WWE WrestleMania 29: Why 'Mania Delivered Despite Predictability
Heading into WrestleMania XXIX, the main argument against it was that the main event matches were too predictable. While that sentiment was ultimately proven true, the quality of the show simply wasn't compromised.
The argument for unpredictability is obvious as fans love not knowing what's going to happen next. Just like moviegoers don't want to know how their cinematic adventure is going to end, wrestling fans don't want to know how matches are going to end. In this day and age, though, it is nearly impossible to keep fans on their toes.
Most hardcore fans consume a ton of wrestling content on a daily basis and are privy to the inner workings of the business. Because of that, it's fairly easy to predict most matches regardless of who is competing in them. Logically speaking, there was only one true surprise at WrestleMania, and that came in the form of Mark Henry defeating Ryback.
Aside from that match, it was basically all chalk.
At the same time, the vast majority of the WWE's booking decisions were correct. In fact, the only result that resembles something close to an egregious error is Henry's victory. It was certainly unpredictable, but it also made little sense to have Ryback lose yet another pay-per-view match unless a heel turn is on the horizon.
The moral of the story is that unpredictability doesn't always make for a great match or a great overall show. When a match is predictable, it often means that the match was booked logically and correctly. Having surprise winners for the sake of shocking people is a slippery slope because it means that the WWE can then be left with an abundance of storylines that make no sense.
Arguably the most predictable match on the entire card was The Undertaker vs. CM Punk.
There were certainly some people who thought that Punk had a chance, but the vast majority knew that Taker's streak would be extended to 21-0. Predictably, The Phenom won and continued his unprecedented run of dominance on the grandest stage of them all.
Despite the fact that most knew the ending before the match even happened, it was an absolutely unbelievable encounter that will go down in WrestleMania history as an all-time great bout. The match had pretty much everything a fan can possibly ask for, and it featured two elite performers practicing their craft at the highest level.
Saying that WrestleMania XXIX was a subpar event due to predictability is hypocritical for anyone who loved the Taker vs. Punk match. The arguments collide and simply don't make sense in that context. More than likely, the real reason why some may not have enjoyed the show is because their favorites didn't come out on top.
That is simply a fact of life when it comes to professional wrestling, though.
Most of the fans who express their dismay with the WWE on the Internet tend to favor heels and dislike superstars like John Cena. The fact of the matter is that a lot of heels lose and Cena almost always wins, so it's not difficult to decipher why there is already some backlash on the Internet regarding WrestleMania XXIX.
Naturally, the main event between The Rock and Cena is the match that has been criticized most thus far.
The bout admittedly started off slow, but it picked up steam as it went along and the crowd eventually got involved in a major way. The Rock and Cena traded finishers and near falls before Cena won the match, earned redemption and became the new WWE champion.
Which is more important to you as a wrestling fan?
Many fans were unhappy that Cena won the title, so that has led to the match being labeled a finisher fest, which it was to some degree, but the story they told was fantastic. The point of the match was to show that The Rock and Cena were equals.
Also, it took a superhuman effort in order for Cena to prevail, so every reversal and kick-out makes perfect sense in retrospect.
There also seems to be some resentment regarding the lack of a Cena heel turn. As interesting as a heel turn would be, it was an unrealistic expectation that the fans created. It was never really an option, so there's no reason to feel let down. Some fans tend to create grandiose scenarios in their mind and then react poorly when they don't come to fruition.
Cena is going to turn heel one day. It's inevitable. Now just isn't the right time, though.
There is nobody who can take his place as the top face right now, so it would have been irresponsible for the WWE to turn him regardless of how interesting it would have been. Once again, logic prevailed over unpredictability, and that is the way things should go most of the time.
WrestleMania XXIX wasn't one of the greatest 'Manias of all time, but it wasn't one of the worst either. It was a solid show with three great main event matches, even if they were predictable. It's important to consider whether or not the show would have been any better had Punk, The Rock and Brock Lesnar prevailed.
That would have made for one of the most unpredictable WrestleManias of all time, but it also would have been one of the most senseless. It's impossible for the WWE to please everyone, but it put on a fantastic spectacle and ultimately made the right decision in nearly every match.
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