WrestleMania 29 won’t just be the best wrestling event of 2013, but it will also go down as one of the best pay-per-view extravaganzas in history. Fans will be able to watch the "Showcase of the Immortals" live online on WWE.com on Sunday, April 7, starting at 7 p.m. ET for $59.99.
WWE has done a fantastic job building immense interest into this year’s WrestleMania. We may be getting main-event rematches, but they involve six of the biggest and best wrestlers in the history of the business. Just as importantly, we are emotionally invested in nearly every single undercard match as well.
Sunday will be a night fans never forget, and with anticipation bouncing off the charts, it’s time to predict the winners and losers.
WWE Championship: John Cena vs. The Rock
The WWE could pull a swerve and have The Rock retain to allow him to hype himself as WWE champion while promoting his upcoming movies Pain & Gain and Fast & Furious 6, but that would kill any opportunity of a rubber match between him and Cena. The entire rematch has been built on Cena redeeming last year’s loss and conquering the impossible.
Projected winner: John Cena
The Streak: CM Punk vs. The Undertaker
CM Punk may be the best in the world right now, but The Undertaker is the best at WrestleMania and may be the best professional wrestler ever. Damn right I said that. The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak should never be broken.
Projected winner: The Undertaker
No Holds Barred, Triple H’s Career on the Line: Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
The biggest swerve of the night will be when Shawn Michaels turns heel and costs Triple H his career. We’ve seen Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels put on historic performances before against each other, but never with Michaels as the heel and Triple H as the face. We’ll get that at WrestleMania 30 in an unsanctioned match, just like their SummerSlam 2002 meeting. The road to New Orleans starts on Sunday in New Jersey.
Projected winner: Brock Lesnar
World Heavyweight Championship: Jack Swagger vs. Alberto del Rio
This has been an intense feud based on politics, international views, morals, pride and more. With this match taking place in the tri-state area, not far from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, WWE will play to Alberto del Rio fighting for every man, woman and child with the dream to be successful and triumph over evil.
Projected winner: Alberto del Rio
6-Man Tag Team Match: The Shield vs. Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show
The Shield won’t be disbanding any time soon, as it will look to secure championship gold in the upcoming months as a successful unit. The WWE has slow-played the rivalry between Sheamus and Randy Orton to this point, and it will finally come to fruition when Orton turns heel on Sheamus and costs his team the win.
Projected winner: The Shield
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
Amazingly, Ryback hasn’t won on pay-per-view since July (he didn’t wrestle on pay-per-view in August or September). Henry will be a dominant heel whether he wins or loses, but if the WWE is serious about making Ryback a future main eventer, he desperately needs to start winning on pay-per-view. It doesn’t get bigger than WrestleMania, and the WWE will do right by Ryback on Sunday.
Projected winner: Ryback
WWE Tag Team Championship: Dolph Ziggler & Big E. Langston vs. Team Hell No
The WWE has teased the breakup of Team Hell No frequently, but it doesn’t make sense for them to lose this weekend. Ziggler and Langston have beaten Kane and Daniel Bryan down a lot recently, so it’s only fitting for Team Hell No to finally get the upper hand. Plus, Ziggler still has the Money in the Bank briefcase, so it doesn’t make sense for him to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.
Projected winner: Team Hell No
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
Chris Jericho, both expectedly and unbelievably, has put on the best match of every show he’s competed on since returning at the Royal Rumble. He likely won’t be able to keep that streak alive due to the stakes of the other matches, but he and Fandango will do their absolute best to steal the show. Jericho is an established Superstar and doesn’t need to win this match. Instead, he will establish Fandango as a legitimate Superstar in the newcomer’s WrestleMania debut.
Projected winner: Fandango
WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Miz vs. Wade Barrett
Both men have main-event skills, but they are stuck in midcard purgatory staring up at the glass ceiling. Barrett hasn’t done a single noteworthy thing with the Intercontinental Championship and it’s time he drops the belt to the fellow movie star.
Projected winner: The Miz
8-Person Mixed Tag Team Match: Tons of Funk & The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars & Bella Twins
Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls don’t need a victory here because they’ll be over with their comedic and fun-loving gimmick, regardless of whether they win or lose. Team Rhodes Scholars and the Bella Twins offer the WWE more moving forward and need to win even if this is a rather meaningless match.
Projected winner: Team Rhodes Scholars & Bella Twins
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