One word can sum up the build to WrestleMania XXIX: disappointing.
Always the biggest event of the year for WWE, WrestleMania is supposed to feature the biggest feuds and best matches of the year. There's something lacking with the pay-per-view just a week away.
There was quite a bit of consternation about the Twice in a Lifetime match. As soon as John Cena won the 2013 Royal Rumble, you knew it would be Cena and The Rock headlining WrestleMania for the second year in a row.
You can't fault WWE for going with this match again because it's a license to print money. Cena and The Rock are two of the biggest stars in the history of the company. WrestleMania is bound to get a high buy rate.
However, there could be a much better way to build toward this rematch.
It doesn't help that The Rock, who is of course the WWE champion, takes weeks off to promote G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Now call this writer old-fashioned, but it should be expected that your main titleholder is there for at least every Raw.
This was always going to be an issue as soon as WWE put The Rock over at Royal Rumble. You knew he wasn't going to be able to make every show. His feud with Cena has suffered as a result.
If The Rock wants to go and make movies, that's fine. When he's the WWE champion and in the main event of WrestleMania, it's realistic to expect some more appearances from him.
On the other side, announcers and superstars alike have been constantly droning on about how Cena hasn't been able to win the big one. Now the company has often been guilty of having a short-term memory, but this is just ridiculous.
Cena has won 12 world titles and in the last year he has won the Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank briefcase, beat Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules and had a record of approximately 1,405,245-1 in his feud with Dolph Ziggler.
WWE needs to stop immediately with all of this "John Cena hasn't won the big one" or "John Cena's in a slump" talk.
While the Rock/Cena rivalry has been a disappointment, it's nothing compared to the abomination that is the Brock Lesnar/Triple H feud.
First off, it's incredibly stupid that WWE built up the stipulation of this match so big, and it turned out to be No Holds Barred, with Triple H's career on the line. No Holds Barred is easily one of the lowest stipulations on the special-match totem pole.
Plus, these two already had what is essentially the same stipulation on their match at SummerSlam. But it's different now because Triple H's career is at stake.
He'll go from only wrestling two matches in a year to none. What a horrible fate that could befall him. Also, Triple H already gave what was supposed to be a heartfelt farewell speech after he lost to Lesnar the first time.
On a side note, for all of those people who hate when Triple H critics bring up how he destroyed the entire tag team division for no reason back in 2007, you now have new ammunition for how big of a egomaniac the King of Kings can be.
Are you satisfied with the build to WrestleMania?
As he's on his way back to the locker room during this past Raw, he kicks Wade Barrett in the crotch for no reason whatsoever. Just substitute the WWE Universe for Barrett and you have exactly what this Triple H/Lesnar rivalry has been.
Even one of the main-event matches that does look intriguing hasn't set itself apart.
CM Punk has delivered some rather distasteful promos regarding Paul Bearer and The Undertaker. It's hard to understand all of the vitriol regarding them, though. Punk's promos are far from the worst thing that's ever happened in the company in terms of taste.
The biggest problem here is that Punk is essentially just saying the same thing over and over again: He'll be the first person to beat the streak. You have to wonder where this angle would be had Bearer not passed away.
WrestleMania is going to be a huge event on reputation alone. That doesn't excuse WWE Creative from mailing in the buildup to the biggest PPV of the year.