WrestleMania XXIX: 10 Things We Want to See
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The WWE's biggest pay-per-view of the year is almost upon us.
After months upon months of anticipation, we're now less than a month away from WrestleMania 29, and as always, the "Show of Shows" is expected to be a monumental event.
The matches that have already been announced so far are The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship, Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship and The Undertaker vs. CM Punk. The matches expected to be added soon are Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, Ryback vs. Mark Henry and The Shield vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show.
Beyond that, there's a lot of uncertainty surrounding the WrestleMania card, which is pretty surprising when you consider that there are only four Raw episodes left before the show takes place.
As we draw oh so close to the PPV, fans continue to debate what they think will happen and what they want to see happen in MetLife Stadium. Today, we look at the latter.
Here are 10 things I want to see take place at WrestleMania 29.
10. Another Win for The Shield
One thing the WWE's done right recently is book The Shield to be the most dominant force in the company.
So far, the trio of former NXT studs has wrestled in just three matches, but it has won all three of them in impressive fashion. In the process, it's taken down many of the top names in the industry: Kane, Daniel Bryan, Ryback, Sheamus, Chris Jericho and John Cena.
It's been a pleasant surprise to see Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins booked so well up to this point, but it can't stop here.
Judging by what's happened over the past couple of weeks, it looks like The Shield will take on Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show in yet another star-studded six-man tag team match at WrestleMania.
So, let's pose a couple of questions: Who can afford to lose here? Better yet, what would happen if The Shield lost for a first time?
Sheamus, Orton and Big Show is a trio that's been randomly thrown together because they have nothing else to do at WrestleMania 29. The Shield, on the other hand, is the WWE's only legitimate faction. It is an up-and-coming group that needs to win to keep its momentum going.
Especially with a heel Big Show on the opposite side, the opportunity is here for the creative team to give The Shield its fourth major victory on the road to remaining undefeated.
It has to happen.
9. Ryback Hitting Shell Shocked on Mark Henry
Ryback and Mark Henry are undoubtedly headed for a colossal clash at WrestleMania 29.
On last week's episode of both Raw and SmackDown, the two behemoths engaged in short, intense stare-downs, and it's now virtually a given that we'll see them face each other at the pay-per-view.
The WWE, however, will be in a tricky situation here because Henry has been booked to be very dominant since his return (it took three moves to eliminate him at Elimination Chamber), and Ryback needs a signature win now more than ever.
Dating back to Hell in a Cell in October 2012, Ryback has lost literally every major match he's participated in. In fact, he hasn't won many matches of importance since he spent his days squashing jobbers.
That's why it's absolutely imperative that Ryback picks up the biggest win of his career and that he do so on the grand stage of WrestleMania 29.
Henry is the perfect man to make that happen, too. He's an impressive and dominant superstar who is much closer to the end of his career than he is the beginning, so he can afford to lose on his way out.
At Mania, we need to see Henry "pass the torch" when Ryback hits him with a massive Shell Shocked and pins him for the 1-2-3 in what would be one of the biggest moments of the show.
8. The End of Team Hell No or at Least the Beginning of It
Team Hell No has had a great run so far, and it's safe to say that the duo was one of the biggest highlights of 2012.
But there always come a point when it's time to pull the plug on something that was once great, and that time has come for Kane and Daniel Bryan.
Although Kane and Bryan continue to entertain and are still very over, their best days are clearly behind them, and the WWE has gotten just about everything out of the duo that it could.
Many thought that Team Hell No should have split up weeks or even months ago, but that hasn't happened yet. Instead, the duo is four weeks away from WrestleMania without a substantial feud or storyline.
There's an easy solution for that, and it's for the WWE to end the team ASAP.
Here are two easy ways to make that happen: Either Kane and Bryan drop the WWE Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 29, or they drop the titles before then and face each other at the PPV.
Either way, the sun has set on Team Hell No, and the group must end (or at least start to end) at WrestleMania in some way, shape or form.
7. The Secondary Titles Being Defended
It's been incredibly frustrating to see what's happened to the WWE's secondary titles.
Although they're being held by two very talented superstars in Wade Barrett (Intercontinental Champion) and Antonio Cesaro (United States Champion), those two have been booked so badly as of late that it doesn't seem to matter.
Both Barrett and Cesaro continue to lose so many non-title TV matches that it's hard for anyone to care about the midcard titles that they hold. After all, if they lose matches all the time, why should we give a crap when they eventually lose the titles?
I'm really not sure what the logic is behind this type of booking, but I do know this: I'd really like to see both secondary titles be defended at WrestleMania 29.
The United States Championship hasn't been defended on the main card of WrestleMania since WrestleMania 23. Meanwhile, the Intercontinental title has become an afterthought on the show as well.
That's a borderline travesty.
Both titles should always be highlighted at WrestleMania 29, and this year is no different. Barrett and Cesaro should be defending their titles in matches that actually matter and are on the main card.
Judging by their recent booking, however, that doesn't seem likely.
6. The Undertaker vs. CM Punk in the Main Event
The main event of WrestleMania 28 was The Rock vs. John Cena, and in all likelihood, the main event of WrestleMania 29 will be too.
But it shouldn't be. The main event of WrestleMania 29 should be The Undertaker vs. CM Punk.
Forget about any questions or concerns regarding Undertaker's health. If he's going to be competing at WrestleMania, he's going to be ready to compete and is sure to put on a hell of a show, especially when you consider whom he's facing.
Punk has put on great match after great match after the course of the last two years, and in reality, he should probably be involved in the WWE Championship picture at WrestleMania 29. But since he won't be, the least the WWE could do is give him the main-event slot.
After all, I'd argue that there's considerably more interest in Punk vs. Undertaker than Rock vs. Cena this year, mainly because there is, for once, actual chatter that "The Streak" might end.
I'm still somewhat torn on whether or not it actually should, but if Undertaker vs. Punk gets the main-event slot like it should, then you better believe that the fans are going to be wondering if the impossible will happen.
Will "The Streak" actually end? Not many seem to think so, but either way, this is yet another Undertaker WrestleMania match that deserves to close the show.
5. Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho
With only two four weeks left until WrestleMania 29, there are still a number of top WWE stars who don't have a clear-cut direction for the PPV.
Two of those stars? None other than Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho.
Neither Y2J nor "The Showoff" has a definitive feud for the biggest PPV of the year, and that's an absolute shame. But there's a very easy solution here: Have them face each other.
We all know about the history of heat between these two, which stems back to last summer and seemed to be picked back up earlier this year, only to suddenly be dropped. Well, it's time to pick it back up again.
Obviously, both Ziggler and Jericho deserve to be on the WrestleMania card, and after the great chemistry these two showed last year, the WWE couldn't go wrong with having them face off again on the grandest stage of them all.
Ziggler vs. Y2J would be a hell of an undercard match. It could be a potential show-stealer and a great way to put Ziggler over on the biggest PPV of the year.
That's a win-win all around for the WWE.
4. A Money in the Bank Match
The closer we get to WrestleMania 29, the more it looks like a number of deserving talents won't be competing on the show's main card.
That's an unfortunate situation that seems to happen just about every year, but it can be fixed rather easily if the WWE is willing to bring back a match that was once one of the highlights of WrestleMania: Money in the Bank.
While I realize that the WWE now has a gimmick PPV based around the Money in the Bank concept, the bottom line is that not having the match at WrestleMania essentially robs anywhere from six to 10 superstars of competing in an important match on the show.
Great talents like Wade Barrett, Kofi Kingston, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow might not even get a spot in the WrestleMania lineup this year when most can agree that they deserve to.
So, why not bring back the Money in the Bank ladder match?
The WWE can still have the Money in the Bank PPV and hold the match at WrestleMania. It did so in 2010, and it can definitely do so again.
Not only would this give a number of deserving talents a big WrestleMania payday, but it would also improve the quality of the show's undercard and add the intrigue to it that it's lacked over the last couple of years.
3. A Randy Orton Heel Turn
A Randy Orton heel turn has been discussed for what seems like a year now, but so far, it's been a no-go.
It looks like Orton is headed for some sort of six-man match against The Shield at WrestleMania 29, and the widely rumored heel turn hasn't happened. Yet.
Orton seems to be acting a little more heelish these days, and with "The Viper" likely set to team with Sheamus and Big Show at Mania, the stage is set for the WWE to finally pull the trigger on his long-awaited heel turn.
As we all can see, Orton seems to be coasting by in his role as a babyface, and as someone who had his most success as a heel, he needs to turn ASAP.
Many of us thought that he would have turned heel before WrestleMania 29, but since that's apparently no longer in the cards, the WWE could and should turn him at the PPV.
Orton has been lost in the shuffle for a while now, and that's something that just shouldn't happen for a guy with so much talent. Unfortunately at this point, it looks like the only thing that can get him out of his rut is a major heel turn.
And if it happens at WrestleMania 29 like it should, then "The Viper" will finally get his venom back.
2. Dolph Ziggler Cashing in to Become World Heavyweight Champion
As mentioned earlier, Dolph Ziggler is headed toward WrestleMania without a substantial feud or storyline.
Many fans are outraged by this, but they need to relax because there's likely a reason behind it.
Oftentimes, we've seen Money in the Bank winners get booked like absolute crap while holding the briefcase. I guess the WWE's logic is that it's trying to "throw us off" by booking a guy poorly to set up for a "surprise" cash-in later on.
That appears to be what's happening with Ziggler at the moment.
He has no direction whatsoever and loses way too often these days. But in all likelihood, the creative is booking him this way to set up for a monumental cash-in—a cash-in that will take place at WrestleMania 29.
The World Heavyweight Championship match between Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio may, in actuality, be nothing more than a way to set up for Ziggler's cash-in, as "The Showoff" could feasibly cash in on whoever wins that match.
In fact, that's exactly what he'll do.
When the World Heavyweight title match is over and done with, no matter the outcome, Ziggler will spoil the party by finally cashing in and becoming the World Heavyweight Champion.
The biggest issue that most fans already seem to have with WrestleMania 29 is that it's shaping to be awfully predictable.
After all, the three biggest matches on the card all appear to have forgone conclusions. It's widely expected that John Cena will beat The Rock, Triple H will beat Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker will defeat CM Punk. Even matches like Ryback vs. Mark Henry and Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio are somewhat predictable as well.
But that doesn't necessarily have to be true, if and only if the WWE swerves us at the pay-per-view.
No, we don't need stupid or illogical swerves that make no real sense. We just need one or more of the WWE's biggest matches to end in ways that no one sees coming.
If Triple H, Cena and The Undertaker all win, just think about how predictable that would be.
The WWE absolutely cannot put on a show that features little or no surprises. Rather, the company must give us at least one or two swerves or shockers that makes us say, "Holy crap. I can't believe what just happened."
It's WrestleMania. It's the WWE's biggest PPV of the year.
But if nothing shocking happens, it's going to feel like just another show and a big waste of that hefty PPV price tag.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!