WrestleMania XXIX: Full Card Simulation
There are six days left on the Road to WrestleMania as the 29th edition takes place on April 7.
There are 10 matches listed on WWE’s website:
The Rock (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship
Undertaker vs. CM Punk
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar in a no holds barred match. If Lesnar wins, Triple H must retire.
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
Team Hell No (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston for the WWE Tag Team Championship
The Shield vs. Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus
Wade Barrett (c) vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
Brodus Clay, Tensai and the Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars and the Bella Twins
These matches will be simulated on WWE ’13. I will recap each match and provide my own predictions.
Wade Barrett vs. the Miz for the Intercontinental Title
I'm not surprised this match was announced via WWE.com because the Intercontinental Championship means very little right now. Wade Barrett is frequently losing on TV, which doesn't help his stock. WWE is trying to push The Miz as a face by having him use the Figure Four leg lock, but it's not working too well.
WWE '13 simulation: Miz was dominating early. He threw Barrett into the steps and then landed a forward DDT. He then connected with the Skull Crushing Finale, but Barrett was able to kick out. Barrett took his turn on offense with a running clothesline and a superplex. Miz came back with a kick to the gut and another Skull Crushing Finale. He ended the match by forcing Barrett to tap from the Figure Four. Winner: The Miz
My prediction: I agree with the simulation, including the finish. WWE seems hell-bent on pushing Miz and a run the Intercontinental title may help. Barrett needs to get away from the mid-card and move into the main event picture.
Brodus Clay, Tensai and the Funkadactyls vs. Rhodes Scholars and the Bella Twins
I feel bad for Team Rhodes Scholars. They are a very talented team that deserve more than this. It's a shame they haven't been tag team champions yet. Anyway, with what took place on the March 25 edition of Raw, it's no surprise this match is happening. Whether it will be on the pre-show or main card is another story.
WWE '13 simulation: Because there is no eight-man tag match option, the simulation was done using two different tag team matches—one with the Superstars and one with the Divas. Tons of Funk were wearing down Cody Rhodes as they kept him away from Damien Sandow. Nikki Bella came in and landed a huge crossbody onto Naomi. Nikki then hit her with a face buster.
Sandow got the upper hand for his team as he hit Tensai with a neck breaker and a bulldog. Rhodes came in but Tensai recovered. He hit Rhodes with a thunderous senton splash and got the three count. Winners: Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls
My prediction: As much as I hate it, I agree with the simulation. The four Divas will fight in the ring, forcing the men to step up. Both Rhodes and Sandow will receive finishers, giving the babyfaces a win.
For some reason, Brodus Clay and Tensai are getting a push instead of Team Rhodes Scholars. I hope this match is on the pre-show because it will be a bathroom break for most fans if not.
Team Hell No (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston for the Tag Team Titles
Team Hell No has definitely run its course. However, I don't like the idea of Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston challenging for the tag titles. Langston hasn't been in a match, and Ziggler is the Money in the Bank holder. Is this the WWE's way of pushing Ziggler?
WWE ’13 simulation: Daniel Bryan and Ziggler kicked things off. Bryan was tossing Ziggler around like a rag doll. He landed a hip toss and a suplex. Kane then came in and Team Hell No hit him with a double chokeslam. Kane connected with his flying clothesline.
Langston finally came in and did not shy away from Kane. He connected with a shoulder tackle and a reverse leg sweep. Kane tagged in Bryan, who hit Langston with a heel kick. He then put Langston in the No Lock and forced him to tap. Winners: Team Hell No
My prediction: This is definitely a tough one to predict. On one hand, Ziggler and Langston don't seem like a threat to Team Hell No. On the other hand, many expect Kane and Bryan to break up and this would be the perfect time to get the ball rolling. In the end, I'm going with Ziggler and Langston just because I think Team Hell No will break up.
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
When Chris Jericho came back at the Royal Rumble, I thought they would have him feud with Dolph Ziggler. Now, he's feuding with rookie Fandango. They began feuding on the March 18 episode of Raw when Jericho made fun of Fandango's name. Each man attacked the other the following week, which led up to this match.
WWE ’13 simulation: Before the match, Jericho was giving an interview when Fandango attacked him from behind. Jericho makes it to the ring and meets Fandango on the ramp. Fandango connected with a super kick to Jericho's jaw. Back in the ring, Jericho landed a nice drop kick.
Fandango was back on offense with a heel kick, but Jericho stopped him with a Codebreaker out of nowhere. Fandango kicked out, but Jericho was ready and put him in the Walls of Jericho. Fandango broke out, but he wasn't given a break. Jericho landed the Lionsault. Fandango was able to hit his diving leg drop, but Jericho locked in the Walls of Jericho again and won. Winner: Chris Jericho
My prediction: Because Jericho is a company man, I expect him to put over Fandango in a big way. It's apparent the WWE sees a lot in Fandango and giving him his first match and win at WrestleMania could do big things for the young star.
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Jack Swagger for the World Title
This feud feels lackluster to me. Maybe it's because Alberto Del Rio isn't connecting as a face. Maybe it's because the feud itself feels forced. Whatever the reason, the crowd isn't reacting much to Del Rio and Jack Swagger. Swagger won the right to face Del Rio by winning an Elimination Chamber match. Since then, Swagger has attacked Del Rio's manager multiple times. Del Rio is looking to defend his honor and title while Swagger is defending "his America."
WWE ’13 simulation: Swagger tossed Del Rio around the ring with his different powerbombs and suplexes. Del Rio was able to shake it off as he landed a diving elbow drop. He continued with a kick to the back of Swagger's head and then locked in an armbar.
Del Rio almost won with a roll-up pin, but Swagger was able to kick out. Swagger connected with the gutwrench powerbomb. Del Rio retaliated with a cross arm breaker and won. Winner: Alberto Del Rio
My prediction: Despite being charged with driving under the influence and other violations, WWE stands behind its push of Swagger. That is why I believe he will win the World Heavyweight Championship. Del Rio needs a gimmick change badly. Swagger's win will allow Sheamus and Orton to challenge for the title during the summer for some fresh feuds.
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
When Ryback continued his feud with the Shield after Elimination Chamber, I thought he would face them again at WrestleMania. That changed when he and Mark Henry had some non-verbal confrontations, including a game of one-upmanship as they hit Drew McIntyre with their finishers. Henry got the upper hand when he hit Ryback with the World's Strongest Slam three times in a row on the March 15 edition of SmackDown.
WWE ’13 simulation: Henry was in control at the beginning. He hit a big bodyslam and then lifted Ryback up for a military press slam. Henry continued the attack with a World's Strongest Slam and a body splash. Ryback wasn't done as he hit Henry with a huge spine buster. He was then able to lift Henry up for Shell Shocked and won. Winner: Ryback
My prediction: Ryback has taken a big fall from where he was at the end of 2012 to now. Even though he lost multiple WWE title matches, he was arguably the second-biggest babyface in WWE. I believe Ryback will bounce back and revive his dominance. I will be amazed if he can lift Henry up for Shell Shocked.
The Shield vs. Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus
It's another pay-per-view and another six-man tag match for The Shield. This time, they face the team of Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show. It's good to see the babyface team begin to get the upper hand on the heels this time around. The addition of Big Show makes this match a little hard to predict, despite the viciousness of The Shield.
WWE ’13 simulation: Big Show and Dean Ambrose started the match, but after a body press, Ambrose quickly tagged in Seth Rollins. Orton was tagged in and hit Rollins with a back suplex and his second rope DDT. Sheamus hit Ambrose with a rolling fireman's carry and the Irish Curse.
Roman Reigns came in and began to wear down Orton with some submissions. Rollins hit Sheamus with a fisherman buster. Ambrose was back in, this time to receive a Brogue Kick. Big Show hit Rollins with the knockout punch to win. After the match, Orton turned on Sheamus and hit him with the RKO. Winners: Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show
My prediction: I feel this match will be better than the six-man tag from Elimination Chamber, but not TLC. There will be a lot of three-on-one situations from both teams. The Shield, because of their experience and chemistry as a team will win. As much as I want him to, I don't think Orton will turn heel at WrestleMania. Maybe next month, but even then I'm not sure.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
The build to this match began when Brock Lesnar returned and F5'd Mr. McMahon. There's been a decent build, but the announcement of the no disqualification stipulation was underwhelming. However, it gives Lesnar and Triple H more freedom by not spending a lot of time in the ring.
WWE ’13 simulation: Lesnar hit Triple H with a huge back suplex. He then climbed the ropes and landed the Shooting Star Press, a move we haven't seen him do in years. He even F5'd Triple H through the announce table. Yet, Triple H was able to get up.
After landing his patented spine buster, Triple H grabbed a sledgehammer and hit Lesnar a few times. He then grabbed the ring bell and busted Lesnar wide open. Toward the end of the match, Mr. McMahon walked to the ring. He hit Lesnar with a chair and a stunner. Triple H hit Lesnar with a Pedigree and landed right on a chair, giving Triple H the win. Winner: Triple H
My prediction: I'm probably going out on a limb here, but I will pick Lesnar to win. This match will be a bloody mess. I expect a sledgehammer and a chair to make their way into the ring, but I'm not sure about Mr. McMahon. Lesnar is signed until WrestleMania 31 and a win here could be the beginning of Lesnar's push back as a future WWE champion.
Undertaker vs. CM Punk
CM Punk is Undertaker's newest threat to "The Streak." Punk won a Fatal 4-Way match to earn the right to face Undertaker. Once The Rock won the WWE Championship, this match was expected. Although we've seen this match before, it's been a couple of years. The build to this match has been alright, to me anyway. I feel the WWE could have done a better build without the urn and involvement of Paul Bearer.
WWE ’13 simulation: Undertaker pulled out all the stops very early in the match. He hit Punk with a flying lariat and then flew over the top rope and landed on Punk outside of the ring. Undertaker brought him back into the ring and hit him with a chokeslam. Undertaker seemed to want this match to end quick as he hit Punk with a Last Ride powerbomb.
Punk began his comeback with a springboard clothesline and a German suplex. Punk climbed the ropes and landed a diving elbow drop, shades of Randy Savage. After an inverted DDT, Punk lifted Undertaker up and hit him with the Tombstone Piledriver. Undertaker sat right up, only to receive a GTS. Undertaker recovered and hit the Tombstone in the middle of the ring to win. Winner: Undertaker
My prediction: The streak continues. It's as simple as that. Punk will give Undertaker a run for his money, but Undertaker will walk out of WrestleMania 29 21-0. Punk is scheduled to take a break and a loss could set it up quite nicely. I do expect a hard-fought match, but will nagging injuries hinder this match?
The Rock (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Title
This match was easy to see coming after last year's WrestleMania. It became more clear once The Rock won the WWE championship and John Cena won the rumble match. However, the build toward this match is much better than last year's. Let's just hope the match is better as well.
WWE ’13 simulation: The Rock came out strong as he hit a Samoan drop and his signature right hand punches. He continued the assault with a clothesline to the back of Cena's head. Rock then tried something new as he went to the top rope, but Cena caught him and landed the Attitude Adjustment. The ref counted, but The Rock kicked out at two.
Cena, growing frustrated, took apart the announce table and DDT'd The Rock through it. However, The Rock was able to get up and land the Rock Bottom. Rock continued his offense back in the ring as he hit Cena with his own finisher and a People's Elbow. Cena kicked out. The Rock then hit Cena with some Five-Knuckle Shuffle. Cena came back with a second Attitude Adjustment and a top-rope leg drop. A few minutes later, Cena hit a third Attitude Adjustment and locked in the STF, forcing The Rock to tap. Winner: John Cena
My prediction: This was an excellent match and I do expect the same on April 7. John Cena will defeat The Rock to end his road to redemption and become WWE champion again. It is worth noting that The Rock is being booked to compete at Extreme Rules, mostly because CM Punk will be taking time off.
The WWE '13 simulation predicted The Miz, Tons of Funk, Team Hell No, Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio, Ryback, Big Show, Sheamus and Orton, Triple H, Undertaker and John Cena to win.
My predictions are The Miz, Tons of Funk, Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston, Fandango, Jack Swagger, Ryback, The Shield, Brock Lesnar, Undertaker and John Cena.
There were a lot of submission victories during the simulation. I see Miz as the only won winning via submission.
The Triple H and Brock Lesnar match is the most intriguing. Will Triple H actually retire this year or will he wait until WrestleMania XXX?
Can CM Punk defeat The Undertaker?
Will any hints be dropped as to what the Extreme Rules card will be next month?
Leave your predictions down below and compare them to WWE '13 and mine.