HOUSTON, April 7, 2013 —The spectacle that started it all celebrates its 29th anniverary tonight. Wrestlemania 29 will air live on PPV at 7 p.m. EST from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which holds over 75,000 fans.
Although many matches pack this card, three in particular stand out as the respective main events. Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (II) No Holds Barred, The Rock (Champion) vs. John Cena (II), and CM Punk vs. The Undertaker.
Prediction: Triple H
The first time Triple H battled Lesnar was back in August at Summer Slam, and Triple H tapped to Lesnar’s kimura lock submission costing him the match. This rematch seems to be too predictable, along with the other two main event matches, with Triple H set in a storyline that almost guarantees his victory.
This is why the WWE will throw fans a curve ball, and Lesnar will be victorious, again. Although there is a stipulation that Triple H must retire from wrestling if he loses, the wrestlers can easily work around this gimmick as they have many times in the past. Don’t be surprised to see if Shawn Michael’s inadvertently costs Triple H the match, setting up for Michaels vs. Triple H at Wrestlemania 30.
The first time The Rock faced Cena was one year ago when he beat Cena at Wrestlemania 28. The match was just OK, nothing special beyond The Rock returning to the ring and the fact he did defeat John Cena. It was to be expected though for the match to not live up to the hype. It was the first time in wrestling history that a main event was announced a year ahead of time, previously around Wrestlemania 27.
So with a year’s anticipation and the fact that it involved Cena, a man not known for his in ring technical abilities, and a ring-rusty Rock, many were disappointed.
This time, however, their rematch will be for the WWE Championship currently held by The Rock. It seems to be a no-brainer and very obvious that with Rock’s part-time schedule he will lose the match and the belt to Cena, evening up their Wrestlemania feud, and perhaps setting them up for a third match at next year’s Mania or even at the next PPV, Extreme Rules, for the rubber match.
However, expect the Dolph Ziggler card. Dolph Ziggler is the winner and possessor of the Money in the Bank briefcase. At any point he can “cash in” and face the champion, even if the champ just wrestled. So expect Ziggler to come out right after Cena’s hand is raised in victory. This is one of the few things the WWE could do to make things interesting in an otherwise predictable card. It would also be the first time in WWE history that someone cashed in the briefcase at Wrestlemania. It is assumed that Ziggler would cash in for the World Heavyweight Championship, but the WWE could veer off with him cashing in for the WWE Title.
Prediction: The Undertaker
For 20 straight years only one man has competed at Wrestlemania and has done so victoriously and is still undefeated. The Undertaker’s winnig streak has been a part of Wrestlemania, even more so than Hulkamania, Steve Austin, or any other superstar. The last four years that Taker has competed have had fans on the edge of their seats.
At Wrestlemania’s 25 and 26 The Undertaker fought the legend, Shawn Michaels, and at Mania’s 27 and 28 the Dead Man faced Triple H. In all four of those matches, there were moments that it seemed the Undertaker was going to lose, thus ending his streak.
Normally the fans, and even those in the business, would be anticipating if this would be the match that the Taker loses his streak, but the WWE has gone out of its way to let us know, no. The way it is building this storyline clearly indicates this. Unfortunately longtime manager of The Undertaker, Paul Bearer, passed away a few weeks ago. Since then, the wrestling world has used the tragedy in the storyline and CM Punk has mocked the deceased manager of the dead man, and has attacked the Undertaker with his famous urn. Clearly the Undertaker isn’t going to lose the streak after his manager and friend has been mocked, and he has been attacked. So expect a heated match, a good match, and expect the Undertaker to go 21-0 at Wrestlemania. Regardless of the predictability, it’s always exciting seeing one more notch added to the belt.
In addition to this card many celebrities were named at the official press conference to appear at this year’s extravaganza, including performances by Diddy and Living Colour, with appearances by Charlie Sheen, Jimmy Fallon, Mike Tyson, Snooki, and Lil Wayne. I’m not sure this Wrestlemania will compare to past Manias, but one thing’s for sure, it will be entertaining.
Full card Predictions:
WWE Tag Team Championship
Team Hell No (Champions) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston – Team Hell No will lose the title and this will be the first of two championships that Ziggler will win this evening, taking his persona as the “Show Off” even further.
Mark Henry vs. Ryback-winner: Ryback.
World Heavyweight Championship
Alberto Del Rio (Champion) vs. Jack Swagger-winner: Alberto Del Rio.
The Shield vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show-winner: The Shield but after a heel-turn from Randy Orton to become the new leader of The Shield.
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango-winner: Fandango to top off his debut match, his debut match being at a Wrestlemania and to instantly make a mark in the WWE.
Tons of Funk & The Funkadactyls vs. Rhodes Scholars & Bella Twins-winners: Tons of Funk & the Funkadactyls.
Carter Lee is the author of When Jonathan Cried For Me, a former professional wrestler and mma competitor, host of Carter Lee Presents the Fever, COO of verawear.com, a coach, and manager of models (Carter’s Bombshells). To learn more about Carter or to see all of his projects visit TheCarterLee.com.
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