Wrestlemania 29 Results: 7 Huge New Rivalries We Could See Going Forward

Drake Oz@drakeozbrSenior Writer IIApril 8, 2013

Wrestlemania 29 Results: 7 Huge New Rivalries We Could See Going Forward

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    WrestleMania 29 is technically the WWE's biggest pay-per-view of 2013, but it simply didn't feel like it was.

    Perhaps because the show was so predictable, we didn't really witness as many major moments as you would expect to see at the granddaddy of them all. Other than the great match between Undertaker and CM Punk, the PPV featured next to nothing that was spectacular and didn't do a whole lot to transition into new storylines and feuds.

    Oftentimes, we see WrestleMania serve as the catalyst to move a superstar from one feud to another, but that didn't really happen at WrestleMania 29.

    Although a few angles that will play out post-Mania have started to take shape, it looks like most of these angles have yet to be ignited. Either way, new rivalries must be built up now that WrestleMania is in the rearview mirror.

    So, which feuds might we see in the not-so-distant future?

    Let's take a look, with seven huge new rivalries we could see after WrestleMania 29.

7. The Shield vs. Team Hell No

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    The Shield beat Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus Sunday night, and based on what transpired between the three big-named veterans, we could be a headed for some sort of feud involving at least two or perhaps all three of them.

    That, of course, leaves The Shield free to move on to something else. So, how about a reincarnated rivalry with Team Hell No?

    Kane and Daniel Bryan successfully retained the WWE Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 29, and it looks like they're going to continue their run in the tag team division. But it also isn't clear if their feud with Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston will continue.

    It it doesn't, a reignited rivalry with The Shield is a logical possibility. The Shield has dominated anyone and everyone who's gotten in its path so far, and now might be the time for the trio to start pursuing tag team gold.

    Team Hell No really doesn't have a whole lot of potential challengers lined up, but given the duo's history with The Shield and all the success The Shield has had, it seems like The Shield might have a chance at taking the straps from Kane and Bryan.

    Although Team Hell No has had a great run, the duo is probably a lot closer to the end of its run that it is the beginning. Maybe Kane and Daniel Bryan finally go their separate ways after The Shield ends their lengthy title reign.

6. The Miz vs. Fandango

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    The Miz won the Intercontinental Championship by defeating Wade Barrett on the WrestleMania 29 pre-show, and it's safe to say that hardly anyone is begging for those two to continue their rivalry.

    Barrett and The Miz clearly need to move on from each other at this point. The question, though, is what to do with both guys, especially The Miz.

    This depends largely upon what Chris Jericho's WWE future holds, but if Y2J is going away for a while again, then his WrestleMania opponent, Fandango, could be looking for a new feud soon, too.

    While Fandango is getting a strong push right now, I don't think he's going to shoot straight up to the World title picture. A run with a midcard title, however, seems like a much more realistic possibility.

    That could potentially lead Fandango to a rivalry with The Miz, who may be looking for a new feud once he's done with Barrett (which needs to be soon). I'm not sure a Miz/Fandango rivalry would get over too well with the crowd (because Miz is a lackluster babyface and Fandango is so new), but hey, they've gotta do something, right?

    Fandango is going to be a big player in the midcard picture while The Miz's second Intercontinental title reign, though it probably won't do much for him, should make him a focal point of WWE TV going forward.

    With both Miz/Barrett and Fandango/Y2J possibly having ended Sunday night, perhaps the WWE will simply swap Fandango over to a rivalry with The Miz to help establish him as a midcard title threat.

5. Big Show vs. Sheamus

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    While many thought that Randy Orton might turn on his team at WrestleMania 29, it ultimately wound up being Big Show who did it instead.

    Agitated and frustrated by the fact that both Orton and Sheamus avoided tagging him in, Big Show took his frustrations out on "The Viper" and "The Great White" after they lost the match by nailing them both with huge knockout punches.

    Naturally, this has many wondering if we could see the creative team reignite the great rivalry between Big Show and Sheamus. 

    Sheamus and Show, of course, spent the latter months of 2012 feuding over the World Heavyweight Championship in what was one of the best feuds of the year. Now, it appears as if they could be headed for the latest chapter of their rivalry.

    Sheamus presumably won't be too happy about being knocked out by Big Show, and now that Show is back in his role as a full-fledged heel, he's going to need a top babyface to feud with. Sheamus might very well be that guy.

    Though we've seen these two wrestle a bunch of times over the past six months or so, it looks like we could get Show vs. Sheamus: Part 57. 

4. Alberto Del Rio vs. Mark Henry

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    You never know when it comes to the WWE, but Alberto Del Rio's clean victory over Jack Swagger Sunday night should ensure that the lackluster feud between the two comes to an end.

    Although that's certainly not a guarantee, I think it's time for both ADR and Swagger to move on and for ADR to get a new challenger for the World Heavyweight title.

    So, just who might that be? Well, how about Mark Henry?

    The WWE is trying desperately to build up Del Rio as a top babyface, but he needs a feud with a great heel to make that happen. No disrespect to Swagger, but he just wasn't and isn't the right heel to help Del Rio get over as a good guy.

    Mark Henry is.

    Henry is, of course, fresh off a huge win over Ryback at WrestleMania, and you have to think that the WWE may have had Henry win that match in order to position him for another run in the World title picture.

    With Del Rio likely in need of a new challenger and Henry continuing to be portrayed as one of the WWE's most unstoppable heels, a sensible scenario would be to have Henry target ADR and his World Heavyweight Championship.

3. Randy Orton vs. Big Show

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    In the opening match of WrestleMania 29, The Shield defeated Randy Orton, Big Show and Sheamus after Orton was pinned by Dean Ambrose.

    It didn't have to happen that way, though. Big Show could have easily saved Orton from being pinned, but because he was angry over his lack of involvement in the match, he didn't.

    After the match was over, Big Show's bottled-up rage then exploded when he nailed Sheamus with a huge knockout punch before doing the same to Orton.

    Now, it's pretty obvious what's coming next: Show is going to feud with Orton and/or Sheamus.

    It might very well be Sheamus who becomes Show's next rival, but because we saw Show vs. Sheamus so many times last year, expect Orton to be the man who becomes Show's next big rival.

    Although this isn't exactly an exhilarating possibility, especially for the fans who wanted to see Orton turn heel Sunday night, it is a very realistic one, nonetheless.

    Orton needs a new feud, and Show needs a new feud, too. Putting them in a rivalry with one another seems to make sense.

2. Mark Henry vs. John Cena

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    John Cena and Mark Henry were two big winners at WrestleMania 29.

    Cena, of course, beat The Rock to win the WWE Championship in the show's main event. Henry, on the other hand, pulled off a bit of a shocker by beating Ryback earlier in the show.

    While both Rock/Cena and Henry/Ryback could easily continue past WrestleMania, you have to wonder if Henry's surprising victory (most expected Ryback to win), combined with Cena's big title win, could be setting up for something different.

    Henry probably only has a little time left at the top of the WWE, so it's very possible that the WWE put him over Ryback on the grand stage of WrestleMania to position him for one last run in the World title scene.

    Cena and Henry have crossed paths in recent years, but they've never had an extended feud during that span. Now, however, the stars are aligning for them to do just that.

    Cena is coming off arguably the biggest victory of his career while Henry is coming off what is undoubtedly his biggest win since his return.

    So, perhaps the success both men had Sunday night will lead to Henry being Cena's first new challenger of his WWE Championship run.

1. The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar

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    Not surprisingly, both The Rock and Brock Lesnar lost at WrestleMania 29.

    Many have thought that their respective losses at the PPV would result in both guys being off of TV for a while, but news that both The Rock and Lesnar will apparently be appearing at Extreme Rules has certainly made things a little more interesting.

    The Rock could face John Cena again at that pay-per-view, but what about Lesnar? Assuming his feud with Triple H is a thing of the past, what will Lesnar be doing on the show?

    There are a lot of possibilities, but one that we haven't really addressed is Lesnar taking on The Rock at Extreme Rules. Rock vs. Brock is a match that most fans expect to happen at some point in the near future, and the widespread expectation is that it'll take place at SummerSlam or perhaps even WrestleMania 30.

    But remember: The WWE shocked us all by having Cena vs. Lesnar at Extreme Rules last year, so however unlikely it may seem, it's not totally out of the realm of possibilities that we could get Rock/Lesnar at Extreme Rules this year.

    Admittedly, the chances of this happening aren't great. But if Punk isn't wrestling on the PPV and the WWE wants to generate a high buyrate, then Lesnar vs. Rock could happen on the show.

    Both The Rock and Lesnar need to pick up a big victory after big losses at WrestleMania, and they may just have to go through each other to do it.


    Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!