WWE WrestleMania 29: Veteran Performers Shine at Epic Event

Daine PavloskiAnalyst IIApril 8, 2013

Undertaker and the other WWE veterans had a great night at WrestleMania 29. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
Undertaker and the other WWE veterans had a great night at WrestleMania 29. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com

Well WWE fans, reset your calendars, we have a whole year to wait until WrestleMania 30.

WrestleMania 29 has come and gone, and while some of the matches didn't exactly impress the WWE Universe, one thing was definitely clear: The veterans have been around for a long time for a very good reason. 

This WrestleMania card was stacked with talent, young and old. We had guys like The Shield, Ryback and Fandango sharing the card with Undertaker, The Rock and Triple H. Just looking at the card on paper, young guys had a great opportunity to do great things and get their careers started on the right foot. Not counting The Shield, who looked great, the young guys didn't impress too much. 

Who did impress, however, were the veterans.

The WWE veterans showed up, for the most part, and put on some really impressive performances. Big Show played his part and looked strong in the opening match against The Shield and Chris Jericho did the best he could with an exceptionally green Fandango.

Kane looked like the Kane of old against Big E and Ziggler, Triple H and Brock Lesnar both looked great; Undertaker was on par and The Rock looked solid as he lost the title to John Cena. The only elder statesman that didn't look great was Mark Henry. 

The impressive performances from the older members of the WWE roster can be looked at as both good and bad.

It's bad because the WWE has been bringing back more and more veterans for one or two big shows, which takes away a lot of the spotlight from the younger stars. Instead of letting The Rock hang around the title picture or Triple H and Brock Lesnar taking one of the main-event slots, we could've seen Antonio Cesaro or Wade Barrett get a prime spot on the card. 

Can you really blame the WWE, though? The older guys looked great at WrestleMania!

Undertaker looked like he still has a few more big matches left in the tank, putting on a classic match with CM Punk on the WWE's biggest stage. Undertaker hit all of the moves fans want to see from him and found ways to keep things exciting, even at the age of 48.

Triple H and Brock Lesnar, while they aren't exactly pushing 50 like Taker, came out and stole the show in a gritty, good ol' fashioned beatdown complete with sledgehammers, chairs and stairs.

The Rock looked a lot better this year than he did at WrestleMania 28, putting on a pretty solid performance with John Cena and Big Show, and Kane were consistent factors in their multi-Superstar matches, which got the event started on the right foot.  

It's definitely important for the WWE to look to the future and continue to develop new guys. While a lot of WWE fans would love to see guys like Fandango and Ryback come out and look stellar in their first WrestleMania, not all is lost with the young, less-experienced Superstars on the roster. 

While the questionable performances might have raised a few eyebrows, let's keep this in mind: The veterans who looked great are the best trainers for those young guys, and if the performance of the older Superstars at WrestleMania 29 was any barometer, I think it's safe to say that the WWE is in good hands for a long time.