There is no question that championships are important in professional wrestling and they can definitely add to the enormity of a match, but they aren't necessary in order for a memorable contest to occur. That is quite evident heading into WrestleMania XXIX as many of the top bouts on the card have no titles involved.
The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship is set to headline 'Mania, but many fans aren't overly excited about it since we already saw them wrestle last year. Most fans want to see something new, and while there are a few rematches on the card, the WWE has figured out ways to keep most of them fresh.
Here are the top three non-title matches that have the ability to steal the show and ultimately will provided the performers live up to their potential.
The Undertaker vs. CM Punk
Which non-title match is most likely to steal the show at WrestleMania XXIX
It can be argued that The Undertaker beating CM Punk to extend his WrestleMania undefeated streak to 21-0 is predictable, and that may be true, but most would probably agree that Taker and Punk are poised to engage in a match for the ages. Matches can definitely be made better when the result is uncertain, but The Undertaker winning at 'Mania has been pretty obvious for the past few years and he has still managed to put on some incredible performances.
The Phenom always brings his "A" game at WrestleMania, and Punk does the same in pretty much every match he works. Taker doesn't necessarily have to be carried through a match as he is a wily veteran who knows what he's doing, but he is getting up there in years and may defer to Punk as the ring general for much of the contest.
Punk is capable of having an awesome match with pretty much anyone, and The Undertaker will be no exception. Punk is still looking for his "WrestleMania moment," and a match with Taker could be it. He has won Money in the Bank twice and beat Chris Jericho last year, but nothing measures up to facing The Deadman at 'Mania. When you take all of that into consideration, The Undertaker and Punk simply won't disappoint.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
Even though Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar is a rematch from SummerSlam, much like The Rock vs. Cena is a rematch from last year's WrestleMania; there are plenty of added pieces that ensure it will be an intriguing affair. Not only will their 'Mania match have a No Holds Barred stipulation attached to it, but if Triple H loses he will be forced to retire. That doesn't necessarily mean that it will be The Game's last match regardless of whether he wins or loses, but it is always a possibility.
Triple H and Lesnar are two of the best brawlers the business has ever seen, so it will be interesting to see what they can do in a hardcore environment. Their SummerSlam match was technically No Holds Barred as well, but it didn't really resemble a wrestling match. Their bout on the WrestleMania stage should be more traditional and will almost certainly involve chairs, sledgehammers and more.
On top of that, Shawn Michaels will be in Triple H's corner. HBK was supposed to accompany Triple H during his SummerSlam match, but Lesnar broke his arm beforehand. Mr. WrestleMania himself is all healed up, though, and he is bound to get involved in some way. Whether that means he'll help his best friend beat Lesnar or inexplicably turn on him is anyone's guess. It should be entertaining either way.
The Shield vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show
Despite having been part of the WWE since Survivor Series, The Shield hasn't competed in many televised matches. The two pay-per-view bouts they have had, however, are among the best WWE contests of the past year. Their victory over Ryback and Team Hell No at TLC was extremely entertaining, while their surprising win over Ryback, Sheamus and John Cena at Elimination Chamber stole the show as well.
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are all excellent in the ring, so it makes sense that they perform so well as a unit. Their opponents at WrestleMania XXIX should be equally impressive as veterans Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show know what it takes to perform on the grandest stage of them all. Although a Shield victory is virtually guaranteed, there is a lot to like about this bout. Three young stars will be elevated by three established guys, and there is no telling what might happen between Orton, Sheamus and Show.
While the three of them have put up a united front against a common enemy, Big Show is still technically a heel who has had issues with both Orton and Sheamus. Also, Orton and Sheamus have faced each other several times in the past, so they aren't exactly buddies either. An Orton heel turn is long overdue and needs to happen in order for him to be relevant again. If The Viper does finally turn at 'Mania and The Shield goes over, then this will be one of the most fruitful matches on the entire card.