WWE Wrestlemania 29 airs on Pay-per-view tonight and there are a lot of questions on the minds of wrestling fans. Will Brock Lesner force Triple H into retirement? The Rock, who recently appeared in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, was named the cover athlete for 2K Sports first wrestling title, WWE 2K14. But does that mean “jack” when he faces off against John Cena? Who will win, when The Undertaker takes on CM Punk? What surprises and guest appearances will have lasting effects on the next year of WWE action?
Without further adieu, here are a few of our predictions for tonight’s WWE Wrestlemania 29 festivities!
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
This match was certainly on nobody’s radar when Chris Jericho returned earlier this year at the Royal Rumble. WWE teased a Jericho and Ziggler feud for a good Ziggler build-up match at Wrestlemania, but that ultimately never materialized. The rub will now be going to Fandango as he will be making his in-ring wrestling debut at Wrestlemania with a bona fide legend. This match should be very good because you have a great in-ring performer in Chris Jericho against a guy who is looking to make a name for himself. Who’s going to win the match? It doesn’t really matter, because what needs to happen is for Fandango to put on a good match and squash all the “you can’t wrestle” chants once and for all. For the sake of this preview, I say Chris Jericho wins, but Fandango puts up a hell of a fight.
CM Punk vs. The Undertaker
Undertaker’s manager Paul Bearer has passed away and it has been played out on WWE television leading up to this match. CM Punk has just come off one of the longest WWE title reigns in history and has been getting the best of Taker week in and week out. It is very difficult to see The Undertaker lose after “losing” so much on television. If anyone should break the streak, I’d give it to CM Punk, especially because of the somewhat bitter, real-life history between the two where Undertaker didn’t give Punk the respect he deserved in the locker room. But nope, it just doesn’t seem like it’ll happen. My prediction here is Undertaker will win after a very, very physical match.
Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston for the WWE Tag Team Titles
It’s great to see the Tag Team Championship actually on the card and not a pre-show match; that honor goes to the Intercontinental Championship, which is an even bigger crime. The tag champs, Team Hell No go up against Mr. Money in the Bank and his bodyguard/friend Big E. Not only is Fandango making his in-ring debut at Mania, but so is Mr. Langston. Team Hell No have been champs since September of 2012 and them dropping the titles at Wrestlemania should not come as a surprise. The only issue is Ziggler is primed to win the World Heavyweight Championship in the next few months and having the tag titles will just slow him down. So the prediction here is that Team Hell No wins in a short match where A.J. Lee mistakenly costs her boyfriend and Big E. Langston the match.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar No Holds Barred; Triple H must retire if he loses
Logic says Lesnar should win since he has already lost one match and won one match. How are you going to pay a man to wrestle three times a year and have him lose more than win? It’s a bad investment and no one is going to buy into Brock being a monster if he’s losing more than winning. Especially since it is known now that Brock is sticking around after Wrestlemania 29, you have to have him win this match. The stipulation of Triple H having to retire is a throwaway addition to the match, because the man all but wrestles once or twice a year already anyway. I say Brock Lesnar wins and Triple H gets to retire and gets inducted into the Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 30; his ego wouldn’t have it any other way.
Mark Henry vs. Ryback
Two huge dudes are going to face-to-face in a regular, no strings attached match — expect a lot of shoving and lifting here, folks. This match could work well if they keep it short and sweet. The longer this match goes with moves like bearhugs and headlocks, the worse it’s going to be. Ryback needs to go over Henry in order to keep his momentum going and to be a fresh and strong face for when Wrestlemania season is over.
Randy Orton, Sheamus and The Big Show vs. The Shield
Logic says that The Shield should win this one, since they already beat the team of John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback. This watered down version of the “team of good guys” shouldn’t be able to beat The Shield, especially since there’s tension on whether or not Big Show is on the same page as everyone else. The Shield should win and continue their great run and it will be due to the collapse of the team sparked by either The Big Show or the real wild card, Randy Orton. Orton has been craving to turn heel for a while, so this will be the best opportunity.
Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay & Tensai) and The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi) vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow) and The Bella Twins
This will almost certainly be the cooldown match between John Cena vs. The Rock and Undertaker vs. CM Punk. Team Rhodes Scholars should win this match because they are great talent with a bright future ahead of them, but I just can’t see it happening. Tons of Fun and The Funkadactyls will win, dance a whole lot and keep the kids happy. Everyone else can get their pee breaks in.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Title
WWE has been pushing Del Rio hard for the support of the Latino audience and what better way to get him over than to have him face and beat the anti-immigrant, “all-American” Jack Swagger. Jack Swagger has been built up quite well with his new theme, gimmick and manager, Zeb Colter. But if the WWE is serious about getting a new Mexican super duper star to replace Rey Mysterio (which they are), then Alberto should easily be considered the winner when Wrestlemania is all said and done.
The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
This match is certainly going to John Cena, but the big question is how. If this is indeed the show closer, how are you going to have John Cena win in one of the most (probably the most) anti-Cena crowd? It will look bad for WWE to close out Wrestlemania with the crowd booing John Cena out of the building. Heck, last night, a video of Cena and Make-A-Wish played at the Hall of Fame ceremony and that got furiously booed. The best way I can see this ending is Cena having to cheat in order to win or viciously beating down The Rock after the match to send the fans home happy. Yes, I’m talking about the fabled John Cena heel turn. There isn’t much else for Cena after taking down The Rock at Wrestlemania, so a heel turn would be a good move at this point of his career.
So what do you think will happen? What is your take on the build to Wrestlemania this year? Leave comments and let us know how you feel. WWE Wrestlemania 29 starts at 7PM/4PM E/P tonight.
*This Article has been Updated