For the third consecutive year, The Rock will be involved in the WrestleMania main event. If you had told me that in 2003, I would've laughed in your face. For the second time in three years it will involve the WWE Championship. This time, he'll actually have the gold strap over his shoulder.
For the first time since his first dance with Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker will be involved in a grudge match not involving a former member of DX.
April 7 will mark the WrestleMania debut for The Shield, Big E. Langston and Ryback. Yet to be announced, it looks like it will be the first time on the grandest stage for Fandango, Antonio Cesaro and maybe Damien Sandow. It's also the first time we'll see Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania since his disastrous dream match against Goldberg that ended in Stone Cold Stunners for everyone.
With all of these new faces and seemingly landscape-altering changes to the WWE lineup, why does the show still seem so stale? Most find the product to be highly predictable. There is also the fact that Cena has remained the show's focal point with the same bland, boring, jeer-inducing character for the last six years.
While WrestleMania is the conclusion of the pro wrestling calendar, it's also the beginning of a new cycle. With that in mind, here is a booking of the WrestleMania 29 card as it currently stands that could breathe new life into the product.
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
Nobody would have predicted this match would happen. It was a running gag throughout the fall as to whether or not this Fandango character would ever debut and how quickly Vince would bury him. There is certainly somebody backstage that sees something in Johnny Curtis and believes that Fandango is the ticket to him getting a push.
This needs to be the beginning of a longer feud. Prior to the match beginning, Jericho walks over to Fandango and offers a veteran to rookie handshake. As an homage to WrestleMania X-9, Fandango kicks Jericho in the nuts. The ref checks on Jericho as the crowd hammers Fandango. Jericho insists on having the match.
He sells the low blow throughout the match with Fandango controlling the action. Jericho rallies, but before long, Fandango cuts down his momentum and wins with whatever Fandango's finisher is. Jericho gets up to his knees, still in pain from the low blow at the beginning of the match. Fandango walks over and slaps him across the face.
The Shield vs. Sheamus, Big Show and Randy Orton
This match is about two things in my mind: putting over The Shield in a big way and setting up the Randy Orton heel turn. I expect a lot of dissension within the team which will give The Shield a chance to score the pinfall victory. I'd have Sheamus eat the pin with The Shield retreating as Big Show chases them out of the ring after failing to break the count.
While Show's back is turned, Orton slides into the ring and hits a big RKO on Sheamus. Orton stares down Show, who exits himself. I'm excited about the reported heel turn, but am really not sure how it will be received by the crowd. I struggle to imagine the fans not reacting positively to Sheamus eating an RKO. The crowd wants a vengeful, cut throat Viper.
I was watching WrestleMania 27 this weekend and the Orton-Punk feud was the hottest match on the show. The two have great chemistry and I could see them in some way matching up within the next year and could see it drawing big numbers since it is fresh again.
World Heavyweight Championship: Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio
Nobody cares about this feud. The crowd is so bored that they are actually cheering for Swagger to demonstrate their dissatisfaction. I believe that the Del Rio face turn experiment needs to be aborted. Swagger is also going to soon face a suspension that's been delayed since his DUI arrest.
This match should be brief, because a Dolph Ziggler MITB cash-in is the real purpose. Ziggler is all about stealing the show, so he steals the spotlight at the biggest show of the year. After the match, Swagger attacks Del Rio and slaps on the Patriot Lock. Ziggler charges to the ring and cashes in.
Swagger is "suspended" for the attacks on both Del Rio and Ricardo over the last few weeks. Del Rio gets his re-match at Extreme Rules, but loses and turns on Ricardo himself.
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
Let Brock win. Please. Just give Brock the victory, because this is pro wrestling and we all know that retirement matches don't really matter. Brock dominates the majority of the match, and Triple H rallies. Lesnar cuts him down and pins him with an F-5. Triple H gets the slow walk off again.
The next night on Raw, Lesnar breaks Punk's arm as Heyman is disgraced that Punk lost the belt, lost to Taker and has lost his respect. Punk takes some much deserved time off. The following week we have announced the Triple H retirement send-off. But instead of getting the heartwarming, tear-jerking tribute, The Shield interrupts. Dean Ambrose cuts a promo about how Triple H doesn't deserve this treatment. He's not Ric Flair. He's not Shawn Michaels. He couldn't beat a real legend like The Undertaker and they were glad that Old Yeller was finally put out to pasture by Brock Lesnar.
Really don't know where this could go, but letting Ambrose cut loose with some shoot promos on how Triple H is the source of all injustice in the WWE until they bait him out of retirement for more matches would really give the stable sustained purpose and spotlight.
WWE Championship: John Cena vs. The Rock
Ha! Let's not kid ourselves. Cena will win and nothing will change.
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