Who will be the next ‘Mr. WrestleMania’?

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February 21, 2013

 

Prefacing his picks by saying no one will ever have quite the same impact as Michaels, Kofi Kingston named several peers who boast mightily impressive WrestleMania track records, ranging from Chris Jericho to CM Punk (whose WrestleMania  XXVII match against Randy Orton Kingston recalled specifically) to John Cena.

The Dreadlocked Dynamo wasn’t alone in naming the Cenation leader. Others who selected the veteran of seven World Championship Matches at WrestleMania include R-Truth, Billy Gunn and ring announcer Justin Roberts. (CENA'S WRESTLEMANIA MOMENTS)

Some Superstars embraced the notion they could one day live up to the moniker that now belongs to Michaels. That includes World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio, who said, “Anybody could be the next ‘Mr. WrestleMania’ … but I hope the next ‘Mr. WrestleMania’ is me.”

WrestleMania XXVII main eventer The Miz not only threw his name into the mix, but also explained the rationale behind competitors naming themselves.

“If you ask any other Superstar and they say somebody else, they shouldn’t be in WWE,” The Awesome One said. “Everyone should think they’re going to be the next ‘Mr. WrestleMania,’ and I’m going to be!”

Cody Rhodes has similar high hopes for himself, provided the stars align. However, “The Essence of Mustachioed Magnificence” — who counts Randy Orton & Ted DiBiase, Rey Mysterio and Big Show among his past WrestleMania opponents — also gave a nod to another competitor.

“I hope nobody ever tries to genuinely take the moniker, but I’d say either Dolph Ziggler or myself,” he confessed. “I’m very proud of the fact I’ve been able to be in three major matches going into this year’s WrestleMania, and I’m hoping for a solid performance in my fourth. It’s not just performing at WrestleMania; it’s finding that spotlight for yourself. Shawn Michaels was a master at it.”

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