It’s that time of year again for WWE. It is time for WWE to put on it’s biggest show of the year. Most wrestling fans have heard the show called “The Granddaddy of Them All.” The event’s been called “The Showcase of the Immortals.” For sports fans reading this blog, WWE is going to have their version of the Super Bowl, or the World Series, or the Breeder’s Cup, or whatever championship you would like to use as a metaphor.
To put it simply, the event I am describing is WWE’s Wrestlemania. The fist edition, Wrestlemania I, started in 1985 at the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden.
On April 7, 2013, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, at Met Life Stadium where the New York Giants and the New York Jets both play their home games, the 29th edition, Wrestlemania XXIX will be taking place. The milestone Wrestlemania 30, will take place in New Orleans, LA next year in 2014.
That being said, in just about all of the previous 28 editions of this PPV, there has been a lot of buildup and excitement. That is NOT the case for this year’s edition. I am just not feeling the large majority of the matches. Part of it is on the writers for not coming up with better material, and a lot of it , I put on Vince and Creative. Many of the matches are re-matches, and there is a lot of dependance on part timers to carry the show.
I mean, whomever is writing Cena’s promos should be fired. Cena should never be portrayed as an underdog, particularly against another baby face. I found a lot of the promos Cena cut insulting to my intelligence. Cena told Rock that he (Cena) “never won the big one (meaning the title) at Mania.” on Raw. Really, Cena? Who pray tell, beat John Layfield for the World Title at Wrestlemania 21, then? Oh, you did, Cena. Cena has retained titles at Manias, and even won it at Mania 25 over Edge (C) and the Big Show in a Triple Threat.
I mean, Cena doesn’t write the promos (I’m sure he signs off on them.), but whomever is feeding him the lines really needs to do research there.
The Rock-Cena match and the Lesnar-HHH match are examples of re-matches and use of part timers. I thought WWE would have new people at the top by now, and I thought Rock vs Cena was supposed to be “Once in a Lifetime” at WM28. HHH is corporate, and Lesnar has only limited dates.
I just have no interest in this PPV. Fortunately, I am going in with some friends, or I would be thinking long and hard before buying it.
Well, enough of my ranting about the buildup, I am going to give you a rundown of the card, and give my predictions on who I think wins. Enjoy.
Youtube Preview Show:
Intercontinental Championship: Wade Barrett (C) vs The Miz
How the mighty have fallen. Two years ago, The Miz was the WWE Champion, and was headlining Mania. Now, two years later, he is going for the Intercontinental Championship, but he is not even on the PPV, and neither is Barrett. This is sad.
The poor Intercontinental Championship was once a coveted stepping stone to the next level. Now, it is being treated like a joke. The feud between Barrett and Miz has been lackluster.
Prediction: Wade Barrett retains.
Mixed Gender Tag Team Match: Brodus Clay, Tensai, Cameron and Naomi vs. Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow and The Bella Twins
Now if any match should be on the preview show, it is this one. I would rather see the Intercontinental Championship defended on PPV than the goofy Bella Twins. I am guessing this match is going to be used after one of the more intense matches to calm the fans down, so to speak.
Prediction: Clay, Tensai, Cameron and Naomi win
One on One Match: Fandango vs. Chris Jericho
I am thinking this could be a sleeper match. Of course, Jericho can have a good match with just about anyone. I am interested to see if Fandango can perform. I am still baffled that Cesaro is not on the PPV, but this Fandango is.
Prediction: Fandango somehow dances his way to a win.
One on One Match: Ryback vs. Mark Henry
This will be my “bathroom break,” so to speak. I have no interest in this match. What are these guys going to do, just club each other, and try to slam each other? Boring.
Prediction: Ryback has to get a win somehow, so I will go with Ryback.
Six Man Tag Team Match: Sheamus, Big Show and Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns
This match should be a very entertaining and a very good match. This match is one of the two matches I am looking forward to watching. I am really enjoying the Shield, and I just love Dean Ambrose. I think he is the strongest performer of the three.
The big story is will Sheamus, Show and Orton be able to work together? That is the big question. I am suspecting that one of them, probably Randy Orton, will walk out on them during the match.
Prediction: The Shield prevail.
The Undertaker Puts his Streak on the Line: CM Punk vs. The Undertaker
The buildup to this match has been pretty lackluster. I really expected better. Now, I am aware that the family of the late Bill Moody (Paul Bearer) approved, and such. I get that. I watched all of Punk’s antics with the urn, and at first, I was OK.
I felt that Bearer got to be part of Mania one last time, and the family approved. When I saw what happened on the go home Raw show, I thought that was kind of tacky, and a little much.
In the past, even though Taker won, many of his opponents were built up as legitimate threats. Even when we all know HBK was going to end his career at Mania 26, the match was built up to where there was that possibility that HBK could end Taker’s streak. Here, I just did not get that feeling. Now that there is news that CM Punk is going to be taken off the road from house shows due to injuries, I just think that the result is not in doubt.
Prediction: Undertaker is 21-0.
No Holds Barred Match with Triple H’s Career on the Line: Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
This is the other match that I am very interested in. Yes, I think I have made it clear in past blogs that I am a huge Edge mark. What I don’t think most of my readers know is that I am a huge mark for two other wrestlers. One is HBK. The other is Triple H. Obviously, I am pretty interested in the outcome of the match.
The match buildup has been pretty good, thanks to Triple H and Paul Heyman, Brock’s manager. If a young wrestler who is learning his/her craft wants to learn how to cut a promo, they should watch videos of Paul Heyman. There are others (Flair, Rock, etc.) that one can learn from, but Heyman is a master. Heyman really did a great job building up this feud.
The booking should be obvious, especially considering that Brock both HHH’s arm twice, broke his friend HBK’s (who’ll be in HHH’s corner at the PPV) arm, and manhandled Hunter’s father in law, Vince McMahon and put Vince in the hospital (storyline). However, I could just as well see HHH retiring and then headlining the HOF next year in New Orleans.
Prediction: Since WWE likes to have a happy ending in their main matches, I am going to go with HHH winning. Perhaps you will see a couple of the McMahons do a run in.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston vs. Kane and Daniel Bryan (C)
This is another match that I don’t have a lot of interest in. There is the back story of Bryan and Ziggler both dating AJ. I am sure AJ will interfere somehow. I think it may be a good time to have Team Hell No drop the belts also. Of course, depending on the placement of matches and such, team Hell No may retain if Ziggler cashes in his MITB briefcase.
Prediction: Team Hell No retain.
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio (C)
What a mess of a feud this has been. Bad enough Jack Swagger has been saddled with a racist Tea Party style gimmick, but evidently Vince likes the gimmick so much, he didn’t have Swagger lose his push or suspended when Swagger got that DUI. Had that been Jeff Hardy or RVD, the punishment would have been extremely harsh.
You also have the problem with trying to get over Alberto Del Rio as a baby face to attract the Mexican audience. It is failing miserably. I don’t blame Del Rio as much as I blame the writers. I personally think WWE Creative does not know how to get a Mexican baby face over in 2013.
Prediction: Well, if Dolph Ziggler is going to cash that MITB Briefcase in any kind of a BIG moment, I would have it done here. I think Swagger wins after a nasty battle, and Ziggler cashes the MITB and becomes the new World Champ.
WWE Championship Match: John Cena vs. The Rock (C)
Now, I thought last year’s match at WM28 was “ONCE in a Lifetime.” They had a special on it and everything. I guess this makes this TWICE in a Lifetime? Last year’s match felt like a big fight feel. This felt like nothing. On the Raw go home show, after I heard Cena’s speech, I was hoping Edge would come out and give Cena ANOTHER “pep talk,” and walk out like he did before Cena fought Lesnar. However, it was not to be.
I think it is obvious who is winning. The audience’s reactions will be interesting for me. Which fans will cheer or boo the Rock, and who will cheer or boo Cena.
Prediction: John Cena will once again win the WWE Championship, and hold it forever and a day.
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