WWE WrestleMania 30 Review: Biggest Stars of the Night
WWE WrestleMania 30 is the biggest show of the year—the showcase of the immortals.
If there is any pay-per-view where a wrestler wants to stand out and make a name for himself, this is it.
Whether they are in the main event or not, every performer wants to make sure they are seen, as they know that this is the platform where careers can be made.
Much of this event has been built around the same few names: Daniel Bryan, Triple H, John Cena, Bray Wyatt, The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.
But not everyone can walk out of the event with their head held high, knowing that they stole the show.
Who were the Superstars that people will look back on and say that they carved their name in history's books?
It's time to review the biggest stars of the evening.
Cesaro is in a weird position for this event, as he both lost and won a match.
He was the man to take the final pinfall in the WWE Tag Team Championship match with The Usos, Los Matadores and the team of Ryback and Curtis Axel.
After that match, however, Cesaro seemingly turned babyface by hitting a Cesaro Swing on Jack Swagger.
Later on in the evening, he survived 29 other men in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal to come out victorious.
With a fresh face turn, two WrestleMania moments, an impressive feat of strength and a clear endorsement from WWE judging by the way things were booked, 2014 should be a great year for Cesaro.
It may have been a squash match, but by doing so, The Shield secured their spot as the team to beat.
These three men have become the anchors for the roster and if they were to look weak here, it would have done nothing to help their careers.
Instead, the total opposite happened.
By utterly destroying Kane and the New Age Outlaws, The Shield reiterated their dominance.
John Cena was victorious in this match and was clearly meant to be the fan favorite, but despite those factors, Bray Wyatt still came out looking like a bigger star overall.
His motivations dictated the pace of the match and the fans appeared to be solidly behind him instead of the uber-babyface.
Wyatt has a long way to go before he is anywhere near on the same level as Cena, but even though he lost this match, many steps were made toward that future.
Holding his own against the top guy in the company and being more of a focal point will do wonders for him.
Beating The Undertaker at WrestleMania and ending The Streak sums up every reason why Brock Lesnar is on this list.
The match itself was nothing to be proud of and Lesnar's performance was nowhere near a standout job.
Still, the simple fact that he was the man to do what nobody else could do warrants his spot here.
An argument can be made that The Undertaker should be awarded a similar commendation, considering how the entirety of The Streak revolves around him.
However, his loss makes his spotlight dimmer than ever before and by proxy, transfers all that power to Lesnar instead.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest star of the night was the man that this whole pay-per-view revolved around.
Daniel Bryan's two performances bookended this event and his title victory was the primary reason people would be interested in this show.
Beating Triple H clean in the opening bout and winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship are two massive accomplishments that on a normal basis, would be a huge deal in their own right.
But that is all magnified that much more when it takes place at WrestleMania XXX—the biggest show of all time.
Who else do you think would be worthy of a spot on this list?
Leave your comments below!
Anthony Mango is the owner-operator of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment as well as the host of its podcast show Smack Talk on YouTube, iTunes and Stitcher. You can follow him on Facebook and elsewhere for more.