WrestleMania 29 Predictions: Midcard Matches That Will Steal the Spotlight

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2013

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

Who needs the main events anyway?

Every pay-per-view, including WrestleMania, needs to have a strong undercard. Not every match can have the biggest stars facing off because the crowd would be completely burnt out by the time the event gets toward the end, especially with a PPV that's four hours long.

Having good matches leading to the main events can get fans excited because they set the tone for things to come. If the undercard suffers, the fans will start to lose interest, even in the matches featuring the biggest stars.

WrestleMania XXIX features a lot of rematches and feuds fans have already seen before. With the midcard matches, fans are treated to much fresher rivalries and wrestlers they haven't seen in the ring against each other.

Here are three matches that should be a lot of fun to watch and may even manage to steal the limelight from the main events.


Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

It was at WrestleMania XIX that Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels had what was arguably the best match of the night. Ten years later, he has a great opportunity to once again steal the show.

This is Fandango's debut match in WWE, and you couldn't imagine a better opponent he could face. Even in a loss, Jericho would make Fandango look like a million bucks. He's been doing it against others his entire career.

Johnny Curtis won't need a ton of help in the ring, but he needs to have a strong performance against an established star like Jericho so fans will start taking his seriously. Being a ballroom dancer isn't the best gimmick to get immediate legitimacy from the crowd. Going toe-to-toe with Jericho will be great for Fandango.

Considering the quality of both wrestlers, this one should be fun to watch even if it's given 15 or so minutes.


Mark Henry vs. Ryback

It's a wonder why Mark Henry and Ryback haven't locked up sooner. You're never gonna see this on a list of greatest WrestleMania matches ever, but there's something to be said for putting these guys together. They're guaranteed to deliver 10 minutes of two strong guys trying to overpower each other.

Watching two big guys face off is always a great visual. Henry had some matches with Big Show back in 2011 that weren't great but brought a certain excitement value.

It's hard to envision where Henry will end up after the event, but he needs the win much less than Ryback.

Since Ryback looks like he's headed for a huge push after 'Mania, it makes sense to have him go big over the World's Strongest Man. Getting Henry up in Shell Shocked would be a great highlight and something the company could play over and over again when Ryback goes up against John Cena.


Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show vs. The Shield

With all of the big matches on the card, it's almost easy to forget The Shield is making its WrestleMania debut. The group has been fantastic in the ring ever since making its in-ring debut at Tables, Ladders and Chairs.

The Shield operates great as a team and actually looks to have a game plan going into matches rather than typical six-man tags, when it's just six guys fighting each other with no strategy in mind.

Having the trio of Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show takes away from this match a little bit. One, Orton doesn't have friends. Two, there's no real rhyme or reason as to why these three are actually a team, and there doesn't look to be any sort of future for them.

Here's to hoping that Orton doesn't turn heel as the leader of The Shield. It would hurt the whole idea of why The Shield's been fighting injustice and tearing apart WWE from within.

This should still be a very good match because it's six guys with very defined roles in the ring who all complement each other very well.