Wrestlemania 29 comes to NJ this Sunday

Wrestler and actor, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson yells into the microphone during a news conference at Metlife stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Thursday Feb. 16, 2012, after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that WrestleMania is coming to MetLife Stadium in 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
April 3, 2013 10:04:16 PM PDT
If you are a pro wrestling fan than you know that this Sunday night, it's Wrestlemania time.

Wrestlemania 29, the biggest show of the year for Vince McMahon's WWE, will emanate from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

This annual spectacle always brings with it a vast amount of anticipation, as well as high expectations, some reached and some missed.

There are 10 scheduled matches in the five hour event, including one on the pre-show, so there will be many opportunities for Wrestlemania moments to be made.

WWE is looking to duplicate 2012's record breaking Wrestlemania 28 from Miami which saw 1.3 million buys on pay per view.

Could lighting strike twice? There's a good possibility as the 'Once in a Lifetime' main event from last year's show is this year's 'Rematch of a Lifetime.'

The Rock vs. John Cena ? WWE Championship

At Wrestlemania 28, John Cena, the face of the WWE, lost to The Rock, the People's Champ and Hollywood's go to action hero, in a match he said he had to win. This year, Cena is looking for redemption against the current WWE Champion. Cena seems to be growing a bit of a mean streak in the past few weeks and with the fans in Washington D.C. chanting 'boring' at his in-ring promo this past Monday, he may take all that pent-up aggression out on the former Tooth Fairy.

Not only will it be interesting to witness the New York/New Jersey's crowd reaction to Cena, it will be intriguing to see how this wrestling match differs from their first encounter? Sequels are rarely better than the original, but this may be an exception to that rule.

Let's take a look at two of the other marquee matches:

The Undertaker vs. C.M. Punk

C.M. Punk was WWE Champion for 434 days before losing the title to The Rock in January. It was an impressive streak of title defenses that cannot be ignored. Not to be overshadowed, The Undertaker has a streak of his own: 20-0 at Wrestlemania.

Which is more impressive? Which demands more respect? These are good questions. However, this is not the focal point for this feud.

Shortly after C.M. Punk won the honor of fighting the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, William Moody, the man who played the role of the Undertaker's manager Paul Bearer for many years, passed away. His death was then incorporated a few days later into the storyline for this feud. As the story goes, C.M. Punk stole the urn Paul Bearer used to carry to the ring when he accompanied The Undertaker. Taker now wants to avenge his fallen friend by defeating the man who is disrespecting Bearer's legacy.

While wrestling fans are split on the controversial nature of this plot, most feel these two combatants will put on a five star match nonetheless.

Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H

Triple H does not wrestle too often these days, as he works behind the scenes. Brock Lesnar, since returning last April, has only wrestled twice, including once against Triple H. However, regardless of their lack of recent in-ring work, these two top stars have made their rivalry personal.

This no holds barred match comes with the caveat that should Triple H lose, he must retire from wrestling.

The added draws to this match will be the two men outside the ring. WWE Hall of Famer and arguably one of the best wrestlers of all time Shawn Michaels will be in the corner of his friend Triple H. The creator of the defunct Philadelphia-based ECW and who is sometimes dubbed one of the smartest minds in the business, Paul Heyman, will be rooting on Lesnar. Heyman, who is also affiliated with C.M. Punk, has been more or less the mouthpiece for Lesnar.

The former UFC Champion may not say much, but his presence speaks for itself.

A few years ago, Shawn Michaels lost a retirement match at Wrestlemania and there were fans crying in the stadium. Should Triple H lose, it's unclear if the audience reaction would be the same.

It is a safe bet, however, to say that Lesnar and Triple H will come the closest to crossing that PG rating in what's sure to be a brutal bout.

Besides these matches and the 7 others, WWE is taking over New York and northern New Jersey all weekend long.

On Saturday night, WWE is holding its annual Hall of Fame Ceremony, this year at Madison Square Garden, where they will induct, among others, the famous Bruno Sammartino.

This will be Sammartino's first association with WWE since the late 1980s. The longest reigning WWE Champion of all-time had a falling out with Vince McMahon and many thought this day would never come.

As Vince himself likes to say, 'Anything can happen in the WWE.'

It's anyone's guess what else will happen this Sunday at Wrestlemania 29.


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