The final countdown to WrestleMania 29 has begun and while the hype for the show is at a fever pitch, there are several main-event superstars who are destined to disappoint on the WWE’s biggest stage.
Megastars such as The Rock, Triple H and Alberto Del Rio have been put in a position to make the company look great through the next year, but each will fail to make the proper impact during the WrestleMania pay-per-view.
The following WWE Superstars have the chance to shine, but will disappoint the hardcore fans with the performance they turn in.
WWE Champion The Rock
After watching the match from WrestleMania 28 between The Rock and John Cena several times, it was clear that despite The Rock’s reported injury, Cena carried The Rock in his first singles match back in the WWE since 2003.
The Rock has competed since last year's WrestleMania at the Royal Rumble (won the WWE Championship) and Elimination Chamber (defended the title) and should be in better working shape at this year’s marquee event.
As seen in both of his previous PPV matches, though, The Rock has not been that impressive in the ring. Cena will once again be billed at WrestleMania 29 with the task of carrying The Rock through the biggest match of his recent run in the WWE.
While there is no question that The Rock will be in better shape, there is just as little doubt that it will be Cena giving orders in the ring and dictating the pace of this main event.
Add in taking the championship loss, and The Rock will be Sunday’s biggest disappointment.
Triple H has been given well-deserved credit for the backstage changes in the WWE, but at WrestleMania 29, fans will have to deal with the kind of booking that is based on personal agendas instead of what is best for business.
Brock Lesnar should beat Triple H at WrestleMania because the former UFC and WWE champion is worth more to the company in terms of PPV buys and attendance, and losing another match only discounts his image as a monster.
Despite the damage it would do to Lesnar’s reputation as a war machine, the fact that the deck is completely stacked against Triple H is a sign that he will likely walk away victorious.
There will always be a contingent of fans that love seeing Triple H win, but at this point in his career and with his influence backstage, there is no reason for the Cerebral Assassin to take a victory from Lesnar Sunday.
Too bad Triple H wins anyway.
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio
The WWE has given the world heavyweight championship match as much television time and focus as possible to get over with the crowd, but the reason this hasn’t worked is because Alberto Del Rio isn’t a viable main-event face.
Del Rio is a skilled worker in the ring, but his lack of personality and mic skills have not translated well in this feud with Jack Swagger and his xenophobic manager, Zeb Colter.
Colter has been verbally excellent throughout this battle, and despite Swagger’s limited abilities on the mic, the pre-recorded segments have made the challenger look strong.
Even Del Rio’s ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, has been more interesting than the champion.
The WWE is reportedly looking to make Del Rio into the next Latino baby face star (h/t Wrestling Inc.), but the lack of crowd reaction to this match and the champion at WrestleMania will have the company thinking twice.
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