WWE WrestleMania 29: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Sunday's PPV

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Now that WrestleMania 29 and the subsequent Raw are out of the way, it’s time to analyze the WWE’s marquee pay-per-view and find the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the big event.

There were title changes—including John Cena winning the biggest championship of them all—and plenty of action throughout the show, but the predictability of WrestleMania hindered the excitement for some.

Whether you loved the show or hated it, without further ado, the good, bad and ugly of WrestleMania 29.


The Good: WWE Continues to Build New Stars

There were some awful moments Sunday, but the WWE proved that there are long-term plans for building stars internally through success on the WrestleMania stage.

While Big E Langston and Ryback didn’t win Sunday, they joined The Shield and Fandango as WWE prospects that the company made look strong in their WrestleMania debuts.

This clear investment in the future of the programming is the breath of fresh air from a company known for its dependence on part-time wrestlers.

The WWE will always use the WrestleMania stage to sell the biggest names in the wrestling and entertainment industries—no matter how old they are—but the fact that they are also using the platform to push budding superstars was the best part of Sunday’s PPV.


The Bad: The Rock’s Performance

The Rock took to Twitter to explain that he suffered a serious injury during his match Sunday, and while that is a valid excuse for his poor performance, this marks the second straight WrestleMania main event he has hampered.

John Cena is one of the best workers the WWE has—no matter what hardcore fans say, Cena has perfected the WWE style of wrestling—and even the new WWE champion wasn’t able to make The Rock look good on the WrestleMania stage.

If CM Punk wasn’t able to get great matches out of The Rock, no one will.

The hope now is that the WWE sees the trouble The Rock has in these big matches and will just be happy with the mainstream rub the company received. Now he can leave again until the next major pay-per-view.

As great as the PPV buys have been and the ratings continue to be since The Rock’s return, the company should never put the former champion and No. 1 contender in a position this big again.


The Ugly: WrestleMania Was Overshadowed by Raw

There is no question that the amount of talent on the WrestleMania 29 card should have made it one of the best shows in history, but the fact that each match ended as most predicted killed the whole atmosphere of the event.

Add in the fact that the following night’s episode of Raw was arguably the best in the history of the episodic program, and the WWE should be embarrassed that most of the WWE Universe views Monday’s show in a higher regard than Sunday’s.

WrestleMania is being sold to the casual fans, and while most love the long-term build of these main event matches, as reflected by the reaction of the crowd, it was not what the majority of the WWE Universe wanted.

In that same vein, Monday’s crowd helped highlight what great booking looks like and helped Raw steal the show from WrestleMania.


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