WWE Wrestlemania 29 Matches: Underrated Bouts with Best Shot to Steal the Show

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2013

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As WrestleMania 29 continues to draw near, there are several underrated matches on the card that have a chance to steal the show on the WWE’s biggest stage.

The depth of this WrestleMania card has relegated some of the top names in the company—Sheamus, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Ryback and others—to the midcard. That will result in several matches not receiving hype that have the potential to be the best of the night.

All of the following bouts will make the midcard of this pay-per-view enjoyable, and each has the chance to be the match every WrestleMania observer walks away talking about.


Full WrestleMania 29 Match Card (WWE.com)

WWE Champion The Rock vs. John Cena.

The Undertaker vs. CM Punk.

Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (No Holds Barred Match; If Lesnar wins, Triple H must retire).

World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger.

Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show vs. The Shield.

Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. The Miz.

Ryback vs. Mark Henry.

WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston.

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango.

Tons of Funk and The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins.


Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show vs. The Shield

Not only does this six-man tag team match involve two of the biggest faces in the company in Randy Orton and Sheamus, the underlying tension between the duo and their partner Big Show is a great angle.

Add in the intrigue around The Shield—the trio made up of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins—and despite not receiving the fanfare as the main events, this six-man battle could easily steal the WrestleMania show.

The WWE has built this storyline for the fans to start sympathizing with Big Show, so while he looks to be turning face, there is a feeling that either Orton or Sheamus could turn heel at the same time.

If Orton or Sheamus costs their team a win on purpose or joins The Shield, this is the match the WWE Universe will be talking about.


Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

While many members of the WWE Universe still question the decision to put former world champion Chris Jericho against a wrestler that has yet to compete on television, the fact that Y2J is willing to help make Fandango a superstar is what makes him special.

Fandango is a promising prospect that won the WWE’s NXT competition and has been training for the last three years in the company’s developmental ranks. After being groomed as a future superstar, debuting in the WWE against Jericho at WrestleMania 29 is the ultimate head start to his career.

Fans do not know what to expect from this bout, so that blank slate will be the opportunity Jericho and Fandango need to steal the show by putting on an amazing match that showcases the in-ring prowess of the WrestleMania rookie.

No matter how much raw talent Fandango brings to this bout, Jericho’s desire to have the best match on the show will result in the fans looking at this midcard battle as one of the best of the night.


Ryback vs. Mark Henry

A match between Ryback and Mark Henry is being billed as a clash of the giants, but recent reports (h/t Wrestling Inc.) claim that the feeling backstage is that this bout will not come across on television as well as officials were hoping.

Add in the fact that Henry lost in the Elimination Chamber and Ryback has lost his first five PPV matches, and the fans are not that excited about this match.

That lack of expectations has set the stage for the powerhouse duo to steal the show.

Ryback’s inability to hit his finisher on Tensai on Raw in 2012 has given credence to the belief that he will not be able to hit his Shellshock move on Henry at WrestleMania, but that won't be the case.

The success of this match depends on Ryback hitting his finisher, and if the duo pulls it off, they will help this midcard bout steal the show.


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