10 Wrestlers Who Didn't Turn Up For WrestleMania

When the biggest night of the year turns into a night off. 


Joining the illustrious company of Lawrence Taylor and The Miz, and entering the exclusive WrestleMania Headliner Club, is the ultimate goal of essentially every North American professional wrestler not named Kenny Omega.

CM Punk was so annoyed by his exclusion from it that it precipitated his departure from the company altogether. His lifelong dream wasn't to step foot in the octagon - it was to go on last at the Show of Shows. As he revealed on his infamous Art Of Wrestling podcast appearance, Punk would have been happy acting as designated jobber in a would-be Triple Threat with John Cena and The Rock at 'Mania 29. That's what the achievement alone meant to him.

The show is so synonymous with career-defining and breakthrough performances that many have even made fools of themselves in desperate attempts to stand out. Matt Striker's ludicrous bumping at 'Mania 23 - in which he almost spiked himself countless times - was foolhardy.

But at least he tried. The majority of the men who comprise this list were more interested in jutting out their bottom lips or selfishly preserving their careers than making up that famous highlight reel.

Astonishingly, some of the men who comprise this list also contested some of the best matches ever presented under the legendary 'Mania banner.


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