A number of days ago, the talented David Shoemaker over at Grantland.com penned a piece on WrestleMania 29 examining the unwritten rulebook of WWE and how it can tell us who is going to emerge victories in the top three matches -- The Rock vs. John Cena, Undertaker vs. CM Punk, and Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H -- at "The Showcase of the Immortals" on Sun., April 7, 2013, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
It's a great post and I suggest you head over and give it a look if you haven't already. Here's an excerpt that serves as the inspiration for this post:
You can turn it over in your head a thousand times, and it sure looks like Cena, Undertaker, and Triple H are destined to come out on top. But, to borrow a phrase from the Miz, Really? Even in a scripted world, how can you have an event for which everybody knows the ending in advance? Here's one way to crack the code: If the world heavyweight championship match between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger - which feels like a show-opener at this point - gets bumped to the prime-time section of the card, my guess is that it'll be there because WWE wants to give Swagger (or Dolph Ziggler, cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase) a surprise win and get a heel victory during the main-event portion of the night. If not, bet on one of the main-event bouts breaking the all-heroic, all-obvious monotony. Even if that happens - even if we get a surprise finish - it'll be done precisely because they've made it seem so impossible for that to happen. It'll be a bombshell we all know is coming.
One unwritten rule he doesn't expressly state is that of WWE deliberately changing a matches' planned result to swerve the fans who had figured out the direction the company was intending to go. This has happened countless times at various points in the promotion's existence but the most high profile recent switch-a-roo that comes to mind is the Royal Rumble last year when Chris Jericho was penciled in to win but ended up getting tossed out last by Sheamus because the powers that be felt it would have been too predictable to have "Y2J" go over in that spot.
So if that's the case and WWE sees that its fan base at large believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Cena, Undertaker, and Triple H will all defeat Rock, Punk, and Lesnar, respectively, what are the chances Vince McMahon and company will change the result of one of those matches just for the swerve?
And if they don't go the route Shoemaker suggests, having Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger later on the card to give us a moment we don't expect in between all the ones we do, what match is most likely to get its result switched around?
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