I Was There For WrestleMania 29
I was live and in attendance for this Showcase of the Immortals. It took place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on April 7th, 2013, and boasted an attendance of 80,676 – making it the second highest attended event in WWE history – right behind WrestleMania III.
Critically, this ‘Mania garnered a mixed reception. As someone who was there, I totally get it.
For those of us in attendance, the show kicked off with a dark match for the Intercontinental Championship: The Miz vs Wade Barrett (c). I did not remember that this happened, until I checked the Wikipedia entry. Apparently, Miz made Barrett tap and won the IC title.
Things have not changed much for Barrett, huh?
After that bout, The Hounds of Justice were given their first taste of WrestleMania glory. It came in the form of a Six-Man Tag Team Match: The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns) vs Sheamus, Big Show, and Randy Orton.
I remember I had no idea who The Shield was. I had to ask my friend next to me. I sort of checked out of the match, because of it. Then they went over Big Show, Sheamus, and Randy Orton? Get the hell out of here. All three of them were rookies, and they beat a crew of three former WWE Cbampions – at WrestleMania.
Good for them. This was only the beginning of The Shield’s dominant reign over the WWE.
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The next match was Ryback vs Mark Henry in an eight minute long snooze-fest. I barely paid attention to what was going on in the ring, because I was too busy mercilessly booing The Big Guy.
See, there was a contingent of his fans near me, all chanting, “feed me more,” like a bunch of jackasses – so I decided to be as loud as possible to counter them. I think I lost my voice, by the time the match ended.
After that, Team Hell No! (Daniel Bryan and Kane) defended their WWE Tag Team Championships in a match, opposite Dolph Ziggler and Big E. This was completely passable. It was barely longer than five minutes, and there was no way Daniel Bryan and Kane were going to lose (they didn’t).
Since the match was so underwhelming, I thought you might enjoy this:
With the tag team title match out of the way, it came time for the in-ring debut of Fandango. For his very first match, he faced off with Y2J, Chris Jericho.
I know what you’re thinking, “there’s no way that the dancing jackass beat Jericho.”
Well, you are very wrong. That’s exactly what he did. I love Jericho for being willing to do business with all these younger guys – but Fandango? I am not a fan of that jabroni.
Only four matches remain. First, there was a World Heavyweight Championship match between Alberto Del Rio (c) and Jack Swagger. I always forget that, at one point, Swagger was an important member of the WWE locker room. He was wrestling for the second highest prize in the company.
Fast forward a few years, and Swagger is fighting for television time. Del Rio, on the other hand, is killing it as Alberto El Patron in Lucha Underground, along with his buddy Johnny Mundo, the man formerly known as John Morrison.
Del Rio walked out of WrestleMania 29 with the World Heavyweight Championship, for those of you who are wondering.
Undertaker and CM Punk took the stage next, so that the Straight Edge Superstar could take his shot at The Dead Man’s legendary undefeated streak. This was the match of the night for the in-house crowd. We hung on every beat.
It was our saving grace. We paid to go to WrestleMania, and so far, we were getting – I don’t know – In Your House. Yeah, perfect – before Punk and Taker, WrestleMania 29 was about as good as any random In Your House Pay-Per-View.
The next match was pretty awesome. It was Triple H (w/ Shawn Michaels) vs Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman). Those are four legends right there. Four of my favorite people ever, when it comes to the wrestling world.
I got to see all of them work – live. I got to see The Beast Incarnate – LIVE! That was the big one.
That guy is a genetic specimen. It’s ridiculous how big he is. If at any point, he got the urge to run into the crowd and murder someone – NO ONE COULD HAVE STOPPED HIM!
We’ve finally made it. All that remains is the main event – The Rock vs John Cena.
A lot of people I know went to WrestleMania 29, and as I recall – the reaction to Rock v. Cena was largely indifference. It was all right. It shouldn’t have been on last. CM Punk vs Undertaker and Brock Lesnar vs Triple H had way more going for them.
For starters, the Punk and Taker stuff had Paul Bearer’s passing. The emotion was there. The physicality was there. People were into it. It could have been a killer closing match.
It was even easier with HHH v. Lesnar. If Triple H lost, he would’ve had to retire. Boom. Done. It’s all right there.
I sort of hate talking about this show. It could have been amazing, but because they put all the focus on Rock and Cena – it was only okay, with one or two matches that were above average.
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