Although the Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) has yet to occur, it seems as though WWE already has its top four matches planned out for WrestleMania 29, which takes place on Sun., April 7, 2013, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
From the latest edition of Figure Four Weekly (go get a subscription now):
-- The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship match
Yes, it looks as though they're actually going to go through with a rematch the very next year despite all the marketing from WrestleMania 28 calling it a "Once in a Lifetime" match. I suppose they can manipulate the meaning of the words and turn it into some ambiguous phrase but really, it doesn't matter. Pro wrestling fans have short enough memories that it won't be a big deal, especially to the casual viewers who are shelling out cash for WrestleMania. With the belt on the line, that's enough added incentive to make it worthwhile.
-- Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
This also makes sense if only because the two did big business at SummerSlam and WWE is surely hoping Triple H coming out of his retirement -- remember that teary eyed farewell on Monday Night Raw months back? -- along with Lesnar's return will add even more interest. Although I doubt it, this could also be the last match "The Game" ever works. That's a legitimate selling point.
-- Undertaker vs. CM Punk
This one is a bit more of a hard sell and one I'm fascinated to see if only because I'm curious how they'll handle creative for it. Why are they going to have a match? What will be the catalyst to get them there? Punk works a safe style and is of the proper size for Undertaker to have a great match with without risking his seriously banged up body any more than he would be anyway.
-- Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
This one seems stock and about as obvious as it gets, but again, as has been the theme here, it makes a good deal of business sense. What will be interesting is whether or not the world heavyweight championship is on the line. It's possible Alberto Del Rio will still by champion by then, though that seems unlikely. It's also possible Dolph Ziggler will be cashing in his briefcase here, marking the first time it will have happened at a WrestleMania. That would give it maximum impact and might be a good idea considering how overshadowed the world heavyweight title will be on this show.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Thoughts? Preferred card?