WWE WrestleMania 29: Why the World Heavyweight Title Match Deserves More Credit
WrestleMania 29 appears to have as many as four main events, but it is the World Heavyweight title match that is the most underrated of them all.
Unlike in the past, Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger have consistently been building up tension for their WrestleMania match each week. Swagger won the Elimination Chamber match in February to earn his title shot. Ever since then, it is rare to see an episode of Raw or SmackDown without the two wrestlers.
The mainstream media has also played a role in the World Heavyweight title feud receiving a lot of focus.
Let’s take a look at four reasons why Del Rio and Swagger’s feud deserves a lot more credit leading up to WrestleMania 29.
Last Year Had No Build
One big difference between this and last year’s WrestleMania is that there was a lot more build in 2012. Cody Rhodes was showing videos of Big Show’s embarrassing moments each week to hype their Intercontinental title match, while John Cena and The Rock were providing many promos for their own match. However, Sheamus and Daniel Bryan’s World Heavyweight title match had no build at all. This probably has something to do with the fact that their match only lasted 18 seconds.
This year has been very different for the World Heavyweight title feud. Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger have certainly been building toward their match since Swagger earned his title shot.
Jack Swagger and his manager Zeb Colter are the main ones to blame for the media attention WWE has gotten recently. WWE was criticized by Glenn Beck, a media personality, for the portrayal of Swagger and Colter’s characters. This criticism only encouraged WWE to do more with Swagger and Colter. Michael Cole was sent to Beck’s office to try to speak with him but was denied an interview.
Meanwhile, Colter and Swagger continued their promos on practically every show.
Time on Both Raw and SmackDown
Speaking of being on every show, the feud between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger has been given time on both Raw and SmackDown. Sheamus and Randy Orton are notorious SmackDown Superstars who regularly appear on Raw. When Sheamus was World Heavyweight champion, he used to wrestle matches on both shows.
This has been a great opportunity for the World Heavyweight title match at WrestleMania to build up effectively. Some fans don’t always watch SmackDown, as it is not live like Raw. However, those fans still see the build for the World Heavyweight title match because it occurs on Raw as well.
In fact, Del Rio and Swagger are the only Superstars to build their WrestleMania match on MizTV.
Effective Use of Both Managers
Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger’s feud has had the pleasure of featuring managers on both sides. Ricardo Rodriguez is one of the most popular managers in the WWE today, and Zeb Colter is certainly very effective. Colter is the mouthpiece for Swagger’s poor mic skills and has helped Swagger rise since returning prior to the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
Colter continues to deliver some of the best promos in the company right now, aside from CM Punk and Paul Heyman. Rodriguez also continues to shine in his comedic ways. Swagger has used Rodriguez to gain heat leading up to his match at WrestleMania 29. Ever since Del Rio turned babyface, he has been defending Rodriguez. Having Swagger supposedly break Rodriguez’s ankle was the perfect way to build the World Heavyweight title feud.
What do you think? Does the World Heavyweight title match at WrestleMania 29 deserve more credit? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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