April 7th 2013 played host to WrestleMania 29 which will go down as the biggest drawing Wrestling show of all time. WWE announced an attendance of just over 80,000 which beats out their legit number for WrestleMania III of 78,000 in 1987. The show was very predictable in who won and lost mathces on the card. The most obvious being John Cena regaining the WWE title and getting redemption for his loss to The Rock from last years WrestleMania.
The Pre Show: So the extended pre-show really didn’t add much besides some hype for matches on the show. They did a backstage segment with Miz and Snooki, Miz called her a MILF during their interaction. To fans delight Jim Ross was present on the pre-show I guess so annoying marks can’t cry about him not being involved with Mania.
Intercontinetal Title, Wade Barrett vs The Miz: Miz won the IC title with the Figure Four Leglock. I think its better Barrett lost the title cos it was doing nothing for him and since he won it he was just lost in the shuffle. Hopefully now Barrett can advance up the card. Miz at this point is just a Jericho level act who can go to and from the main event and be a high midcard mainstay.
Openning Video Package: New Jersey Governor Chirs Christie opened the show putting over the recovery after Hurricane Sandy last fall. He then welcomed the people to the land he loved and welcomed everyone to WrestleMania
Michael Cole welcomed us to WrestleMania as the P.Diddy song played as the National Guard came out with US flags.
The Shield vs Randy Orton, Big Show and Sheamus: This was the weakest of the matches The Shield has been in on PPV. Match was ok but didn’t get good until the end. Randy Orton played the babyface making the hot tag. Orton hit an RKO onto Rollins who came off the top rope which is always a great spot. Orton was speared by Reigns as Ambrose got the pin. So they didn’t feed the Shield to Orton and Sheamus which made me glad. We didn’t get the much talked about Randy Orton heel turn. Instead we got another Big Show heel turn who hit the KO punch on both Sheamus and Orton. I knew Show would do a turn but its just old seeing Show turn heel all the time.
They Showed a Rock/Cena Video Package
They then showed Snooki with her Boyfirend or Husband. I have no idea if shes married cos I have no desire to watch Jersey Shore.
Mark Henry vs The Ryback: Henry came out and we got a recap of the bench press segment from Smackdown. This was not good at all. I was looking forward to this but it just did not come off good. Ryback had Henry on his shoulders but lost his balance so Henry fell on him and got the pin. I guess they didn’t want to beat Ryback clean with the WSS or something. After the match Ryback gave Henry the Shellshock which was meant to get the crowd going but it didn’t.
So we get to the announcers who are playing with some WWE Action Figures from Mattel. They then plug the 2014 Special Olympics. Cut to Officials from the Special Olympics with Stephanie McMahon and Chris Christie.
We got a promo for a contest to win tickets to Mania 30 next year.
WWE Tag Team Titles: Team Hell No vs Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston: This was really rushed. It was clear had little time and wanted to get a lot of stuff in the match. AJ threw the case into Ziggler who tried to hit Kane with it but he ducked. Kane gave the big boot Langston. Kane chokelsmaed Ziggler as Bryan did the diving headbutt to pin Ziggler. I really thought they would end the Team Hell No thing here seeing this is the biggest show of the year and its meant to end all the angles going into the show but we still have the same tag champs. After the match Bryan led a huge YES chant.
We got a John Cena Make A Wish Video. So Yeah he aint turning heel.
Chris Jericho vs FANDANGO: They gave Fandango quite the entrance with all these dancers dancing until Fandango came out dancing with a girl. Jericho got a huge pop and a firework display. This was good because of Chris Jericho, FANDANGO was not good but it was still a good match cos Jericho carried him. Jericho got cut open hard-way during the match. Finish saw Jericho got for the lionsault as FANDANGO had the knees ready to counter so Jericho overshot the move to avoid the knees. Jericho then went for the Walls Of Jericho which FANDANGO blocked and pinned Jericho with an inside cradle.
We then got a video package with the most hand picked good looking kids and adults. The idea here is that they are one of the millions of WWE fans. The whole idea is so that WWE can try convince people that wrestling fans aren’t all overweight rednecks.
After that embarrassment we got a great package on all the great Mania moments. This was so good and why WWE is the best at what they do cos these packages just make you want to watch WWE more than any other company.
This video was used to introduce P. Diddy to the fans. I think they were trying to tell us that Diddy will be a great Mania moment which is hard to believe.
World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio vs Jack Swagger, This was ok just no that exciting. They did a lot of trading between the ankle lock and arm bar. The finish saw Zeb kick out Ricardo’s crutch. Del Rio went after Zeb while Swagger jumped Del RIo on the floor. When they got back to the ring Del Rio put on the arm bar and got the win. No Ziggler cash in just Del Rio wining clean with the arm bar.
Undertaker vs CM Punk: He did it again. For the 6th year in a row Undertaker gave us Match Of The Night and hell its more impressive every year considering he gets a year older and is more and more banged up also working with Punk will help. Taker looked bigger than he has in sometime but was still billed as 300 pounds. The crowd came alive when Taker went for the Last Ride and Punk hit Taker with the Urn which Taker kicked out of. I guess this the same as Taker kicking out of the tombstone that HHH gave him in 2011. We saw a lot of trading off between Tombstone and GTS attempts and Punk never hit the GTS in this match. Taker got out of a GTS and got Punk into the tombstone and hit it for the pin and to go 21-0. After the match Taker took the urn back and did his salute to the urn which was a nice tribute to Paul Bearer and it looked like Take was tearing up when he did this. Taker left as the flames went off and 21-0 was on the screen like it is every year.
No Holds Barred; Triple H vs Brock Lesnar, This was really good but it did not come off as good if you heard the crowd. This crowd did not care for this match. Brock and HHH killed each other. HBK kicked Heyman, Brock gave HBK an F-5, HHH and Brock traded trying to do the kimura lock. HHH hit Brock with the sledgehammer then hit a pedigree on the steel steps to get the win. Much like with the Cena loss with Brock last year they didn’t just beat him it took a lot of punishment for him to go down. After the match HHH and Shawn hugged and HHH did his posing routine. As much as I am a fan of Hunter I just didn’t care he won this match.
Hall Of Fame Highlights: They showed footage from the ceremony which if you haven’t read about you have to cos it sounds like a great show and is a must see for when the DVD is out. Then the 2013 HOF class came out with Bruno getting his own music cos hes the headliner. Crowd gave them a nice applause.
Justin Roberts announced the crowd of 80,676
WWE Title: The Rock vs John Cena, In theory another year of build led to this. This was much better than the match from 2012. They did a lot of trading finishers mainly the AA and Rock Bottom. Rock went for a Rock Bottom which was countered by Cena into an AA for the pin. The crowd didn’t care I guess cos they knew Cena was winning and no one cares if he wins the title anymore. Rock left the ring and hugged his family at ringside. Cena and Rock posed on the stage and rose each others arm with Rock pointing at Cena basically cementing Cena and his legacy which is BS cos Cenas legacy was well cemented before this Rock stuff began. The fans hated this posing shit with Rock and Cena as they would. This was meant to be the big moment of the show but I doubt WWE uses it cos of all the booing it got from the live crowd.
Thoughts: This was way to predictable. All the major matches had predictable outcomes the Taker match aside. It was cemented weeks ago on TV that HHH was not loosing cos he never really seemed to care that if he lost he would be gone. Cena was winning no matter what happened. This show had no bad matches but it was that they had no reaction from the crowd for the most part. I know there has been complaints about the set making it hard for fans to see the action which is why the crowd was so quiet. Other than that it was an ok show with the 3 main events really being the best thing about the show with a meh under-card.