No Brock, no Cena, no Taker, no Triple H: first Mania without the heavyweights since 1994

This weekend’s WrestleMania might be particular in many alternative methods. First WWE occasion with followers in over a yr, first “socially-distanced” WrestleMania, first WrestleMania to characteristic two African Individuals, ladies no much less, in the primary occasion, and so on.

But it surely’s additionally the primary WrestleMania since 1994 with out WWE’s ordinary heavyweights: there’s no John Cena, there’s no Brock Lesnar, there’s no Triple H, and there’s no Undertaker. All these 4 males are synonymous with WrestleMania however it’s important to return to WrestleMania 10 to discover a WrestleMania with none of those people.

Each WrestleMania after 10 featured no less than one of many talked about Superstars. The Undertaker has 27 appearances, Triple H follows with 23, John Cena has 15, and Brock Lesnar has 10 and for the previous decade or so, they’ve been a relentless on the Mania card.

The Undertaker missed WrestleMania 35 however returned for the Boneyard cinematic match at WrestleMania 36 in what ended up being his final WWE match in opposition to AJ Kinds. He has since retired from in-ring competitors.

Triple H missed WrestleMania 36, breaking a file of consecutive WrestleManias that dated again since 2007 and was his solely second miss in 25 years. This yr, The Recreation turned down a match in opposition to AJ Kinds, citing lack of time to get in Mania form.

John Cena has all the time discovered a solution to be concerned at WrestleMania, however caught in Canada filming The Peacemaker collection for HBO Max and never helped by journey restrictions and quarantine, the 16-time champ might be absent for this one. He missed WrestleMania 35 however returned for a bizarre “match” in opposition to The Fiend final yr.

And Brock Lesnar has been current at each WrestleMania since he returned to the promotion in 2012. He usually went in because the champion however after final yr’s defeat to Drew McIntyre, Lesnar’s contract ran out and we haven’t seen him on WWE tv ever since.

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