From Bayley to John Cena- Major WWE Superstars Who Don’t Have a Match for WrestleMania 37

Published 04/03/2021, 11:19 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 11: WWE champion Brock Lesnar speaks during a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lesnar will face former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and WWE wrestler Braun Strowman will take on heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

WrestleMania season is right at the doorstep, and Superstars are raining for one of the best nights of their careers. As storylines reach their climaxes, there is a lot of history that could be made at the grandest stage of them all. 


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However, there are a lot of big names that won’t be making history at WrestleMania 37. These unlucky stars haven’t been booked yet for the card and have been left out by WWE heading into the show. 


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1. Becky Lynch 

WWE’s most popular female Superstar isn’t going to be there at WrestleMania and is still on maternity leave following her pregnancy announcement last year. Her last match was at WrestleMania 36 in a successful title defense against Shayna Baszler. 

TOKYO,JAPAN – JUNE 29: Becky Lynch enters the ring during the WWE Live Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan on June 29, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

Fans expected ‘The Man’ to return just in time to reclaim the Raw Women’s Championship, but it seems Becky has decided to wait it out. Becky did hand over her title to Asuka peacefully after finding out about her pregnancy, ending a whopping 399-day reign. She will come back undoubtedly for the belt but not at WrestleMania.

2. Charlotte Flair 

WWE’s most decorated female Superstar of all time will have to stay out of the action this year after testing positive for COVID-19. Charlotte returned after a 6-month absence from WWE to pair up with Asuka only to turn on her later. 

She was initially booked for a match against Asuka at WrestleMania, but this setback forced her to abandon that storyline trajectory. Rhea Ripley has efficiently filled the gap and fans are glad to see her finally getting the push she’s deserved. 

3. Bayley

Perhaps one of the biggest drops this year for Mania, Bayley has found herself without an opponent and will have to sit out. Given the fact that she pulled off her heel role perfectly and was a key part of SmackDown viewership last year, Bayley really should have got her match. 

However, with Sasha Banks feuding with Bianca Belair and every other potential opponent already involved otherwise, Bayley finds herself out of options. A tragic omission, yet we expect to see her back to her best after the event. 

4. John Cena 

It isn’t WrestleMania without John Cena, but this time it will have to do. The 16-time World Champion has been locked down with his filming schedule and will not be able to make an appearance at the grandest stage. 


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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – APRIL 1: John Cena looks on before his match against Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

Although fans speculate he may just show up, he has confirmed that it will not be possible, reconfirming his filming commitments. 

The three other names are Brock Lesnar, Aleister Black, and Goldberg. The former is still on a hiatus and there are huge expectations linking him to an appearance on the Raw after Mania.


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Goldberg, on the other hand, won’t be at WrestleMania, but he does still have one more match he is obligated to perform in as per his contract. Aleister Black has been called out for a match by Murphy, and his return could be on the cards although nothing is confirmed yet.


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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.