We are 9 days away from the 30th anniversary of WrestleMania. 9 Days! We have officially entered single digit days... New Orleans rises upon the horizon. But before that, let's take it back one last time, to almost one year ago...
Date: 7th April, 2013
Venue: MetLife Stadium
City: East Rutherford, New Jersey
For the second year running, Sheamus would be involved in the opening match on the card as he teamed up with Randy Orton and The Big Show to take on The Shield, who were making their WrestleMania debut in a 6-Man Tag Team Match. After Randy Orton took some initiative in the match to tag himself in, The Big Show sat back and watched as Orton would meet his demise and end up losing the match for his team. If anything, this proved that unlike some of the teams that had been put before it, The Shield were one unit. Now one year later, they find themselves at WrestleMania XXX, set to face off against the New Age Outlaws and Corporate Kane. Can The Shield retain their undefeated streak?
Mark Henry and Ryback's feud would culminate in a one on one match at WrestleMania 29 - looking back now it makes you think - Where the heck did it all go down south for Ryback? Well in terms of the match, it went down (no pun intended) when Mark Henry was being set up for a Shell Shock, and ended up literally dropping onto Ryback and crushing him under his weight, allowing Henry to induct Ryback into the Hall of Pain. Why? Because THAT'S WHAT HE DO!
The next match on the card was contested for the WWE Tag Team Championship. One of the longest reigning, and most entertaining duos of the past few years - Daniel Bryan and Kane would successfully defend their championships against Dolph Ziggler & Big E (Langston) (with AJ Lee). Despite this loss, I still remember the following night on RAW, from the Izod Center when Dolph Ziggler cashed in his Money in the Bank contract successfully, and beat a less than 100% Del Rio to become the new World Heavyweight Champion. The roof came unglued in the Izod Center. Here we are, a year down the line and it's Ziggler's former tag partner who holds (Intercontinenal) gold, as well as AJ Lee, who'll be defending her Divas Championship against 13 other women at WrestleMania XXX. Her chances are looking slim... but anything can happen at WrestleMania!
Fandango would gain an upset victory against the veteran Chris Jericho. You know what this means right? Fandango has an undefeated streak at WrestleMania. 1-0. Matched only by Michael Cole at the moment - but that may come to an end this year if he doesn't win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. It's pretty funny to me because I remember asking Fandango earlier along the Road to WrestleMania 30 blog, about how confident he was feeling about defending his undefeated streak... Click here to see what he had to say. The Izod Center the night after WrestleMania 29, and the O2 Arena in London the week after (attended by yours truly, Rihan & Anuj) were in an uproar of "ChaChaLaLa" - The Fandangoing was about to spread worldwide...
Sometimes, I feel like those are some of the best things to come out of a WrestleMania. Not necessarily what happens during Mania, such as what matches have been booked, but what happens as a result of WrestleMania - and the reactions that certain superstars receive. It's a time to let your voices be heard!
Say it loud, say it proud: "WE THE PEOPLE!"
The following match on the card featured one half of the future 'Real Americans' tag team, Jack Swagger, accompanied by Zeb Colter. After winning the Elimination Chamber, Swagger had earned a shot at Alberto Del Rio's World Heavyweight Championship. If you've been reading carefully enough, you would have noticed that the night after this match, Del Rio lost the Championship to Ziggler, which could have happened if he had successfully retained against Jack Swagger! And we're back in the loop...
Always one of the most, if not THE most anticipated match on any WrestleMania card is The Undertaker's. This year he would face The Best in World, CM Punk. Now for everyone that knows about the build-up for this one, let me ask you a question. Do you ever wonder what the angle would have been if Paul Bearer hadn't passed away? It all seemed very sudden, but played out nicely I think as a story to go with, with The Undertaker defeating Punk in the end, in honour of his fallen friend, Paul Bearer. One of my favourite spots from this match was when Punk hits the GTS on Taker, who bounces onto, and then right off the ropes and quickly scoops Punk up to hit him with the Tombstone Piledriver. Great match from both wrestlers, and the streak lives on: 21-0. But the question is now, for how long? At WrestleMania XXX, for the second time in a row, a client of Paul Heyman will take on The Streak. The Beast vs. The Streak. Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker. This is going to be a 'slobberknocker' for sure!
Brock Lesnar could be the man to end it all. But at WrestleMania 29, he fought in a long and grueling battle with Triple H, which could have gone either way it seemed, but it was a thunderous Pedigree to Lesnar onto steel steps that would slay the beast that night. Triple H was victorious over Lesnar. So surely he shouldn't find his opponent this year at WrestleMania a tall order? Or perhaps that's where Triple H slips up, by underestimating Daniel Bryan. Allowing Bryan to land a running knee into the face of the COO and advance to the main event of WrestleMania XXX. Or will the Cerebral Assassin be holding both belts over his fallen former Evolution members? Time will tell... Maybe Batista will win. XD Deal with it!
In the main event of WrestleMania 29, The Rock was set to defend his WWE Championship against the winner of the 2013 Royal Rumble, John Cena. It all led back to this. The re-match that would give John Cena a shot at redemption. I remember not even being so anti-Cena in that year simply because you couldn't help but feel a little bit bad for the guy, and I thought I would never say that! No doubt he is a work horse that had lost to Brock Lesnar, CM Punk and even John Laurinaitis following his inital loss to The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII. This match itself was nowhere near as good as their first match, and the crowd being fairly quiet during it, didn't really help their affairs. I liked the little spots that referred to their previous match, (such as when Cena went for the People's Elbow again but stopped himself by holding onto the ropes and learning from his mistake the previous year) because it helped tell a story of how well they seem to know each other now, after feuding on and off for about two years. I particularly disliked the unimaginative finish to this match, but when it was all said and done, John Cena defeated The Rock and became the new WWE Champion... Once in a Lifetime, I think not.
|John Cena's earns his redemption - The Rock shows his respect|
WrestleMania Moment: The Undertaker's entrance
Move of the Night: Undertaker's final Tombstone on CM Punk
Match of the Night: CM Punk vs. The Undertaker
If you watched WrestleMania 29, let us know what you thought and fill us in on your favorite moments! Do you think it was the greatest WrestleMania of all time?
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TO WRESTLEMANIA XXX OFCOURSE! We will continue to document our journey, our experiences, our thoughts, emotions, our story and everything in between, so as always...
WrestleMania XXX is fast approaching! #Hope2EntertainU /-)
Mau (28/03/14) 03:55