Who Will Be WWE's Top Star By WrestleMania 40?

WWE recently announced that WrestleMania 40 will be taking place in Philadelphia, and while tickets aren't even on sale for the event yet, it's still a fun mental exercise to consider who could feature prominently on that landmark card. The event is several hundred days away, which is an eternity in professional wrestling. Still, superstars typically have a pretty clear trajectory, and with WWE likely to bust out all the stops to make the weekend memorable, it seems like just about anything could happen.

The landscape of WWE has shifted pretty dramatically over the last week or so. And that's a pretty massive understatement given what's unfolded since July 22. Vince McMahon retiring is arguably the biggest bit of wrestling news in history, and the impact his absence will have—both positive and negative—is tremendous. With Vince still in charge, the main event of WrestleMania 40 would almost be a forgone conclusion. Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar are the only two stars the company has tried to build for the better part of a decade, and they'd almost certainly find their way back onto the marquee in the City Of Brotherly Love, even though SummerSlam is supposedly their last confrontation ever.


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McMahon isn't in charge anymore, though, and by 2024, his vision for the roster will be largely irrelevant. Triple H may or may not still be the head of creative at that point, but the fact that it'll be someone besides Vince matters. Especially when projecting who could be the top stars in WWE by WrestleMania 40. Reigns and Lesnar will undoubtedly have roles to play, even if they're working even more limited schedules than they are now, but there are several other wrestlers who can compete for some important time at the Showcase Of The Immortals.

Cody Rhodes Should Be A Top Star In WWE By WrestleMania 40

The first name that immediately comes to mind is Cody Rhodes. His return at WrestleMania 38 recently won the ESPY for WWE's moment of the year, and he was being treated like a very big deal before he tore his pectoral muscle while training for Hell In A Cell. Even with Vince in charge, it seemed like Rhodes was in line for a monster push upon returning, and that rocket could very well carry him all the way to the main event of WrestleMania 40. After all, he returned to the Island Of Relevancy to persue the World Championship that his father was never able to win. If WWE plays its cards right, that chase could come to a head on the grandest stage of them all.

With Triple H in charge, fans could see a handful of big AEW names working in WWE by the time WrestleMania 40 rolls around too. MJF, in particular, is a name that comes to mind. There are a few promising performers working on NXT 2.0 at this juncture too, and they could be built up by July of 2024. Ditto for Theory, who seems to get better each and every week. It's a ways off, but it's still fun to think about whose star could be at the pinnacle of sports entertainement by WrestleMania 40.