When WrestleMania 29 takes place in a little less than three weeks, its outcome will largely affect just the WWE’s immediate future.
But as we’ve seen in the past, the creative team can indeed use one WrestleMania to set up what will happen at the next one.
Just over the last few years, we saw The Rock interfere in the WWE Championship match between The Miz and John Cena at WrestleMania 27. That, of course, led to The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 28, and Cena’s loss in that match has led to the rematch between the two at WrestleMania 29.
At WrestleMania 27, we also saw The Undertaker narrowly defeat Triple H, who was the only one who was able to walk out of the stadium under his own power after the bout. That was perhaps a more subtle way of letting us know that Triple H would challenge “The Streak” one more time a year later at WrestleMania 28.
Though it’s difficult for the WWE to plan for something a year in advance because of everything that can change in that time span, that hasn’t prevented the company from doing just that on multiple occasions in the past.
Naturally, this makes us wonder: Will something happen at WrestleMania 29 that sets up something for WrestleMania 30?
You have to think that there’s a very real possibility that this will happen, especially when you consider the superstars involved in the major matches at WrestleMania 29. The top three matches on the card feature six guys who are most likely going to play a major role at WrestleMania 30—The Rock, John Cena, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker and CM Punk.
Barring Undertaker or Triple H retiring, odds are that these same six men will headline WrestleMania 30, which could create for an interesting scenario at WrestleMania 29.
As of right now, none of these stars really have any beef with anyone but the guys they’re feuding with; however, there are some indirect links between them that could bring them together on the grandest stage of them all.
The X-factor here is not even a wrestler, though. It’s Paul Heyman.
Presumably, Heyman will be managing his two clients, Lesnar and Punk, in their respective matches at WrestleMania 29. Up until this point, however, we have yet to see any interaction between Lesnar and Punk, with Heyman more concerned with Lesnar these days (because he has to be his mouthpiece) and absolutely no screen time with all three guys together at once.
Could that change at WrestleMania 29? Absolutely.
Over the past several weeks, many fans have debated whether or not “The Streak” would end this year at the hands of Punk. Should the WWE decide to go that route, a possible way to make it happen would be to have Lesnar and Heyman help Punk end it by screwing over The Undertaker.
This, of course, would get massive heat on both Punk (for ending the most sacred streak in sports entertainment by cheating) and on Lesnar and Heyman (for being the ones who made it happen). Of course, this would also be a way to set up a potential blockbuster match at WrestleMania 30: Lesnar vs. The Undertaker.
Another possibility is that Lesnar loses to Triple H (like most expect him to), goes crazy and, wanting to make a statement, decides to interfere in The Rock vs. Cena—likely to set up a potentially epic match with The Rock at WrestleMania 30.
There are countless other possibilities, too, such as Cena defeating The Rock, Taker defeating Punk and Cena then declaring that at WrestleMania 30 he will still be WWE champion and that he will do what no man has ever been able to do: end “The Streak.”
While the exact details of what will go down at WrestleMania 29 aren’t known, it’s likely that the WWE has a bigger picture in mind when it comes to booking the show.
One of the biggest complaints about this year’s WrestleMania card is that it’s so predictable, which—at least on paper—appears to be true. But that’s precisely why the WWE will likely do something both big and surprising to prevent the show from being as predictable as it’s shaping up to be.
After all, hardly anyone expected The Rock’s role as guest host at WrestleMania 27 to lead to his first singles match in nearly 10 years at WrestleMania 28 or for him to eventually become WWE champion. But the WWE threw us a curveball to spice things up and set up a match that wouldn’t take place until a year later at WrestleMania 28.
Expect the same thing to happen at WrestleMania 29. The outcomes of the show’s top three matches are pretty predictable, but what isn’t predictable is exactly how we will get to those outcomes.
If the WWE decides to give us an interesting twist to one or more of those matches, then that twist or twists could very well foreshadow what will happen at WrestleMania 30.
We may not know now exactly what will happen or how things will play out at WrestleMania 29, but you can bet on this: At the pay-per-view, something will happen in one of the main events that leads us to another main event at WrestleMania 30.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!