Monday, February 18, 2013

WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Lays the Groundwork for WrestleMania 29

WWE WrestleMania 29Going in to last night's Elimination Chamber pay per view, we knew that it would pretty much lay out what some of the main WrestleMania 29 card would look like.  Things haven't been totally clear up to this point, but the Elimination Chamber results have at least given us an idea of what the WrestleMania title matches will most likely be looking like.  The Rock and Alberto Del Rio kept their respective titles, and Jack Swagger emerged as number 1 contender to the World Title which tentatively set up the WrestleMania title matches.  Here is a look at those matches along with the other 2 rumored main event matches: 

John Cena vs. The Rock 2 - Well, this isn't what I was hoping for.  I feel like the Rock/Cena feud played out last year and gave the fans what they wanted.  They went all out in cutting each other down in every way possible last year, and now all that's left is for Cena to get his win back and earn The Rock's respect.  I personally don't care to see it, and don't care for knowing the WrestleMania main event result 2 months before the event.  The only thing that could halfway save this will be if CM Punk complains about his match with The Rock and somehow gets added to this match, making it a 3 way.

Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio - This one came as a real shock.  Last week when Jack debuted his new manager Zeb Colter, I knew it would finally mean big things for Swagger since a manager is exactly what he needs.  I didn't think he would make such a big impact so fast, but it was a very nice change of pace to see someone different jump into the title picture.  While that's all well and good, I feel like this match may get changed before all is said and done.  With Randy Orton barely losing Elimination Chamber match, Dolph Ziggler still carrying the Money in the Bank briefcase around, Mark Henry making a huge impact since his return, and of course Big Show still looming, it's hard to say where Del Rio's World Heavyweight Championship will be come Mania time.

The Undertaker vs. CM Punk - This match is a big question mark at this point.  Punk lost again to The Rock at Elimination Chamber, so there are 2 paths I could see this going.  Tonight's RAW will probably tell the story as we will see if Punk decides to go nuts about last night's loss, or moves on to a bigger challenge. If The Undertaker is physically able, Punk will most likely be the challenger to "the streak" this year.  If it happens, this will probably be the most intriguing match on the card.  Punk has been the new shining star in WWE for the past couple of years, and his "pipe bombs" being unleashed on WWE's most legendary figure would make for great TV.  The question is, will The Undertaker hold off so he can make it until WrestleMania 30 instead.

Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H 2 - Again, another case of a rematch that really doesn't NEED to happen.  The groundwork was already laid when Brock attacked Vince McMahon a couple of weeks ago and injured him.  Triple H coming back for revenge makes sense, but just like Cena/Rock, we've already seen it.  Brock could be bringing WWE so much more attention coming off his UFC run if he was demolishing guys and taking titles.  The argument may be Brock isn't around full time, but WWE could work it out if they really wanted to get the most out of Brock.  Please don't give us another scenario where Brock has to put over Triple H just to give HIM his win back too, talk about a momentum killer.

So this is what the four top matches for WrestleMania 29 look like as of now.  Of course things can change at the drop of a hat, and I hope they do.  WrestleMania should be something special that you can't see anywhere else, not full of rematches we've seen in the past year.  If these are the top 4 matches, hopefully they can keep the undercard interesting enough to fill things out.  With the Hall of Fame induction of Bruno Sammartino going on that weekend, it should be a very special weekend with a card that hopefully delivers to the rabid New York/New Jersey crowd.  What changes would you make to the WrestleMania 29 card to make the most of it?

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