WWE WrestleMania 29 Card: Power Ranking Top Non-Title Matches

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2013

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

Fandango is going to dance himself into legitimacy at WrestleMania XXIX.

Although he has never wrestled in a single WWE match before, he finds himself in a match in the biggest show of the year against Chris Jericho.

Jericho has done pretty much nothing since making his return to the company. Many people complained WWE was misusing him last year, but it's arguably gotten worse in 2013.

Regardless, these two should be able to put on a very good match.

Both Fandango and Jericho are competent wrestlers, and Jericho is especially adept at making his opponent look like a million bucks. It's exactly the kind of opponent Fandango needs to get the fans to see that he's actually more than just a ballroom dancer.

Outside of the title matches, there are plenty of other exciting bouts on the WrestleMania card. Here are the top three for Sunday's pay-per-view.


3. Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar

Triple H needs to retire. Here's to hoping he loses on Sunday. It's amazing how he still carries some sort of inferiority complex. Every time he appears on television, he has to be the coolest, funniest, toughest person in the company.

Oh what's that, the Intercontinental Champion is walking down the aisle for a match? Now's probably a great time for Triple H to kick him in the crotch just because he can.

Paul Heyman can say whatever he wants about retirement ruining Triple H's life and whatever else. This is a guy who's basically already retired. Plus he and Brock Lesnar already had a No Disqualification match at SummerSlam 2012. There would have been a much better way to use Lesnar for WrestleMania.

Their SummerSlam match wasn't all that great to begin with, but who knows what the future holds at WrestleMania. Triple H's match against The Undertaker last year was largely a retread of what they had done the previous year, but it was fantastic. Maybe Lesnar and Triple H will put on one for the ages.


2. Ryback vs. Mark Henry

Can Ryback Shellshock Mark Henry?

That's the biggest question going into this match. However, having talked about that in detail quite a bit already, we'll talk a little more about the match itself.

It's always fun to watch two big, strong guys face off in the ring. It's the proverbial unstoppable force meeting the immovable object. You know exactly what you're getting. While the match might not be a five-star classic, Ryback and Mark Henry should be able to put on a fun seven, maybe 10-minute match where they exchange power moves.

With a WrestleMania that features quite a few rematches, it's good to see a relatively fresh new feud.

Henry has been booked very well since making his return in February. He's squashed pretty much everybody in his path. On the other side, you've got Ryback, who is in position to become the next top face in WWE and to make a WWE title run.

A lot of that push might be predicated on what he can do at WrestleMania. If Ryback looks like a beast, expect him to feud with John Cena in the coming months.


1. CM Punk vs. The Undertaker

It's always great to see The Undertaker at WrestleMania. With as many health issues as he's been having, it's a surprise to actually see he's physically ready for a match.

While there's zero chance CM Punk will win, there's been enough done in this angle to make this match interesting. When you've got something like The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak, you have to add something extra in order to make fans feel compelled to watch. Otherwise it's just another guy trying to break the streak, which has been done by just about every one of his opponents.

With the Paul Bearer stuff, Punk has managed to take this feud beyond just The Streak. Stealing the urn is not original, but pouring ashes on The Undertaker and spreading them across your body like war paint is.

You have to wonder what The Undertaker is going to be able to do in the ring, but Punk should be able to help him out a lot. Just don't expect anything close to Taker's last matches with Shawn Michaels and Triple H.