WWE's "Showcase of the Immortals" is just a few hours away, and the card is stacked.
Some of the best performers to ever lace up a pair of wrestling boots in the last 10 years will walk down the ramp tonight in front of millions.
While names like Jericho, Rock, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Undertaker and John Cena should be enough to guarantee an amazing show, this won't be the case at WrestleMania XXIX.
The biggest show of the year can't get by on just big names, and a few of the biggest matches tonight will show just that.
Here are three huge matches that won't impress fans tonight.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
Here's a match that would've sold out stadiums on it's own...10 years ago.
Triple H and Brock Lesnar are both still freaks. They look like they still have the motor to pull off a few more big matches, but their sporadic TV appearances and part-time schedules certainly haven't done this feud any favors. Their first match at SummerSlam was lackluster and snagged just a 3.5-star rating on Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer Newsletter scale.
This time around, nothing has changed. The feud just kind of disappeared for a few months, and when they needed to give it a little more fuel they brought Brock back to F5 Vince. The feud hasn't been as intense and exciting as you would expect from these two, and there isn't really anything new going on.
Triple H, who hasn't wrestled in 2013 and competed just three times in 2012, is putting his in-ring career on the line, which wouldn't really change much from what we see now.
Overall, this feud hasn't been the most enticing and there isn't much more that these two can do in the ring together. We saw a stiff, rugged beatdown at SummerSlam, and I can't see how this one will be any different. These guys are both "butt-kickers," and with the other huge matches on the card, this one will get lost in the shuffle.
The Rock vs. John Cena
This was supposed to be "Once in a Lifetime" blah blah blah. While we have totally seen this exact match already, that isn't the reason this match will underachieve.
The reason this match won't have the magic the WWE expects it to is because it's so predictable. The Rock, while he is going to hang around for a little while, will never truly be full-time again, and conveniently, John Cena hasn't overcome the odds and shocked the world lately.
Another thing this match has going against it is John Cena. Yeah, Cena is pretty good in the ring and he plays his part very well, but he isn't the kind of performer who can put people over. CM Punk's feud with The Rock looked great because Punk's in-ring ability can help hide a little of Rocky's ring rust.
Tonight, at the biggest event of the year, The Rock won't have that safety net.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
This feud has been surprisingly good.
The WWE went all-out with edginess and boiled up a new Jack Swagger gimmick full of stars, stripes and good ol' Anti-Mexico, American jingoism. The story with this one has been solid, which is a rarity in the WWE these days.
Unfortunately for the WWE and the WWE Universe watching Mania tonight, a match can't be all story. ADR and Swagger have both caught a lot of criticism for their boring in-ring styles and haven't had the most successful World Heavyweight Championship runs in recent history.
These two in the ring will be decent, but WrestleMania isn't about being decent. WrestleMania is about going out there and amazing the fans.
On a night where everything has to be left in the ring, these two just don't have the in-ring talent to put on an amazing performance at WWE's "Grandaddy of Them All."