Wrestling's biggest night of the year took place this weekend, with WrestleMania 29 providing plenty of memorable highlights and talking points.
John Cena triumphed over The Rock in the main event whilst The Undertaker continued his incredible 21-0 streak at WrestleMania events. And whilst both of those outcomes might have seemed somewhat obvious for those who made their predictions for the night, they were still both fascinating bouts.
There were plenty of lessons to be found from the epic pay-per-view event; read on to some of the top takeaways from WrestleMania this year.
Alberto Del Rio Is a Company Favorite
Having defeated the Big Show with an impressive performance earlier, it was clear that Alberto Del Rio was a big part of the company's plans going forward.
Now, with a win at WrestleMania, it's clear just how significant he'll be.
Del Rio retained his heavyweight championship over Jack Swagger with relative ease and continued his emergence as the face of the company. He has great upside, and with great in-ring skills and a genuinely entertaining mouthpiece in Rodriguez, he can continue to become one of the more potent characters in WWE throughout the next few years.
Del Rio is a company favorite, and it's hard to see that changing anytime soon—even if we were left wanting a little Dolph Ziggler action from his fight.
John Cena Is the Poster Boy Now
One thing is for certain: With his victory over The Rock in the main event this year, John Cena is officially the poster boy for the WWE.
Which, it seems, is exactly how they wanted it.
The Rock is out of the picture now (having lost this match) and CM Punk is taking some time off—allowing Cena to establish himself as the true face of the sport. Which, regardless of the quality, will gain huge momentum following his victory in WrestleMania 29.
As Bleacher Report's Daine Pavolski notes:
"Overall, Cena as champ will give the WWE more consistency and help shine the light on the current roster, as opposed to the returning veterans who wrestle one or two matches per year."
Did the WWE Disappoint with WrestleMania XXIX?
But without doubt, the biggest takeaway from WrestleMania 29 was that the card itself did not live up to the billing that it had received. Moreover, given the atmosphere at MetLife Stadium, you could very nearly say that WrestleMania was a flop in 2013.
It sounds ridiculous to say that about the biggest night in professional wrestling, but the reality was that this pay-per-view wasn't as epic as it should have been.
Jared Rea ✈ PAXSouth @jaredr
Is this a Pokemon battle? Because apparently neither Rock nor Cena know more than 4 moves at this point. #Wrestlemania4/8/2013, 2:44:57 AM
There were no heel turns, we didn't see see anything too dramatic happen, and we didn't get to see a cash-in at WrestleMania for the first time.
Mike Chiari @MikeChiari
So Del Rio wins and Ziggler doesn't cash in? Literally the worst possible result. #WrestleMania29 @RingRustRadio4/8/2013, 12:46:41 AM
What's more, given the money that fans paid for the live stream or seats at MetLife, it really didn't live up to the excitement. More of them left disappointed than buzzing with excitement about potential new matchups and storylines to follow over the course of 2013.
Which makes you wonder whether WrestleMania 29 was a disappointment.
As crazy as it seems.
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