WrestleMania 29 is less than a month away and the card is still coming together. But after tonight, the fate of a few more wrestlers has been revealed for the biggest event of the year.
At tonight's taping of SmackDown in Fort Wayne, Ind., a new match was revealed for the April 7 WrestleMania card at MetLife Stadium. But there's a possible twist due to events that came later in the night.
Another article on the site details how the match came about and how it might change. The night's events started with Orton and Sheamus defeating Team Rhodes Scholars. After the bout, The Shield challenged the two faces to find a partner and face them at WrestleMania. They, of course, accepted.
Later in the night Big Show asked to be the third man, but they turned him down in favor of Ryback. The second-to-last bout of the night was scheduled to be Ryback vs. Mark Henry, but it never took place. Instead, The Shield attacked Big Hungry and laid him out with a triple powerbomb.
Henry then swarmed in on the fallen Ryback and hit The World's Strongest Slam three times.
It should come as no surprise that The Shield will be facing Orton and Sheamus, but the inclusion of Ryback is a head-scratcher.
Over the past two weeks, Ryback and Henry have had intense staredowns on WWE television. This past Monday on Raw, the two took turns destroying Drew McIntyre as they tried to one-up each other with their finishers.
Additionally, Show has been on the receiving end of beatdowns by Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
It looks like, given the end of their match, Ryback will leave the six-man bout and take on Henry instead, leaving the door open for Show to step in. It would be a mistake to do otherwise, as what was the point of the buildup with Henry, Ryback and Show, respectively?
WrestleMania should be about firsts and amazing matches. Ryback has already faced, and lost, to The Shield three times on television—at TLC, Elimination Chamber and the Feb. 18 Monday Night Raw. He needs a bout that he looks to have a chance to win, and that would be with Henry.
On the other side, Show needs a match. He may still be a heel, but adding him to the six-man tag adds just enough uncertainty that the trio from NXT can pull off another win.
That's what makes WrestleMania exciting.