Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Possible WrestleMania 29 Matches List

It might seem premature, seeing as the WWE Universe just witnessed the 2012 edition of SummerSlam, but it might be fun to toss out a few match predictions for WrestleMania 29.  These are based on the recent happenings from the SummerSlam PPV and other events, as well as what could just make for an interesting lineup.

There's plenty of big names who could (and should) be associated with the next edition of WrestleMania.  They include the obvious with John Cena, CM Punk and Randy Orton, as well as the guys who are sort of a mystery in terms of how they fit into the  big picture: The Rock, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, and The Undertaker.

Potential WrestleMania 29 Matches:
John Cena vs. The Rock II (for WWE Championship)
Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker (streak vs. career match)
Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
CM Punk vs. Triple H?

First and foremost, The Rock and John Cena II may be the match fans get at Mania.  If Rock wins the WWE championship at the Royal Rumble (off CM Punk, or Cena), he could hold onto it as a way to build up towards the bigger PPV (and promote his GI Joe movie).  That would give Cena revenge for the loss at Mania in Miami, and his big win over The Rock.  Not everyone's going to love this idea, because if it goes down this way it also makes these guys 1-1 against each other, meaning they'd need a third match at some point to break that tie.

For Brock Lesnar, if he sticks around until Mania, I wouldn't be surprised if he goes against The Undertaker.  Those two had that infamous crossing of paths during a UFC event, leading to rumors of an eventual match, and Mania is the biggest stage of them all.  It would require months of buildup to get there, but if Brock "leaves" right now, Taker could always return and then Lesnar does because he wants a piece of him.

Of course, this could also go several other ways.  They could also bring Taker back to fight Brock at the Royal Rumble.  Some have even suggested Survivor Series, which is several months away.  The other way it could go is to have Triple H get a rematch against Brock at Mania, and get the victory.  However, I really feel when it comes to the whole undefeated streak, Undertaker needs a big name in there, and if it isn't The Rock, Triple H or Cena, it's got to be Brock Lesnar facing Taker at Mania.

Of course, something interesting also presents itself with Triple H, and that is the way things went down with Shawn Michaels.  He had his arm broken by Brock and didn't appear in Hunter's corner at the PPV.  Triple H didn't make the "save" in the ring when Lesnar broke his friend's arm.  On Raw just this past Monday, HBK basically told everyone he thought Triple H was done and he should have admitted to him he thought he couldn't defeat Brock.  So that sets the stage for something here.  Michaels clearly retired and all, but is this all setting him up for a future bout with Triple H?  Very interesting situation there.  I still expect Triple H to return for some sort of match at Wrestlemania, because that's when WWE needs its top guys there most.  Maybe he'll have a feud with CM Punk around then?  It's tough to predict this one.

There's also the question of the World Heavyweight Championship match for the big event, and that seems to revolve around guys like Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, Randy Orton, and yes, Chris Jericho.  My top picks for potential matches here are either Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler, or Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler with the World Championship on the line.

With all this in mind, we also have the Royal Rumble coming up in January 2013, which is about 5 months away.  However, some of the top picks to win could be Jericho (who lost last year), Orton, CM Punk, or John Cena.  Basically it will depend on whether Cena or Punk has the WWE title heading into that event.

It's still early, and it's going to be interesting to see how some things play out.  Will Punk remain WWE champ the rest of the year?  Who will have the belt at Royal Rumble, and who will win it?  It just would seem strange for The Rock to get attacked by CM Punk, and for Rock not to get some payback.  So if Punk can continue his reign through 2012, we're going to see a first-ever Rock vs. Punk match in the ring come Wrestlemania.

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