While attention is normally on the winner of WrestleMania matches, a lot of thought is given into what lies ahead for people who get defeated. WrestleMania 37 is no different, but fans seemed to largely agree and enjoy the decisions made, especially on Night 1.
Not every Superstar who came out on the losing end will have a downfall. If anything, their defeat could simply be a stepping stone to bigger and better things in the future.
Here are five Superstars who will benefit in the long run despite losing at WrestleMania 37:
#5. Drew McIntyre - Lost to Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania 37
Drew McIntyre was the first Superstar to make his entrance at WrestleMania 37 (for a match, anyway). It was expected that putting him and the WWE Title on first at WrestleMania was a way for WWE to give him a much-deserved coronation in front of fans.
Not only did he miss out on the opportunity to compete in front of fans at WrestleMania 36 last year, but he went on to become one of the best World Champions that the company has seen in years.
He carried WWE through the pandemic era and delivered on every single pay-per-view and every Title defense that he had. Despite this, it was Bobby Lashley who shockingly retained at WrestleMania 37 after making Drew McIntyre pass out in The Hurt Lock.
Some were upset by the decision, while the other side of the argument was that Bobby Lashley's Title reign rightfully stayed intact at WrestleMania 37. Despite the loss, Drew McIntyre will benefit in the long run. He may not have had his WrestleMania moment, but a year is a long time and anything could happen.
We wouldn't be surprised if Drew McIntyre doesn't win the WWE Championship in 2021. Instead, a slow-burning build to a bigger moment at WrestleMania 38 would be even better.
#4. The Miz - Lost to Bad Bunny and Damian Priest at WrestleMania 37
Bad Bunny was given immense praise after WrestleMania 37 - and rightfully so. He stood out as the greatest celebrity wrestler in WWE history and set a new standard.
The Miz and John Morrison may have been chosen to be the sacrificial lambs at WrestleMania 37, but they made the most of it. They played their roles to perfection, being great heels that got a lot of heat. This subsequently led to more support for Bad Bunny.
There are two sides to Bad Bunny's incredible WrestleMania performance. The first was his own hard work and dedication and the second was The Miz leading him on through the match.
While watching the bout, one can notice The Miz softly calling the spots and guiding Bad Bunny. John Morrison may have made Bad Bunny look great, but The Miz is trusted in such big roles for a reason.
His brief eight-day WWE Title reign this year may have been his last World Championship run, but he will still benefit as long as he stays in WWE.
#3. Riddle - Lost in his WrestleMania debut to Sheamus
Riddle was the United States Champion on the Road to WrestleMania only by circumstance since Keith Lee (the originally planned winner at Elimination Chamber) pulled out and has been away ever since.
Riddle began a quick feud with Sheamus post-Fastlane and was defeated at The Grandest Stage of Them All. Despite this, he's only getting started. It's hard to believe that it hasn't even been a year since Riddle debuted on the WWE main roster.
A loss at his first WrestleMania doesn't mean he won't have big moments ahead. If anything, this loss could serve as a stepping stone to bigger success in the long run.
Riddle appears to be one of those stars that gets consistent TV time. Despite being on the losing end recently, there's little doubt that he will bounce back better than ever.
#2. Big E - Lost to Apollo Crews at WrestleMania 37
While Big E lost his first WrestleMania match as a singles star, he will benefit in the long run far more than Apollo Crews. When Big E was split from The New Day in the WWE Draft last year, it became clear that his singles path to main event superstardom was only beginning.
Paul Heyman told Big E on Talking Smack that his singles career could overshadow his run with The New Day, similar to how Roman Reigns' singles success overshadowed his run with The Shield.
Big E was protected in his Intercontinental Championship defeat, and that may simply have been a way to get the title off him before he takes the next big step. While 2021 might be too soon to push Big E into the main event picture, it seems like an inevitability.
#1. Sasha Banks - lost to Bianca Belair in the main event of WrestleMania 37 Night 1
Sasha Banks' biggest career accomplishment came on April 10th when she headlined WrestleMania for the first time in her career. It was only the second-ever Women's main event at WrestleMania and she walked in as the defending SmackDown Women's Champion.
Banks delivered in big matches as she normally does, putting on a clinic with Bianca Belair that deserved the top spot on Night 1 of the WrestleMania 37 card. Sasha Banks was one of the MVPs of WWE during the pandemic era.
Interestingly, some of the MVPs of the pandemic era - such as Sasha Banks, Drew McIntyre, Asuka and Bayley all fared badly at WrestleMania - with the latter not even getting an official spot on the card.
Sasha Banks, despite putting over newer talent at WrestleMania, is the younger woman. Still in her prime years, we expect big things for Sasha Banks for years to come.