WWE WrestleMania 29: Batista, Shawn Michaels and More Logical Swerves

Brandon GalvinFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2013

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  Batista poses in the ring during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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WrestleMania moments live in infamy. They instantly become iconic images ingrained in every diehard wrestling fan’s mind.

The WWE, and the wrestling business in general, is fueled creatively by hitting fans with the unexpected just when they think they have everything figured out. We can call it whatever we want—a swerve, smoke-and-mirrors, twist—it doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is that we remember it. When it happens at WrestleMania, we remember it forever.

Many fans were disappointed with the WWE’s booking of this year’s WrestleMania because the main events are rematches that either took place as recently as last April and August and as far back as 2009. Fans may deem it lazy or safe booking, but these rematches lend themselves to business-altering swerves.


Dolph Ziggler Wins World Heavyweight Championship

Dolph Ziggler has been punished long enough; it’s time the WWE finally puts some faith into one of its best in-ring workers and underrated mic workers. He is a phenomenal antagonist who is able to get under everybody’s skin, but he has the confidence in his in-ring abilities to back up his cocky and arrogant mannerism and style. He is a main eventer stuck in the midcard and is just waiting for his one moment to catapult himself to the top of the industry.

Alberto del Rio isn’t cutting it as World Heavyweight champion, and he isn’t going to get more over with the crowd than he already is because he is stale in the ring and can’t work the mic.

It’s obvious that del Rio will defeat Jack Swagger given their storyline based on discrimination and immigration. In the tri-state area, the WWE will give fans a feel-good moment with del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez besting Swagger and Zeb Colter. As soon as that match ends, Ziggler needs to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase and defeat del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Once Ziggler cashes in and wins, the New Jersey crowd is guaranteed to explode in support of the "Show Off." It would be the biggest moment of Ziggler’s career and skyrocket him to the top of the WWE in top-flight force.


Batista Screws Lesnar

Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar lends itself to a swerve more than any other match on the card. The storyline and stipulations favor Triple H winning from a booking perspective, which is exactly why the WWE will look to catch fans sleeping with something huge.

Batista was recently seen at an NXT event and is a good friend with Triple H. Despite his feelings about the PG Era, he could very well make his return to assist Triple H against his dream opponent, Lesnar.

Batista has been away from the WWE since 2010 and has done MMA and acting during that time. With the WWE utilizing more part-time wrestlers, it would be able to bring in Batista for a superfight against Lesnar to counter the company’s usual "WrestleMania hangover."

Batista would be able to save Triple H from retirement and then provide the company with a fantastic buyrate when he takes on Lesnar at Extreme Rules on May 19. Triple H mentored Batista one decade ago and is known as the "Cerebral Assassin" for a reason. If there was ever one man to have an ace up his sleeve, it would be Triple H.


Shawn Michaels Turns Heel

Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels is one of the greatest rivalries in professional wrestling history. Despite wrestling at seemingly every stage there is to offer, there is still more for these two all-time greats to do. This feud has never seen Shawn Michaels play the villain and Triple H play the babyface, and they have never wrestled one-on-one at WrestleMania. The WWE can make that happen at WrestleMania XXX, and it all starts at WrestleMania 29.

Brock Lesnar would benefit more from defeating Triple H than Triple H would by avenging his SummerSlam 2012 loss. Lesnar has more to offer in an active role than Triple H does at this stage of their careers, as Triple H is better suited behind the scenes and wrestling once every six months as a special attraction.

Since the storyline makes sense for Triple H to win, he needs to be screwed by his best friend Shawn Michaels, who said this past Monday on Raw that he will be in Triple H’s corner. Michaels can simply superkick Triple H to cost him his career and turn heel in the process. Michaels could say that Triple H never got revenge for him after Lesnar broke his arm in the storyline last summer and that he was going to take matters into his own hands.

Even though both men would be "retired" when they meet at WrestleMania XXX, the WWE could easily work around this aspect of the storyline. In 2002, Eric Bischoff refused to sign off on Michaels' first match in four years, so Triple H and Michaels competed in an unsanctioned match at SummerSlam that year.

The WWE could do the same thing at WrestleMania XXX and have this rivalry truly come full circle with an unsanctioned match where Triple H finally gets the best of his longtime friend.


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