Chris Reed’s WWE WrestleMania 29 Predictions
We are just days away from one of my favorite days of the year, WrestleMania, and its time for me to go on the record with my predictions. WWE presents WrestleMania XXIX live this Sunday from Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
To start, there is no other event, other than the Super Bowl, that brings as much excitement to a city than WWE WrestleMania. Luckily for the folks in New York and New Jersey, the grandest stage of them all is in their backyard and final preparations are being made for the biggest day in professional wrestling. Being that the event is being held outdoors, all eyes are on the weather forecast and while there may be no rain the forecast come Sunday, it will be chilly in Met Life Stadium with lows dipping down into the 40s as the event grows older.
I have been to the two WrestleMania events that came to Houston, and I'll be there next year when WWE invades in the city of New Orleans for WrestleMania 30. I must say that the excitement leading into the big event seems to be untouchable. There is something special about the day of WrestleMania which seems brings out the kid in you. While I have always put WrestleMania 3 from Detroit, Michigan as the best WrestleMania ever, I think this year's card has potential to match it.
Sure, there is no Hulk Hogan versus Andre The Giant here, but we do have three matches scheduled that could rival the main event from WrestleMania 3. Here are my predictions on the upcoming matches for WrestleMania 29:
Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston
I think that this match has the potential to start the show. I can see AJ Lee influencing the outcome of this match, and there is no way Ziggler and Big E Langston leave WrestleMania with the tag team belts. I say Team Hell No wins this match, but AJ Lee costs her team the belts.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
Since his "baby face" turn I find that Del Rio has lost some of his steam and it may be time for a change of guards. However, Jack Swagger is NOT winning the World Heavyweight Championship on the big stage. I think this match will be a brutal one, but in the end Dolph Ziggler cashes in his money in the bank suitcase and takes the World Heavyweight Championship home with him following Wrestlemania 29.
Brodus Clay, Tensai and The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins
Do Not blink because if you do, you may well miss this entire match!! Not enough hype behind this match and if it makes it to the five minute mark I will be stunned!! I am going with Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins. But let's be honest here, who is really buying this PPV to see this match?!?!
Chris Jericho vs Fandango
At first I was like, what in the hell is WWE thinking putting a future Hall Of Famer in Chris Jericho up against the newcomer named Fandango on the Wrestlemania stage. Well now I know, and its the ultimate compliment to Jericho. Jericho will loose to Fandango and this victory will propel Fandago's career in WWE. Great match, but in the end WWE paves the road for Fandago's career. Expect Jericho to throw a tantrum & "quit" WWE once his shoulders are pinned to the mat.
Ryback vs Mark Henry
This match will not be a fast paced, high flying contest, but I can see this match being a very violent match in and out of the ring. I expect Ryback to walk away with the victory, but not before he takes a serious beating from the "World's Strongest Man." By the end of this contest it may look like a bad wreck on 1-10 over the Basin Bridge.
Sheamus, Randy Orton, and Big Show vs The Shield
This match has the potential to make a lot of people backstage stop what they are doing and tune into their monitors. I think that this match could be a really good match, and I say that without taking the Big Show into consideration. Expect a fight in this one with The Shield being the last team standing. However, they will not get this victory alone. I have a bad feeling that Randy Orton is up to something and we could soon see the return of the "Legend Killer." There is no stopping The Shield...At least for now.
CM Punk vs The Undertaker
Before I even start talking about this match, I want to say that this is the most difficult match to predict. Sure, the Undertaker has never lost a match at Wrestlemania, but we all know that his career is just days away from being over. Taker's body is letting him down and he is now a family man. Thus, there aren't many more days left in the Undertaker's WWE career. On the other side of the ring, one young man's career is just taking off and boy does he have a bright future in the WWE. With all of that said, its hard for me to convince myself that the WWE will allow the Undertaker to break the streak, but then again every streak or record is made to one day be broken. I am taking a risk here, but I think CM Punk somehow, some way wins this match at Wrestlemania 29!!! Its a tough call, but the "torch" needs to be passed and there is no better stage than the one they will be on this weekend.
Triple H vs Brock Lesnar
What a physical match this will be. I see this match circling the stadium and perhaps even tearing down Met Life stadium this Sunday. These two combatants do not like each other and both men have are on mission. However, like the Undertaker, Triple-H's in-ring career is just about done too. He will be the head of WWE when Mr. Machon decides to retire, if he ever truly does call it quits, and what better time than now to train Triple-H all of the corporate tricks? Brock Lesnar wins this match, but it will not be easy. Expect the McMahon family to help Hunter celebrate his last match in a WWE ring.
The Rock vs John Cena
Many of the WWE fans I have spoken to about this match think its a hard one to call, and for me that's just not the case. The Rock has returned to WWE for one reason and one reason only...to bring the excitement back to the WWE leading into Wrestlemania. The Rock is and always will be an ambassador for WWE, but his time as WWE Champion is up. Expect John Cena to hoist the WWE Championship, which is the ugliest championship belt ever, over his head at the end of this match and walk away from the ring with an attitude. Read between the lines if you wish. As for The Rock, he is far from over in the WWE. He will be back and we may be lucky enough to witness his return next year in New Orelans for Wrestlemania 30.
All in all, I expect this WWE PPV to be a really good one. Diddy will perform live on the big stage and everything that surrounds Wrestelmania will make the show bigger than life itself. I love the fact that WWE now produces Wrestlemania in larger stadiums and domes. While it may not be the best seat for those in attendance, the show just looks so much bigger!! Enjoy Wrestlemania this Sunday LIVE from Met Life Stadium in New Jersey.