WrestleMania 30: Superstars with the Best Chance of Stealing the Show
WrestleMania presents Superstars with the grandest stage they will ever perform on and, in the process, the opportunity to steal the show by delivering in the night's biggest matches.
On April 6, some of WWE's most prevalent stars could add their names to the list of men who have stolen the show in years past. To do so, they will have to search within themselves and settle for no less than their absolute best as they take to the ring for their matches.
Will it be Daniel Bryan, Triple H, Randy Orton or Batista who captures the spotlight? Or will Brock Lesnar or The Undertaker be remembered for turning in the best performance of the night?
Maybe it will be John Cena or Bray Wyatt. Perhaps it could be someone unexpected.
As you gear up to take in the biggest sports-entertainment extravaganza of all time, take a look at the Superstars who could steal the show this Sunday night at WrestleMania 30.
One day, fans will look back on this era of professional wrestling and appreciate John Cena for just how good he really is.
The franchise player in WWE, he has starred for the company for nearly a decade, and with good reason. He has proved to be one of the most adaptable performers of all time, wrestling great matches with opponents of all types and skill levels.
Take a look at his matches with some of the top stars in the industry over the last 10 years, and you will see that each is different from the next. His WrestleMania 22 bout with Triple H is completely dissimilar from his Last Man Standing classic against Umaga at Royal Rumble 2007. His Money in the Bank bout against CM Punk in 2011, and his SummerSlam scrap against Daniel Bryan are two different matches.
Cena will be forced to adapt once again Sunday night when he takes on Bray Wyatt, a chaotic competitor whose complete disregard of in-ring strategy has become apparent in recent weeks. Wyatt is likely to throw his entire body at an opponent just to keep control of the match rather than delivering a more traditional clothesline.
If history has taught us anything, though, it is that Cena thrives under these conditions. He loves the challenge that a unique opponent presents, and it allows him to show his more creative side.
With motivation to prove that he and Wyatt deserve to be higher on the card or even in the main event, fans should expect to see Cena deliver a performance that could not only steal the show but also rank among the best of his career.
Daniel Bryan is the best wrestler in the world heading into WrestleMania 30, and on Sunday night, he will have the opportunity to prove it when he meets Triple H in the card's most hyped match. Should he get past The Game, he will compete in a Triple Threat match against Batista and Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Bryan has stolen the show on every event since last summer, thanks in large part to his ring work and a rabid fanbase that loudly chants "Yes!" in arenas across the country.
On Sunday, he will step foot inside the Mercedes Superdome in New Orleans for the most important night of his career. With so much of the show riding on his performance and so many fans flocking to the Big Easy to see his crowning moment, there is immense pressure on him to come through.
Given his track record and the manner in which he feeds off the audience—which enhances his performances in the process—expect to see the Aberdeen, Wash. native not only steal the show but tear through Triple H on his way to the WWE title that has eluded him since last fall.
The Undertaker has stolen nearly every WrestleMania he has appeared on since 2007, when he defeated Batista in a clash of titans to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Since that night, the matches in Undertaker's streak have become must-see, destination programming. Fans who tune in have witnessed some of the greatest bouts in professional wrestling history.
Whether it was the battle of light and darkness at WrestleMania XXV, where he took on Shawn Michaels, or the "End of an Era" when he battled Triple H inside Hell in a Cell three years later, Undertaker's matches at the annual extravaganza have encapsulated everything that makes WrestleMania the special event it has been for 30 years.
On Sunday night, he meets Brock Lesnar in a match with a relatively weak backstory, but the competitors have chemistry with each other, dating back to some stellar matches from their days on SmackDown in the early 2000s. Lesnar is a nontraditional star who can brawl, strike and mat wrestle anyone he steps into the squared circle with. His style will present a unique challenge for the Phenom, but The Deadman will find a way to leave New Orleans with his storied undefeated streak intact.
And in the process, he'll add another classic bout to his sparkling WrestleMania resume.
The Shield enters WrestleMania while riding a wave of momentum and on one of the hottest streaks of their young careers. A recent babyface turn reignited them, injecting the act with a great deal of excitement and energy at just the right time.
Their opponents at WrestleMania will be Kane and the New Age Outlaws—three Superstars who have won major championships in WWE and pose a threat to the Hounds of Justice.
Seth Rollins is as dynamic and exciting a performer as there is in WWE and has upped his game as he enters one of the biggest matches of his career. Roman Reigns looks every bit a breakout singles star, and more importantly, the fans treat him as one too.
Ambrose is the wild card. He has shown great facial expressions and body language as the babyface in peril and could again fill that role Sunday.
With the likelihood that the match goes on early during Sunday's broadcast, The Shield should set the bar for the rest of the evening. Whether any of the Superstars who perform later in the bout can follow the controlled frenzy of The Shield remains to be seen.
The last time Jimmy and Jey Uso were bumped to the pre-show at a WWE pay-per-view event, they tore the house down at Money in the Bank, nearly defeating then-tag team champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns for the titles.
Now, just weeks after climbing to the top of the tag team mountain in WWE, they have the opportunity to prove that the company made a major mistake by taking their match off the live card.
The champions have demonstrated chemistry with the Real Americans. The matches between the two tandems have overshadowed the work of some much higher-profile stars. Their matches with Ryback and Curtis Axel have even been fairly decent, while their work with Los Matadores, formerly Epico and Primo, has wowed audiences both in the past and recently.
The teams in WWE have seemingly mastered tag team formula, ensuring that the quality of the matches never sinks below a certain level.
With so much frustration and disappointment over their demotion to the pre-show making way for motivation and determination, do not be surprised if history repeats itself and Jimmy and Jey Uso turn in a phenomenal performance in the first match of the night.