WrestleMania 29 Preview: The Matches

March 14, 2013

Wrestlemania 29 is LIVE from Metlife Stadium, Sunday April 7 @ 7pm ET!

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With WWE’s marquee event – WrestleMania — less than a month away, let’s get you up to speed. WrestleMania has happened for the past 29 years. The Undertaker has won matches in the past 20 of them. The Rock is the WWE Champion. Alberto Del Rio, a Mexican Aristocrat, is the World Heavyweight Champion. Kane and Daniel Bryan are the Tag-Team Champions, fighting as Team “Hell No”. USA-loathing Antonio Cesaro is the US Champion, Alternative Girl Next Door Katelyn is the Divas Champion, and British Bareknuckle boxer Wade Barrett is the Intercontinental Champion.

The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
With The Rock and Cena informed by their epic encounter last year in Miami, both competitors will assuredly come to MetLife Stadium with a more sharpened focus than ever before. Cena is out to avenge last year’s WrestleMania loss to The Great One. The Rock, on the other hand, appears intent on keeping the championship he waited more than a decade to reclaim — the title that represents the sport that not only propelled him to success on the silver screen, but also captured his heart and mind at a young age.

Undertaker vs. CM Punk
CM Punk already lays claim to the longest WWE Championship reign of the modern era, and at The Showcase of the Immortals, the irreverent Superstar will try to make history again by doing what no man before him has been able to accomplish: snap The Undertaker’s WrestleMania Streak. CM Punk contends he transcends the WWE Title, WrestleMania and WWE all wrapped into one — a lofty claim that others have assigned to The Undertaker and his Streak. For CM Punk to attain unimpeachable greatness, he must first pass through WrestleMania’s ultimate gatekeeper.

Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
The hatred between Triple H and Brock Lesnar dates back to last year’s SummerSlam when Brock brutalized Triple H. Triple H hasn’t been around since. This all changed with the return of Brock Lesnar and his despicable attack on Vince McMahon. Triple H is back and he is out to avenge his family. Under the management of Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar more dangerous than ever. He destroys everything in his path. These two Superstars are on a collision course and their epic encounter will not be for the faint hearted.

Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship
Jack Swagger returned from a long absence with a renewed passion for justice and a new mouthpiece, his outspoken compatriot Zeb Colter. They feel that the sanctity of America’s spirit is under attack from foreign soil, and it is epitomized by none other than WWE heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio. At WrestleMania, Swagger plans to bring prestige back to the World Heavyweight Championship.

Ryback vs. Mark Henry
Ryback’s reign of destruction in the WWE began just one short year ago. Since his April 6, 2012 debut on Smackdown, his competition has been shell-shocked. His “Feed-Me-More” chant echoes throughout the arena as an unstoppable force. But there is an immovable object in the WWE. Mark Henry. The Worlds Strongest Man. His House of Pain knows no short list of inductees, and he aims to add Ryback to that list. Neither of them seem to have any limits to their incredible strength, but one of them is going to have to break at WrestleMania.

Team Hell-No vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E. Langston for the Tag Team Championship
Daniel Bryan and Kane have had their issues. They’ve gone to therapy to work through them and now they’re the dominating tag team champs of the WWE. Some of their issues go back to a bizarre love triangle between the two of them and AJ Lee. AJ is now spending her time with Dolph Ziggler, and constantly getting under the skin of Kane & Bryan. Dolph Ziggler, being the showoff that he is, just rubs even more salt in those wounds. He’ll team with the enormous Big E Langston in what’s sure to be a showstopping match for the Tag Team Championships. Ziggler and Bryan are two of the most talented wrestlers working today, so this will be a match you won’t want to miss.

Sheamus, Randy Orton, and the Big Show vs. The Shield
The Shield has been a painful thorn in the side of just about every wrestler for the past year. They’ve been bought out by Paul Heyman to keep the WWE Championship around CM Punk’s waist. They’ve attacked John Cena. They’ve unwisely antagonized Ryback. With their power in numbers, it’s hard to stop the three of them. Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show are three of their most recent targets. While Big Show is no friend to the other two, this unlikely matchup might finally spell defeat for the diabolical Shield.

The Miz vs. Wade Barrett
The British Bareknuckle Boxer Wade Barrett has barraged his way to dominance of the Intercontinental Championship. He has rarely played fair, and former Intercontinental Champ The Miz has made it clear that he wants to end Barrett’s title reign.

Fandango vs. Jericho
The world will finally see if Fandango’s moves in the ring are as spectacular as they are on the dance floor. It takes two to Tango, and Jericho is no stranger to new stars egomaniacally trying to steal the spotlight.

Tons of Funk & the Funkadactyls vs. The Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins
Mixed Tag Team action gets a moment in the spotlight as the returning Bella Twins pair with their Rhodes Scholars paramours to take on the gargantuan team of Brodus Clay & Sweet T (formerly known as Tensai, et al) and their fabulous Funkadactyls. The Bellas have been drawing the ire of the Funkadactyls with their backstage Mean-Girl tactics, and the Divas will be out there with a score to settle

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