It may be over a year away but it looks like the WWE are already hard at work making WrestleMania 29 matches. According to one report the main-event is set and if all goes well the two biggest stars in professional wrestling will headline the New Jersey event with a twist.
The storyline makes sense and if this plays out, the WWE is once again starting the angle for the WrestleMania headliner one year in advance. The Rock announced this past Monday that he wants to challenge for the WWE championship and of course the former UFC and WWE champion made his return at the end of the show laying out John Cena.
It is certainly an interesting main-event. From a star power perspective, the match will feature arguably the two biggest stars in the WWE. I would even go as far as to call this a mega Dream Match. While Cena vs. Rock would fall into the Dream Match category, I look at this as much bigger. Adding the WWE championship to the mix will make a big match much bigger.
The good and bad news here is that you have two established guys matched up against one another, leaving the younger, future stars available for their own feature bouts. John Cena, CM Punk, and The Undertaker are still open for business, giving the show four big main-events. The bad news is that you have a main-event with two guys who could be giving a younger future star some rub as opposed to working with each other, marginalizing the rest of the card.
Lesnar has signed a one year deal with the company and will be finishing up his tenure around WrestleMania. Of course he could always sign an extension, but he would need to bring in a lot of business the next twelve months to justify his expensive salary for another year. Putting The Rock over on the way out isn’t exactly what I’d call building the future of the company. Then again, if the objective here is to get the most bang for your buck with Lesnar, nobody would argue with the match. Regardless, I could see the argument from both sides of the fence on this one.
The match will rematch quite arguably the biggest match of Lesnar’s WWE career. It was his match back at SummerSlam 2002 with The Rock that really elevated Lesnar to the next level. The Rock put Lesnar over clean for the WWE championship. Lesnar did have some unflattering things to say about The Rock in his book which will certainly be used to play up some kind of a real rivalry which I am sure doesn’t exist.
Of course anything can change over the next twelve months. Injuries, schedules, new creative, or even a grumpy Lesnar could derail this plan. The Lesnar vs. Rock match would also indicate that Lesnar will wrestle and complete his feud with John Cena well before next year. This also changes the original plan for Lesnar’s return for a match with The Undertaker. Lesnar has made noise about wanting to wrestle Steve Austin at WrestleMania as well. If Austin gets the bug, maybe the company changes direction as well.
If I was going to make a prediction here I am going to go out on a limb and predict that The Rock wins the 2013 Royal Rumble to get his title shot. I’ll have more in the near future in an expanded early WrestleMania 29 match preview blog. For now, it looks like New Jersey is in for an exciting WrestleMania main-event.