WWE WrestleMania 29: 10 Storylines That Need to Be Addressed
WrestleMania 29 is right around the corner and the WWE still has a lot of things to figure out before it gets to the "grandaddy of them all."
Since Elimination Chamber, the WWE's last pay-per-view, the company's done a great job of developing its three big matches for WrestleMania 29: Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, Undertaker vs. CM Punk and The Rock vs. John Cena.
While most of the focus has been on the big matches, little has been done to advance or even set up any other feuds for the card.
Here are 10 storylines that the WWE must address for WrestleMania 29.
1. Paul Heyman vs. Vince McMahon
Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon have been quiet since Triple H and Lesnar took over. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon have had their fair share of run-ins in the world of professional wrestling.
This time around, they were used to set up the Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H feud that will take place at WrestleMania 29.
But what about Heyman and McMahon? The focus has shifted away from the chairman and Heyman and nothing has really been said since.
This feud will do great on the shoulders of Triple H and Lesnar, but adding in a little extra between McMahon and Heyman would do great things. Perhaps adding something to the match like a stipulation making Heyman the new Raw GM if Lesnar wins or Heyman having to leave the company if Triple H wins.
Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman arguing makes great TV and could do wonders for the feud as a whole if they get more involved as we advance on the road to WrestleMania 29.
2. Brad Maddox
Brad Maddox is the assistant to the regional GM...or something. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
Brad Maddox is one of those guys that the WWE keeps finding uses for but can't find a spot that sticks. Maddox started out as a wannabe wrestler and has since become a co-conspirator with The Shield and now just wants to be the GM but could only make it as the assistant to the regional GM...or something like that.
Either way, Maddox has a lot of potential, maybe not in the ring, but he's got a ton of potential as an overall character.
The road to WrestleMania 29 is a great opportunity for the WWE to finally figure out what to do with Brad Maddox. Because there are so many feuds that need to be set up, there are a lot of opportunities for Maddox to get involved. He could make some matches or set things up in the weeks to come and even set up a feud with some midcard Superstar.
Maddox has great potential, but the WWE hasn't figured out how to use him yet. WrestleMania 29 would be a great chance for them to set something up for the youngster.
3. Dolph Ziggler's Money in the Bank
Dolph Ziggler won the Money in the Bank match and still holds the briefcase. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
Whether you like the character or not, Dolph Ziggler is one of the brightest talents in the WWE and possibly all of professional wrestling.
He's also Mr. Money in the Bank for the World Heavyweight Championship.
He's also lost 11 of his last 15 matches.
Over the last year, Ziggler has become a jobber to the main-event guys. Every time it looks like he's going to break through, he gets buried again.
According to recent reports, Ziggler and Big E Langston will be taking on Team Hell No for the Tag Team titles at WrestleMania 29, which would be a great way for the WWE to throw a bone to one of its best young talents by giving him two titles in one night.
Will the WWE finally pull the trigger for Dolph Ziggler to cash in and win the World Heavyweight Championship?
For the sake of Dolph Ziggler's legitimacy and keeping the crowd interested in Money in the Bank as a whole, we can only hope.
4. Wade Barrett vs. Bo Dallas
Wade Barrett and Bo Dallas had something good going for a few weeks. What happened? Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
Remember when Bo Dallas won the right to enter the Royal Rumble, and he came in, had a great showing and took out Wade Barrett?
Remember how he then beat Wade Barrett in a match on Raw and the two exchanged backstage beatdowns?
Since then he's been...nowhere. Well, he did call for help backstage when A-Ry got tore up on Monday, but still.
The feud between Dallas and Barrett was interesting and exciting for the few weeks it went on, and the WWE needs to address it for WrestleMania 29.
Giving a young guy a shot at the WWE's show of shows is an instant way to make him a player for years to come, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen any time soon with The Miz and Jericho competing to take on Barrett for the IC title, which brings me to...
5. The Intercontinental Championship
Wade Barrett has had a new feud every week. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
The Intercontinental title. What is happening with the IC title?
On the latest Monday Night Raw, it was decided that the winner of Chris Jericho and The Miz would face Barrett for his title, which has since become a triple threat match for the title during the next Raw.
The weeks before had Wade Barrett engaging in battles with Sheamus and whoever else wanted to talk trash about his endless plugging for Dead Man Down.
Barrett and his title don't have a clear direction right now and, for his sake, hopefully the WWE will stick with the feud until WrestleMania 29.
6. The United States Championship
Antonio Cesaro is one of the most exciting youngsters in the WWE...and he has no feud. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
Antonio Cesaro and the United States Championship are in the same boat as Barrett and the Intercontinental Championship.
There isn't much focus for the belt and Cesaro has spent more time losing to the likes of Ryback, Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton than he has dominating the midcard, something a U.S. champ should do occasionally.
The WWE needs to address Cesaro and the U.S. title on the road to WrestleMania 29 because it's one of the cornerstones of the company's midcard! Guys like Cesaro and The Miz make up the future of the WWE.
Hopefully for Cesaro and his WWE career, he finds a solid feud in the next few weeks to build up to WrestleMania.
7. The Divas
Kaitlyn is the champion of a beat-up Divas division. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
Before you start contemplating how to physically assault me through your computer screen, hear me out.
The Divas division is bad.
Some of the most talented Divas have taken off (Eve and Beth Phoenix) and there isn't much left after Natalya, who hasn't had a real match for a while.
But there are some talented ladies on the roster still. Layla can still go in the ring, Tamina is decent, the Bellas are at least passable and Kaitlyn is...better than she was?
If the WWE is going to keep any Divas at all, it needs to actually make an attempt to do something. It needs to address the Divas division in the next few weeks if it wants to put anything in the ring at WrestleMania 29.
Paige can't get brought up soon enough.
8. The Miz
The Miz has been tossed back and forth between the U.S. Championship and the IC title. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
It's hard to believe that just a couple years ago, The Miz was headlining WrestleMania as the top heel in the business.
Now he's being pushed as a face and isn't really going anywhere.
He had a few solid showings with Antonio Cesaro over the United States Championship, but now he's apparently set his sights on Wade Barrett's IC title out of nowhere.
The Miz has been all over the card since becoming a face and the WWE needs to address his current situation on the card before it squashes the talented Superstar out of the company.
9. Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho made a shocking return at Royal Rumble and hasn't found a place since. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
Chris Jericho, like the Miz and Wade Barrett, is another storyline the WWE needs to address because he doesn't have a feud going at all!
Y2J is still one of the best on the mic and in the ring and since his shocking return at Royal Rumble, he hasn't done anything.
The WWE needs to find something, anything for Jericho at WrestleMania 29 if his calendar is open, because there's no way he won't put on a good show.
10. The Shield
The Shield has taken the WWE by storm, but it needs to get a direction if it's going to stay hot. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
The last storyline that the WWE needs to address on the road to WrestleMania 29 is The Shield.
The WWE has done a fantastic job of booking The Shield to make it look like a force to be reckoned with. The group has dominated just about everyone, from main-event guys all the way to the lowly 3MB and Brodus Clay.
The WWE can't lose that momentum now.
On this week's SmackDown, it was revealed that The Shield would take on Sheamus, Ryback and Randy Orton again. The WWE needs to handle this storyline correctly so the same match for the second pay-per-view doesn't get stale.
This story could very well set these three young Superstars up for a great future, but if it's not tended to correctly, it could have a negative effect on their young careers.