5. Luke Harper
Luke Harper’s first WrestleMania match (WrestleMania 31) was a match to remember with Harper competing in a seven-man ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship. Although he didn’t win the match, he did have one of those OMG show-stealing moments where he powerbombed Dean Ambrose from the ring to the outside through a ladder. But, it’s a shame nothing could be said about Luke Harper the following year as he got injured just two weeks before WrestleMania 32! Although he wasn’t set to compete in a match, he could have been in a segment featuring two of the biggest names in the wrestling industry, The Rock and John Cena as the two fought of The Wyatt Family on the grandest stage of them all. Just two weeks before WrestleMania 32, Luke Harper suffered a knee injury during a post-Raw dark match that side-lined him out for 6 months.
Christian’s injury is a bit of a weird one because as well as missing WrestleMania 30, his injury actually caused him to silently retire from wrestling. In fact, his sudden retirement has become a minor running joke on the Edge and Christian Show That Totally Reeks Of Awesomeness. (What a name by the way!) Two weeks before WrestleMania 30, Christian fought in his last ever match winning a fatal four-way match which included: Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler and himself fighting for a chance to challenge Big E for the Intercontinental Championship. But due to suffering a mild concussion in that fatal four-way match, Christian decided to retire, never actually formally announcing it. Although Christian didn’t have a solo main card spot on WrestleMania 30, he was one of 30 competitors set to compete in the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. But due to him silently retiring, he was silently removed from the Battle Royal by the WWE.
3. Wade Barrett
Back in 2012 when Wade Barrett was somewhat of a main card wrestler, he was on a winning streak beating the likes of Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, John Morrison, Trent Barreta and Sheamus before his streak was broken by Randy Orton who he became involved in a big feud with fighting at Survivor Series, TLC (in a tables match) and many Smackdown and Raw matches such as a Falls Count Anywhere match and a No Disqualification match. With his character being built up as a solo wrestler, he was looking to participate in WrestleMania 28. Rumours had it that WWE was going to bring back the Money in the Bank ladder match for WrestleMania 28 with Barrett taking home the briefcase for a championship opportunity, however, I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news. Just over a month before WrestleMania 28, Barrett suffered a partially dislocated elbow after Big Show threw Dolph Ziggler at him during a battle royal that took place on Raw.
Neville made his main roster debut the day after WrestleMania 31. With a lot of hype and promise following his impressive achievements in NXT, Neville sprung into action defeating Curtis Axel on his debut on Raw. The high flyer Neville had a fairly successful year participating in feuds with the likes of Bad News Barrett and more notably Stardust, who he fought in a comic book inspired rivalry, with Neville being pinned as the “superhero.” With Neville’s build up as a talented main roster wrestler, he was looking to compete in his very first WrestleMania, however, it was sadly not to be. Just three weeks before WrestleMania 32, Neville fractured his ankle during a match he had against Chris Jericho on Raw putting him out of action for 4 months and therefore causing him to miss WrestleMania 32.
1. Rey Mysterio
With WrestleMania 24 just a month away, Rey Mysterio had a huge WrestleMania tag team match planned for him where he was scheduled to team up with retired American boxer, Oscar De La Hoya against also retired American boxer, Floyd Mayweather and Big Show, however, after Oscar De La Hoya turned down the WWE, it was changed to putting Rey Mysterio and Floyd Mayweather in a tag team match featuring Shane McMahon and a wrestler of his choosing. Unfortunately, the WWE had to change plans yet again as Rey Mysterio suffered a bicep injury during an overseas tour. Mysterio announced that his injury would keep him out of action for at least six months, and he eventually underwent three surgeries within the space of a month. This injury also meant that he missed WrestleMania 24, which led a one vs one match between Big Show and Floyd Mayweather which arguably remains as Big Show’s most high-profile WrestleMania match, a spotlight that Rey could have shared.