There are just a few days until WrestleMania 29, and the excitement over the match card and which bouts are building for the future of the company has the WWE Universe at a fever pitch for this marquee show.
The WWE uses WrestleMania to sell the brand to the mainstream fans, but with several high-profile main events (John Cena vs. The Rock, Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H, etc.), there is the unique opportunity to build fresh faces in the mid-card matches.
All of the following matches will be used to get some of the WWE’s brightest prospects over with the fans on the WrestleMania 29 stage.
Full WrestleMania 29 Match Card (WWE.com):
WWE Champion The Rock vs. John Cena.
The Undertaker vs. CM Punk.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (No Holds Barred Match; If Lesnar wins, Triple H must retire).
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger.
Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show vs. The Shield.
Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. The Miz.
Ryback vs. Mark Henry.
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston.
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango.
Tons of Funk and The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins.
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
When Chris Jericho squares off against Fandango this Sunday, the whole purpose of their WrestleMania match will be for Y2J to help his competitor get a reaction from the crowd as a viable mid-card heel.
WWE officials, most notably Vince McMahon, are reportedly very high on Fandango and his character (h/t Wrestling Inc.), and having him debut at WrestleMania against a former world champion and fan-favorite like Jericho proves their desire to make this gimmick work.
As hard as it will be to believe, the stage has been set for Fandango to steal a victory on Sunday against Y2J, and the rub the former NXT winner would receive would start his career off on the right foot.
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
Mark Henry hasn’t had the most prestigious career in the WWE, but the way his character has developed over the last two years makes him one of the most feared monsters in the company today.
That’s why Henry will get a well-deserved spot on the WrestleMania 29 card, and will be entrusted with the responsibility of helping make Ryback look great to the casual fans.
Ryback is still green in the ring and shows his inexperience at times, but luckily for the WWE, Henry has evolved over the years into one of the best big-man, in-ring workers the company has ever seen.
Henry and Ryback will realize the chance they have and work together to put on an excellent match that blows the lack of expectations out of the water. This bout will be a feather in Henry’s cap as a veteran and the first of many WrestleMania moments for Ryback.
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston
Each member of this tag team match between Team Hell No and the team of Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston will get a chance to shine on the WrestleMania stage, but the focus will be on making Langston look like a star.
Kane and Daniel Bryan are two of the best workers in the WWE, and the duo will do their best to make the debuting Langston look like a powerhouse and a major threat. Team Hell No can still win the match by pinning Ziggler, but the goal is to get Langston over with the casual fans.
Langston has the raw ability to be a star—though he still has to prove he has what it takes on the mic, but a great showing against two stars like Kane and Bryan would be the right way to start his in-ring career.
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