The countdown to WrestleMania 29 stands at 15 days. Just over two weeks from now the most anticipated wrestling event of the year will take center stage at MetLife Stadium. The card is already beginning to take shape with several marquee matches.
WrestleMania matches are usually the toughest ones of the year to predict. That's mostly because the results don't always have an immediate payoff. They don't always lead to another feud or set up a rematch scenario, like they usually do at the smaller scale pay-per-views.
Instead, it's all about building the biggest spectacle possible. Judging by how the card already looks, there's a strong chance the show will live up to the hype. Let's analyze the top matches and make predictions for the winner of each.
The Rock vs. John Cena
Hopefully The Rock's return to television on Monday after a couple weeks away will provide this feud with a much-needed boost. Although the rematch has plenty of potential given the popularity of both superstars, it's off to a sluggish start.
As for the match itself, it's hard to imagine a scenario where Cena doesn't come out on top. Having the face of the company lose at its biggest event two years in a row to a part-time superstar would be a very questionable booking decision.
The Rock accomplished what the WWE was hoping for. He brought some added attention to WrestleMania and, on a personal level, got to carry the top belt again. Now it's time for a return to normalcy for the WWE Championship, and that means a Cena victory.
Prediction: John Cena
Undertaker vs. CM Punk
Normally, the Undertaker is a WrestleMania lock. He's undefeated at the event with the streak standing at 20 straight wins, and it hasn't felt in serious jeopardy in quite some time. That's beginning to change courtesy of Punk.
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While the former WWE champion is still a long shot to end the streak at this point, there's at least a growing sense that he has a chance. The way it's being portrayed, with him getting under the skin of the Undertaker, is intriguing.
Ending the streak would be a massive boost for Punk, likely vaulting him into the same class as Cena, which adds another thing to consider to the mix. Ultimately, however, the Undertaker still holds the edge with a couple weeks to go.
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
This match should go on pretty early in the show. Since it's no holds barred, it should be an extremely entertaining battle with the potential to fire up the massive crowd. It's important to get the fans involved quickly to improve the atmosphere.
While they will play up the retirement angle for Triple H in the coming weeks, the most important thing is getting him back in the win column after some high-profile losses over the past year. It will keep him viable for whenever they need to fill a top-tier spot on the card.
On the flip side, Lesnar is a mainstream draw and nothing more. He's around even less than the The Rock, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him head into another extended absence after this match. So giving the victory to Triple H is the right way to go.
Prediction: Triple H