WWE WrestleMania XXVII: The Next Mr. WrestleMania?
Being Mr. WrestleMania means stealing the show and having the best match at every WrestleMania you compete in.
Shawn Michaels did that for 17 WrestleMania's and earned himself the moniker. With Shawn retiring last year, a slot has opened up for the title of Mr. WrestleMania.
This article aims to look at 10 superstars who could possibly become the next Mr. WrestleMania.
The Miz competed in his first WrestleMania last year, as he opened the show by once again getting the best of former partner John Morrison.
This year it looks like he is set to close the show, along with John Cena.
Miz has improved his in-ring skills and this year's main event will be very telling in how far he has progressed. I believe he will remain in the main event scene even after dropping the title and will be a staple of WrestleMania for years to come. As far as becoming Mr. WrestleMania, however, I believe he must continue to improve on his in-ring skills.
Cody Rhodes is on the rise, there is no doubt about it.
He has made the most out of his "Dashing" gimmick and exceeded all expectations, while former partner Ted Dibiase is drowning on Monday nights.
Rhodes also made his debut last year and had one of the better matches on the card, along with his former Legacy stablemates. This year, it appears he will have another chance to shine, as he 's all but set to take on former world champion Rey Mysterio.
Dibiase has proved how quickly one can fall from potential main-eventer to just another name on the lower mid-card level. Assuming Rhodes avoids that fate, I say he has a pretty good chance of living up to his family name and becoming Mr. WrestleMania.
I know that he was not debuted, nor will he debut for a while, and he has proved nothing yet on the WWE stage. I also admit that I have never seen one of his matches. But let's face it, the hype for him is currently huge and WWE is pushing him as a pretty big deal—the second-coming of Rey Mysterio.
Alberto Del Rio received similar buzz and attention from both fans and the company, so you can only imagine that as soon as he debuts, WWE will strap a rocket onto his back. He most likely will not make his WrestleMania debut until next year in Miami, so we'll have to take a wait-and-see approach.
I realize that this list is aimed towards younger stars, and while Orton is a multiple-time world champion that has cemented himself in the main event scene, he turns 31 years old this year—although he is still younger than Del Rio, who is 33.
Orton has had several great matches at the big event already, with superstars such as The Undertaker, The Rock, Mick Foley, Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, Triple H and John Cena. A great match with CM Punk this year can go a long way in making him the go-to guy for the company.
Now that HBK is gone, I believe Orton has a great chance at becoming the new Mr. WrestleMania.
Obviously, Daniel Bryan is capable of having a great match on any given night with any opponent, so this one is not a huge stretch by any means. The only question is, will he be given the opportunity?
He will most likely make his WrestleMania debut this year, and if his match is given time, instead of being your typical Raw three- or four-minute match, then I could see Bryan doing something special.
The Indy darling was already given a great opportunity to shine at SummerSlam, an opportunity he made the best of. If he is given the same opportunity this year in Atlanta, he will have a great shot of building his resume, and he will also be given a chance to work his way towards becoming Mr. WrestleMania.
Last year's match with Rey Mysterio was pretty good, considering it only received about six minutes. It should have been so much more.
It was Punk's first single match at the event, as he had been relegated to Money in the Bank for three straight years. Punk did win the briefcase two out of those three years, so it wasn't as if he was just randomly thrown in there.
His feud with Randall continues to heat up and their match this year has the most potential. Punk continues to rise, is better than ever and he is no longer overlooked like he was during his world title reigns. One of Punk's remaining goals is to main-event the big event, and by the time he gets there, he might just be the new Mr. WrestleMania.
Dolph Ziggler is a former world champion. A little surreal right?
Ziggler has taken his in-ring skills to another level, and is now capable of getting a great match out of anyone. He has only had one WrestleMania match, which was at last year's event where he disappeared into the Money in the Bank match.
This year, it looks like he will have a significantly bigger role, as he seems to be involved in some kind of match with John Morrison. Given the opportunity, this Mr. Perfect-HBK hybrid seems to have all of the skills necessary to break through and become the next Mr. WrestleMania.
Kofi Kingston is running out of steam.
It seemed during his feud with Orton last year that he was set for huge things, but none of that came to pass. This year it seems the only thing he's done is continually tap-out to Del Rio's submission.
He's been awarded the Intercontinental title numerous times and has competed in two previous WrestleMania events. He has been thrown into the Money in the Bank match both times, usually providing a couple of spectacular moves, all while having no real shot of winning.
This year, it's unclear if he will even be on the card at all. His chances of becoming Mr. WrestleMania currently do not look too good.
Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio has only been with the company for about seven months, yet he has already won the Royal Rumble and is set to compete for the world title at WrestleMania.
Del Rio has had great matches with Mysterio on SmackDown, but he has not been given the chance to really show the world what he can do. His first singles match on PPV took place just last month at Elimination Chamber, so not too many people are aware of what this man can do. Because of that, he has the perfect situation at WrestleMania and a great opportunity to steal the show along with the Rated-R Superstar (assuming it does remain a singles match).
Many argue he's receiving too much, too soon, but I argue that he is deserving and has a great chance at becoming the next Mr. WrestleMania.
Finally, we arrive at the man that I believe has the greatest chance of becoming the next Mr. WrestleMania.
John Morrison has been compared to Shawn Michaels many times, so who better to step into HBK's boots? Morrison has only competed in two previous WrestleMania events. In his debut Mania, he wowed in the Money in the Bank match, while last year he had a very short tag-team title match.
It seemed as if this year he would receive a great opportunity to break out and have his moment, instead it seems as if he'll be involved in some type of mixed-tag match. No matter what type of match he is involved in, you can almost guarantee that you will see something special from Morrison.
I'm very interested in what the rest of this year holds for Morrison and if he'll play a major role at next year's event. I believe John Morrison has the best chance of becoming the next Mr. WrestleMania.
Who did I leave out? Which wrestler (on the list or not on the list) do you believe has the best chance of being the next Mr. WrestleMania?