WrestleMania 29 wasn’t the greatest edition of the WWE’s marquee show, but the results of the event and the important moments that made it memorable will help shape the landscape of the company in 2013.
From John Cena capturing the WWE Championship to CM Punk almost beating The Undertaker to The Shield getting another huge victory in their WrestleMania debut, the lessons learned will push the company into a new and exciting time.
John Cena Wins the WWE Championship
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After one of the worst stretches in his career—a journey that found the superstar losing in the biggest matches of the year—John Cena finally obtained his goal of redemption by beating The Rock for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.
While the victory over The Rock was huge for Cena’s career, it should mark the beginning of a renaissance for the face of the WWE.
The predictability of the WrestleMania main event has caused even more backlash, and that should lead to Cena being more serious with his promos and his title reign in general.
The fan-friendly Cena character will always be present, but the lessons learned from the road to WrestleMania should result in a champion that is straight-laced and extremely focused on defending his title against all challengers.
As seen by the booking of Mark Henry and Ryback on Raw Monday night, there are big things in store for Cena, including a possible three-way battle for the championship at Extreme Rules.
CM Punk Almost Beats The Undertaker
The Undertaker walked out of WrestleMania with the victory, but the biggest winner coming out of this match was CM Punk. After mocking the legend and taking The Deadman to his limit, Punk proved that he deserves the honor of being the No. 2 star in the company.
The WWE trusted Punk to work a match with The Undertaker—a part-time star dealing with injury issues—and he delivered with the best bout of the night and one of the most memorable moments of The Undertaker’s streak.
Punk’s performance at WrestleMania should lead to him being the first wrestler talked about when a part-time star returns that may need a great worker to carry them through a match.
If there were any doubts about Punk being able to work with former WWE stars like Stone Cold Steve Austin or Rob Van Dam if they were to ever return, those have been answered emphatically against The Undertaker.
The Shield Debuts at WrestleMania With a Bang
While there were numerous debuts at WrestleMania, the most impressive was The Shield’s victory over Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show. As much as the focus coming into the match was on Orton and a possible heel turn, it was The Shield that stole the show.
The win keeps the trio undefeated, but this should be the start of expanding past six-man tag team matches. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns must start going after individual championships.
As great as the victories have looked so far, the trio needs more and the rumors that the team could go after the tag team championships (h/t Wrestling Inc.) is a smart move for the group.
Add in a possible singles title for the member not winning the tag straps (Reigns should win the United States or Intercontinental Championship and Ambrose and Rollins should be tag team champions), and 2013 will be a great year for The Shield.
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