WWE's bulging roster causing a WrestleMania conundrum?
Digging into the problem that comes with a stacked roster.
What is the conundrum?
The biggest show on the WWE calendar, WrestleMania, is not only exciting for fans, but for the Superstars as well. It has been said before that if a WWE Superstar's dream is not to become the WWE Champion then that Superstar is in the wrong profession. While this is true, I believe the same can be said about the main event of WrestleMania.
This poses a problem because the main event of WrestleMania is only one match. There are many Superstars that not only deserve to be in the main event year after year, but could arguably be more deserving than the Superstars that are in the main event.
What has happened in previous years?
Let's look at some problems in previous years. A glaring omission in the recent past is CM Punk. Being a 434-day WWE Champion should have had Punk deserving of a main event slot at WrestleMania; however, that was not the case.
As if that wasn't enough, the year after Punk's reign, he was contending to break The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania, yet even this was not enough to earn him the main event slot. Both years, the main event was reserved for The Rock and John Cena.
Another omission from recent years would be Braun Strowman, last year. Strowman had been dominant all year, but WrestleMania was so full that he was relegated to the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
This could be seen as almost a demotion, because "The Monster Among Men" had a part to play in The Undertaker and Roman Reigns' feud, which would end up main eventing the show.
Another example that has been occurring a lot recently is the Royal Rumble winner. The winner of the Royal Rumble is guaranteed a spot in the main event of WrestleMania, but the last Royal Rumble winner to main event WrestleMania was Triple H at WrestleMania 32. As a matter of fact, since 2004, there have only been seven Royal Rumble winners that went on to actually main event WrestleMania.
Last year, Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton, had a WWE Championship match that came on before Roman Reigns', the runner-up in the Royal Rumble main event match against the Undertaker. These are just three examples in this confusing situation.
Will there be a problem this year?
This year there seems to be a lot of overlooked Superstars. It appears as if Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns are destined to meet in the main event for the Universal Championship; so where does this leave other Superstars that seem to potentially deserve to be included in the thought?
First, let's cover the obvious, Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura just won the Royal Rumble, right away declaring that he would be going for the WWE Championship against AJ Styles, but that does not seem likely to go on last at WrestleMania. AJ Styles is not only one of the best wrestlers in the WWE, but also the world. He and Nakamura should steal the show, and with both the WWE Championship and the Royal Rumble winner being involved, shouldn't they have earned main event rights?
Also, what about Braun Strowman? This has been the most dominant year of his career, hanging around the Universal Championship scene for most of the year. Strowman seems to be one of the most accepted face Superstars on Raw. Where does his match fall on the WrestleMania card now and against whom?
How about Seth Rollins? On Monday Night Raw, he claimed that he wanted to get his main event status back and be Monday Night Rollins, but with it being so close to WrestleMania this doesn't seem likely. Where does he end up on the card?
The newly formed Balor Club does not seem to have a very prominent spot, if any, on the card. Also, The Miz has had a career-making year, and he is the Intercontinental Champion, but will he be delegated to the obligatory multi-man ladder match?
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have been doing amazing things on SmackDown Live, but it seems that Shane McMahon is going to get a piece of them at WrestleMania, leaving them potentially low on the card. Dolph Ziggler recently said that his dream of main eventing WrestleMania was going to happen this year. Unfortunately for Styles, Nakamura, Strowman, Rollins, Balor, Owens, Zayn, Ziggler and others, the main event seems to be reserved for "The Big Dog" and "The Beast Incarnate".
Is there a solution?
So, the question that should be posed is: do we need to celebrate WrestleMania as much as we do? I propose that this is the time that we place our focus into SummerSlam, Survivor Series, or even Money in the Bank, if we want to see any other superstars other than Roman Reigns in the main event.
WrestleMania is amazing, but there is a conundrum surrounding it. Do you have any thoughts? Please share in the comments!