WWE WrestleMania 2013: Predicting Most Memorable Moments for Upcoming Event

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2013

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

While the WWE calendar is packed with moments that wrestling fans remember for a lifetime, there is no doubt that WrestleMania allows stars to shine even brighter than usual. That will especially be the case this year at WrestleMania XXIX from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Even if some fans aren't ecstatic about this year's card, the stage has never been bigger. Whether WrestleMania XXIX is remembered as a great event or a sub-par one, there are bound to be at least a few moments that will resonate with the fans for many years to come.

Those moments can come in a number of different forms from a single spot in a match to a big victory and everything in between.

Here are the top three moments that are likely to come to fruition at WrestleMania XXIX and live forever in the annals of 'Mania history.



Ryback Shell Shocking Mark Henry

There is no question that Ryback has been mishandled since his popularity reached a fever pitch prior to Hell in a Cell, but he has a golden opportunity to become a main-event player once again if he can dispatch Mark Henry at WrestleMania. He is expected by most to win, but simply scoring a victory shouldn't be the only thing on Ryback's mind.

Despite the fact that he has been a dominant force since debuting, Ryback has yet to win a meaningful pay-per-view match. Doing it at WrestleMania is a great place to start, though. Since Henry is known as "The World's Strongest Man," beating him would be a big feather in Ryback's cap.

If he truly wants to captivate the audience and reach the next level, though, he needs to do something spectacular during the bout.

One of the most iconic moments in 'Mania history happened at WrestleMania III when Hulk Hogan slammed Andre the Giant. Ryback vs. Henry is obviously nowhere near that match in terms of magnitude, but they could make their own WrestleMania moment.

It is going to be very difficult for Ryback to get Henry up for Shell Shocked, but if Ryback can possibly grab Henry off the ropes and slam him that way, it will make him look like a million bucks and it will be replayed for many years to come.


Randy Orton Turning Heel

Face and heel turns are always a big deal as they can totally change the course of a superstar's character and even the course of the WWE as a whole. When they happen at WrestleMania, though, they become that much bigger.

There has been a lot of chatter from the Internet crowd about John Cena possibly shocking the world and turning heel to defeat The Rock for the WWE Championship, but a much more likely scenario would involve Randy Orton becoming a heel.

While Orton has already accomplished a ton in his career and is probably a WWE Hall of Famer regardless of what else he does moving forward, he hasn't been a top guy in over a year and a half.

Part of that stems from his wellness policy violation and subsequent suspension last summer, but his character has also been stale for a long time. Orton worked as a face at first because it is something different, but the novelty wore off a long time ago.

Orton was always more interesting as a heel and there is no reason why he shouldn't turn. There is enough face depth on the roster right now to make up for him turning and he would automatically become the No. 2 heel behind CM Punk.

During his match against The Shield on Sunday, look for Orton to either cost Sheamus and Big Show the match or perhaps RKO one of them after they lose. Whatever the case, fans will be talking about The Viper come Monday morning.


John Cena Standing Tall to Close Show

Whether you love him or hate him, all signs point to John Cena emerging victorious at WrestleMania XXIX. He put The Rock over at WrestleMania XXVIII last year and everything has been building toward redemption.

The Rock is now the WWE Champion and because of his status as a part-time superstar, the odds of him retaining are quite low. Cena hasn't held the WWE Championship in more than a year and a half, so the time has come for him to win it back.

The WWE has been calling 2012 the worst year of Cena's life, which is obviously a bit too dramatic, but it isn't far off from a storyline perspective. After losing to The Rock he lost a lot of big matches and he even got divorced in real life, which the WWE has tried to link to his loss to The Rock.

With all of that in mind, Cena is still the WWE's top star by a long shot and Vince McMahon probably feels as though he is overdue for a title run.

There are obviously a lot of fans out there who don't like the idea of Cena being champion, but there are even more who do.

The same was true of Hulk Hogan during his heyday. He wasn't necessarily universally beloved, but his title wins to close WrestleMania are still remembered today. Cena beating The Rock is a memory that will rival anything Hogan did at 'Mania as well.


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