WrestleMania 29 Match-by-Match Results

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Here is our match-by-match breakdown of WrestleMania 29 as it happens. Once a new match occurs, it will be updated.

Pre-Show: The Miz vs. Wade Barrett for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

Wade Barrett came out brawling. A minute or so into the match, Wade locked up Miz in the ropes and went for his signature knees to the face. As he went for the big boot, Miz turned it around with his own. They went back and forth a little longer until Barrett went for the Bull Hammer, but Miz countered with the Figure Four Leglock. Wade reached the ropes. As Miz started to gain momentum, he got caught with the Bull Hammer, but kicked out. Miz once again got Barrett in the Figure Four causing the match to end by submission.

Winner and new Intercontinental Champion: The Miz

Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show vs. The Shield

Roman Reigns started off against Sheamus. There was a lot of quick tags and solid teamwork until Big Show got into the ring and The Shield completely dominated him. Big Show was impressive as he sold for The Shield and took a lot of the bumps during this match. Once he tagged in Orton, things changed for a short period of time as he went back and forth with each member of The Shield until Seth Rollins springboarded off the top rope and got caught with the RKO. It would be short-lived though, as Orton climbed to his feet to be met with a spear by Roman Reigns and got covered by Ambrose for the pin.

Winner: The Shield

Mark Henry vs. Ryback

Mark Henry dominated a lot in the beginning stages. Much of what you’d expect from two big men in the ring. Punches traded, clotheslines, and bear hugs. It even got to the point where the crowd was booing because Mark stayed in control for too long. Until Ryback finally picked up some momentum with the Meat Hook Clothesline. Ryback tried to finish it without much more work put in, but as he got Henry up for the Shellshock, Mark grabbed the ropes and fell on top of Ryback for the pin. After the match, Ryback spinebustered Henry and lifted him up, getting the Shellshock.

Winner: Mark Henry

Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston

Dolph and Bryan started this one. Daniel Bryan tried to recapture his most embarrassing WrestleMania moment when Sheamus Brogue Kicked him and pinned him quickly by getting Ziggler in a quick cover, but it was to no avail. Bryan remained in control for a while up until Ziggler tagged in Big E. This prompted Daniel to tag in Kane. Big E pulled off a nice spot when he caught Kane and dropped him into multiple backbreakers. Eventually Dolph caught Kane with his finisher, but Kane kicked out and chokeslammed Ziggler to victory.

Winner: Team Hell No

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

Fandango was actually pretty impressive in his big debut. Although I don’t know if Jericho just made him look a lot better because of his experience. It’ll be interesting to see how he does going forward. The end of the match did look botched though as Fandango rolled up Jericho, who was going for the Walls of Jericho, in a small package for the pin.

Winner: Fandango

Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship

This was a very unmemorable World Heavyweight Title match. Jack Swagger got the jobber entrance at WrestleMania by being in the ring when we came back from a promo for their match. Zeb did his normal Republican talking points. There was a lot of brawling in the beginning, but it got to where they just went finisher for finisher and every other move seemed to be an Alberto head kick to Swagger. I counted 4 at least. The match ended in unceremonious fashion with Swagger tapping out to the armbar and Ziggler not cashing in his MITB contract.

Winner and still World Heavyweight Champion: Albert Del Rio

The Undertaker vs. CM Punk

This was by far the best match of the night so far and probably will be the show stealer of WrestleMania 29. It had everything you’d expect from an Undertaker WrestleMania match. CM Punk really played up being a heel by mocking Taker’s moves and slapping him in the face repeatedly. If you are reading this and curious about which parts of Mania you should watch, start the DVD here and you didn’t miss much before it.

Winner: The Undertaker

Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H

This match probably should have came before The Undertaker vs. CM Punk in card placement. For the simple fact that Punk is the only agile wrestler in the final three matches of the card.

It was a long, violent match-up between these two. Very slow with high spots, a lot like when Triple H wrestled Undertaker a few years back (not the HIAC match where it was all weapons). HBK was simply there to make Lesnar look more violent, as he destroyed both HBK and Triple H during the match. It ended with what seemed to be an upset by Triple H, because he had been taking big moves through the whole match. He caught Brock with a pedigree on the steel steps that Lesnar brought into the ring previously and got the pin.

Winner: Triple H

John Cena vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship

Now I gotta be careful here to just not seem like a Cena-hater. This was easily the worst main event I’ve seen as a fan in WrestleMania history. It was sloppy altogether. There were quite a few botched moves/spots. On at least 4 occasions I could see The Rock or Cena openly calling out spots to one another. Worse than all of that though, finisher fest was boring. It seemed like neither of them could put together a solid 30 minute wrestling match, so they substituted a ton of finishers in it’s place. What came from this was both of their finishers looking weaker in the process. After all, if The Rock can take 10 AAs in one match, and still be standing after he’s pinned to hug Cena.. then why can’t Dolph take 3 on Raw? Horribly put together main event and the show would have been better off without it altogether.

Winner and new WWE Champion: John Cena

WrestleMania Predictions From The Perspective of Two Long Time Fans

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WrestleMania 29 has a very strong cast of WWE talent match-ups when compared to recent years. Although many blogs we’ve read have mentioned that WWE has made it harder to predict the winners this year, we disagree.

Tonight, as the WrestleNation blog opens for business, we will be covering WrestleMania with match-by-match results as the matches happen. However, before that occurs we wanted to release our predictions from the perspectives of two separate long-time fans of the WWE product.

WrestleMania 29 Predictions:

Pre-Show: The Miz vs. Wade Barrett for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

Jeff Myers: Although The Miz has recently released The Marine 3, a straight to DVD $3 bargain bin film, I don’t think even WWE management can deny that he’s been a very ineffective face. Not only has he been the Intercontinental Champion before, but he was so unmemorable as one that the only memory I have of him with the title is when Kofi Kingston tore his face open with the Trouble In Paradise. Furthermore, I simply don’t see the IC Title changing hands on the pre-show.

Jeff’s Predicted Winner: Wade Barrett

Mike Scala: The Miz has never lost a singles match at WrestleMania, but I don’t think his “streak” is a major consideration in determining the outcome of this one. I think it comes down to whether they’d rather not waste a title change on the pre-show or have an awesome video package to play during the main broadcast. The Intercontental Title doesn’t matter enough to have to change hands on the PPV, but a pre-show title change can be used to put over how epic WrestleMania has been. Ric Flair is also a wild card. His likely appearance further tips the scale in Miz’s favor. With that said, I could see this breaking down into a battle royal or some kind of inconsequential match involving the entire roster.

Mike’s Predicted Winner: The Miz

Tons of Funk and The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars and the Bella Twins.

Jeff Myers: I’d really like to see Team Rhodes Scholars not only win this, but also have the Tag Titles. Unfortunately, this is WrestleMania and it needs reason for the children in attendance to be upbeat and have a good time, so I see the faces stealing this one in what is sure to be the best waste of pay-per-view time of the night.

Jeff’s Predicted Winner: Tons of Funk and The Funkadactyls

Mike Scala: This will probably be the filler match before the main event. I don’t think it will last five minutes. The heels could steal it, and nobody would care, but the more likely result is dancing faces standing tall (…and round). As a side note, with the exception of AJ, all four of the women in this match are the hottest in WWE. I never complain when they’re on my TV.

Mike’s Predicted Winner: Tons of Funk and The Funkdadactyls

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango.

Jeff Myers: No one I’ve seen has predicted Fandango to lose this match and I won’t be the first. With this being Fandango’s big debut, it is obvious to any long-time fan that they booked him against a great piece of talent that can effectively put him over. Unfortunately for Jericho this means he’ll be riding the bench some more when he should be a main eventer.

Jeff’s Predicted Winner: Fahn-DAAHNNN-GO!

Mike Scala: I’m looking forward to this match more than any other on the card. I fully expect Jericho to make Fandango look like a million bucks. Despite Jericho’s new role as the older star who puts young talent over, I would like to see him get one more run on top. I don’t think it will start tonight, and I’m fine with that because Fandango has a ton of potential.

Mike’s Preidcted Winner: Fandango

Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston for the WWE Tag Team Championship.

Jeff Myers: Although I think Team Hell No needs to lose the Tag Titles immediately, this will not be that night. Ziggler is going to cash in his MITB briefcase later in the evening and he won’t leave the Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford with two belts.

Jeff’s Predicted Winner: Team Hell No

Mike Scala: This match should open the PPV. Big E will look like the monster he is and dominate, but Ziggler will eventually take the fall. It will be interesting to see if he’s dumped by AJ immediately after the match. My money is on no, because I think he’ll remain a heel for now, but they might tease some tension.

Mike’s Predicted Winner: Team Hell No

Ryback vs. Mark Henry.

Jeff Myers: With Mark Henry simply floating from angle to angle lately and not really having a push behind him, I think it’s a safe choice to say that the WWE’s Goldberg is going to feed himself a victory.

Jeff’s Predicted Winner: Ryback

Mike Scala: The match will end with Ryback marching around the ring with Henry on his shoulders. Ryback will move on to feud with John Cena.

Mike’s Predicted Winner: Ryback

Randy Orton, Sheamus and the Big Show vs. The Shield.

Jeff Myers: The Shield really is gonna need to break off from these six man matches if they are ever going to be main eventers. I think their current shtick of doing one move every night is getting old, but I also realize that WWE management isn’t prepared to end their push just yet.

Jeff’s Predicted Winner: The Shield

Mike Scala: Will we see the Randy Orton heel turn? I’m predicting we won’t officially get it tonight. He might RKO everyone, including his own teammates, but that’s just how Randy rolls. I don’t foresee any elaborate angle like revealing him as the leader of The Shield.

Mike’s Predicted Winner: The Shield

Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Jeff Myers: It’d be easy for me to say that Alberto Del Rio is going to win this match because Jack Swagger was arrested with marijuana and he hasn’t had proper punishment yet. However, I don’t think either of these guys leave the arena with the World Heavyweight Title tonight.

Jeff’s Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler via MITB Cash-In

Mike Scala: I agree that Ziggler will cash in and win the title. Since Jeff didn’t predict who would actually win the (first) World Title match, I don’t feel obligated to either. But I will. The question is obviously whether Ziggler will be a face or a heel coming out of WrestleMania. Since I believe he’s remaining heel for the time being, he’s more likely to cash in against Del Rio.

Mike’s Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler via MITB Cash-In

Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar.

Jeff Myers: Here’s where all the loyal fans perk up and start getting interested in the card. The key to this match is that Shawn Michaels has said he planned to be in the corner of Triple H. The way I see this panning out is: HBK is there to sell Lesnar as a monster. Therefore, he’s going to superkick Lesnar. Lesnar kicks out. Lesnar gets pedigreed. He kicks out. Lesnar destroys Trip and momentarily incapacitates him. Lesnar destroys HBK and takes his focus off Triple H long enough for Triple H to squeeze out an upset victory. This way Lesnar continues to look like a monster going into the continuation of his contract and Triple H doesn’t lose to him twice within a year.

Jeff’s Predicted Winner: Triple H by an inch

Mike Scala: I can legitimately see this one going either way. On the one hand, Triple H needs to win for the sake of his ego. On the other hand, HBK costing Triple H the match could lead to an interesting angle down the road. What if it turns out HBK’s ego wouldn’t allow Triple H to win his career threatening match because HBK failed to win his? Would HBK even be willing to get back in the ring for an unsanctioned fight next year? I don’t know. But I’m leaning towards Lesnar here.

Mike’s Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar

The Undertaker vs. CM Punk.

Jeff Myers: I would love to see CM Punk win this match. As Mike Scala can attest, I’ve previously bet against Taker at the last two or three WrestleManias. This isn’t because I dislike The Undertaker, but because I realize that he’s at that point in his career where it’s time to walk away and he’s an old timer that believes in passing the torch. So in that respect, I still believe that Taker will retire one day with a loss at WrestleMania. However, this will not be that year.

Jeff’s Predicted Winner: The Undertaker

Mike Scala: CM Punk beating The Undertaker wouldn’t do as much for Punk as people seem to think. The Undertaker’s streak is so legendary that beating it would just look like he stuck around one year too long and he wouldn’t have lost last year. I do think we’ll get a great match, Punk will take some time off, and possibly come back as a face to feud with Brock Lesnar. Maybe he blames Heyman for focusing his attention on Brock tonight instead of him. Meanwhile, Undertaker goes on to wrestle John Cena at WrestleMania 30 in what will likely be his last.

Mike’s Predicted Winner: The Undertaker

The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship.

Jeff Myers: This is a given. The Rock is planning to start filming on a new movie right after WrestleMania, so he won’t be around for a while. Cena wins all day.

Jeff’s Predicted Winner: John Cena

Mike Scala: With The Rock scheduled for Extreme Rules, there’s always the possibility they pull the swerve of the century and have him hold onto the title one more month. But I don’t really see it happening.

Mike’s Predicted Winner: John Cena