WWE: Ranking the Matches at WrestleMania 29 on Potential Quality of the Match
WrestleMania is the biggest day of the year for the WWE and their superstars. It is a chance for each competitor to display their talent and skill and try and put on the greatest match of the year.
Superstars like Shawn Michaels and Undertaker are living legends because of their ability to consistently put on the most entertaining and overall best matches at WrestleMania.
Sometimes matches we don't expect to be great, turn out to be duds and other matches we were less excited for, end up being unforgettable.
The quality of a match is decided on the technical wrestling, mixed with the amount of excitement delivered. With all the matches for WrestleMania 29 set in place, we can start to predict which of them will be strong technically, as well as being very entertaining.
Here are rankings for each WrestleMania match on the potential quality of them.
10. Tons of Funk & The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars & The Bella Twins
To tell you the truth, I am actually happy this match is one of the "filler" matches. I'm excited to see the Funkadactyls in action, who so far have been impressive when they have wrestled.
But this match should be relatively quick and end with a giant dance party.
Ultimately, this match will be for comedy and not quality. Thus making it the least memorable and worst match on the card.
9. Wade Barrett vs. The Miz for Intercontinental Championship
The Miz challenging Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship already starts off poorly because it is the official "interactive pre-show." I have a feeling at least half of the people watching WrestleMania this year, will forget to tune in to the match before the event on pay-per-view starts.
This feud has been weak and forgettable and I think their match will be very forgettable as well. Barrett is a very good in-ring competitor, but the Miz is mediocre at best.
One thing that could possibly help this match is if Miz wins with a Figure Four Leg Lock and dedicates it to Ric Flair, whose son just passed away.
8. Ryback vs. Mark Henry
Ryback vs. Mark should feature some impressive feats of strength and be very intense. I hope we get to see Ryback lift Henry up over his shoulders.
However, when you have two huge monsters in a ring, the pace of the match generally suffers. I expect that to happen here.
Henry vs. Ryback will be a slow match, that is very limited and subject to an inevitable Ryback botch or two.
So while it is going to be exciting to see two guys of this physical magnitude in the ring, it is not going to steal the show by any stretch of the imagination.
7. Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston
The match between Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston for the Tag Team Championship belts consists of three very strong in-ring wrestlers.
Many consider Daniel Bryan to be the best technical wrestler working for the WWE right now. He has been all over the wrestling world crafting his skills, and while it may not always be flashy, Bryan is superb in the ring.
His tag team partner Kane is a seasoned veteran and often underrated as a technical wrestler because of his size and strength. It is very impressive to see a seven-foot monster flying off the top rope, and he hasn't really lost a step in his near 20-year career.
Dolph Ziggler sells opponents' moves as well as any superstar right now. He is extremely athletic and should wrestle the majority of this match for his team.
The one question mark in this match is how well Big E will be in a match. He has yet to wrestle a match in the WWE.
The only thing we have seen out of Langston so far is his "Big Ending" finisher.
But when you add the anticipation of Langston's debut, with three superstars who are a lock to put on a quality match, we should be very entertained. I expect the WWE Universe to be more than satisfied when this match is over.
6. Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show vs. The Shield
One of the biggest matches of the night is The Shield taking on Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show.
Orton and Sheamus are two strong in-ring performers who have a lot to prove because they are going up against three rookies and they have to make sure they hold their own.
The Shield have been together for close to six months and their chemistry together has been very impressive. One big factor could be their nerves, which are probably going to be evident because it is their first WrestleMania.
Also, the Big Show's in-ring abilities are diminished and his character is pretty irrelevant now that he is probably going to be turning face again.
There is a chance for a big surprise like Orton or Sheamus turning heel, or a new member of the Shield emerging. But I think the match is going to be a little disappointing compared to what some people may expect of it.
5. Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger for World Heavyweight Championship
There is no denying that Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio are not the strongest performers on the mic. That being said, the two are very good in-ring performers.
The technical wrestling is going to be relatively strong in this match. I expect a back-and-forth battle that also has Ricardo Rodriguez and Zeb Colter getting involved.
While I think the match is going to be a pretty good overall match, I don't think the excitement element is there. Also, the fact that everyone is going to be waiting for Ziggler to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase will take away from the match a little.
So the quality of this match is going to be good, but not great.
4. Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
At WrestleMania 29, we have a match that features a legend vs. a rookie. Chris Jericho will compete against Fandango in a match that is very intriguing for me.
Since returning at the Royal Rumble, Jericho has put on very strong matches and performances. He has proven that, despite being 42 years old, he is still one of the top superstars inside the squared circle.
Fandango is the mystery. He will be making his debut at WrestleMania and the most we have seen of him has been his attacks on Jericho.
But in those attacks, Fandango has proven to move pretty well in the ring and being paired with Jericho could bring out the best in him.
I think that Fandango vs. Jericho is going to exceed expectations because of Jericho's experience and ability to pretty much make anyone he steps into the ring with better.
3. Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H at SummerSlam was pretty underwhelming. When you pair two superstars of their intensity and colossal presence, you expect more than what we got.
Their rematch at WrestleMania 29 will make up for SummerSlam. When you combine the amount of time the two have had to prepare for this match, with their experience, the potential of being Triple H's last match, and the overall adrenaline and testosterone that will be present, this match is going to be very memorable and entertaining.
We saw the intensity that their exchanges have had so far and I think we are going to see a significant amount of blood in this match. While the technical wrestling might not be up to par with a Bret vs. Owen Hart match, the excitement will definitely be.
2. John Cena vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship
For the second time in our lifetime, we will see John Cena vs. the Rock at WrestleMania.
Their highly anticipated match at WrestleMania 28 was good but not great. Actually, the Rock's in-ring performances since his return have not been spectacular. Chalk it up to ring rust.
But the Rock is "The Great One" and the WWE Champion for a reason and I fully expect the ring rust to be invisible for this match.
While Cena is never considered a wrestling technician, we have seen him deliver stellar performances in big matches like the one against Punk at the Money in the Bank event in 2011, vs. Punk on Raw a few weeks ago and against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 23.
Now that Cena and the Rock have had pretty much two years to prepare for this match, I think their chemistry is going to be strong and click well at MetLife Stadium Sunday night.
I think their rematch is going to exceed their original match at WrestleMania last year.
1. CM Punk vs. The Undertaker
If you look at the last four Match of the Year winners, according to Pro Wrestling Illustrated, the Undertaker was involved in three of them and CM Punk was in one.
The Undertaker pretty much wrestles one match a year now. He puts all that he has into each of these matches and never disappoints.
Punk puts on consistently entertaining matches and wants to prove he can handle his own with arguably the greatest WWE superstar of all time. After seeing his match vs. John Cena on Raw a few weeks ago, I am confident that this match is going to be unforgettable.
While both guys are probably not completely healthy, I still expect Undertaker vs. Punk to be the top match of the night.