5 WWE Superstars whose positions on WrestleMania cards drastically declined in a year
WrestleMania is hands down the biggest wrestling show of the year. Making it to WrestleMania is a big feat in itself. Winning a major match at the mega event is even bigger.
A long list of WWE Superstars have been featured on the WrestleMania card over the the past 36 years. Very few of them have managed to compete in big matches at the event on a continuous basis. Many superstars tasted the main event glory at WrestleMania before falling to the bottom of the card a year later.
In the following list, we will take a look at the five biggest ever WrestleMania drop-offs.
#5 The Undertaker (WrestleMania 18 to WrestleMania 19)
The Undertaker was wrestling under his biker persona during the early 2000s. WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair made his return to WWE several months before WrestleMania 18 and kicked off a feud with The Deadman on the road to the event. The Undertaker was 9-0 at WrestleMania at the time.
The two WWE legends squared off in a bloody brawl that lasted almost 20 minutes. Flair gave everything he had to try and beat The Phenom. In the end, it was The Undertaker who managed to come out on top once again. With this win, the streak reached an impressive 10-0.
WWE didn’t have much for The Undertaker to do as WrestleMania 19 approached. He was feuding with Big Show at the time. A-Train got involved soon after and The Undertaker found an ally in Nathan Jones. The Undertaker was set to compete in a tag team match at WrestleMania but plans were changed at the last moment. This was due to WWE fearing Jones wasn’t good enough for the spot.
The Undertaker competed in a Handicap match against the two behemoths and extended his streak to 11-0. It was one of the most underwhelming matches of the night.
#4 Randy Orton (WrestleMania 25 to WrestleMania 26)
Randy Orton was at the top of his game as WrestleMania 25 approached in early 2009. He had become a vicious and ruthless character, ready to go to great lengths to get what he wanted. Orton won the 2009 Royal Rumble match that year and kicked off a heated feud with the McMahon family. It culminated in a WWE title battle with Triple H in the main event of The Show of Shows.
Triple H destroyed Orton at WrestleMania to retain his belt. The match wasn’t anything impressive but at least gave Orton a huge spot on the card. Things weren’t the same a year later.
Orton started to embrace his good side as WrestleMania 26 approached closer in 2010. Legacy (Orton, Cody and Ted Dibiase) disbanded and the trio was involved in a Triple Threat match at WrestleMania. The match didn’t even last 10 minutes before Orton picked up the victory. The match was placed at the 3rd spot on the card.