WWE WrestleMania 29: The Pre-Show Should Host U.S., I.C., Divas' Title Matches

Bill PivetzCorrespondent IIIMarch 28, 2013

Wade Barrett will defend the Intercontinental title against The Miz. Photo by: WWE
Wade Barrett will defend the Intercontinental title against The Miz. Photo by: WWE

WrestleMania 29 is only 10 days away and there are already 10 matches on the card.

The most recent title match to be announced was Wade Barrett and The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship.

This match was bound to be announced eventually after they went head-to-head on the March 25 edition of Raw. The bad part is that this title, along with the United States and Divas titles, have been buried for so long that a match on the main card does not feel important.

That is why all three of these titles should be defended on the pre-show.

WrestleMania is usually a four-hour show, give or take a few minutes. There are some big matches on this year’s card that will eat up some time. Will these three title matches be given enough time on the card to showcase the Superstars’ talents? My answer is no.

John Cena and The Rock, CM Punk and Undertaker, and Triple H and Brock Lesnar will require at least 25 to 30 minutes each, totaling up to an hour and a half. The World Heavyweight title match should go about 15 to 18 minutes. The six-man tag match could last around the same time. These five matches are putting the show already over two hours.

Team Hell No vs. Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler could be a good match if it goes 10 minutes. Chris Jericho and Fandango should be a good seven- to eight-minute match. The big-man match between Ryback and Mark Henry could last another eight minute match.

Going by my predicted match times, plus entrances, interviews and video packages, there should be about 40 minutes left in the show. Don’t forget that the Hall of Fame class of 2013 will make their scheduled appearance some time during the show; leaving about 20 minutes.

There may be enough time for one of these matches to make it to the main card, but none of these titles have been built up as worth watching. Jericho and Fandango have received more build than the mid-card titles.

If the WWE were to put these matches on the pre-show, it wouldn’t be the first time the titles were defended before the actual pay-per-view began. Antonio Cesaro won the United States Championship on the SummerSlam pre-show by defeating Santino Marella. He later defended it on this year’s Royal Rumble pre-show against The Miz in a match that went a little over seven minutes.

WrestleMania is the “Showcase of Immortals.” The event is an hour longer than the other pay-per-views. The pre-show should be longer as well and an hour-long pre-show is not out of the question. The United States and Intercontinental title matches could get a solid 10 to 12 minutes each while a Diva's title match could go about six minutes. The rest of the time could be used for video packages to hype up the main card.

The United States and Intercontinental titles deserve better. Barrett and Cesaro deserve better. However, until WWE starts to make each champion look credible, they will be relegated to pre-show matches.