WWE WrestleMania 29: 7 Storylines That Need to Be Addressed
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The great thing about WrestleMania is that big things tend to happen on the grandest stage of them all.
WrestleMania 29, despite what some are saying about it, will be no different.
The pay-per-view is shaping up to be one of the most star-studded and most successful PPVs of all time, and even though the build to it hasn't been great, you can still rest assured that we'll witness some major happenings on the show.
With some huge storylines currently in progress, the WWE has to make sure to address these angles on its biggest pay-per-view of the year.
No, I'm not talking about the obvious angles and feuds, like Ryback vs. Mark Henry or Chris Jericho vs. Fandango. I'm talking about the less obvious storylines, many of which seem to have been forgotten recently.
If the WWE really wants to keep some of these angles going, they must have some sort of progress at "The Showcase of the Immortals."
Here are seven storylines that need to be addressed at WrestleMania 29.
7. The Beef Between Teddy Long and Booker T
You've probably noticed that there's been some slight tension between SmackDown GM Booker T and Teddy Long in recent months.
Long has sort of been undermining Booker T from time to time, and it's clear that, though he hasn't come right out and said it, Booker T is beginning to grow extremely agitated with his longtime friend.
According to F4WOnline.com (via WrestlingInc.com), there are plans in place for Booker T to turn heel after WrestleMania 29, and it looks like his beef with Long could be what causes him to do that.
While I'm not crazy about authority figures dominating storylines, seeing Booker T turn heel on his buddy could shake things up on SmackDown and perhaps even lead to the 2013 Hall of Fame inductee stepping into the ring one last time.
Although it seems like the slowly built-up beef between Long and Booker T will be relegated mostly to TV, WrestleMania 29 could be the perfect launching pad for Booker T to go bad.
If those two are going to remain consistent TV presences on SmackDown, something needs to change because seeing them do the same thing week after week has grown pretty old pretty quickly.
Perhaps the grand stage of WrestleMania 29 will serve as the launching pad for that much-needed Booker T heel turn.
All hail heel Bookah!
6. The Issues Between AJ and Kaitlyn
A week ago, the WWE seemed to reignite the longtime feud between Kaitlyn and AJ, and there was even speculation that they might face off for the Divas Championship at WrestleMania 29.
Naturally, though, the creative team completely failed to address this rivalry on this week's Raw. Kaitlyn wasn't on the show at all while AJ simply accompanied Dolph Ziggler to the ring for his match.
I'm not sure why the WWE has been so back-and-forth on what to do with the Divas (remember when it looked like Layla was turning heel?), but it seems as if Kaitlyn and AJ are the latest victims of the creative team's indecisiveness.
Kaitlyn vs. AJ for the Divas title is the WrestleMania 29 Divas match that has made the most sense all along, and yet, the WWE simply waited too long to pull the trigger on it. As a result, it looks like this feud will be a post-WrestleMania one or will perhaps even get dropped altogether.
Even though the Divas division hasn't been a priority for years, there's certainly a place for it in the WWE, and the company would be wise to build up some angles involving its women over the course of the year.
AJ vs. Kaitlyn should be at the top of that list, and as two of the WWE's most-pushed Divas, their feud should get some sort of recognition at this year's WrestleMania.
5. The Future of Team Hell No
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Team Hell No was once one of the most entertaining acts in the WWE, and even though the duo can still be fun to watch at times, it's clear that it has run its course.
Daniel Bryan and Kane have been together for the better part of a year now, and after being red hot during its initial phases, the tag team has clearly cooled off lately, in large part because of the death of the tag team division.
There's no real reason to keep Team Hell No together as the champions of a division that has completely fallen apart, so the WWE should start building toward the duo's split immediately.
There is no bigger or better stage to do that on than the grandest stage of them all, WrestleMania.
Although Team Hell No doesn't necessarily have to implode at WrestleMania 29, something has to happen that leads to their eventual split. Whether it's Bryan inadvertently costing Kane the tiles (or vice versa) or it's Kane walking out on Bryan after the match doesn't matter.
The bottom line, however, is that Kane and Bryan need to have some sort of progression at WrestleMania 29. They've just been coasting by as of late, and as one of the most over acts in the company, that has to change.
That change should happen at WrestleMania 29 when something occurs that addresses both the short- and long-term futures of Team Hell No.
4. Mr. McMahon vs. Paul Heyman
It was only a month ago that at the heart of the feud between Triple H and Brock Lesnar was a bitter rivalry between Mr. McMahon and Paul Heyman.
Yet, ever since McMahon was written off of TV a few weeks ago, his beef with Heyman hasn't really been addressed much as the HHH/Lesnar feud has progressed.
While I'm not saying that Heyman vs. McMahon should be the focus of the Lesnar/HHH rivalry, it was such a huge part of this storyline early on that I don't think this storyline should conclude without McMahon getting involved in some way.
Both Heyman and Lesnar have made a number of personal attacks on Triple H's family, and considering that McMahon is Triple H's father-in-law, it would be only fitting for McMahon to make his presence felt in some way, shape or form at WrestleMania.
Because Triple H and Lesnar will face off in a No Holds Barred match, the opportunity will certainly be there for McMahon to get involved and get his revenge on both Lesnar and Heyman. In fact, it would actually be surprising if that didn't happen.
This HHH/Lesnar rivalry has always been a family affair, and Triple H's most famous family member needs to keep it that way at WrestleMania 29.
3. Why Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show Are Suddenly Getting Along
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Perhaps one of the weirdest things about the build to WrestleMania 29 is the way that Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus are suddenly getting along.
It's rather odd to see three guys with a lot of animosity suddenly able to work so well together, and it's even weirder to see Big Show instantly acting like a babyface while Orton has uncharacteristically served as "the voice of reason."
At the same time, it's clear that there is a reason for all of this: One of these guys is turning heel at WrestleMania 29.
The most popular theory is that Orton will purposely cost his team the match, walk out on his team or just do something that makes him go bad. Another popular theory is that Big Show has just been acting like a babyface as of late, and in Bully Ray-like fashion, we'll end up finding out that he was never really a babyface at all.
But there's also the possibility, which not many are talking about, that Sheamus surprises us all and turns heel, too. The bottom line, however, is that something fishy is going on with one or more of these guys, and it's just too strange to see them suddenly so friendly with one another.
We need to find out what's really going on here, and barring something strange happening, we should certainly find that out at WrestleMania 29.
2. Dolph Ziggler's Money in the Bank Briefcase
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Dolph Ziggler has held the Money in the Bank briefcase for the better part of a year now, and surprisingly, he's only tried or teased cashing in on a few different occasions.
As a result, the widespread expectation is that Ziggler will now become the first man to ever cash in on the grand stage of WrestleMania 29.
It's a situation that's become talked about so much as of late that it seems to bound to happen. It's also a situation that almost needs to happen.
Because no man has ever cashed in at WrestleMania before, Ziggler would cement himself in history if he does it. At the very least, though, we need to see Ziggler tease cashing in at WrestleMania.
There are very few moments in wrestling that are as exciting as a Money in the Bank cash-in, which makes it more than deserving of taking place at the WWE's biggest pay-per-view of the year by one of its brightest up-and-coming stars.
Ziggler is sort of an afterthought on the road to WrestleMania and has been over the past several months, so thrusting him back into the World title mix with a MITB cash-in is something that could instantly turn his career around.
Most of us would be genuinely shocked if he doesn't cash in at WrestleMania, but we'd be even more disappointed if the presence of the MITB briefcase isn't felt in some way at the biggest show of 2013.
1. CM Punk's Possession of the Urn
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At the core of CM Punk's rivalry with The Undertaker has been Punk's possession of Paul Bearer's urn.
Punk has mocked and disrespected the urn on multiple occasions, and in the process, he has, of course, disrespected Kane, Undertaker and, most importantly, Bearer. The situation even reached a climax on this week's Raw when Punk attacked Undertaker and dumped what are implied to be Bearer's ashes all over Undertaker.
Although this rivalry could have been booked in so many different ways, it's become clear that Punk's possession of the urn—and The Undertaker's desire to get it back—is truly the driving force behind this feud.
Some don't like it, but it's gotten great heat on Punk and made the feud more personal than it probably would have been otherwise.
Now, the driving force behind Undertaker vs. Punk at WrestleMana is rather obvious: The Undertaker wants Bearer's urn back, but the only way he's going to get it back is by beating Punk and extending "The Streak" to 21-0.
While this angle is certainly about "The Streak" and Punk's unrelenting desire to be the man who ends it, it seems to be more about the urn than anything else these days. At WrestleMania 29, it's imperative that the urn plays a big role in the way the match goes down.
Whether it's Punk using it to beat Undertaker or Taker getting it back after beating Punk, the urn has been the focal point of this feud. At WrestleMania, it should be too.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!