WWE Wrestlemania 29 Results: The 5 Most Surprising Developments from MetLife
"I think we could be in for a couple of huge surprises tonight too. It is WrestleMania, after all."
That's what I tweeted earlier today before WrestleMania 29, but apparently, the WWE didn't feel like getting too creative with tonight's show.
Going into the pay-per-view, just about everyone seemed to think that this year's WrestleMania was shaping up to be one of the most predictable ever. The WWE didn't do much to prove us wrong, either.
Overall, WrestleMania 29 was about as predictable as we expected it to be. But hey, there were some some shockers tonight, though not necessarily very pleasant ones.
Let's take a look at what shocked us on tonight's PPV, with my rankings of the five most surprising developments from WrestleMania 29.
5. Swagger Gets a Jobber's Entrance
On Raw, a superstar's entrance may often get cut from TV, usually because of time constraints.
But never have I seen a WrestleMania World title match participant get a "jobber's entrance" on the WWE's biggest pay-per-view of the year. Until tonight, that is.
Jack Swagger, who unsuccessfully challenged Alberto Del Rio for the World title, didn't even get a televised entrance on tonight's PPV broadcast. Maybe it was due to time constraints or maybe it was "punishment" for his DUI, but either way, it was shocking to see.
One of the best things about WrestleMania is watching the superstars make their way to the ring to see exactly how they do it and how the crowd responds to them. Unfortunately for Swagger, we didn't even get the chance to see him do that.
There weren't many big surprises at WrestleMania 29, but this was a little one that really bothered me.
Everyone should get a televised entrance at Mania, but that's especially true for the guys who are fighting for the company's top titles.
4. 8-Person Mixed Tag Team Match Gets Bumped from the Card
I'm guessing that a match has probably been bumped from the WrestleMania card mid-show at some point in the past, but this year's snub is the only one I can really recall.
As WrestleMania 29 wore on, it looked like the WWE might be pressed for time near the end of the show. As it turns out, they were, and the eight competitors who were supposed to compete in mixed tag team action paid the price.
Even though Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars and the Bella Twins was probably the least anticipated match on the card, it's still a shame that these stars thought they were going to wrestle on the show but ultimately didn't.
With the countless video packages and the pointless Diddy performance taking up so much TV time, the eight-man mixed tag team match got the shaft when it looked like it might go on second to last.
The WWE needed to give the fans in the live crowd a "break" in between Triple H vs. Lesnar and Rock vs. Cena, and this was the match that should have done that. Instead, it was taken off of the card altogether without any real explanation.
A necessary move because of time constraints, but a very uncool one, nonetheless.
3. No Randy Orton Heel Turn
Going into WrestleMania 29, the widespread train of thought seemed to be that Randy Orton would turn heel during or after his match against The Shield.
Instead of pulling the trigger on a much-needed Orton heel turn, the WWE kinda sorta turned Big Show back heel again. Although Show had never totally turned babyface when aligning himself with Orton and Sheamus, he had been getting babyface reactions lately and was positioned in somewhat of a tweener role.
Tonight at WrestleMania, however, Show's recent babyface-like tendencies proved to be nothing more than a short-term thing. Frustrated by his lack of involvement in the match, he knocked out both Orton and Sheamus after they lost the match.
So, Show "turned" heel again even though he never really turned babyface. Kind of dumb, huh?
While it wasn't really all that surprising to see Show "go bad" again, it was pretty shocking that Orton didn't turn heel or at least start his heel turn. It was something that most of us expected to see, and yet, it simply didn't happen.
2. No Dolph Ziggler Cash-in
"We want Ziggler!"
You probably heard the crowd chanting this during the World Heavyweight Championship match between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger. But we got nothing.
Nada. Zilch. Zero.
After a rather underwhelming (but solid) World title bout, the fans (both watching at home and in the live crowd) were dying to see Dolph Ziggler make his way down to the ring, cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase and then become World champion.
Unfortunately though, the WWE, for whatever reason, decided not to give Ziggler his big WrestleMania moment.
Ziggler stayed in the back, Del Rio celebrated his win, and fans all across the world were left disappointed by the fact that "The Showoff" didn't become the first man to cash in at WrestleMania.
This seemed like somewhat of a certainty leading up to WrestleMania, but I guess all of the talk that it would happen ensured that it actually wouldn't.
1. Ryback Loses...Again
There were many predictable matches on the WrestleMania 29 card, and most of us thought that Ryback beating Mark Henry was one of them.
Ryback has lost big match after big match over the course of the past several months, so logic said that he would defeat Henry in order to regain his momentum. But the WWE threw logic completely out the window tonight.
Instead of Ryback picking up the biggest victory of his career, he lost. Again.
As if the loss itself wasn't bad enough, though, the manner in which Ryback lost was just plain silly. He didn't fall victim to one or more World's Strongest Slams, but rather, he was pinned cleanly after Henry simply fell on top of him.
How weak was that?
It would have more than made sense for the up-and-coming Ryback to get the victory over the aging Henry tonight, but instead, we got a surprising twist that was surprising for all of the wrong reasons.
I went 8-1 with my picks for WrestleMania 29, and I never thought that Ryback would be the one blemish in the loss column. But he was, and for the life of me, I just don't get why.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!
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