WWE WrestleMania 29: Shawn Michaels and 'Mania's Most Intriguing Angles

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2013

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

While most of the talk heading into WrestleMania focuses on the matches themselves, there are plenty of side storylines that are worth keeping an eye on. WrestleMania XXIX will probably be judged based on The Rock vs. John Cena, The Undertaker vs. CM Punk and Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, but other attractions are present to draw fans in as well.

On Raw it was announced that Shawn Michaels will be in Triple H's corner against Lesnar, so that is obviously something that bears watching. With HBK and Paul Heyman lurking around outside the ring during a No Holds Barred match, anything can happen. Michaels isn't the only example of that, though, as there are many auxiliary angles.

Here are the three most intriguing angles that may not be at the forefront currently, but will definitely be talked about on Sunday night.


Shawn Michaels' Involvement

Although Michaels has been retired for a few years, WrestleMania is nothing without Mr. WrestleMania. Michaels served as the special guest referee for the Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and The Undertaker last year, and he added a lot to the atmosphere. Michaels will once again have a hand in Triple H's match at WrestleMania, as he announced his intention to be in his best friend's corner when he faces Lesnar.

Since the match is No Holds Barred, HBK can involve himself without repercussions. The obvious move would be for Michaels to stop Heyman from interfering or to attack Lesnar at some point for retribution. Lesnar broke Michaels' arm last year, so he has some issues of his own with Lesnar. If Triple H wins the match, then he and Michaels can celebrate afterwards and create a fun moment for the fans.

At the same time, there is always a slight chance that Michaels could turn on Triple H. Fans have been talking about a potential 'Mania match between Triple H and Michaels down the road if HBK ever decides to return, and the feud could possibly start at 'Mania. If Michaels either purposely or accidentally costs Triple H the match, The Game will be fired. An "unretirement" of sorts could then take place at WrestleMania XXX with Triple H getting revenge.


The Undertaker's Streak

The Undertaker's streak is always a topic of conversation come WrestleMania time, but there are a lot of moving parts this year in particular. Very few fans actually believe that CM Punk will end the streak since Taker competing at WrestleMania XXX seems likely, but Punk has mentioned on numerous occasions that he intends to end the streak by any means necessary, so there could be some foul play involved.

As a heel, Punk is always willing to do anything in order to win. This match is arguably the biggest of his career, so he will take things to another level. There are no special stipulations attached to this bout, so The Undertaker can lose by disqualification or countout. With that in mind, Punk will attempt to goad Taker into getting himself disqualified. That is likely why he has disrespected the memory of Paul Bearer, as he wants to enrage The Phenom.

The WWE obviously wouldn't end the streak on a technicality, but it should add to the story that is being told over the course of the match. Most guys have simply tried to go head to head with The Deadman and beat him; however, Punk is aiming to take the easy way out. That should create an atmosphere that hasn't been seen before in an Undertaker WrestleMania match.


Dolph Ziggler's Money in the Bank Contract

Dolph Ziggler secured the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank briefcase all the way back at last year's Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Despite that, The Showoff is still in possession of the contract. He has teased cashing it in on multiple occasions, but this hasn't happened to this point. With Money in the Bank now just a few months away, Ziggler is running out of opportunities to become the new world champion.

Alberto Del Rio is set to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Jack Swagger at WrestleMania XXIX in a match that could go either way. If Del Rio retains, then a Ziggler cash-in is a definite possibility at 'Mania. Del Rio's face turn was interesting at first, but he has gotten stale and the title scene could benefit from a shakeup. There is no guarantee that it will happen, but winning the belt at WrestleMania would be huge for Ziggler.

Ziggler is already scheduled to compete in a Tag Team Championship match against Team Hell No along with Big E Langston, but that is little more than a supporting bout. The WWE hasn't booked Ziggler well since winning Money in the Bank with the exception of a win over Cena, but all would be forgotten if he cashes in on the grandest stage of them all.


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