WrestleMania 29: Stars Unlikely to Be Showcased at WWE's Biggest PPV

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Wade Barrett is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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WrestleMania 29 is less than a month away, and the fact that some of the biggest stars in the WWE are unlikely to be showcased on the biggest pay-per-view of the year is a travesty.

The company spends the entire year building characters, and the fact that the stars are buried in the weeks leading into WrestleMania to put over other people is an absolute joke.

The WWE mishandled the midcard for this show.

All of the following superstars should have been booked better leading into WrestleMania 29, but they will suffer the fate of a meaningless match if they’re lucky enough to even be on the card.


Dolph Ziggler

There is no questioning just how talented Mr. Money in the Bank, Dolph Ziggler, is in the ring and on the mic, but the lack of an opponent for WrestleMania 29 will result in a lack of storyline development and a lackluster match.

As great as Ziggler is in the ring, the lack of an intriguing storyline will kill any momentum the fresh face creates at WrestleMania with his performance.

Unless the WWE has something great up its sleeve—maybe a WrestleMania cash-in on Alberto Del Rio and a new World Heavyweight champion—Ziggler will undoubtedly be misused on the biggest PPV of them all.

Why wouldn’t the WWE put Ziggler with Chris Jericho?


Antonio Cesaro

From all the evidence, it looks like the WWE is convinced that secondary champions should be losing to the upper-card talent in order to make them look strong.

What about how it makes stars like United States champion Antonio Cesaro look?

It’s not bad to lose to a strong face like Ryback or Sheamus after putting up a valiant fight and trying to cheat to win, but for the U.S. champion to get squashed is a mistreatment of the title and the hard work Cesaro has done validating the title.

Cesaro was working a program with The Miz that looked to culminate in a title match at WrestleMania 29, but an impromptu match for The Miz against Jericho and now his involvement in the Intercontinental Championship bout has Cesaro’s place at WrestleMania in serious question.

It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Cesaro defending the title on the YouTube Pre-Show against Justin Gabriel.


Wade Barrett

Wade Barrett is one of the best mic workers in the WWE, and with the size and look of a upper-tier talent, the fact that he is now marred in a meaningless three-way feud with The Miz and Jericho is a shame.

If the WWE had built this storyline for longer than three minutes on this Monday’s Raw, there is no doubt it could be interesting, but there is nothing to this story yet. The company better have a swerve in mind that would make all the fans care about this angle.

Instead of letting Barrett make every other main-event talent look like stars, the WWE should have been building his title reign as prestigious and used what should have been a long-term feud to add intrigue to what is becoming a predictable card.

A fresh feud for Barrett that fans cared about could have broken up the monotony of this card, but hardly anyone will care when the Intercontinental champion’s music hits.


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