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WWE WrestleMania 29 Predictions: Inside The Wheelhouse

The 29th installment of WrestleMania is upon us as it will be live this Sunday from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey! Lets take a look at some of my preview and predictions for every match on this Sunday’s WrestleMania 29 card:

“Tons of Funk” (Brodus Clay, Tensai, & The Funkadactyls) vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes) and The Bella Twins (Nikki & Brie Bella):

I’m going to assume this will be on the pre-show of WrestleMania 29 but I could be wrong. Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins obviously have the most “upside” of the two combined teams but I believe the WWE wants to kick-off the show by making the fans happy, specifically the younger ones in attendance. With that said I think “Tons of Funk” will walk out of WrestleMania victorious and I would not be shocked if the WWE has bigger plans for this tag team heading into the Summer months.

Winners: Brodus Clay, Tensai and The Funkadactyls

Wade Barrett (c) vs. The Miz (For the WWE Intercontinental Championship):

I’ve been pretty happy with the way WWE has built up this match in recent weeks as it gives two good workers the opportunity to showcase their skills at WrestleMania. I feel like this could be one of those matches on the undercard that has fans talking as both stars will take the WrestleMania opportunity and use it to their benefit. In my opinion The Miz is back on the rise in the WWE and I foresee him capturing the Intercontinental Championship in a decent match.

Winners: The Miz

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango:

Similar to the Wade Barrett/Miz matchup, I would not be shocked if this steals the undercard of WrestleMania 29. This more then likely isn’t wrestling fans first pick for a Chris Jericho match at WrestleMania but from what we have seen in recent weeks Fandango has the chance to have the “it factor” that WWE looks for. The WWE would not be having a star make his singles debut (sorry Johnny Curtis) if he wasn’t going to win. Getting a victory over Chris Jericho in your debut match at WrestleMania could be one of the biggest “rubs” of all-time.

Winner: Fandango

Team Hell No (Kane & Daniel Bryan) (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E. Langston (For the WWE Tag Team Championship):

Two things make me excited about this match: the WWE Tag Team Championship is on the line and we are guaranteed Dolph Ziggler & Daniel Bryan in the ring, at the same time, at a WrestleMania. The build up has been mediocre at best in-regards to this match and that’s why I believe the excitement is down about this match. I believe all four Superstars will be able to change the fans opinion once this one concludes and I look for Dolph Ziggler & Big E. Langston getting the victory.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler & Big E. Langston

Ryback vs. Mark Henry:

This isn’t going to be a Savage/Steamboat, Hart/Michaels, Punk/Jericho type of match at all. This will be a muscle vs. muscle match that will showcase ones strength rather then in-ring ability. Ryback & Mark Henry have had a nice build up to this match and I think this will help catapult Ryback back into the main event picture now that WrestleMania season will be over. Be on the look out for Ryback lifting Mark Henry for a “shellshock” as well, could be one of the more impressive moments of the entire WrestleMania show.

Winner: Ryback

Sheamus, Randy Orton & The Big Show vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns):

Similar to Ryback vs. Mark Henry, this has had a good buildup heading into WrestleMania 29. More importantly the WWE has done a good job make The Shield a force to be taken seriously heading into the future of its company. I expect all six superstars to give us a brawl but The Shield will be victorious on WrestleMania Sunday. As for the Randy Orton “heel turn” predictions currently taking place, I expect the “seeds to be planted” rather then a complete turn on the grandest stage, I still think Orton/Sheamus could be a top feud heading into the Summer.

Winner: The Shield

Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H (No Holds Barred match, if Triple H loses he must retire):

Lesnar vs. Triple H is going to be everything we expect it to be and that’s an extremely physical wrestling match. While it’s not the most entertaining stipulation to give (No Holds Barred is pretty plain actually), I expect both stars to take that stipulation and use it to their benefit. This will be the match that gets a lot of reaction out of the fans simply due to the physicality it will bring.

Look for Paul Heyman, Stephanie McMahon & Vince McMahon to be involved in this match somehow and I’ll go out on a limb to predict a Shane McMahon sighting as well. Triple H isn’t going to retire any time soon and I would be shocked if the WWE allows him to lose two straight versus Brock Lesnar. I like Triple H getting the win against Lesnar in a match that will leave it all on the line.

Winner: Triple H

Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Jack Swagger (For the World Heavyweight Championship):

When this match was first announced after Elimination Chamber I was all for it because it made the most storyline sense. But I get the feeling that wrestling fans aren’t as excited as first expected and I think that’s due in-part to a recent face turn from Del Rio & a recent Main Event skyrocketed push for Jack Swagger. Should this feud continue I believe it will get fans more excited for their matches but it currently lacks any type of “WrestleMania excitement” that’s for sure.

Both stars are on the cusp of being major players as Del Rio is better served as a face and Swagger has the ability to be a great “throwback” heel with Zeb Coulter. The injury angle to Ricardo Rodriguez leads me to believe that Del Rio gets the victory at WrestleMania and that’s why I am going with the current World Heavyweight Champion to retain in a pretty good match.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

The Undertaker vs. CM Punk:

In recent weeks we have been shown why The Undertaker and CM Punk are two of the best in the business. They have had limited time to help build their match but it has fans wanting more. Fans love The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak and CM Punk is a legit superstar who can really contend giving “The Deadman” his first loss at the biggest wrestling stage.

Reason for that is because we all know that CM Punk isn’t only the future of the WWE but he is also its present. While a victory over The Undertaker could be just as big as his recent WWE Championship title reign I don’t foresee it happening because at this point The Undertaker should never lose at ‘Mania. Combine that belief to the passing of Paul Bearer and how the company has used the legendary manager in building this match & you have another reason why it makes sense for The Undertaker to extend his streak to 21-0.

Winner: The Undertaker

The Rock (c) vs. John Cena (For the WWE Championship):

Unfortunately the buildup for this match hasn’t been anything special due in-part to that two week lag where The Rock was promoting his most recent movie, G.I. Joe. The WWE has attempted to put this match into 5th gear and have done a good job doing so but I believe it is too little, too late when it comes to overall excitement for this match. It doesn’t have the same feel as it did going into WrestleMania 28 but I believe the match itself could eventually steal the show and make us forget any of the current negative feelings towards it.

I believe that the WWE has a “trick up their sleeve” for this match that will have the fans talking. Whether it is an angle (reportedly the WWE dabbled with the idea of having John Cena turn heel after getting help from The Shield) or the actual match itself, it will have people talking. With that said, the most sense is for John Cena to walk out of MetLife Stadium as the WWE Champion and while it won’t make the North East wrestling contingency happy, I feel for certain in saying that’ll have fans talking for quite sometime.

Winner: John Cena

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