WWE Wrestlemania 29 Predictions: Projecting How Title Matches Will Unfold

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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WrestleMania XXIX has the chance to change the course of WWE for years to come.

There is no event like WrestleMania at any point in the year. It's the night when even the most closeted WWE fan comes out to enjoy the Granddaddy of Them All.

With Brock Lesnar and The Rock both on the card, there's a bit of a nostalgic feel to this year's WrestleMania. Fans are also treated to returns from Triple H and The Undertaker as well.

While the build has been a bit underwhelming, there's nothing like sitting down and watching WrestleMania. You can't help but get caught up in the drama.

As with every year, there are plenty of titles up for grabs. No fewer than four championship matches litter the card. Although some of the matches have been lost in the much bigger non-title bouts, there's still plenty of reason to get excited about seeing new champions or existing champs defend their respective crowns.

Here is how the four title matches will go.


Wade Barrett (c) vs. The Miz for Intercontinental Championship

WrestleMania is all about treating fans to the kind of matches they aren't able to see every week on Raw. You want to save your biggest matches for the biggest show of the year. Or in this case, you simply have two guys who've faced each other multiple times before WrestleMania just have a match everyone has already seen on Raw.

Nothing against Wade Barrett and The Miz. While The Miz has been a train wreck since making his face turn, you know he can put on a good match. The same could be said of Barrett in the ring. These two have put on some very good matches over the past couple of Monday nights.

That's a bit of the problem, though. Are they going to bring anything new to the table?

Considering The Miz has been coming up second best recently, he's got the kind of negative momentum that always leads to an Intercontinental Title change. This won't be match of the night but very good for what it is.

Winner and new champion: The Miz


Team Hell No (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston for Tag Team Championship

Remember when the tag team division was resurgent and you actually looked forward to watching the teams? That seems so long ago now.

You know it's only a matter of time before Team Hell No breaks up and starts feuding. Perhaps it was a smart move to hold off on that angle until after WrestleMania, considering how packed the WM picture is already. That waiting has helped to decrease some of the heat behind both Daniel Bryan and Kane, though.

There's no need to go on railing about how stupid it is for Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston have a tag title shot despite never once wrestling a match together.

This is when Ziggler's ascension to the main-event picture begins. He'll look much better carrying the tag title and World Heavyweight Championship at the same time.

Ziggler and Big E will snatch the titles after Kane and Bryan get into an argument.

Winners and new champions: Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston


Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Jack Swagger for World Heavyweight Championship

Of all the title matches, this one is the hardest to predict. There's so many variables at play.

Alberto Del Rio has been great ever since winning the World Heavyweight Title and becoming face. Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter have garnered a ton of attention with their angle, and Swagger is actually looking like a good wrestler again. Of course, there was also his DUI a while back, so that could have hampered his push somewhat. Then, there's Ziggler and his Money in the Bank briefcase.

People have been predicting Ziggler to cash in so many times that at this point, it's useless to even try and guess. Sooner or later he'll have to cash in, so he could very well do it at WrestleMania.

Considering this isn't the main event, it's much easier seeing the nefarious heel walking out with the title. If given enough time, this could be a match that steals the show.

Colter will distract the ref, allowing Swagger to hit Del Rio in the leg with the title or a different foreign object. He'll slap the Patriot Lock on and pick up the victory, leading to a rematch at Extreme Rules.

Winner and new champion: Jack Swagger


The Rock (c) vs. John Cena for WWE Championship

And now to the match that's only gonna happen twice in a lifetime. Having The Rock off of television for weeks at a time hasn't helped the buildup to this match. And it's largely the same theme for John Cena as to why he has to win. Take out all of the crap about the supposed Cena slump, and it's a retread of last year when Cena had to win to become a bigger star.

The added wrinkle this year is that The Rock is the WWE Champion. That could be considered by some to be enough to give this match a different feel, but it really doesn't have a different edge to it as a result of the belt.

There's been endless debate as to whether this is the moment Cena's much-desired heel turn begins. People believing he will become a bad guy are giving WWE way too much credit. The company will stick to making Cena a money-making machine catering to the younger audience.

These two will put on a good, not great match that goes a half-hour or so. They exchange finishing moves, with Cena eventually getting the win. The Rock shakes Cena's hand and The Champ becomes as insufferable as ever.

Winner and new champion: John Cena