WWE WrestleMania 29: 7 Things to Expect for Sunday's Event

Drake Oz@drakeozbrSenior Writer IIApril 3, 2013

WWE WrestleMania 29: 7 Things to Expect for Sunday's Event

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    It's been said that WrestleMania 29 is shaping up to be one of the most predictable WrestleManias in recent memory, if not of all time.

    When you look at the pay-per-view's card, especially its top matches, it's really not hard to see why.

    While WrestleMania 29 packs a ton of star power and is going to make the WWE a boatload of money, many of us can agree that the show reeks of predictability.

    Barring some major and/or minor surprises, it's going to be rather easy to predict the outcomes of most of the matches and even what major moments may occur on the show. But just what are these things that we can plan on seeing this Sunday?

    Here are seven things you should expect to see at WrestleMania 29.

7. Dolph Ziggler Cashes in His Money in the Bank Briefcase

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    The way that Dolph Ziggler has been booked over the last few months suggests that he's finally going to cash in at WrestleMania 29.

    We've often seen Money in the Bank winners be booked pretty badly before cashing in (Jack Swagger, Daniel Bryan, etc.) as a way of setting up a "surprise" cash-in, and that appears to be what's going on with Ziggler.

    He's lost a lot lately (though he's actually picked up some big wins recently, too), and he's essentially an afterthought on the WrestleMania 29 card, being saddled with a WWE Tag Team Championship match that not many care all that much about.

    The good thing, though, is that these are all telltale signs that Ziggler will end up cashing in at WrestleMania 29 and leaving the PPV as the World Heavyweight Champion.

    Even if he loses the tag team title match, this will still be a historic night for Ziggler. No superstar has ever cashed in at WrestleMania, and he's likely going to be the one who breaks the mold.

    Right now, the World title picture is all about Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger. By the end of WrestleMania, it'll be all about Dolph Ziggler.

6. A Few Surprises

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    Technically, you aren't supposed to expect surprises, but at WrestleMania, you always should.

    Though WrestleMania 29 does seem awfully predictable, we've seen so many supposedly predictable Mania matches in recent years end up being, well, not so predictable.

    You can point to WrestleMania 28 last year, when Sheamus beat Daniel Bryan in an astounding 18 seconds to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Even if you expected Sheamus to win, there's zero chance that you expected it to happen that quickly.

    Similarly, it's safe to say that hardly anyone thought The Rock would beat John Cena last year, either. Most assumed Cena would defeat The Rock as a "passing of the torch" and the two would go their separate ways, but that obviously didn't happen.

    If those two matches taught us anything, it's that bouts that may seem predictable may actually not be.

    Even if the outcomes of most of the major WrestleMania matches are what we expect them to be, exactly how we could get to those outcomes could be pretty shocking. In all likelihood, not everything at WrestleMania 29 is going to be as predictable as we assume it will be.

    Expect a few surprises, whether good or bad.

5. Veterans Putting Up-and-Comers over

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    WrestleMania features plenty of matches that will pit established veterans against up-and-coming stars.

    The three matches that immediately come to mind? Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus vs. The Shield, Ryback vs. Mark Henry and Chris Jericho vs. Fandango.

    These are three bouts that feature five guys who have "been there, done that" taking on five guys who are relatively unproven on the main roster. The Shield, of course, has only wrestled a handful of matches, Fandango has yet to wrestle under this gimmick and Ryback has lost all of the major matches he's had.

    Yet, as we head to WrestleMania 29, it looks like the PPV will be used so that those big-named vets can put over these rising rookies.

    Just looking at those three matches, the most logical scenario for each one is for the young gun to pull off the upset and use that momentum to get a massive push post-Mania. Although these outcomes certainly aren't guaranteed, they seem very likely, especially when you look at the rest of the card.

    Ryback, Fandango and The Shield should all emerge from WrestleMania 29 with career-defining victories that set them up for a ton of success in 2013.

4. Either Randy Orton or Big Show Turns on His Team

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    One thing you've probably noticed about The Shield's current storyline is that it's resulted in both Randy Orton and Big Show acting overly babyface-like.

    Orton has uncharacteristically been "the voice of reason" while Big Show has went from being a top heel to essentially a full-fledged babyface seemingly overnight. There's gotta be something more to this, right?

    There's no way that Orton, typically a antihero/tweener, and Big Show, whose spent much of the last year as a fantastic heel, are suddenly able to get along so well. This has to be leading to something big happening at WrestleMania 29.

    In all likelihood, that "something big" will be either Orton or Show costing his team the match and turning heel in the process.

    With a match that packs so much star power and features three guys who have a lot of bad history with one another competing on the same team, something will go down that causes the team to implode and then lose the match.

    After the way both Orton and Big Show have been acting as of late (kind of fishy, right?), the safe bet is that one of them will turn heel in some way, shape or form at WrestleMania 29. If not, the WWE will have missed out on a golden opportunity here.

3. Three Really Long Matches...and a Bunch of Short Ones

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    WrestleMania 28 featured just eight matches, and yet, only three of those bouts lasted lasted more than 11 minutes, with one of those (Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan) going just 18 seconds.

    So, if WrestleMania 29 features a whopping nine matches, then what does that mean for the show? Well, simply put, it means there are going to be three really long matches and six really short ones.

    At WrestleMania 28, CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho lasted more than 22 minutes, and both The Rock vs. John Cena and The Undertaker vs. Triple H lasted more than 30 minutes. Expect to see something similar at WrestleMania 29.

    The top three matches at this year's show are The Rock vs. Cena, Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar and Undertaker vs. Punk. In all likelihood, those three matches combined will take up close to half the show, going anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes a piece.

    It's unfortunate that the WWE has booked so many matches on the WrestleMania 29 card, and it's a shame that some of those bouts will probably go less than five minutes while will most will go less than 10.

    But we all know that the three "main events" are going to get a boatload of time, and when you take into consideration the elaborate entrances and all the video packages too, you realize that they're going to take up even more time.

    If you're expecting to see Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger or the WWE Tag Team Championship match get 15 minutes, then curtail your expectations. It's simply not happening.

2. John Cena and Triple H Get Their Wins Back

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    As we all know, John Cena lost to The Rock at WrestleMania 28 while Triple H lost to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2012.

    You think it's just a coincidence that both men are getting rematches at WrestleMania 29? Of course not.

    Ever since Cena and Triple H lost those matches, the plan has been for them to face their opponents again and then beat them the second time around. It's predictable and not exactly exciting, but that doesn't mean the WWE is going to change those plans.

    There's little to no chance that Cena will move to 0-2 against The Rock, just like there's little to no chance that Lesnar will move to 2-0 against Triple H and retire him in the process.

    This is a classic case of the WWE booking two beloved babyfaces to "get their wins back" against their biggest rivals. While many will question that philosophy, it's something that the WWE has been and likely will remain hellbent on doing.

    Unless we get some sort of major swerves, then Cena will beat The Rock while Triple H beats Lesnar. It's just that simple.

1. The Undertaker Goes 21-0

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    There was a point in time when I genuinely thought that CM Punk would end "The Streak," but that's not the case anymore.

    When you look at the way Punk's feud with The Undertaker has been built up, he's the one who's managed to totally disrespect Undertaker while largely avoiding getting physical in the process.

    That seems to be leading to Undertaker finally getting his hands on Punk at WrestleMania and beating the crap out of him when he does.

    Especially when you consider the rumors that Punk may be taking time off after WrestleMania as well, the chances of him actually doing the unthinkable and ending "The Streak" are even worse.

    The major benefit to having Punk end "The Streak" would be to give him a massive push immediately after WrestleMania 29, but he can't get that push if he's not fully healthy, if he's not on TV or if he's taking time off.

    That's precisely why "The Streak" will remain intact, despite this being the first time that fans have legitimately thought that it might end. It's been cool to think about that, but ultimately, Undertaker's undefeated streak figures to live on.

    It's such a big part of his legacy, and it's arguably the most impressive record in wrestling history. It's going to remain that way.

    While Punk will undoubtedly give Undertaker a great match and a huge test, The Phenom will do what he's done at 20 WrestleManias: Win. 


    Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!