WrestleMania 29: Dolph Ziggler and Undercard Stars Ready to Steal the Show

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Wade Barrett is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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WrestleMania 29 is two weeks away, and the excitement around WWE’s marquee event and the WWE Superstars that will steal the show has the wrestling world buzzing.

There is a certain element of predictability to this year’s event, but the fact that there are more than a few chances for the WWE Universe to be genuinely surprised during WrestleMania is still exciting.

No matter how you feel about the build to WrestleMania, the hype surrounding Dolph Ziggler and the show stealers is all hardcore WWE fans are talking about.


Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler is one of the most talented in-ring workers in the WWE today and his abilities on the microphone are just as good. However, despite his immense talent, Ziggler is passed over time and time again.

At WrestleMania 29, though, Ziggler will steal the show like he always does.

The show should open with the tag team championship match between Team Hell No and the paring of Ziggler and Big E Langston, with the champions defending the titles successfully.

Ziggler should cut a promo and leave both A.J. and Langston, subsequently setting up Ziggler to be attacked by Langston at the behest of his former fling. That is the first part of the eventual face turn.

Later in the night when Jack Swagger defeats World Heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio for the title, Ziggler would finalize the turn by attacking Swagger, cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase and becoming the champion at WrestleMania.

If this all comes to fruition, the WWE Universe would be talking about Ziggler when the show was over no matter what happens in the main events.


The Miz and Wade Barrett

The lack of build to the Intercontinental Championship match between defending champ Wade Barrett and The Miz has few fans excited about the battle. That lack of expectations could be the opening the duo needs to steal the show on the WrestleMania stage.

The Miz has been much better in the ring over the last year, and Barrett has always been excellent. With some careful planning and a game plan heading into the match, the two could easily put on the most interesting undercard match of the show.

This doesn’t have to be the end of the feud, though.

Both have excelled on the mic—Barrett is still a much better heel than The Miz is a face—and being allowed to showcase their skills before the match at WrestleMania could be the rub each needs to get over with the mainstream crowds.

If the WWE can convince the fans to care about this battle at all before WrestleMania with an interesting segment or two, there is little doubt that this is a storyline that can not only get Barrett and The Miz over as possible main event-caliber stars, but bring the IC title legitimacy once again.



Chris Jericho is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, but at WrestleMania 29, Y2J should lose to Fandango in the debuting superstar’s first match.

While many fans will view this as a waste of Jericho’s talents, the fact that the company and the legend have likely agreed to allow Fandango to win is the ultimate use of Y2J’s talents.

Instead of Jericho being used in a throwaway match against Ziggler at WrestleMania that advances no storyline or character, putting over Fandango on the biggest stage of them all would launch the fresh face into stardom.

The Fandango character is getting serious heat from the crowd, and while fans want to question what kind of heat it is, the fact that he is getting any reaction from the crowd lends credibility to the character.

Beating Y2J would mean Fandango is here to stay.


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