5 Must-See Matches at WrestleMania 29
With this year's WrestleMania shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested in many years, the wrestling world is abuzz with predictions and rumors.
The WWE title match between the Rock and John Cena is one of the most talked about matches in decades. The match looks to become an instant classic and a career-defining match for both men.
It is also one of the most talked about topics here on Bleacher Report, and so it will be left off of this list since there is little doubt about the "must-see" quality of the showdown.
However, there are several other matches that evening that are sure to create plenty of buzz.
5. Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler/Big E. Langston
When will Daniel Bryan and Kane finally stop the bickering and feud?
Wrestling fans have been on the edge of their seats in recent months as the company continues to tease dissension between the tag team champs. It had cooled in recent weeks, but with perpetual wild card AJ Lee in the mix of this match, who knows what could happen.
Langston has proved himself to be a valuable equalizer in recent weeks, while Ziggler continues to be one of the must-see talents on the roster at all times.
While it is fairly unlikely that the duo will be able to secure a victory over the champions, who somehow always find a way to come out on top, the prospect of them doing so is very intriguing and could finally be the spark that ignites the fire between Bryan and Kane.
4. Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
Fandango has been on a bit of a roll lately without ever actually engaging in any onscreen match.
His brutal attacks on Jericho belie his flamboyant nature, and his vicious streak has been showcased to the max of late.
This match could be the perfect stepping stone for Fandango to move on to bigger things within the company, as Vince McMahon is said to be very high on the gimmick and the in-ring work of his dynamic young superstar.
For Jericho, it gives him a chance to showcase the improving skills of a rising star. As a respected ring general, Jericho has the talent to build up Fandango in only one match and leave him looking incredible by the final bell, win or lose.
3. Ryback vs. Mark Henry
Many have been somewhat underwhelmed by the buildup to this battle of the behemoths.
Much of the emphasis in this match is built upon the physical strength of both competitors. Both men are known as major powerhouses, with Henry legitimately being one of the strongest men in the world.
But the main focus of this match should be placed upon the broad shoulders of Ryback.
This match may very well be make or break for the rising star. A win would mean that he could be a great force against evil going forward, something the company desperately needs.
However, a loss would relegate him back to having no real place and no real competition on the roster. And that could soon lead to him no longer having a place within the company.
2. Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
At the outset of this feud, it stood to reason that Swagger could be a legitimate threat to Del Rio’s title.
And while the company has done a great job of making Swaggers look dangerous in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, his recent arrest may have prevented him from actually capturing the gold on Sunday.
Del Rio is being counted on to be the flagship Latino athlete on the roster, so it is entirely possible that he will hold onto his title in convincing fashion. He is fighting for the “non-americans” that Swagger and manager Zeb Colter have been on a tirade about for weeks. He is also defending the honor of his personal ring announcer and friend Ricardo Rodriguez.
In the back of everyone’s mind, though, should be Ziggler, who does still have possession of the Money in the Bank briefcase.
1. The Undertaker vs. CM Punk
What more can be be said about this match that hasn't already been discussed?
'Taker has had a ton of great competition over the years. His 20-0 streak is evidence that there has never been a competitor that he has not been able to vanquish.
However, Punk is cut from a cloth that has never been seen before, and is perhaps the biggest threat to the streak that there has ever been.
There had been talk for months that Punk may very well be the one that would finally break the streak. However, with the death of William "Paul Bearer" Moody in real life, the feud took on another tone—a personal tone.
And it now stands to reason that there is no way that the company will allow the streak to end at this time.
Also worth noting is that Punk is not advertised for many shows after WrestleMania, leading people to believe that he might very well end up on the losing end of things.