WrestleMania 29: Creating a Perfect Lineup Card Through Logic and Fantasy
With the road to WrestleMania starting in less then three weeks at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, I wanted to create my own perfect lineup card before new rivalries begin and the matches begin to set themselves into place.
Some of the matches that I dreamt up may surprise most of the readers; however, every one of them has a logical explanation of how and why it would take place.
Feel free to share your opinions after browsing through the slides and share with me some matches (or a whole lineup card) that you would like to see at this year's WrestleMania.
10 Diva Battle Royal
Participants: Aksana, Alicia Fox, Cameron, Kaitlyn, Layla, Naomi, Natalya, Rosa Mendes, Tamina Snuka and Vickie Guerrero
In an effort to allow every wrestler on the roster to have their WrestleMania moment, Triple H announces that two battle royals will take place, one involving every diva not on the lineup card and the other involving every male wrestler not on the lineup card.
In an effort to spice things up, a stipulation can be added for both of the winners of the battle royal. Maybe they can embrace in a long kiss if they choose to do so. Or maybe they can choose their opponents for the following night in mixed tag team action, in case they both have someone that they have wanted to wrestle against for a long time.
Both stipulations would definitely add some intrigue to the battle royals and would make the match that much more fun for the fans to watch.
Predicted Winner: Aksana
Monster Six-Pack Challenge
Participants: The Great Khali, Mark Henry, Brodus Clay, Tensai, Ezekiel Jackson and Mason Ryan
This match would do wonders in terms of getting the crowd pumped up for the rest of the event, as it'd be a guarantee that these six men would try to overpower one another in an effort to see which wrestler possesses the most strength in the WWE.
Most of these wrestlers, with the exception of The Great Khali, are fairly athletic as well, meaning that this match wouldn't be as stale throughout as most would expect.
Furthermore, each one of these monsters was expected to be a main event superstar at one point in their career, and all of them, with the exception of Mark Henry, never reached their full potential. This match would be a good way for every one of them to showcase their talent one more time for the creative team on the grandest stage of them all.
Predicted Winner: Mason Ryan
20 Men Battle Royal
Participants: Alex Riley, Camacho, Curt Hawkins, David Otunga, Epico, Hornswoggle, Hunico, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Johnny Curtis, JTG, Matt Striker, Michael McGillicutty Paul Heyman, Primo, Ricardo Rodriguez, Ted DiBiase, Trent Barreta, William Regal and Yoshi Tatsu
Just like in the divas battle royal, this would be an opportunity for anyone not on the WrestleMania lineup card to get their WreslteMania moment.
The winner would earn a stipulation as stated in the previous slide.
Predicted Winner: Ricardo Rodriguez
Team Rhodes' Scholars vs. Prime Time Players
Tag Team Championship Match
I know what you're thinking: There is no way the WWE would pit two heel tag teams in a match against one another on the grandest stage of them all.
You are correct!
But consider this: don't you think the Prime Time Players would make a whole lot more sense if they were faces than heels?
They dance, the sing, they're friendly and they know have fun! Sure, they may be arrogant, but who in the WWE isn't?
In fact, don't they remind you of a certain former tag team known as Cryme Tyme, except more talented?
The WWE should set them up for a major push that eventually leaves them as the No. 1 contenders for the Tag Team titles leading up to WrestleMania.
Meanwhile, Team Rhodes Scholars' should continue to be pushed the way that they have been, and eventually take away the championship belts away from Team Hell No in the very near future.
These two circumstances would lead to a very fun and entertaining matchup between the two up-and-coming tag teams at WrestleMania XXIX.
Predicted Winner: Team Rhodes' Scholars
3MB vs. Santino Marella, Zach Ryder and R-Truth
Sure, this match would feature arguably the six goofiest wrestlers in the WWE, but that don't mean that it wouldn't be a great match.
The WWE should continue to push 3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre) and start a winning streak for each of the three members of the group, although this winning streak should be played off as sketchy due to the fact that the two members of 3MB that are not part of the singles matches keep interfering in the other member's match.
During a span of a week, 3MB should defeat Marella and Ryder using dirty tactics. The following week, during a match between one of the members of 3MB and R-Truth, Marella and Ryder can interfere to even the score once the other two members of 3MB interfere to beat up R-Truth, thus leading to a rivalry between the six men and an eventual six man tag match at WrestleMania.
Predicted winner: Santino Marella, Zach Ryder and R-Truth
AJ Lee vs. Eve Torres
Divas Championship Match
I do understand that the WWE probably would never pit two top heels against one another, especially at WrestleMania, but these two girls are so pretty and have such dominant personalities, that they can definitely make it work.
Another option would be for the WWE to turn Lee face again by having her turn her back on Dolph Ziggler and admitting to the WWE Universe that she is emotionally unstable for a relationship now, and she is ready to focus on two things: gaining her power back within the WWE management ranks and winning the Divas Championship.
That's when she can turn her attention to Torres, as she is the diva who possesses both power and the title.
Lee can start helping out Booker T and Theodore Long with advice on how to run SmackDown in an effort to gain power over Torres, consequently infuriating Torres, leading to her accepting Lee's offer for a match at WrestleMania.
Torres can claim that if Lee wins, she can have the Divas Championship and her own position as the Assistant General Manager of SmackDown. However, if she loses, she can never hold the Divas Championship belt or another management position for as long as she is a part of the WWE.
These two divas have gained so much popularity within the WWE Universe over the past year, and it would only make sense for them to wrestle one another at this year's upcoming WrestleMania pay-per-view.
Predicted Winner: AJ Lee
Eight-Men Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match
Intercontinental and United States Championships both hanging from the rafters
Participants: Antonio Cesario, Christian, Evan Bourne, Jack Swagger, Justin Gabriel, Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, and Tyson Kidd
An interesting concept, in my opinion, that I have come up with here. Due to the fact that the WWE already has the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, they decided not to have a Money in the Bank Ladder match at last year's WrestleMania, leaving many fans upset over this fact.
This year, instead of having a Money in the Bank Ladder match, the WWE can hang both of the secondary belts from the rafters and have eight superstars fight over both of these belts in a Tables, Ladder & Chairs match.
One person can win both of these championships or a different person can win each one. The only guarantee would be that the match isn't over until both championships have been claimed.
Cesario can carry the United States Championship into the match while a returning Christian can defeat Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship upon his return, preferably in controversial fashion as to not stifle Barrett's rise to the top.
Then, in typical WWE fashion, the remaining superstars in this match can win qualifying matches over a span of a few weeks to win their way into this match.
This match, full of young, high-flying and rapidly rising wrestlers would be guaranteed not to disappoint.
Intercontinental Champion: Sin Cara
United States Champion: Jack Swagger
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett vs. Alberto Del Rio
World Heavyweight Championship Fatal Four-Way Match
This is a match that I've been hoping to see for a while now. There have been many matches that have occurred between these four men over the past couple of year, including some pretty long and interesting feuds between Orton and Barrett & Sheamus and Del Rio.
Why not throw all of four them in the ring together and watch them duke it out for the World Heavyweight Championship?
With Del Rio's recent victory over The Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship, he can carry the title into WrestleMania by surviving a rematch against the giant at the Royal Rumble and sneaking out a victory against his five competitors at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
My favorite circumstance about this match is that it would give the WWE a chance to finally push Barrett over the top and give him the opportunity that he has deserved for a short while now at the World Heavyweight Championship.
If Orton is to turn heel in the near future, a good move by the WWE would be to turn Barrett face leading up to this match, as to provide the fans with two heels (Orton and Del Rio) and two faces (Sheamus and Barrett) throughout this feud, although Del Rio may be in the midst of a face turn, so this would possibly not be necessary.
Barrett, in my opinion, would make a great face in the WWE due to his rough and tough style of fighting and no-nonsense attitude.
Overall, this would be a great way to conclude the bitter rivalries many of these four men have had with one another.
Predicted winner: Wade Barrett
Ryback vs. Brock Lesnar
Career vs. Career Match
This match is probably one of the most likely matchups on this card to occur. The basis behind this matchup is simple: take two of the biggest powerhouses in the WWE and let them fight it out to see which powerhouse truly is the best in the industry.
Lesnar could potentially interfere and attack Ryback during the elimination chamber match that Ryback is almost guaranteed to be a part of at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, costing him the WWE Championship yet again. He can also confront Ryback during a segment in which Ryabck claims to have not lost fairly to anyone yet in the WWE.
Another possibility can be Ryback confronting Lesnar as he goes off on one of his rants about how no one in the WWE stands a change against him.
Regardless of how it happens, this rivalry should definitely be one that take place over the upcoming months.
Having signed Lesnar only through the end of WrestleMania, the WWE should use this to their advantage and put his career on the line against any opponent he faces.
Of course, his opponent's career would have to be on the line as well, which wouldn't be a big deal throughout this matchup, as Ryback is almost guaranteed to win any WrestleMania match that he is part of this year, mainly because that will be the company's best opportunity to give Ryback's career a huge push into superstardom.
Predicted Winner: Ryback
The Undertaker vs. CM Punk
It's no secret that the WWE creative team needs to find The Undertaker an honorable opponent for this year's WrestleMania due to the fact that his match will be one of the most important matches on the card because The Undertaker will be putting his long winning streak on the line.
CM Punk, who is expected to lose his WWE title in the very near future, has risen to an inexplicable level of stardom over the last year not expected by many when his career began. Now is the perfect time for the WWE to take advantage of his stardom and put him in a match against The Deadman.
Upon losing the WWE title, CM Punk could become obsessed with trying to gain back the fame and fortune he experienced as the champion. In a hasty move, he can challenge The Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania, claiming he is only good candidate to break the streak.
The Undertaker, tired of listening to CM Punk's rants, can then accept the challenge, thus leading to an epic encounter between the two at this year's WrestleMania.
Predicted Winner: The Undertaker
Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan vs. the Miz vs. Kofi Kingston
WWE Championship Fatal Four-Way Match
What a great way to give all of four of these wrestlers the push they need to get over the top and be considered a part of the top-tier in the WWE.
Ziggler can cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase to steal the WWE title away from the inevitable champion, The Rock, either at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view or Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. He, of course, would hold this title heading into WrestleMania.
One of the other remaining superstars, preferably Daniel Bryan, can potentially win the Royal Rumble and then challenge Ziggler for this title.
Vickie Guerrero, still possessing a strong feeling of hate toward Ziggler, can then interrupt his and Bryan's segment and claim that Ziggler will not only have to face one opponent at WrestleMania, but three. This would give him a much smaller chance at retaining the title.
She could then set two qualifying matches to determine the final two participants for this match. The Miz can defeat Antonio Cesario to earn his spot in the match and Kingston can defeat John Cena to earn his spot. That would be a huge win for Kingston, as it would be a win against the most polarizing wrestler in the WWE today.
Regardless of the events that would take place heading into WrestleMania, this would be a great way for the WWE to showcase the future of the industry on the grandest stage of them all.
Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler
12-Men Tag Team Match
Special Guest Referee: Mick Foley
In my opinion, this match would have serious potential to be the most entertaining and electrifying match in WWE history.
Yes, it can be argued that it would be a huge risk taken by the creative team to put so many big names into one match, and the build-up for this match would have to be planned out very cautiously, carefully and given enough time to develop; however, if executed correctly, not one fan would be sitting in his or her seat by the end of the event.
The feud could start off by Paul Heyman revealing to the WWE universe that The Shield and Maddox were indeed working in collusion with CM Punk and himself, and that he is taking over as the manager of this young group of guys. This wouldn't mean that Maddox is joining The Shield, but it would mean that they are working as allies against 'everything that is wrong with the WWE, starting from the top with management."
This could lead to the four men attacking Triple H during a random episode of Raw when he eventually comes back to address the crowd on the state of the WWE and his own career. The following night on SmackDown, they can do the same to Booker T, as he is the General Manager of the show.
McMahon can quickly become involved as well, sparking a big feud between the seven men.
Meanwhile, Heyman can continue to recruit young superstars to join this new stable that he created.
Langston, now separated from AJ Lee and Dolph Ziggler, and in need of a manager, decides to join the stable and attack the trio of Booker T, Triple H and McMahon during a segment in which they are beating down The Shield and Maddox.
Furthermore, feeling they are in need of a veteran leader, Heyman can then decide to recruit The Big Show into his new stable, which wouldn't be hard to do as The Big Show's most recent heel turn was based on the fact that he felt underappreciated and disrespected by WWE management.
The new stable, known now as Paul Heyman's guys, quickly decide to chalenge the management trio and any three partners of their choosing to a huge match at WrestleMania to decide whether the WWE should be ruled by the old, or whether it's time for the new, younger class of the WWE to take over.
Reluctantly but not willing to back down from any challenge, the management trio accepts the challenge and quickly goes out to recruit two members of the WWE who were a part of the company when no one was sure whether it would last or not, Kane and The Rock.
They convince them to join their team by using that exact plea, as the two man state that are willing to help save the company from a complete meltdown.
In desperate need of one more member but unable to find one with WrestleMania only a week away, they decide to head to the ring on an episode of Raw to announce that they will be competing against Heyman's guys short-handed.
However, before the segment can end, they get attacked by Heyman's guys. Outnumbered, they start getting beaten down before Cena's music hits as he decides to run down to the ring and even out the odds.
After the six men clear the ring of Heyman's guys, Cena grabs a microphone and announces that there is no way he will let the WWE be ran by a group of thugs and offers his services to the other five men in the ring to become a part of their team. His offer is accepted as the six men embrace one another in the ring six days before WrestleMania.
Predicted winner: Triple H, Booker T, Vince McMahon, Kane, The Rock and John Cena