We are now officially just one week away from the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) event of the year in all of professional wrestling. Indeed, WrestleMania 29 will go down on Sun., April 7, 2013, starting at 7 p.m. ET and emanating from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
It may have taken WWE a bit longer than it maybe should have but the match card is almost complete with 10 bouts now official for the show. Let's take a look:
- The Rock (c) vs. John Cena (WWE championship)
The main event will feature The Rock putting the WWE championship he won from CM Punk at Royal Rumble on the line against the man who won the Rumble match itself, John Cena. This is a rematch from WrestleMania 28 last year and is likely going to help WWE break the record for the best selling PPV event in history.
- Undertaker vs. CM Punk
With plans in place for the other major stars on the roster, Punk was the guy left with the credibility to go after Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania. The build has been underwhelming and centered mostly around Paul Bearer's death but the match should deliver, despite injuries to both guys.
- Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (No Holds Barred with Triple H's career on the line)
"The Game" wants his revenge for Lesnar breaking his arm multiple times and defeating him soundly at SummerSlam last year. Brock would only agree to the match with the added stipulation that if he wins, Triple H's career is officially over. We'll see if that means Trips has decided to use this as his exit or simply pump up the match before he wins it.
- Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Jack Swagger (World heavyweight championship)
Swagger won an Elimination Chamber match for the right to contest for the world heavyweight title held by Del Rio, who took it off Big Show at a SmackDown event in Florida a couple months back. Both men have underwhelmed in their current roles. Swagger got off to a hot start with his new gimmick but has since lost a ton of heat after a failed angle with Glenn Beck and Del Rio can't buy his way over, as a heel or a babyface.
- Team Hell No (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston (WWE tag team championships)
There wasn't much build to this and no real reason given for why the two sides are feuding but AJ Lee is the common link between all four men and none of them had anything else to do at the big event. This could be the match that leads to the inevitable break up between Kane and Daniel Bryan, though we've been saying that for a while now.
- Mark Henry vs. Ryback (HOSS FIGHT)
One guy is really big and strong and he'll fight the other guy who is really big and strong. Easy peasy.
- The Shield vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus, Big Show
Ryback was initially slotted for the spot Big Show now occupies but the powers that be quickly smartened up and booked him for the HOSS FIGHT on the card. That left Show to settle up with his mortal enemies Sheamus and Orton. It's been tumultous
- Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
Jericho revealed recently that he was none too keen on the idea of working with Fandango in his brief return to WWE but the big boss himself, Vince McMahon, is really high on the character and brought "Y2J" in for a face-to-face meeting just to convince him to help get the young guy over. Now, Jericho views it as a challenge and the build up has been much better than anyone expected.
- Wade Barrett (c) vs. The Miz (Intercontinental championship)
If we're to take a recent poll right here on Cageside into consideration, no one is really looking forward to this match. But it's here and if the main event matches see results as predictable as it appears they will at this moment, it's possible WWE will book a title switch here to make up for it.
- Tons of Funk & Funkadactyls vs. Rhodes Scholars & Bella Twins
A stock eight-person mixed tag team match featuring the returning Bella Twins, Nikki and Brie. Tons of Funk and the Rhodes Scholars have been going back and forth for some time now but the ladies are the ones who have the chance to really make an impact here.
That's how everything looks so far. We'll keep you up to date on any changes or updates in the coming week, Cagesiders.