The top three matches on the card at the WrestleMania 29 pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza tomorrow night (Sun., April 7, 2013) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, -- The Rock vs. John Cena, Undertaker vs. CM Punk, and Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H -- feature four stars who are considered part-timers.
That is to say, they don't work full time schedules with WWE.
Naturally, that leads to resentment within the locker room with the rest of the "boys" who do hump the road and beat their bodies up and house shows all across the world. In fact, it's easy to view it as a slap in the face when you're busting your ass to do the best you can and never taking a day off but your bosses consistently bring in much bigger stars to take the prime slots you're working so hard to get to.
It must be terribly frustrating.
There are a couple ways to deal with this: You could do like say, Zack Ryder, and use your Twitter account to whine incessantly, or you could do like Dolph Ziggler and use it to your advantage. He told ESPN in a recent interview exactly how he plans to do just that:
"When somebody is getting a lot of time on TV, a lot of people will start to resent them or think they're better. But that's how it goes. And you know what, I hate it, I hate that part-timers have to come back in order for us to have the biggest WrestleMania there is, but it's also smart business. The biggest movie star in the entire world just happens to have come from WWE, so who wouldn't want to see the biggest movie star go up against the biggest WWE superstar we have, the face of the organization, the franchise? That match just has the glitz and glamour, that's the main event and we get that. The guys who resent it 100-percent just don't understand the business because there's money to be made, there's eyes to be brought to a WrestleMania. Say it was me and Daniel Bryan headlining, we're not going to get those people who pay to see a movie star. Our job is, we get the people who pay to see Rock and John Cena, and you leave an impression that you stole the show. You do something to make them come back and see you the next day. That is my goal every time we do this, and of course, on Sunday, all those people tune in to see The Rock and Cena, but I'm going to leave them thinking I stole the show and now they have to tune in on Monday to see what I'm going to do next. That's how I've been able to build my entire career. I've found a way to stand out and steal the show."
In fairness to Ryder, he's not even booked on the show, so he doesn't have the opportunity to steal it, but the point remains. Ziggler is working a tag team match with Big E. Langston against the division champions, Team Hell No, and he's still got his Money in the Bank briefcase.
So while there are plenty of big name stars on the card who may be hogging the lion's share of the attention, don't be surprised if Ziggler is the guy who leaves with two belts and is the superstar everyone is talking about.
Or, at the very least, giving match of the night to.