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WWE: How to book a memorable WrestleMania XXIX

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The countdown to WrestleMania XXIX has ticked down to 30 days and the card is becoming more clear every week. Many people have dubbed this WrestleMania as RematchaMania; Brock Lesnar and Triple H will have a rematch of their Summerslam match and the main event will once again be The Rock vs John Cena in “Once in a Lifetime: Part II.” As someone heading to his first WrestleMania, at first I was as disappointed as anyone with the card, but, now I have some quiet optimism for the Show of Shows on April 7. Here is How I would book some of the main matches to have a memorable event.

The Real American Jack Swagger vs World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio

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The Background:

Jack Swagger made his way back to the main event scene after a surprising victory at the Elimination Chamber, which made him the No. 1 contender to Alberto Del Rio’s World Heavyweight Championship. This feud has really found some legs with Swagger’s new “Real American” persona and Zeb Colter’s brilliance on the mic. The angle has even found some mainstream media coverage with the controversy with Glen Beck and the “We the People”, anti-immigrant message of Colter and Swagger.

What I think will happen:

This one is a tough one to predict but I really think that Jack Swagger, despite his recent legal troubles, will be booked to win the World Heavyweight Championship here. He is in the middle of his biggest push ever and, according to Wrestlezone.com, is scheduled to face Alberto Del Rio at Extreme Rules in a submission match. I think this feud might be over if Swagger were to lose the match so it makes me think either Swagger wins the title or Del Rio wins in some controversial fashion. Since it’s WrestleMania I will look for a clean win for Swagger, with Del Rio using his rematch clause at Extreme Rules.

How I would book it:

Could Ziggler cash in his Money in the Bank contract at WrestleMania?

Could Ziggler cash in his Money in the Bank contract at WrestleMania?

Looking at the card, prior to the news that Swagger and Del Rio were scheduled to fight at Extreme Rules, I felt it was a forgone conclusion that Dolph Ziggler would cash in his battered Money in the Bank briefcase at WrestleMania. This is still how I would book it. If I were in charge, the Del Rio/Swagger match would be the first match of the night. Del Rio would retain the championship in a tough battle and afterwards an upset Swagger lays out Del Rio. Cue Ziggler to cash in his contract and become the new World Heavyweight Champion. The new champion Ziggler would then have a match the same night against Chris Jericho, which then becomes the second World Heavyweight Championship match of the night.

My Booking: Del Rio retains followed by Ziggler cash-in. Ziggler takes on Jericho later in night.

The Undertaker vs CM Punk

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The Background:

The Undertaker returned to Monday Night Raw and is slated for his first match since WrestleMania XXVIII’s match against Triple H. CM Punk, fresh off of losing his WWE Championship to The Rock stated he wanted to still be in a main event match at WrestleMania, and his last opportunity would be to take on the Undertaker and his 20-0 record at the showcase of the immortals. CM Punk defeated Sheamus, Randy Orton and the Big Show in a Fatal 4-Way on Old School Raw to earn the right to face Undertaker. The two previously feuded over the World Heavyweight Championship in 2009 on Smackdown.

What I think will happen:

I think the same thing will happen as the previous 20 Undertaker matches at WrestleMania, Undertaker will win a hard fought match. I expect the match to be the best of the night. It will most likely be a straight up wrestling match with no gimmicks added to it; these guys are just too good in the ring to need any stipulations added. Following a tombstone or two, CM Punk will do the job and The Undertaker leaves for another year and heads into WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans with the streak intact at 21-0.

How I would book it:

This match would be so easy to book if The Undertaker were younger, or in better shape. But he’s not on either end. Following The Undertaker’s match last year, The Undertaker has undergone surgeries which have limited his ability to stay in ring-shape. This was obvious to anyone who saw the photo’s from Taker’s house match in Waco, Tex. a few weeks ago. This is why I would book The Undertaker to lose, and for the streak to come to an end. Now, the reasoning for this booking includes the Undertaker’s age, health and his opponent. CM Punk would get a huge boost if he were the wrestler to finally end the biggest streak in the sport. Looking at the rest of the roster, the only full-time wrestler who could be put believably into a match with The Undertaker next year would be John Cena. If The Undertaker were to be retiring I fully believe he would put someone over. It is a great tradition for wrestler’s to “go out on their back” and put over a younger talent. One only needs to look at Steve Austin’s and Shawn Michaels’s final matches for comparison. CM Punk would gain more from beating The Undertaker than John Cena would, so I would book him to beat Taker 1,2,3 on April 7.

My Booking: CM Punk defeats The Undertaker, and the streak.

Triple H vs Brock Lesnar

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Brock Lesnar beat Triple H in the main event at the 2012 SummerSlam pay-per-view.

The background:

By gawd he broke his arm! Heading into August’s SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar was on a tear. He broke an arm of both Triple H and Shawn Michaels. The SummerSlam match against Triple H again saw The Game leave the ring with a broken arm. Well, I guess that’s one way to sell the Kimura Lock as a legitimate hold. Lesnar won his match against Triple H and they will meet up again at WrestleMania. Following an F5 to Triple H’s father-in-law, Vince McMahon, Trips made his return to Raw and faced off against Brock Lesnar once again. Lesnar left the confrontation a bloody mess, setting the stage for a match that hasn’t been set in stone yet, but that all should change come Monday.

What I think will happen:

This seems like a typical vengeance match. Triple H will more than likely get revenge on the monster who has terrorized his friends and family. It makes too much sense for Triple H to win than to think that anything else will happen here. I fully expect a no-disqualification stipulation to be added to the match, which will allow Triple H to hit Lesnar with a sledgehammer or two to help him on to victory.

How I would book it:

I think WWE has it right here. It makes sense that Triple H would want revenge, and it makes sense for Trips to win. I would book some involvement from HBK in this match as well. With no disqualification in the match it opens up the opportunity for Michaels to interfere in the match and help Triple H on to victory. This would be one of the only ways Lesnar would believably lose this match. This would wrap up the storyline for Triple H while keeping Lesnar strong, which will be needed as he recently signed a two-year extension with WWE and will be moving onto other feuds (possibly a CM Punk feud).

My Booking: Triple H wins with help from HBK

WWE Champion The Rock vs Royal Rumble Winner John Cena

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The Background:

This duo has quite the history recently. It all began at WrestleMania XXVII when The Rock hit Cena with a rock bottom, costing John Cena the main event to The Miz. The following night on Monday Night Raw the main event for WrestleMania XXVIII was set when the two agreed to a “Once in a Lifetime” match. The Rock won that match and vowed to be back and become WWE Champion once again. The Rock went on to win the WWE Championship nine months later against CM Punk at the 2013 Royal Rumble, a Royal Rumble won by Cena the same night. This set up a rematch, and a “Once in a Lifetime: Part II” match, for the WWE Championship on April 7.

What I think will happen:

John Cena will win in dramatic fashion and become the WWE Champion for the 11th time in his career. Following the match The Rock will shake hands with Cena, finally giving him props in a “passing of the torch” moment. The New York crowd will hate it.

How I would book it:

This has been discussed for years and years and years (and years, do you get my point yet?), but I would take this perfect opportunity to turn John Cena heel. Cena has spoken about how this is “More than just a match for me, this is a shot at redemption.” This kind of talk from Cena makes me think he would do anything to win this match, even cheat if he must. A similar situation took place at WrestleMania XVII, again involving The Rock. Stone Cold Steve Austin was his opponent that year and nobody saw a heel turn coming for The Texas Rattlesnake, but following 16 chair shots to The Rock, Stone Cold was the new champion and was shaking hands and drinking Steveweisers with Mr. McMahon. This is how I would book the Rock-Cena match. Everyone is complaining that this main event is predictable because The Rock is leaving after WrestleMania and Cena will win, but the surprise will be in how Cena wins.

My Booking: John Cena wins and becomes new WWE Champion following Heel Turn

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