Spoiler Alert: WWE Wrestlemania 29 review

John Seiler/Sun Star Columnist
April 9, 2013

It doesn’t matter if you are a hardcore or casual watcher of professional wrestling, Wrestlemania is that one time a year that all wrestling fans hold dear. Ever since I was a kid, Wrestlemania was always been the one show that I knew never to miss. A great Wrestlemania would redefine the status quo, change title runs or just special moments would happen that would be remembered for decades.

Last years Wrestlemania was decent with the main event being John Cena vs. The Rock, talked about as “Once in a Lifetime.” Flash forward a year and Wrestlemania 29 is once again headlined by Rock and Cena, this time the match is for Rock’s WWE Championship. With other promising matches on the card, unfortunately, it never lives up to those promises.

Intercontinental Title Match: The Miz vs. Wade Barrett(C)
Winner and new Intercontinental Champion: The Miz
Only shown as a Pre-Wrestlemania match on there site, it felt like a match that didn’t need to be on the main show. Being the 3rd meeting between the two in last month, this just felt like another random match from the duo. I wish I could be excited for Miz being IC champ, but currently he has to be the worst good guy in the company with every putrid second he’s on TV has been pure agony.

Shamus, Randy Orton and The Big Show vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns)|
Winner: The Shield
This was a pretty fun match but it fell short. From seeing them wrestle in front of a crowed of 100 in a school gymnasium, it was pretty great to see Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins finally make it to Wrestlemania. The Shield continue their undefeated streak and have now officially beaten everybody. I’m curious to see where they go from here.

It also looks like there doing a Orton/Show feud which doesn’t sound exciting.

Ryback vs. Mark Henry
Winner: Mark Henry
Ryback as WWE would like for us to believe is one of next big stars from the company. Each week they show him beating a bunch of nobodies and continue to show him as this powerhouse. The problem is that whenever it comes to him fighting someone of merit, he loses and really, he can’t beat Mark Henry? It makes no sense whatsoever and it makes Ryback look like the biggest loser in the company. The match is pretty bad and ends in hilarious way with Ryback dropping Henry on himself and being pinned. It’s almost like they should have added a “Ker-Ploop” sound effect when it happened. Then after the match, Ryback destroys Mark Henry with his finisher and walks away which begs the question, why did Mark Henry win if Ryback was going to walk away?

WWE Tag Team Title Match: Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston vs. Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) (C)
Winner: Team Hell No
Like the IC Title match, I felt like I’ve seen this match a lot recently between them and there was nothing special added to this particular match. Team Hell No is a fine team and I’m sure they’re going to be feuding with The Shield next so that’ll be pretty fun. Dolph is one of the best wrestlers in the company. I hope they’ve got some big plans for him soon.

Fandango vs. Chris Jericho
Winner: Fandango
Not a bad debut from Fandango. He had some cool moves and his character is really goofy and I’m a sucker for goofy characters like 3MB. Jericho is a great guy to have Fandango to go against because Jericho brings the best out of a lot of wrestlers and Jericho as usual was great.

World Heavyweight Title Match: Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio (C)
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
To start, Jack Swagger gets a loser entrance. Everybody has an entrance with music and fan far or boos or something. After a video package, they just cut Swagger in the ring like he was a nobody. Moving on, I liked both competitors but they seemed to be missing something that would make them into stand-out stars. Another thing that didn’t help was the lack of a cash in from Dolph Ziggler. Currently Dolph is in the ownership of the Money in the Bank contract that allows him a World Title shot at anytime he wants. You would think that if some had a contract like that, they would do it on the grandest stage of them all.

Undertaker vs. CM Punk
Winner: Undertaker
This was easily the best match on the card. Undertaker only does one match a year these days and each time he makes the most of it, and CM Punk is one of the greatest wrestlers going right now. It was a really great moment when Living Colour performed “Cult of Personality,” CM Punk’s current theme song. This was the first match in the night that I saw the crowed really getting in to it and I think that helped with the excitement in the match. So many great moments and the story told in the match was really good. Paul Hayman in the corner of CM Punk added in extra bit of fun with his outside antics.

Of all the matches on the card, this will be the one I watch again.

Brock Lesner vs. Triple H
Winner: Tripler H
If there was a star of Wrestlemania it was Brock Lesner.

The Lesner plays this insane wildman so well.  Every match he’s been in since being back has been fun because of his persona. In saying that, Triple H’s offense was really boring and the match started to drag towards the end. What I don’t understand is if WWE spent all this money getting Brock Lesner and trying to make him in to this monster why is he continuing to lose matches like this. Like the Ryback match, I just don’t get what they’re trying to do.

Again, Paul Hayman was very fun.

WWE Title Match: John Cena vs. The Rock (C)
Winner and new champion: John Cena
These two have absolutely no chemistry whatsoever. Last years match wasn’t that great and a year didn’t help the matters. When Cena is working with Brock Lesner, CM Punk or Dolph, he has talent and puts on some great stuff but his stuff with The Rock doesn’t work. The last 10 minutes just devolved in to them kicking out of each others finisher. After the fifth kick out, I just wanted the match to end, I didn’t even care who won.

The overall problem with this show was lack of a Wrestlemania feeling. The crowed seemed bored through most of the night, there were massive pacing problems to the point that a match was cut from the show and nothing special happened overall. Besides Cena’s win, it didn’t seem like anything changed and Wrestlemania needed to do that.

Is it the worst Wrestlemania? No, but it felt like it should have been a different show.

Overall this sums it up

Further notes: Monday Night Raw happened the next night and Raw is what Wrestlemania should have been. It was one of the best episodes of Raw of the last decade. Now that was a show.

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