Only an elite set of competitors can claim they have headlined WrestleMania, WWE's grandest and most anticipated event of the year. Even fewer athletes can say they have walked out of the WrestleMania main event victorious.
It's unknown what factors officials consider when determining who should go on last at 'Mania. It could be who has the biggest box office appeal and not necessarily who has had the best year in WWE leading up to the spring spectacle.
Unfortunately, this (at times irrational) line of thinking can cost wrestlers who worked all year to be the best in all of WWE the chance to main event WrestleMania. Some stars went on to headline the show years down the road anyway, but others haven't been as lucky - and missed their chance to do so as a result of being overlooked.
Fans will likely never know why certain superstars were passed over for their opportunity to compete in the most featured match at WrestleMania, but regardless of the reasoning, knowing they wouldn't be closing out the event (like they deserved to) must have been a tough pill for these performers to swallow, to say the least.
Graham Mirmina (aka Graham “GSM” Matthews) joined Hidden Remote in March 2015. Additionally, he has been a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report since May 2010 and also contributes work to WhatCulture. An Endicott College alumnus, he is currently pursuing his master's in Digital Journalism at Quinnipiac University, in addition to working as a freelance sports writer. His ultimate goal is to one day write for WWE.