WWE WrestleMania 29: Analyzing the Art of Procrastination

Graham GSM MatthewsFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2013

WrestleMania 29 Promotional Poster (Courtesy of WWE.com)
WrestleMania 29 Promotional Poster (Courtesy of WWE.com)

In a little less than five weeks, WWE will present its biggest show of the year in the form of WrestleMania 29, live from East Rutherford, N.J. With the road to WrestleMania already underway, suspense has been building for what looks to be a star-studded show featuring some of the biggest names in the wrestling world today.

However, one major issue with getting excited for this year's WrestleMania event is the fact that only two matches have been confirmed for the card so far. That might be fine if it was any other pay-per-view, but since it's the most extraordinary event of the year, it's simply unacceptable. 

I understand that there's more than a month remaining until the show of shows, but you'd think that we'd have a better idea by now of what we're going to be getting at the event. In years past, we would have already had three-quarters of the card confirmed by this point, so it's mind-boggling to think that only the two top title matches are all we have set in stone for 'Mania.

The biggest issue with the current build to WrestleMania 29 is the fact that the Creative Team believes they have more time than they actually do, hence why they consistently put things off until a later date. The best word to describe this is procrastination, a word we've all been familiar with at some point in our lives.

As a high school student, I am obligated to hand in all of my work in on time. Otherwise, I would be penalized and have points taken off my work for handing it in past its due date.

While I occasionally procrastinate and manage to get all my work done at the very last minute, its quality is nowhere near as good as it would have been had I started working on it in advance. Although school and pro wrestling are two totally different things, the art of procrastination is one thing both worlds have in common.

It's no secret that WWE almost always waits until the final week to finalize a pay-per-view and begin building toward the upcoming event, but this is WrestleMania. With only two matches confirmed for the card thus far, I'm starting to feel a bit unsure of whether this year's installment will end up being a good one or not.

The marquee match at WrestleMania 29 will be The Rock defending his WWE Championship against John Cena. Although it's not a match that quite a few members of the IWC would like to see again, there's no question that it's a smart business move after the astronomical success 'Mania achieved last year because of it.

The other match already confirmed for the event is Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship. It's garnered quite a bit of controversy in recent weeks, but the feud has been nothing notable thus far.

Both Swagger and Del Rio were nothing more than enhancement talent a few short months ago, so why would I bother spending my hard-earned money on a match involving two guys who are just now getting over in their respective roles? 

Matches that have been rumored for months such as Undertaker vs. CM Punk as well as Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar have already begun to take form but have yet to be officially added to the 'Mania card. Even once they are set in stone for the show of shows, what happens to the other top stars that have little to no direction at the moment?

Superstars such as Sheamus, Randy Orton, The Shield, Ryback, Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler and many others haven't been involved in a full-fledged feud in recent weeks. How will WWE book them in matches on the grandest stage of them all without it feeling forced?

Each one those individuals deserve a meaningful match at 'Mania, but it's hard to hype at this point with only five editions of Raw remaining until the spring spectacle. Sure, they can be placed in programs in coming weeks, but I get the feeling WWE's Creative Team simply has no idea what to do with any of those guys.

Some speculate that the lack of predictability in what we'll be seeing at 'Mania is what makes the event intriguing. However, with only a mere month remaining until the event, it will be undoubtedly difficult to cram multiple matches on to the card and have it make sense. 

Of course, I could easily be wrong and WWE may have some elaborate plan in mind for its WrestleMania booking, but only time will tell. Tonight's Raw should be a major indicator of what to expect come WrestleMania 29, so I highly anticipate what's in store for what looks like a blockbuster show later this evening.

GSM out.


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