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I guess they have no path. WrestleMania is the most important show of the year in WWE and being on the card can be a huge boost to someone’s career. There are all kinds of ways to get there and this year’s show being split over two nights should make it even easier for a wrestler to make it. Not everyone can though, and that seems to be the case with some rather prominent names.

Two matches for next week’s SmackDown were announced on this week’s episode. First up, Intercontinental Champion Ricochet will defend against Angel and Humberto in a triple threat match. Second, the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal will take place, with United States Champion Finn Balor listed as a participant. While things could change, this would suggest that neither of them will wrestle at WrestleMania.

Opinion: This is some of the most disappointing news I have heard from WWE in a very long time. They have a story about a former World Champion not being able to make it to WrestleMania, plus matches involving an actor and a broadcaster, but two champions can’t make it onto the show? If that is what WWE thinks of the titles, why bother having them other than as glorified entrance gear? There are at least a dozen ways to get a title match on a major show and WWE has chosen to use none of them, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

What do you think of WWE’s decisions? How would you have the champions appear at WrestleMania? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books

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