The 2013 Royal Rumble marks the official beginning to the road to WrestleMania 29, but the officials at WWE already have a plan in place to make the event one of the biggest spectacles in wrestling history.
According to PWInsider (via NoDQ.com), the WWE has reportedly mapped out the top four matches for the 2013 version of the company’s biggest show. They are rumored to be as follows: Sheamus vs. Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship, Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, CM Punk vs. The Undertaker and John Cena vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship.
While there aren’t too many surprises on this card—especially considering every one of these matches has happened before—this is still shaping up to be one of the deepest pay-per-view cards of the last decade.
Add in the fact that the WWE has done a great job getting the fans to care about the secondary titles and their champions—look at the success of Team Hell No in the tag team division or Antonio Cesaro with the U.S. Championship—and WrestleMania 29 is shaping up to be a great show.
These are the pros and cons of all four suggested matches for this year’s WrestleMania card.
Pros: Fresh Start for Both Stars
While the possible matchup between Randy Orton and Sheamus is something the WWE Universe has seen many times in the past, the continuation of Orton’s heel turn and the addition of the World Heavyweight Championship will make this bout fresh and exciting.
Sheamus has been searching for the perfect heel to compliment him over the last year, and Orton has been stale as a face for months; the heel turn for RKO makes this match worthy of a WrestleMania 29 booking.
Cons: Potential to Be a Boring Feud
Both Sheamus and Orton were boring for most of 2012—Sheamus had a lackluster title run and Orton was trying to get out of the dog house concerning his two suspensions—and there is little hope that these two will suddenly become interesting.
It looks like Orton is in the midst of a heel turn, which should add a fresh element to this feud since it was a much needed change of character, but these two men have squared off dozens of times on free television. The novelty of this feud has worn off.
Pros: Two Legends in One Ring
When Triple H and Brock Lesnar square off again at WrestleMania 29—a rematch from their SummerSlam bout—this will not be a display of either man’s technical prowess or in-ring skills; this will be an all-out war.
That’s exactly what the WWE Universe wants from these two stars.
As we saw from Lesnar’s bout with Cena at Extreme Rules and the match between Lesnar and Triple H this summer, these two brawlers will give the fans an amazing showing and all the violence they can handle. This matchup will be brutal.
Cons: Been There, Done That
The major issue that fans are having with this match is that it was just done at SummerSlam 2012, and this will be presented as Triple H trying to get his revenge for the loss, the broken arm and the disrespect shown to his family.
There are many that feel this is Triple H pulling strings behind the scenes once again and getting himself in a main event-caliber match. Instead of letting Lesnar fight Undertaker in a logical matchup, this could be just another example of Triple H putting himself over.
Pros: The Best in the World Against a Bona Fide Legend
CM Punk is by far the hottest commodity in the wrestling business right now. After holding the title for aver 420 days, the WWE needs a huge name to keep the Punk’s momentum going if the championship is going to be in the main event of WrestleMania 29 without him.
That’s where The Undertaker comes into play.
With Punk playing the full-fledged heel now and doing it well, what better way to keep crowds interested in him than by allowing him to try and end The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak?
Between Punk’s ability to dominate in the ring and on the mic and the aura that surrounds The Undertaker every time his music hits and he walks down that ramp, this is a dream match that could happen 100 times and fans would still love it.
Cons: What Cons?
While the WWE Universe can say that we have seen this before—the duo worked an extended feud with Undertaker in 2009—the two have never worked a WrestleMania against each other.
That means this match has no cons; it will be flat-out amazing!
Pros: The Official Passing of the Torch
This match between The Rock and John Cena at last year’s WrestleMania was one of the biggest main events in WWE history, and now the company gets to not only do it all again, but add the caveat of having the WWE Championship on the line.
The Rock stole the show last year and won the match, so the natural progression will be for Cena to get the victory to even the score and take the title. With the title securely around the waste of the top guy in the WWE, Vince McMahon and company will have their ultimate payoff.
Cons: Twice in a Lifetime
Like most fans have stated already concerning the rumors of a rematch between Cena and The Rock, the WWE advertised the match as "Once in a Lifetime" and is now trying to give the fans the same bout again.
Add in the fact that The Rock will likely drop the WWE Championship to John Cena, setting up another title run for the face of the PG Era, and this is something many vocal fans aren’t going to be happy about.
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