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Very early Wrestlemania 29 card predictions (April 2012) – Inside The Wheelhouse

Rock vs CenaBefore I begin this blog I must admit that I have been inspired to write a blog like this thanks to fellow Camel Clutch Blog writer and editor-in-chief, Eric Gargiulo. When he told me that he wrote a blog like this days after WrestleMania 27 I immediately thought that I need to put together something like this once WrestleMania 28 is in the books. Predicting the biggest show of the year is a lot of fun to do months before it happens let alone one year later! With that being said let’s take a look at my early WrestleMania 29 predictions:

Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Kharma (For the WWE Divas Championship)

This was the rumored plan for WrestleMania 28 but didn’t happen due to Kharma’s unfortunate medical issues leading up to WrestleMania 28. Out of all the divas matches available this is the one match that is justifiably a “dream match” amongst most wrestling fans. These two women are fantastic female wrestlers that all wrestling fans have a great deal of respect for. Having them do battle at WrestleMania 29 is the only way to truly showcase this match in my opinion.

If I was booking this match I’d have the both of these women avoid each other for the entire year with little teasers here and there. I’d even throw in keeping the WWE Divas Championship on Beth Phoenix for the entire time. Fans enjoy seeing long title reigns coming to an end whether not it’s a Divas title. This matchup has the makings of the first time wrestling fans were ever excited to see a female match at WrestleMania.

Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett

I really believe that these two guys can be the future John Cena and Randy Orton’s of the WWE by carrying the #1 & #2 roles in the company. I have said it time and time again but Sheamus is a fantastic face for the WWE and it really transcends well with children & through the media. As for Wade Barrett he is even better in the heel role and has the makings of how Triple H rose to elite status during his heel run in 1998 & 1999.

You can easily make a case that both of these stars deserve to be in a World Title match and I completely agree with that sentiment. But I’ll be shocked if both of these wrestlers don’t have a World Title run of some sort in the next calendar year so I don’t know if they necessarily need that “WrestleMania title push” to put them over even more. Fans enjoy these types of bouts where there isn’t a title involved but it’s a match you want to see and Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett accomplishes that.

Triple H vs. Dolph Ziggler

I am a huge fan of the potential Dolph Ziggler has at becoming a huge megastar in the WWE. He is a terrific heel and is starting to gain a lot more fans in recent months because of his tremendous work. Ziggler is someone who could benefit from the nice “WrestleMania Championship rub” but I don’t see any room for him in a match like that right now. So the next best thing that is basically like having a World Title match at WrestleMania is of course wrestling someone like Triple H.

Triple H, like The Undertaker, is a WrestleMania attraction now. He will come out of his semi-retirement once a year or so and help put over a future star in the business when needed. I feel that at WrestleMania 29 the WWE should call on Triple H to help make Dolph Ziggler that star. Ziggler can help carry this coming as a top heel or even babyface for the next couple of years and it can all skyrocket even higher with a match against Triple H at WrestleMania.

Chris Jericho (c) vs. Daniel Bryan (For the World Heavyweight Championship

So at this past year’s WrestleMania Chris Jericho took on CM Punk. In all likelihood that matchup with CM Punk was one that Chris Jericho could cross off of his “WrestleMania dream match” with as his career starts to get closer to his twilight years in the business. Who else would be on that list if I had to predict; none other then another great technical wrestler, Daniel Bryan.

Fans would love to see this match at WrestleMania and especially those hungry wrestling fans in New Jersey & New York. The WWE has kept these two wrestlers apart since their NXT match on the very first season of the show. Both these wrestlers would compliment one another so well in the ring and it would live up to the potential of a “dream WrestleMania match” for wrestling fans. Fingers crossed I am right on this prediction.

Randy Orton (c) vs. Cody Rhodes (For the WWE Championship)

A couple weeks ago I said in my WrestleMania 28 preview & predictions blog that Cody Rhodes needed to headline WrestleMania a year from now and be in some sort of World Title match. I also said that Randy Orton deserved praise for his great work by putting talents over and being showcased in a top WrestleMania match. Fast forward one year later and we hopefully get that exact result.

Cody Rhodes is a future World Champion and a future top heel in the company no doubt about it. Who better to have a match with then Randy Orton at WrestleMania? These two have great chemistry in the ring with one another and there is a great story to be told between the both of them. These two guys are great workers in the WWE and should be showcased in a World Title match at WrestleMania 29.

The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar:

Brock Lesnar is back in the WWE and while his first bit of action back in the squared circle was taking out John Cena, I still believe his WrestleMania destiny will be with “The Deadman” at Metlife stadium. The WWE wanted this to happen at WrestleMania 27 when The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar made “viral video news” when it appeared Taker was confronting Lesnar but nothing came of it because the UFC wouldn’t let Brock wrestle due to his contractual obligations with them. The WWE wanted to obviously have that match happen then and that means they still want it to happen now Lesnar is officially under contract.

While it’s already happened back in Brock Lesnar’s run in the WWE there is no question that wrestling fans want to see this match happen again. “The streak” has become almost a bigger deal then any other match at WrestleMania and the WWE is going to put competitors up against Undertaker that have the best chance of ending it to make fans feel emotionally invested in it. Brock Lesnar is on the short list of WWE competitors that wrestling fans feel has a legitimate chance of ending “the streak” at WrestleMania.

Steve Austin vs. CM Punk:

I fully believe that eventually soon Steve Austin is going to return to the WWE. It’s only a matter of time, when it will be and who the opponent will be. Steve Austin has even said it himself, if he has one more match left in him he’d like to do it against CM Punk. A Steve Austin vs. CM Punk match in front of the New Jersey & New York crowd would be a pretty epic moment as that fan base in the North East really appreciates both of these wrestlers.

We saw on “WWE’s Tough Enough” that Steve Austin still has it in the ring and you’ve read the little rumors here & there about him returning. I really expect him to return come WrestleMania 29 and wouldn’t be shocked if it was against a wrestler who was really similar to Steve Austin in CM Punk. Just the thought of a potential Steve Austin/CM Punk match at WrestleMania 29 already wants me to buy a ticket to the event.

The Rock vs. John Cena:

The WWE did the best thing by leaving the door open on a sequel for this match. The Rock won at WrestleMania 28 but for the most part it was because John Cena made a big mistake that cost him the match. The match may not have lived up to expectations but from a storyline standpoint the WWE, John Cena and The Rock did a fantastic job of selling the importance of this match & John Cena feeling so “distraught” that he let this match slip through his fingers.

Rumors have been swirling lately that this is going to be part of a “trilogy” of matches between these two superstars. Some think there will be another match at Summerslam 2012 with the finale happening at WrestleMania 29 in New Jersey. I actually think that they can run this feud for the next two WrestleMania’s, at WrestleMania 29 and at WrestleMania 30. This is a big time match and needs to be on the big time event; there is no doubt in my mind that come April 7th, 2013 there will be another Rock vs. John Cena match on the WrestleMania 29 card.

So there you have it here is my WrestleMania 29 predictions blog nearly one year in advance. I’ll be intrigued to see how well I fared when I look back at his a year from now. But for now these are my predictions for WrestleMania 29 and I’m sticking to them!

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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