5 Superstars Whose WrestleMania Debut Deserves a Do-Over
- Five men who fell short of greatness in their first Wrestlemania match.
A significant portion of the WrestleMania card will feature superstars making their Wrestlemania debut; between established stars just getting their start with the main roster crew, as well as the prerequisite call-ups from NXT that may be required for the men's and women's battle royals (as well as some crossover matches teased on social media), Sunday will be the first time walking the Wrestlemania ramp for at least a dozen men and women.
Many people have succeeded in that spot, putting on classic matches which were part of award-winning feuds (or which won numerous awards and accolades in their own right); today, we look at the flipside: five superstars whose WrestleMania debut left a lot to be desired, and which we're sure they'd like to try again.
#5 Triple H
Hunter Hearst Helmsley's WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania XII against a returning Ultimate Warrior is beyond bad; it's legendarily bad, to the point that it's been parodied numerous times onscreen and in-ring in WWE.
The Connecticut Blueblood found himself facing The Warrior by virtue of the front office seeming to say, "We need a body to take a beating; who's free?" and picking Helmsley to pay his dues.
The match consisted of the future Game nailing Warrior almost immediately with The Pedigree, already considered by that time one of the most devastating finishers in professional wrestling (in a kayfabe ranking of finishers in WWF Magazine that year, Helmsley's signature maneuver found itself in the top ten, odd for any heel but especially a rookie). Warrior shook it off like transitional offense, and went into his sequence of power moves and splashes, pinning Helmsley in less than two minutes.
He'd Get It Right When:
Arguably, Triple H didn't put on a great WrestleMania match (entrances aside) until WrestleMania XX, when he was the losing third in one of the greatest Triple Threat matches of all time; he would also partake in a classic Hell in a Cell with The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVIII, and would open WrestleMania XXX by losing to Daniel Bryan in an epic encounter which put Bryan on a collision course with destiny.