The three matches at the top of the official WrestleMania 29 card have been set.
John Cena won the right to challenge The Rock to a rematch with his victory at the Royal Rumble. He defeated CM Punk on the next week’s “Monday Night Raw” to solidify his spot in the WWE Championship match.
After being knocked out of the title picture with losses to The Rock at the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber, Punk set his sights on the Undertaker. The wrestler who held the WWE title for 434 days, beat Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show for a chance to end the “Dead Man’s” 20-0 streak.
The rematch between Triple H and Brock Lesnar was made official on the most recent edition of “Raw.” Triple H signed a contract to fight the former UFC Heavyweight Champion in a No Holds Barred match.
All three matches should be highly anticipated. They feature six of the most recognizable names in WWE history, and will headline the first ever WrestleMania at MetLife Stadium.
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However, some fans seem to be disappointed with the matches for WrestleMania 2013. All three of these matches have taken place on major Pay-Per-Views in the past, including WrestleMania and SummerSlam in 2012. Moreover, the results of the matches seem easy to predict, with Cena, Undertaker and Triple H almost certain to come out on top.
Do The Rock, Punk and Lesnar have any chance of winning their respective WrestleMania 29 matches? Let’s take a closer look at each fight.
The Rock vs. John Cena (WWE Championship Match)
At WrestleMania 28, Cena lost to The Rock after a year of declaring that he had to be victorious in the “Once in a Lifetime” match. Now, the 10-time WWE champ is looking for redemption.
A win on April 7 would mean much more for Cena than The Rock. When WrestleMania is over, The Rock will likely take another lengthy hiatus from the WWE. He’s already gotten the better of Cena at WrestleMania 28, and at WrestleMania 27, where The Rock assisted The Miz in keeping his WWE title.
2012 was a down year, by Cena’s standards. Besides his loss to the Rock, he was defeated by John Laurinaitis, Punk and Dolph Ziggler in the main event of PPV’s.
Cena is the biggest babyface in the WWE, and needs to redeem himself after last year’s defeat. The Rock can afford a loss, as he’ll go back to making movies shortly after his match. Unless Cena is on the verge of a heel turn, which seems extremely unlikely, he’ll go over at MetLife Stadium.
CM Punk vs. Undertaker
Out of all the underdogs at WrestleMania, Punk may have the worst chance of winning his match. He’s set to face a man who is literally unbeatable at the WWE’s biggest PPV.
The Undertaker’s undefeated streak has become one of the most heralded records in WWE history. If the likes of Shawn Michaels and Triple H were unable to give the Undertaker his first loss, it’s unlikely that Punk will do so.
Each year, the match in which the Undertaker puts his streak on the line becomes one of the most anticipated of the PPV. Unless the wrestler is ready to retire, it wouldn’t make much sense for Punk to deliver on his promise of making getting the victory.
Punk is the best heel in the WWE. A loss at the PPV won’t hurt him, and it would give the Undertaker a chance to defend his streak at WrestleMania 30.
In their short feud, Punk has disrespected the memory of Paul Bearer, stealing the Undertaker’s sacred urn and mocking the now deceased manager. Expect the self-proclaimed “Best in the World” to get his comeuppance at WrestleMania.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (No Holds Barred Match)
Just like Cena, Triple H is poised to get his revenge against the man to whom he recently lost. Lesnar defeated Triple H at SummerSlam, breaking his arm for the second time in the process.
Now, Lesnar has returned to the WWE, as he and manager Paul Heyman have forced Triple H to put his career on the line. “The Game” may not be a full-time wrestler any more, but there have been no indications that his time in the ring is coming to an end.
The match between Lesnar and Triple H is the ultimate battle of good versus evil. In their feud that began almost a year ago, Lesnar has injured Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon. Now, he’s going after the COO’s career.
In the WWE, good always trumps evil in the end. Lesnar came out on top in August, forcing Triple H to tap out. Even though Lesnar has agreed to wrestle for the company over the next two years, this feud is coming to an end. Triple H won’t lose.