WrestleMania 29 is almost here, and the excitement around the WWE’s marquee show has wrestling fans across the world ready for action.
The card is stacked with legends of the ring—stars like The Rock, Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho and The Undertaker—and that depth and mainstream appeal will result in this year’s event being heralded as one of the best ever.
Despite the fact that this will be a four-hour pay-per-view, the quality of matches across the board will make the pacing of the show perfect.
The WWE has set the stage for an amazing show, and the fans are ready to get down to business.
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
When: Sunday, April 7 at 7 p.m. ET
Watch: Pay-Per-View (contact your local service provider)
Live Stream: WWE.com for $59.99
Full WrestleMania 29 Card
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.
John Cena’s First Feud Post-WrestleMania?
While John Cena’s focus is on The Rock at WrestleMania 29, the creative team is starting to look ahead to what’s next for the face of the company.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling Inc.), the discussion has been about taking Cena and his new WWE Championship and pitting him against Ryback after WrestleMania.
As much as a boost to Ryback’s character facing Cena would be, they are currently both faces. Ryback is getting over with the crowds and turning him heel doesn’t make much sense.
Even if the WWE does face vs. face, the result of the feud would likely be Cena winning the battle, resulting in yet another loss for Ryback in a key match. This may not be the wisest booking decision.
Heel Turns Coming?
The speculation about possible heel turns at WrestleMania has been buzzing, but according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling Inc.), there are several possible turns that could actually come to fruition.
While the majority of the members in the WWE Universe want to point at John Cena as the biggest possibility for a heel turn, the real main suspect has to be Randy Orton.
The typically anti-social Orton became buddies with Sheamus and Big Show to help stop The Shield, but the groundwork has been laid for a heel turn from RKO on the biggest stage of them all.
That would be the character change Orton has needed for years.
Main Event Previews and Predictions
WWE Champion The Rock vs. John Cena
The Rock comes into this main event looking to defend his title for the second consecutive time and add another win to his already impressive resume, but John Cena is fighting for redemption.
Cena’s character is based on hustle, loyalty and respect, and this is his chance to show the WWE Universe how great he can be in the ring with a bona fide legend.
MetLife Stadium will go crazy at the result, but Cena walks away as the new WWE champion.
Predicted Winner: John Cena.
The Undertaker vs. CM Punk
There were questions about if The Undertaker would even be ready for this year’s WrestleMania (h/t Wrestling Inc.), but his feud with CM Punk centered around the late Paul Bearer’s urn has been flat-out amazing.
Punk has played the quintessential heel in this build, and while The Undertaker normally has the psychological edge, the advantage leading into this match is in the challenger’s favor. The streak will continue anyway.
Predicted Winner: The Undertaker.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
Despite the stage being set for Triple H to overcome the odds and triumph Sunday, Brock Lesnar will steal the victory at WrestleMania with the help of Shawn Michaels.
Instead of Michaels helping his friend win, he will see that Lesnar is about to really hurt his friend and decides that he should throw in the towel, costing Triple H his career.
This would lead to a Triple H vs. Michaels WrestleMania 30 match.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar.
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
As much as the WWE wants the feud between Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio to work, the fact that the WWE Universe doesn’t care should be the signal to blow the angle up at WrestleMania.
That’s where Dolph Ziggler and his Money in the Bank Briefcase come into play.
If the company truly feels like the World title scene isn’t working, allowing Swagger to beat Del Rio for the championship via the help of Zeb Colter would continue the heat between those two men.
After taking the pin in the tag match and getting dumped by AJ and Big E Langston, Ziggler would complete his face turn by cashing in on the new heel champion and embracing the fact that the crowd will be losing their minds.
Predicted Winner: Jack Swagger, but Dolph Ziggler wins the World Heavyweight Championship.
Predicting the Rest of WrestleMania 29
The Shield beats Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show after Randy Orton turns heel and costs his team the win.
Intercontinental champion Wade Barrett defeats The Miz after the figure-four leg lock has no effect since it won't be done correctly.
Ryback defeats Mark Henry after successfully hitting his Shell Shock finisher.
WWE tag team champions Team Hell No retain the titles after making Big E Langston look great and pinning Dolph Ziggler.
Fandango defeats Chris Jericho via the top-rope leg drop of doom.
Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins defeat Tons of Funk and The Funkadactyls when everyone gets counted out.
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