There aren't many WrestleMania pay-per-views left where the major stars over the last ten years or so will still be competing in the main event matches.
Sooner or later the likes of John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton and The Undertaker probably won't be competing in the main event of WrestleMania.
The business will, however, be putting over the younger stars in the business, allowing the future stars of the WWE to make their mark by headlining and walking out as the victor in the main event of any future WrestleMania.
Years ago we could have said the same about Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar and John Cena; but without the help of older stars, they would never have been able to rise to prominence.
Now it will be their turn to do the same for the future, it takes a lot to go out there and close any show, let alone the greatest spectacle in sports entertainment.
But which superstars actually have what it takes and will go on to headline WrestleMania? Here is my take on superstars I believe could carry this burden.
Bray Wyatt is what the WWE needs and is easily the hottest thing going right now. Since the Daniel Bryan injury has had an effect on his momentum, the next best thing is Wyatt. If you watched WrestleMania XXX then even you will agree that the match between Wyatt and John Cena was possibly the best match on the night; certainly a big feat for someone who had only been around on the main roster for a half a year; he has already proven that he can cut it and step up when it matters, especially on the big stage.
Bray is only 26-years-old - he has age on his side and has plenty of years ahead of him. He is the best on the microphone right now, perhaps a little behind Paul Heyman, and his matches are always to a good standard. He is playing his character better than anyone and his gimmick will work until the day he retires, while he has the ability to work with anybody whether he plays a face or a heel.
I would say he has at least ten opportunities to headline WrestleMania; minimum. That is how good Bray Wyatt is and is perhaps a guarantee to main event WrestleMania sometime during his WWE career.
This isn’t the first time I’ll be saying it - as good as Cesaro is he just isn’t ready for the big push the fans want. He is getting the reaction, he is solid in the ring as well but he still has so much left to achieve alongside Paul Heyman. However, I’m not saying he won’t be that big star in the company, quite the opposite. Maybe WrestleMania 32 onwards is the time Cesaro is seen as somebody who could carry a whole event card on his shoulders.
He is getting the crowd behind him, he has done incredible work over the last year or so thanks to Zeb Colter, and now Heyman will turn him into the mega-star we know he can be, it’s only a matter of time but he will achieve the WrestleMania main event level.
His strength is what makes him so popular: imagine showing that off in front of 80,000 plus fans packed inside an arena. A little more work is needed, but Cesaro is a sure fire WrestleMania headliner in the future.
Cody Rhodes is another superstar that has age on his side - he is still very young and has achieved so much since his debut at the age of 22. Rhodes is my wildcard pick, there’s a risk with him as he could go over as a great headliner, or he could be where he is now; floating around the tag team division and getting ready to feud with Goldust.
I would say that the only way Rhodes could every headline WrestleMania, is if he turns heel once more. His best work has come as a heel and it seems to come naturally to him, he is smug but backs it up and he definitely is someone that could hold the World Heavyweight Championship.
I do believe he has the potential to headline WrestleMania, let’s wait and see whether the WWE decide to push him into the superstar we know he is capable of becoming.
Dean Ambrose has the potential to go down as one of the greatest heels in the business; it’s that simple. It may be a bold statement but he backs it up every time he competed. Imagine being compared to Roddy Piper, Mick Foley and even Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight; it is certainly an odd yet wonderful combination and it comes as no surprise as to why people love him.
Ambrose is the best member of The Shield. Seth Rollins is the better wrestler and Roman Reigns is seen as the star attraction, but Dean Ambrose has the greatest microphone skills and he is a fantastic performer. Watching his work on the microphone you know that Ambrose will go far, as far as headlining a WrestleMania pay-per-view.
He just needs to be groomed in the best way possible, the WWE just cannot afford to overlook Ambrose and Rollins when they turn their focus to Reigns; if enough work and good storylines are given I can definitely see Ambrose headlining WrestleMania.
The most obvious pick in the list is Roman Reigns. If anybody is guaranteed to main event WrestleMania; you’d be wise to put your money on Reigns. It’s no secret that the WWE want him to carry the business into the next generation and rightfully so, he has it all going for him. The right look, the in-ring presence, he can talk enough on the microphone to succeed and he is a hard worker.
It comes down to the work of Rollins and Ambrose as well, allowing Reigns to flourish in the group when most was expected from the duo that made a name for themselves on the independent circuit.
WrestleMania 31 could be the night Reigns breaks out as the company’s biggest star. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Reigns headline the upcoming WrestleMania and then many more after that.
We’ve already talked about two member of The Shield, we might as well add Seth Rollins in. He’s not included for the sake of it, but because I genuinely believe he is one of the ‘smaller’ guys that could succeed the most in the WWE. By far one of the greatest wrestlers on the roster, he can talk on the microphone and has proven most of his doubter’s wrong, that he would be forgotten about ever since the spotlight turned to Roman Reigns.
I think Rollins will need to work harder to get that main event spot, but I’m very confident he will do it. He has a fantastic work ethic and has impressed so much already that it seems unlikely that he can do anything wrong.
Like Ambrose he needs to be groomed in the right way. They can’t afford to let a talent like Rollins slip away into a feud which is irrelevant - the better the feud, the better Rollins will work and the more likely he will headline a WrestleMania.
WWE fans – what do you think? Who do you believe will headline WrestleMania in the future? Agree or disagree with my selections? Have your say in the comments section below and come discuss all things WWE with me on Twitter @RazK28!