, Undertaker has delivered otherworldly performances at the event, going above and beyond to ensure his legacy on the grandest stage in sports entertainment.

    His matches with Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Edge and the aforementioned Batista have brought an all-new respect to the unblemished 21-0 record, and Sunday's contest with Lesnar, which should be an incredibly physical and brutal bout, should only enhance the perception of the streak.

    At this point in his career, any event Undertaker appears on will define it. Matches from The Deadman are incredibly rare, and every one of them means something. The visuals of him entering the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and posing after another hard-fought win will be among the most enduring images of the entire broadcast.

    And rightfully so.

Hulk Hogan

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    The return of Hulk Hogan to WWE has unfolded exactly as it should have, with the Hulkster serving as spokesman for the company he helped build as it enters the WWE Network era.

    With that said, his first appearance at WrestleMania in nine years will be memorable. Just hearing "Real American" playing over the PA system and seeing Hogan make his way to the ring in the red and yellow will be a moment of nostalgia for fans who watched him perform on the grandest stage growing up.

    He is one of the iconic stars in the industry's long and illustrious history, and he has earned his place on the card for the 30th birthday of the event he helped build.

    There is no telling whether or not he will get physical or if he will simply present the winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal with the trophy. Regardless, there is an aura of prestige that surrounds Hogan, and his appearances for WWE are always treated with the respect that they deserve.

    That prestige and potential showdowns with icons of wrestling's past should make for some of the most memorable and enduring moments of the event.