Not everyone who takes the stage at WrestleMania enjoys a memorable and rewarding night like Ronda Rousey did Sunday. Many are greeted with mediocre creative, placed in unenviable positions and rarely on the receiving end of the moments and matches their hard work and dedication deserves.
Such was the case at the 34th Showcase of the Immortals.
All-time greats were underwhelmingly squashed by fellow future Hall of Famers. Second-generation stars on the receiving end of the biggest victories of their lives were overshadowed. Respected in-ring performers faded to the background, and female superstars were done a great disservice by the creative decisions presented by WWE's crack writing team.
Is there anything different that could have been done to prevent such a disappointing night for so many talented individuals?
The answers lie within.
10. Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch was the first woman to hit the ring for Sunday's first-ever WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal, suggesting she might have been set to play a key role in the night's festivities. A former SmackDown women's champion and one of the more respected in-ring performers on the women's roster, she should have been one of the cornerstones of the bout.
Should have been.
Instead, she was eliminated midway through the match to little or no fanfare. She was dumped over the top rope, crashing to the floor, her dreams of a WrestleMania moment dashed once more.
It was disappointing and frustrating for longtime fans of The Lass Kicker who have watched her ups and downs since arriving on the main roster. Still very popular, she has an unbreakable connection with the audience.
While no one is suggesting she should have won the Battle Royal, she certainly deserved better than an afterthought of an elimination and another disappointing WrestleMania outcome.
Erik Beaston is a freelance pro wrestling writer who likes long walks in the park, dandelions and has not quite figured out that this introduction is not for Match.com. He resides in Parts Unknown, where he hosts weekly cookouts with Kane, The Ultimate Warrior, Papa Shango and The Boogeyman. Be jealous.