When people think about WrestleMania 29, most people will think of one of the number of huge main-event matches. While matches like Rock-Cena, Taker-Punk, Lesnar-HHH and Del Rio-Swagger will get most of the attention, the undercard is where WWE's "Grandaddy of Them All" will really shine.
The forgotten matches are filled with some of the best professional wrestlers in the world and will definitely not disappoint, but in case you're busy or only can make time for the main matches at this year's Mania, here are early predictions for the undercard that you can take to the bank.
Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show vs. The Shield
Normally this match would have a main-event draw, but considering the four big matches on the card, it has become an afterthought. This match is going to be epic. We've seen The Shield put on exceptional pay-per-view performances already and adding the WrestleMania ambiance to the mix will make this one something special.
This match will pit three of the best veterans on the roster and three of the brightest young Superstars in the business and it will have just about everything. The Shield have simply been too good to have their flame snuffed out already.
Prediction: The Shield win in shocking fashion, either by the surprise addition of a new member or by an insane maneuver.
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
This match is one of the most interesting on the card. Ever since his first vignette aired with "FANDANGOO" emblazoned on the screen, Johnny Curtis' new gimmick seemed like a joke.
He started correcting random announcers and a few of the lowest, low-card guys but then had a run-in with Chris Jericho, one of the greatest of all time. Apparently the WWE believes in Curtis enough to match him up against one of the greatest WrestleMania performers in recent history.
That's got my attention.
Prediction: Fandango wins dirty as Jericho puts him over so much it's silly.
Tons of Funk and The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins
Remember the thing I said earlier about these matches not disappointing? I forgot about this one. Here we see one of the best things to come from the tag team division's reemergence, Team Rhodes Scholars, taking on the epitome of the PG Era in Brodus Clay and Tensai, also known as Tons of Funk.
To make it worse, Divas will join the fight on each side, making it an eight-person mixed-tag match. With a lack of PG on the card I've got to think that this match will be chock full of hilarious dancing and happiness.
Prediction: *Sigh* Tons of Funk win in hilarious fashion and have a swell dance party after and spray their juice boxes all over the locker room in celebration.
Intercontinental Championship: Wade Barrett vs. The Miz
This, like the Shield match, is another match with main-event talent that will be overshadowed by the blockbuster matches on the card. Wade Barrett and The Miz are both exceptional in the ring and even though their feud has been rushed and confusing, this match will be a winner.
The only thing that can make this match a bad one is if time is a factor, which, with three tag team matches on the card, it very well could be.
Prediction: Barrett keeps his title in a decent match that could've used a lot more time.
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
I think we all know what this match is. This is simply Vince McMahon pushing his latest musclebound monster, Ryback.
There's not much to say about this one. Two monsters going toe-to-toe seeing who can throw the other one the most.
Prediction: Ryback wins after doing the unthinkable and lifting Mark Henry, sealing his WrestleMania moment...Even though he's already lifted like four other Superstars of similar or equal weight. Lift two Mark Henrys. Then we'll talk.
WWE Tag Team Championship: Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston
This match could very well live up to Dolph's catchphrase and steal the show. Team Hell No has been one of the most interesting and exciting acts to come into the WWE since it went PG. Add in one of the best on the roster in Ziggler and a promising youngster in Langston, and this one could easily be the match of the night.
The outcome however, isn't clear at all.
Is it truly time for Team Hell No to split up and have a feud against each other? If so, what about Dolph's briefcase? Surely he has to cash it in earlier in the night, right? Will AJ stay loyal or make another crazy move to screw over her love interests?
This one is really up in the air, but...
Prediction: Team Ziggy and Biggy wins as Team Hell No finally falls apart leading to a singles feud between Kane and D-Bry throughout the summer. Dolph will also successfully cash in and will become obsessed with capturing every title in the WWE.
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