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.
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