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WrestleMania XXIX Predictions

By April 3, 2013

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Sunday is the biggest day of the year for wrestling fans as WrestleMania XXIX will be taking place. Please note that this event starts earlier and lasts longer than every other pay-per-view event on the WWE calendar. The pay-per-view starts at 7:00 PM EDT and the pre-show, which will stream on WWE.com, begins at 6:00 PM EDT. In addition, you will notice that next to every wrestler's name I have put their record at WrestleMania. For a further breakdown of these numbers, click here. As is always the case, you can let me know what you think will be happening on Sunday night by clicking on the "Leave a Comment" link at the end of this post.

Intercontinental Championship: Champion Wade Barrett (0-1) vs. The Miz (3-0) - This match will be taking place during the pre-show. If history is any indication, there is a strong possibility that something will happen during this match that will cause it to restart with more people added to the match. That allows for the wrestlers that are not currently featured on the show the opportunity to compete and get a WrestleMania bonus check. Since the company added an extra half-hour to the pre-show, I'm thinking that those wrestlers will be put in another bonus match and that this one will go off without a hitch. I'm picking The Miz to get the win here so there is something historic that can be added to the DVD. As far as the bonus match I think will happen, I'm surprised that Antonio Cesaro, the man that has been US Champion since SummerSlam isn't on the show. I'm picking him to win the bonus match I think will be taking place. Predicted Winner: The Miz

WWE Tag Team Champions Kane (6-8) & Daniel Bryan (0-1) vs. Dolph Ziggler (1-2) & Big E Langston (0-0) - Forget about the tag team championship, the bigger story heading into this match is that for the first time ever, the person holding the Money in the Bank contract will enter WrestleMania with the briefcase. Because of what happened to his father's ashes on Monday night, I expect for Kane to be in a rage entering this match and causing his team to get disqualified. While Dolph can't win the tag team titles that way, I think he might not be as focused on that title as a challenger normally is. Predicted Winners: Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston via DQ

Chris Jericho (4-7) vs. Fandango (0-0) - Fozzy begins a tour of Europe on April 11. Normally I would say that this marks another leave of absence for the Ayatollah of Rock-n-Rolla, but that tour of Europe coincides with the WWE's tour of that continent. I think that a loss here kills whatever momentum the Fandango character has while a victory leads to more battles with Chris Jericho. Obviously, the Fandango character is a mockery of Chris's stint on Dancing with the Stars. While I doubt this feud will lead to the return of another WWE alum that appeared on the show, Stacy Keibler, I do think it is possible that someone from the show might get involved in this feud and give it a little bit of mainstream attention. Predicted Winner: Fandango

Eight-Person Tag Team Match: Brodus Clay (0-0), Tensai (1-1) & The Funkadactyls (0-0) vs. Cody Rhodes (1-2), Damien Sandow (0-0) & The Bella Twins (0-1) - Since I'm already talking about dancing, it only makes sense to talk about Tons of Funk. I think this match takes place in the next-to-last slot to give the audience a chance to recover from either the Undertaker or Brock Lesnar match. I'm picking this one to be very short and that the celebratory dancing at the end of the match will turn into Sean "Diddy" Comb's musical performance. Predicted Winners: Tons of Funk & The Funkadactyls

Ryback (0-0) vs. Mark Henry (1-3) - Ryback is potentially a big-money player for the WWE in the not-too-distant future. One of the things missing from his resume is a WrestleMania moment. An impressive looking Shell-Shocked to the World's Strongest Man is just the next logical step in his career path. Predicted Winner: Ryback

Six-Man Tag Team Match: Randy Orton (4-5), Sheamus (1-1) & Big Show (4-8) vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose [0-0], Roman Reigns [0-0] & Seth Rollins [0-0]) - The focus of this story has been whether Big Show will remain loyal to his teammates. I think he will. However, I also think the long-rumored Randy Orton heel turn will be taking place during this match. Over the past year, Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio have been groomed to be the top faces for the SmackDown brand which has led to Orton being shuffled down the card and the man who for awhile was the second biggest star in the company has almost become an afterthought. I also think that Orton is a much better heel than babyface. Predicted Winners: The Shield

World Heavyweight Championship: Champion Alberto Del Rio (0-1) vs. Jack Swagger (2-0) - Because of the controversy his new character created, I really thought Jack had a good shot at winning the title when this match was announced. Then Swagger went and got himself arrested for DUI (not alcohol) and marijuana possession. If he won the title here, there is a chance that he wouldn't be able to celebrate his title victory on SmackDown because he will be in court on Tuesday. Having him win the title at this juncture would be very bad for Linda McMahon's rumored bid for Congress in 2014 regardless of the fact that she is no longer involved with the company. More importantly for the company, I don't think they got the press from the Jack Swagger character they were looking for when they went looking for controversy. For these two reasons, I'm picking Alberto to win this match. Unfortunately for the Mexican Aristocrat, I don;t think he walks out of this show with the title. I'm predicting that Dolph Ziggler successfully cashes in his Money in the Bank contract following this match. Predicted Winner: Alberto Del Rio then Dolph Ziggler

Undertaker (20-0) vs. CM Punk (3-3) - This one should be very interesting. Punk has all but admitted that he has no shot at pinning Undertaker but has said that a count-out or disqualification will be good enough for him as those types of victories will make him the man to end the streak. Unlike most other wrestlers during the streak that tried to prove to Undertaker that they weren't afraid of him, Punk has gone out of his way to infuriate Undertaker and when he dumped Paul Bearer's ashes on The Dead Man, he guaranteed Undertaker will be out for more than just a victory. While he will be baited to cross the line, I think Undertaker will control his emotions until after he gives Punk the tombstone. Following the match, I think we will see another appearance by Kane and that the Brothers of Destruction will destroy Punk for desecrating the remains of Paul Bearer in such a brutal manner that we won't see Punk for a few months. Predicted Winner: Undertaker

Career Threatening No Holds Barred Match: Brock Lesnar (1-1) vs. Triple H (7-9) - Triple H's mentor, Ric Flair, and his best friend, Shawn Michaels, were forced to retire after they lost career threatening matches at WrestleMania. It was recently announce that Shawn will be in the corner of his friend for this match. Sadly, Ric Flair was supposed to be involved with the company this week but had to cancel his appearances due to the death of his son. Based on the history of his friends, I think that Triple H will get a WrestleMania send-off like his friends did. Now whether or not he stays retired is an entirely different matter. The first time a wrestler was forced to retire due to losing a match at WrestleMania, he walked out of the following year's show as the WWE Champion. And while I doubt that Triple H will pull a "Macho Man" and leave WrestleMania XXX as the WWE Champion, it wouldn't surprise me to see him on that card either. Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar

WWE Championship: Champion The Rock (5-4) vs. John Cena (6-3) - This event features rematches from the two biggest pay-per-view events of 2012. While I predicted the prior match would end with the same result of the 2012 match, I think that John will get revenge for his loss to Rock at last year's show. Not only does that finally bring the WWE Championship back to someone who actually appears on WWE television every week, it also sets up the Rubber Match that is sure to put lots of money in Vince McMahon's pockets. Predicted Winner: John Cena

Photo of The Rock: Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images

Comments

April 4, 2013 at 11:05 am
(1) Gav Newcastle says:

i agree with all your predictions except Triple H v Lesnar and Rock v Cena

i can only see Triple H winning its a revenge match with everything coming full circle.

Now not one article ive read has anyone said they really wanted to see this match again me included so i cannot see a 3rd match,now as for the match everyone is so sure that Cena will win,because Rocks only part time and hes holding the title sorry i dont buy into that garbage,Cena is supposed to be the top guy does wwe really want mania to end with a person holding the title who was booed out the building on Raw monday?let alone the crowd chanting boring? sorry i cant see it,the crowd will hate Cena winning this match needs to have a big ending,IF Cena wins clean that crowd will bay for his blood its that simple,he needs to turn heel or cheat to win the crowd will not accept a clean superman cena win it will awful because that mean months of no sells,non beliveable matches and complete snooze fests im picking rock to retain in a shock ending

April 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm
(2) Charles Rushing says:

I agree with all of your predictions. I was up in the air on the Brock V. Triple H match, and don’t expect the match to go down as you describe, I am still going with Brock to win (be it by disqualification or 1,2,3). Totally agree that Cena will walk away the Champion! The Rock is a part-time wrestler and Cena is wrestling every week, filling Vince’s pockets. I hate to see Kane and Bryan lose their Titles (I bet they sold millions of “Hell No” T-shirts, etc.), but I think they will. Ryback has great potential both as a long running WWE Super Star, if Vince lets him. I agree that Randy Orton’s career is in limbo as a babyface. Though I’m not sure where The Big Show’s career is going after WrestleMania, I think he will hold his own, and Orton will cost them the match against The Shield. Condolences to Ric Flair!!!! The Miz is going to be the next Ric Flair, as I said over a year ago, after seeing him on Jay Leno. Antonio Cesaro must be having problems within the (WWE)? Since his battering of The Miz, he has been missing and losing matches, and now he is not going to WrestleMania with his Title? Cesaro has great strength and wrestling potential! Happy to see Ziggler finally going somewhere (Where, I have no idea), but without AJ and Big E Langston, Ziggler would not be going nowhere in my opinion. Swagger had a good ‘gimmick’ going, but I think that he needs another wrestler like maybe of the caliber of The Big Show to gain more recognition with that “gimmick”! Goodbye Rock and Undertaker, until next year. The last I read Brock Lesner and The Undertaker’s contracts are up after this WrestleMania (CM Punk, too??? Where does CM Punk go from here, if he stays in the WWE? (PS: “The People’s Elbow” has got to be the most silliest “Finishing Moves” I’ve ever seen or heard of in Professional Wrestling History). Lol. Charles in Louisiana (April 05, 2013)

April 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm
(3) Georges Melki says:

After having read “Sex, Lies and Headlocks”, I am more convinced than ever that all this Wrestlemania business is fake, with all the matches a set of choreographed stunts…Of course, stuntmen, like professional wrestlers, get injured sometimes, but this doesn’t mean that what they are doing is for real!
On another issue, I keep hearing and reading that Mark Henry is “The World’s Strongest Man”: this is totally wrong. Of course, Mark Henry is an exceptionally strong man, but he’s far from being the strongest man in the World. Henry competed in Olympic Weightlifting Championships, and he never got a Gold Medal. In fact, he never entered the “250 club” of men who lifted 250+kg in the clean and jerk, and there are 25 of them(some of them dead, like the great Vasily Alexeyev, who really was the World’s strongest man in the seventies and eighties). The strongest man alive would probably be Hussein Rezazadeh, who still holds the C&J World Record with 263.5 kg….
Regards

April 7, 2013 at 9:45 am
(4) trevor says:

George Melkie, it is 2013, everyone knows wrestling is fake and the outcome is already predicated; it is still fun and entertaining, that is why we watch. WWE paid for Mark henry to enter one of the world strongest men competition a decade ago, which he won; that’s why he call the world strongest man. Do you really believe Randy Orton is a VIPER.

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