WrestleMania 29 is by far the biggest wrestling event of the year. As the day inches closer, and the hype begins to percolate, it's fair to wonder if the show will have what it takes to reach expectations. The build wasn't always thrilling, but Sunday night's showcase should be a memorable spectacle.
WrestleMania is special because the show itself is separate from the proceeding weekly shows. Raw and SmackDown are always quite choppy in the weeks immediately before the major event because the WWE is trying to fit so many things into such a small time frame.
As it stands now, there are 10 matches scheduled (via WWE.com) for Sunday. The possibility is there for more to be added, especially on the pre-show. It's difficult to advance three or four truly solid storylines at any given time, let alone a dozen.
Unlike secondary pay-per-views, where a bad build more often than not leads to a lackluster match, WrestleMania shouldn't be held by what the WWE wasn't able to accomplish over the past few weeks.
Instead, every wrestler that walks to the ring in the middle of MetLife Stadium is going to pull out all the stops in order to make an impact. Every superstar enters WrestleMania in a different situation, but they all want to be the ones who are receiving praise the next day for various reasons.
For The Rock and John Cena, it's about proving they are among the top superstars to ever grace a WWE ring by putting on another thrilling main event. There are plenty of doubters out there.
For the midcard superstars, it's about standing out so they can receive a push after the WrestleMania spotlight dies down. The programming always goes through a lull during that period, giving them a chance to fill the void left by part-time stars.
Then there's wrestlers like Fandango and Big E Langston, who are really getting their first major chance to establish that they have staying power. A strong showing on Sunday gives them a chance to keep moving up the ladder.
It's that way for every superstar who takes the ring at WrestleMania. There's always something to prove and no bigger stage in the industry to do it.
While Rock and Cena's second straight WrestleMania encounter should be a perfect finish to the show, it's the other main event level matches that should set the tone for a great night.
The Undertaker's feud with CM Punk as he looks to move his record at wrestling's marquee show to 21-0 has really picked up steam lately. Although Punk ending the streak remains a long shot, it can't be completely counted out because nobody knows how long the Undertaker is going to stick around.
Then there's a rematch between Brock Lesnar and Triple H, which should be an all-out brawl. The WWE should send this battle out pretty early on because it would help get the crowd involved for the rest of the night.
The WWE Universe is often an overlooked factor when it comes to 'Mania. It's a group of wrestling diehards converging on one place and the atmosphere they create helps fuel a great show. One of the early matches needs to keep them going.
After those three matches, the show will be solidified by a strong group of secondary matches. Intriguing storylines include the The Shield attempting to maintain their momentum, a battle of monsters in Mark Henry and Ryback as well as the World Heavyweight Championship match.
It should be non-stop action from start to finish with top-notch matches, emerging superstars and even some swerves along the way to keep things interesting. All told, it should make everybody from the biggest wrestling fans to the casual viewers satisfied.
While it probably won't go down as the best WrestleMania in history, it should have no problem exceeding the expectations in place due to the hype. Anything less would be a surprise.