WWE WrestleMania 29 is still a little less than three months away yet a recent report indicates that the top four matches are locked in. While none are real surprises, it does support what could be one of the strongest cards in Mania history.
Dave Meltzer has the news in his latest edition of the Wrestling Observer newsletter. According to Meltzer, the top four matches of the show are set. Barring an injury or last minute change of heart, WWE fans will get one of the better WrestleMania events in recent years.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]The top match as expected is scheduled to be John Cena vs. The Rock for the WWE championship. If you think about The Rock cutting his promo about the title after last year’s match, you would suspect that this had been planned for the last year. It will be interesting in seeing the difference a year’s worth of hype makes as opposed to a few months for the same match.
Meltzer does break an interesting piece of news regarding the match, or at least the plan to get there in his latest newsletter. He reports that there is some consideration to having CM Punk retain the WWE championship at the Royal Rumble and having The Rock win the title at the Elimination Chamber. My hunch is at the end of the day the WWE sticks with the original plan and has Rock taking the title home at the Rumble.
Triple H is expected to return for his annual WrestleMania appearance at 29. Hunter will rematch with former UFC champion Brock Lesnar. This was also widely expected, although some reports had the WWE on the fence about this one. I think it is somewhat of a waste of Lesnar. While I thought their SummerSlam match was good, I certainly never need to see it again. The likely result here is Hunter winning which would actually make sense if Lesnar does not re-sign with the WWE. If Lesnar does re-sign before the event, I’d expect Lesnar to go 2-0 against Trips.
CM Punk vs. The Undertaker will probably serve as the semi-main event on the show. This certainly isn’t the first time these guys have danced. They feuded a few years back for a short run on the SmackDown brand. The match makes sense but I don’t think there is much chance of Punk ending the streak here. I didn’t find their previous matches that exciting but it’s been a few years and with that atmosphere, it should be a lot better than anything the two have put together in the past. I have heard some suggest keeping the title on Punk and billing this as a streak vs. streak match but I don’t think that makes much sense looking at the big picture.
Finally Randy Orton looks like he will get his holiday present a little late this year as his heel turn appears to be imminent. Sheamus vs. Orton is being slotted as one of the top matches on the card. At this time it would appear that no championship would be involved in this one. There is some speculation that Orton could wind up with the title in the Elimination Chamber match. I think it needs a belt but at the same time I am sure it will be a solid match.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]As for speculating on anything else I’d look for Dolph Ziggler in the WWE world heavyweight title picture either as a champion or challenger. I’ll still go back to my bold predictions of the year and until Jeff Hardy re-signs with TNA, I think you’ll see him vs. Ziggler for the WHC on the show. If not I would look for either Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio or Daniel Bryan in the title match.
Overall it looks like one of the most solid top Mania cards the company has had in awhile.
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