The 6 most glaring omissions from the map


WWE will be “Back in Business” at WrestleMania 37, but not all of its Superstars will be.

Although the company, which is using this slogan to promote his first fan-filled pay-per-view in over a year – will host a star-studded two-night event inside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. this weekend, several of his best and most popular stars won will not be on the show at all. In a effort to reduce the length of the PPV and avoid crowd burnout in the process, WrestleMania 37 is expected to feature just 14 matches, marking a dramatic decrease from last year’s WrestleMania 36 event, which also took place over two nights but has featured 19 matches.

Of course, such a drastic reduction in map size has its benefits, but perhaps the biggest downside of such a change for WWE’s own Superstars is that spots on the map are even harder to spot. find, even with most company shares. -Timekeepers including John Cena, Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey are not on the card at all. Many of the names that won’t be featured at WrestleMania 37 are lesser performers and aren’t as surprising, but this year even a handful of decorated world champions will find themselves without a match.

Here are the six biggest snubs on the WrestleMania 37 card.

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Mustafa Ali

Mustafa Ali himself recently admitted that he should face Kofi Kingston at WrestleMania 37, which would have brought their storyline from two years ago during the WrestleMania 35 season to finally come full circle.

But with The New Day winning the Raw Tag Team Championship and AJ Styles inexplicably finding himself without a meaningful singles match after a blockbuster potential showdown with Triple H didn’t pan out, Styles and Omos have burst onto the tag title scene. Then Ali’s group RETRIBUTION imploded without any storyline follow through, and Ali became the latest in a long line of incredible talents to be overlooked by WWE’s creative team.

Although Ali’s association with the seemingly disbanded RETRIBUTION did him no real favor, it did allow him to showcase his abilities both as an in-ring performer, which were already well known, and as a as a talker, which he hadn’t had the opportunity to display often before. . While Ali’s direction of RETRIBUTION initially sounded like a move that could have put his career back on track, it instead steered him away to the biggest PPV of 2021, where he won’t be featured despite his undeniable talent. .

Jeff Hardy

Four years ago, Jeff Hardy returned to WrestleMania 33 to a thunderous ovation that…despite what WWE says– ranks among the loudest pops in pro wrestling history. Yet, in recent weeks, he was nowhere to be found on Raw.

While Hardy is certainly not at the point in his career where he should be competing for world titles, the man who was once on Cena’s level in popularity and sale of goods was relegated to pointless midcard feuds, like the seemingly endless one with Elias. With better booking by the creative team, Hardy could have found himself doing something substantial in the title picture in the United States or even the tag team division.

Instead, he’s arguably WWE’s most decorated full-time star who won’t be on the show by any means.

All SmackDown Tag Team Division

How can an entire tag team division be excluded from WrestleMania, let alone a star division?

Well, as mentioned earlier, WWE’s efforts to reduce the number of WrestleMania matches – which should ultimately improve the quality of the show after it’s tended to drag on for the past few years – arguably have the most. hit the WWE Tag Team Division hard. Instead of getting that four-way match of the SmackDown Tag Team Championship on “The Biggest Stage of Them All”, the blue brand team performers got it on a crowdless episode of SmackDown, with Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode retaining the titles.

While it’s a solid moment to add to their resume, it doesn’t change the fact that a number of hugely talented stars – and especially names like Rey Mysterio and The Street Profits – will be left without a real WrestleMania moment ( in front of the fans, no less) and without that WrestleMania salary to boot.

jey uso

Recent history suggests that Jey Uso will play a significant role in Night Two’s main event Universal Championship match, likely interfering in some way after he’s done so numerous times in the past in the name of his cousin Roman Reigns.

But for the man Paul Heyman credited as the driver behind SmackDown’s ratings success, it must be a monumental disappointment for Uso to be left without a proper Mania match. He’s a superstar who, just like Ali, had already proven himself to be a world-class performer in the ring, but finally had his first real chance to shine as a well-rounded singles star in the second half of 2020. .

And everything Uso has done since then, he’s absolutely knocked it out of the park.

First serving as a phenomenal enemy for Reigns, he then teamed up with “The Head of The Table” in one of WWE’s best storylines in years, which ultimately led to the Uso-Reigns- Heyman to become what is easily SmackDown’s most. entertaining act. While being involved in a WrestleMania main event in a non-wrestling capacity is one heck of a consolation prize and he won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal on SmackDown, Uso’s unprecedented recent work as a that versatile entertainer should have been used as a stepping stone to elevate him to a singles marquee feud at WrestleMania.

Charlotte Flair and Bayley

While Becky Lynch’s absence was expected after her recent birth, hardly anyone could have imagined Bayley and Charlotte Flair – two of the biggest stars in all of WWE, male or female – being left out for the biggest pay-per-view of the year.

But indeed, WrestleMania 37’s match card will be without three of pro wrestling’s four riders, including 12-time champion Flair, who will miss the show possibly in part due to a bizarre set of circumstances that included a false positive on a pregnancy test and one Covid-19 diagnosis. It’s nothing short of a huge shock that she currently has no role at WrestleMania, and in fact even Rhea Ripley – who lost a Raw Women’s title match to Flair on the show. last year – admitted that she expected Flair to be added to his title fight against Asuka.

Alas, there will be no Flair on the show, which is both a glaring omission and one of the most surprising booking decisions in recent WWE history. While Flair’s absence from the WrestleMania card is somewhat understandable due to circumstances beyond her control, Bayley’s absence has no real explanation. Same Bayley herself looked stunned by her lack of a role at WrestleMania, and she’s not alone. Fans around the world are, quite simply, in awe that Bayley, one of WWE’s fanless pandemic-era MVPs, simply couldn’t fit in somewhere – anywhere – on the map. Spoiler alert: It could change but not for a match, and there is no confirmation that Bayley will appear on the show.

If someone had told you this time last year that a healthy Bayley, who recently won the SmackDown Women’s Title for about 600 days over two long reigns, and 12-time champion Flair would be out of WrestleMania, you probably would have laughed.

Yet here it is in 2021: a stone-cold reality.


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