WrestleMania 29: Early Look at WWE's Biggest Event

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Vince McMahon attends a press conference to announce that WWE Wrestlemania 29 will be held at MetLife Stadium in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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WrestleMania 29 is just over two weeks away, and the hype around the WWE’s biggest event of the year has fans of wrestling at a fevered pitch.

The WWE always blows out the annual event, but the 29th edition of the pay-per-view hasn’t been built perfectly. While there are matches the fans care about, there are others that interest very few people.

There is still plenty of time for the company to build this card up as one of the greatest of all time, but this is an early look at how WrestleMania 29 is shaking out.


The Match We’re Pumped to See

The Undertaker vs. CM Punk

While there were some doubts about how much The Undertaker vs. CM Punk match at WrestleMania would intrigue the WWE Universe considering its lack of build, the untimely death of Paul Bearer (h/t WWE.com) has breathed new life into the impending bout.

As sad as Bearer’s death was, the fact that the urn is being used as the main focal point of this storyline is a throwback to the gimmicks of the '90s. The visuals so far have been reminiscent of video packages and promos we had from The Undertaker during the Attitude Era.

This is what the WWE Universe wanted.

The WWE has done a great job melding the aura of The Undertaker’s character with Punk’s shoot-style promos, forcing fans to suspend their disbelief for this feud and enjoy what could be viewed as the passing of the torch in terms of wrestling's cult heroes.

Punk will likely lose, but he will have to thank The Undertaker for giving him the biggest rub of his entire career.


The Match We’re On the Fence About

Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar

As great as the match between Triple H and Brock Lesnar was at SummerSlam 2012 and as well as the build for their bout at WrestleMania was going—Brock gets brownie points for steamrolling the New Age Outlaws—the added stipulations make many fans wonder.

Triple H coming out of retirement to fight in a retirement match is not the direction the company should have taken this storyline.

The stipulation for a No Holds Barred match with Triple H’s career on the line adds an element of intrigue for the casual fans, but those that saw this before were hoping for more.

The duo’s WrestleMania match will be very similar to the way their SummerSlam bout was laid out, except with Triple H likely going over. The problem is that many of the casual fans that love Lesnar already saw this and may not want to see it again.

This could be the best match on the card with more build, but right now, much of the WWE Universe is on the fence about Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar.


The Match We’re Going to Ignore

World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger

The biggest travesty of the road to WrestleMania 29 has been the lack of interest in what should be an amazing storyline between World Heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger.

The company took a huge risk by allowing Zeb Colter to adopt a xenophobic gimmick and attack the Mexican-born Alberto Del Rio, but the fact that Colter and Del Rio’s manager Ricardo Rodriguez are getting more of a reaction than the two main combatants is bad news for this storyline.

The fans simply don’t care about Del Rio and Swagger.

When fans go to order WrestleMania this year, few members of the WWE Universe will be purchasing the event for the World Heavyweight Championship match and that is the biggest issue with this PPV so far.

Despite plenty of build, this title bout will be a flop.


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