The Problem with Every WrestleMania 29 Match

Andy SoucekFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2013

The Problem with Every WrestleMania 29 Match

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    WrestleMania 29 will be here this Sunday.

    But for many fans, it just doesn't quite feel like WrestleMania season.

    There's a variety of reasons that could be leading to this overall apathy: two of the top matches are rematches, the lackluster weekly three-hour WWE Raws and some questionable booking for nearly every match.

    With a $5 increase in price this year, WWE has to convince fans more than ever that this event is going to be worth shelling out their hard earned money for.

    Have they succeeded? That's up to the individual to decide, but most can agree that the booking is far from perfect at this point.

    Here is what is wrong with every match that is booked so far.

Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. The Miz

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    The Biggest Booking Problem:

    The Intercontinental title has been so completely degraded that it doesn’t matter if The Miz wins.

    Having Barrett defeat Zack Ryder on Raw was far too little, far too late to help him restore his in-ring credibility. In fact, Barrett has lost 12 singles matches since holding the gold, and The Miz wasn’t much better when he had it.

     

    What Should Have Been Done:

    Barrett should have been pushed as an unstoppable brawler since his return. Miz should have been positioned as the one guy who might have his number.

    The match also should be taking place on the actual card. It's sad to think that The Miz was in the main event of WrestleMania 27, and has now been relegated to the pre-show.

Tons of Funk & the Funkadactyls vs.The Rhodes Scholars & The Bella Twins

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    The Biggest Booking Problem:

    Where to begin?

     

    What Should Have Been Done:

    Firstly, Brodus Clay’s character is on life support. At last year’s WrestleMania he was somewhat popular, and received his own dance segment. Seeing him do the same shtick dozens more times since then has not helped him feel any fresher.

    Tensai was another lousy addition to the act. The two could be a great badass heel tag team, but watching them dance together was old the first night.

    Secondly, Rhodes and Sandow should have feuded with the New Age Outlaws at WrestleMania instead of being involved in this mess. The mic work alone between the two teams would have been great.

    Thirdly, who are the Funkadactyls? WWE has yet to give us any reason to care about them.

    And fourthly, The Bella Twins shouldn’t have been brought back. There weren’t many fans out there clamoring for their return, and yet they are immediately given a WrestleMania match instead of the actual Divas Champion.

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

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    The Biggest Booking Problem:

    It’s hard to watch Chris Jericho go from a title shot at WrestleMania 28 to wrestling Fandango at WrestleMania 29.

     

    What Should Have Been Done:

    Actually, this feud is about as good as one could hope for. Fandango is getting some good crowd heat, and Jericho is a guy that the fans can rally around to finally shut him up.

    Really, there’s not much more that the WWE can do to build a feud out of a ballroom dancer who moonlights by wrestling in his free time.

Mark Henry vs. Ryback

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    The biggest booking problem:

    We already saw Ryback take down Mark Henry in a head-to-head confrontation.

     

    What should have been done:

    All physical contact should have been avoided between the two, or they should have had epic pull apart brawls where it takes the entire roster to separate them. Those always make for good visuals and would help add to the spectacle of this match.

    Ideally, The Big Show would never have lost the World Heavyweight Championship. At Mania, he would have a huge showdown facing off against Ryback to give him his big “WrestleMania” moment and get Shell Shocked by him (provided Ryback is able to).

Randy Orton & Sheamus & Big Show vs. The Shield

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    The Biggest Booking Problem:

    What does it matter if The Shield wins?

     

    What Should Have Been Done:

    Give this match some sort of consequences. We’ve already seen The Shield defeat WWE’s super teams multiple times. This match though feels less special because of the subractions of Ryback and John Cena.

    After months, we still don't know what The Shield is really about. They keep yelling about "justice" without ever really expanding upon that. Some more character development from the group and a clear motivation for their attacks would have kicked this match up a notch.

    Also, The Big Show, Sheamus and Orton are acting way too friendly around each other. They’ve handily defeated every team they’ve faced so far, and ran off The Shield multiple times.

    Basically, the big question of whether they could work together has already been answered.

Tag Team Championship Match: Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E. Langston

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    The Biggest Booking Problem:

    The tag team division is virtually non-existent again.

    Somehow the No. 1 contenders on the biggest show of the year are two guys who have never competed together before. 

     

    What Should Have Been Done:

    Ziggler should have a bigger role at this year’s 'Mania. He’s one of the workhorses of the company, and a potential rising star. He deserves better.

    Big E. Langston was booked as a non-factor for too long to make his first match seem important. His interferences in Ziggler’s matches always backfired, so WWE had to try and aggressively push him these past couple of weeks. It hasn’t worked.

    Usually it’s good to have the tag titles represented at WrestleMania, but Kane would have been better off involved in The Undertaker’s storyline, or just taking on Daniel Bryan and ending their stale tag team once and for all.

World Heavyweight Championship Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger

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    The Biggest Booking Problem:

    Not many fans have bought into Del Rio’s abrupt face turn and his overbearing love of America promos.

     

    What Should Have Been Done:

    Well, at least WWE tried.

    The WWE gave these two enough chances to finish the storyline, but Del Rio just isn't clicking as a babyface. It's been a long time since we've seen someone pander to the crowd as much as Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez have.

    Jack Swagger just doesn't show enough emotion to get people to think he actually believes what he's saying. On the mic, Zeb Colter is infinitely more polished, but the problem is, he isn't the one wrestling.

    Maybe if the roles were reversed and Del Rio was still a heel, and Swagger had returned as a face this would be easier to buy into.

    You also get the sense that fans as a whole would rather keep politics out of wrestling.

No Holds Barred: Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H (w/Shawn Michaels)

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    The Biggest Booking Problem:

    A rematch shouldn't have been booked.

     

    What should have been done:

    It should have been one and done for these two.

    Brock Lesnar only wrestled three matches since his return last year, and two of those were devoted to a guy who conveniently only wrestled twice in that time span.

    Triple H could have done wonders for a guy like Wade Barrett or a Dolph Ziggler at WrestleMania.

    Lesnar was one of the biggest sports stars on the planet just last year. There were doubts we'd ever see him again in a wrestling ring. Who would have imagined that seeing him compete at WrestleMania 29 would feel so underwhelming?

    Perhaps the best scenario of all would have been to have Lesnar handily defeat Triple H in his first match back, a guy like Randy Orton at SummerSlam and then have a huge showdown at WrestleMania with John Cena.

The Undertaker vs. CM Punk

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    The Biggest Booking Problem:

    The real life death of William Moody should have been left out of this story. Yes, CM Punk is angering people, but are those fans disgusted with Punk or with the WWE?

     

    What Should Have Been Done:

    Have the emphasis of the feud be based solely off of The Streak. It's been the most bankable story WWE has had at WrestleMania for years now.

    Or, if WWE was determined to have the feud revolve around Paul Bearer, then they needed to go all in with it.

    Specifically, incorporate the entire The Undertaker mythology. Where is Kane in all of this? Why not bring in guys who were also managed by Bearer like Mankind and Vader, and just have them express their disdain for Punk.

    Make Punk's heinous actions seem like the biggest slap in the face in the company's long history. He's desecrating the memory of a beloved manager, but his own son doesn't even care anymore.

    Surely spending more time filling out this story would lead to more potential buys for WrestleMania than any TV time that was devoted to Tons of Funk.

WWE Championship Match: The Rock vs. John Cena

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    The Biggest Booking Problem:

    It’s a rematch of last year’s main event.

     

    What Should Have Been Done:

    Having a rematch to the highest grossing wrestling pay-per-view of all time really isn’t a bad thing.

    Sure, it may annoy some fans, but you can’t blame the WWE for wanting to capitalize on the success of the first match.

    WWE also vastly improved the overall storytelling of this feud by dropping most of the insider jabs and character assassination attempts on behalf of both The Rock and John Cena. The story has been pretty interesting with Cena showing a side of himself that we haven’t seen in some time, which has led to some speculation that he may actually turn heel.

    Perhaps the only thing that WWE could have done better was to have one final face-to-face showdown between the two on the WWE Raw before 'Mania to really heat things up. Overall, job well done.