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WrestleMania Predictions: Running down the card
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff


"Yes! A WrestleMania payday" exclaim The Shield. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea


The two matches that are getting all the WrestleMania 29 buzz are undoubtedly John Cena versus The Rock and Undertaker versus CM Punk. But what are about the rest of the card? There are some interesting bouts going down, for sure. The SLAM! Wrestling staff bravely makes its predictions.

Alberto Del Rio (w/ Ricardo Rodriguez) (c) vs. Jack Swagger (w/ Zeb Colter)

DALE PLUMMER: The feud has really sputtered once the mainstream right wing guys said, ďNo Thanks.Ē At least one heel has to win a belt, so Iím going with Swagger here; although his title reign is going to be a short one.

NOLAN HOWELL: Jack Swagger perhaps had a chance of winning this match prior to his untimely conflict with the law. However, that minor chance was completely blown and Alberto Del Rio can do no wrong in the WWE. Alberto Del Rio retains the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

JON WALDMAN: What started out intense has simmered measurably. I think we finally get Ziggler cashing in to save us.


MATTHEW ASHER: ADR locks in the cross arm breaker. When it looks like Swagger will tap out, Zeb assaults Ricardo, drawing ADR's attention. When ADR goes to assist Rodriguez, Swagger gets ADR to tap out to the Patriot Lock. New WH Champ. Depending on when this match takes place Ziggler may cash in his MITB contract if he and Big E have already competed.

MARTY GOLDSTEIN: Is there a less over babyface than del Rio? I'd like to see Swagger go over and get chased for the title but my sense of it is Ricardo saves the day.

JAN MURPHY: For me, both guys have lost their momentum a bit of late. Swagger is overshadowed by Colter, while ADR is a better heel. I'll take Swagger, only because WWE had invested a lot of effort into this angle.

MATTHEW BYER: This match is either going to be one of the best on the card or one of the worst and it's really going to depend on how much time they give Del Rio and Swagger to work with (hopefully they'll get at least twenty minutes). It's a toss-up as to who win, but it'll likely be Del Rio as the WWE seems to be still trying to establish him in the main event.

Sheamus, Randy Orton & Big Show vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns)

DALE PLUMMER: Iíll go with the Shield here and Orton turning on Sheamus and Show after the match, or the next night on RAW.

NOLAN HOWELL: The Shield's presence has really cooled as of late, but they still hold more relevance than the trio they are facing. While it wouldn't surprise me to see the unlikely trio of Sheamus, Randy Orton, and Big Show take home the victory in the least, something tells me that The Shield has someone hidden like a snake in the grass here.

JON WALDMAN: Look for the much rumoured Randy Orton turn here, costing his team the match.

MATTHEW ASHER: Shield will win via pinfall on Big Show. Somehow either during or after the match, Randy Orton turns heel by RKOing Shaemus.

MARTY GOLDSTEIN: The Shield I expect will benefit from some dispute or other between their opponents. That gimmick can run a long way if the bookers don't mess it up.

JAN MURPHY: No way The Shield loses its shine. Another victory as group builds its impressive resume.

MATTHEW BYER: This will probably be a case where the ring entrances are longer than the match itself, but really it's purpose is to further The Shield storyline and that doesn't require a lot of time. While much of the rumour-mongering is saying that Orton or The Big Show will betray their partners I think the WWE is going to throw us a swerve and have Sheamus help The Shield win the match.

Ryback vs. Mark Henry

DALE PLUMMER: Ugh, having to watch that bench press competition twice (once in person and again on tape) may have violated the terms of the Geneva Convention. Iíll go with Ryback.

NOLAN HOWELL: It pains me to see Mark Henry potentially lose a bit of steam on the heels of coming back and looking as great as ever, Ryback hasn't picked up a win on the big stage in a while. This will be that match.

JON WALDMAN: The visual of Ryback Shellshocking Henry will be amazing to watch.

MATTHEW ASHER: Probably the toughest match to call but I see Ryback picking up the victory. I don't know if he can Shell Shock Henry so if that's out of the question, look for Ryback to add a submission move to his arsenal for the victory.

MARTY GOLDSTEIN: Ryback IMO needs a decisive win but how to do so and protect Henry, I am at a loss.

JAN MURPHY: Two huge monsters. This will be a match filled with impressive feats of strength. Henry puts Ryback over and Ryback moves into the heavyweight title ranks.

MATTHEW BYER: This should be a short, but hard hitting match. I'll go with the veteran and say that Henry wins to prolong the feud.

WWE Tag Team Title Match - Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston (w/ AJ Lee)

DALE PLUMMER: Man, I wish there were some real tag teams that could vie for these belts, wait, there are? You wouldnít know that just by watching WWE TV. Anyway, Team Hell No prevails as AJ is caught in a compromising position with Big E, because heís the only in the match she HASNíT been with.

NOLAN HOWELL: This is a coin-flip choice here, but with Dolph Ziggler holding the Money in the Bank briefcase, it would be strange for him to potentially cash that in and hold one WWE Tag Team Championship belt. Team Hell No will retain here.

JON WALDMAN: I'd call for the title switch except that I expect Ziggler to pull a Rick Martel and leave AJ and Big E high and dry as he pursues World gold.

MATTHEW ASHER: AJ will distract Daniel allowing Big E to hit whatever that finisher is, allowing Ziggler to pick up the scraps. If Hell No has the Divas champ in their corner, expect AJ to put a beating on her.

MARTY GOLDSTEIN: Team Hell No will become Team? NO! after the heels go over.

JAN MURPHY: Time for Team Hell No to begin to crumble. It has run its course, and should produce a decent implosion in the coming months. Hell No wins, but beginning of breakup follows.

MATTHEW BYER: Another match that probably will be given little time. While I've enjoyed Team Hell No's antics it's time for a change so I'll take Ziggler and Langston for the duke due to some interference by AJ Lee.

No Holds Barred Match - Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Triple H (w/ Shawn Michaels) -- if Triple H loses, he must retire.

DALE PLUMMER: I saw this floating around the Interwebs, ďTriple H; comes out of retirement to fight a retirement match.Ē I want to believe that Brock is winning, but with the No Holds Barred stip, you know Mr. Sledgehammer will be making an appearance. And that may cost Lesnar the match.

NOLAN HOWELL: This is another matchup that seems to be written in stone. With Triple H having already lost to Brock Lesnar, look for him to settle the score here. Triple H will pick up the win, but Lesnar will not look bad in loss.

JON WALDMAN: As much as it wouldn't shock me to see Trips lose this one, Brock can suffer the loss and come out unscathed. Perhaps he costs Rock the match later in the night?

MATTHEW ASHER: Brock wins via F-5. Before the win, Brock locks in the kimura, HBK will interfere. Brock will lock on the kimura and break HBK's arm. Triple H will be caught up in the moment allowing Lesnar to deliver the F-5.

MARTY GOLDSTEIN: HHH retire? Not for Lesnar he won't.

JAN MURPHY: Don't see The Game retiring with a loss. I know he's all about what's good for the business, but a loss for either here is secondary. This will be a bloody fight. I'll take Triple H in a bloody, bloody mess.

MATTHEW BYER: This one should see lots of blood, but for it to have any meaning Lesner needs to be the one that goes over. One of the biggest mistakes WWE made with Lesner was having Cena beat him last year. It's vital to fully reestablish Lesner's credentials as a monster in WWE and what better way than ending Triple H career. However, as we've seen over the years WWE has a tendency of not making the best of decisions so I suspect despite all that Triple H is going to win the match with some help from Shawn Michaels.

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

DALE PLUMMER: I know Jericho is doing what’s right for the business, but I canít believe heís putting this joker over.

NOLAN HOWELL: Fandango is the newest project in the WWE. Chris Jericho is somewhat of a part-timer who came back to help make some of the new guys look good. Fandango dances his way into relevance here.

JON WALDMAN: I'm absolutely loving the Fandango character. I can only hope that he then moves on and puts an end to the ridiculousness of the "Tons of Funk" for good.

MATTHEW ASHER: Fandango wins. Somehow his dance partner will become involved, distracting Y2J when he locks in the Walls on Fandango. Jericho will be taunting Fandango about the pronunciation of his name when Fandango gets the upper hand.

MARTY GOLDSTEIN: Jericho is a better dancer and wrestler, so obviously he has to lose to Fandango.

JAN MURPHY: These guys steal the show with the best "match" of the night. Fandango goes over, as Jericho continues to help young talent. Most selfless guy in the biz.

MATTHEW BYER: This is the match likely to be sandwiched in between two of the bigger attractions on the card and will be a short affair. It's also one of the stranger matches this year being Fandango hasn't had a single match yet on RAW and the idea of Jericho putting him over at this point just seems odd. Yet, despite all that it's Fandango who needs the rub so I'll take him over Y2J via something sneaky and underhanded.

Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay & Tensai) and The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi) vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow) and The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella)

DALE PLUMMER: I like both these tag teams, but I could do without their Diva counterparts. Iíd rather see both these teams take on Team Hell No for the belts in a Triple Threat match, but I digress. Of course then what do you do with Ziggler. Iíll take the Rhodes Scholars and the Bellas.

NOLAN HOWELL: Score one for the big guys and their gals here. Tons of Funk brings tons of pain to Rhodes Scholars here.

JON WALDMAN: As alluded to above, I'm done with Brodus and Sweet T. Time to retire the act and let Naomi loose in the Diva's Division.

MATTHEW ASHER: Quickest match of the night. Tons of Funk will win when Cameron and Naomi jump the Bellas outside of the ring. Both Clay and Albert, I mean Tensai, hit their finishers on Cody and Damien for the pin.

MARTY GOLDSTEIN: The Bella Twins and Rhodes Scholars will get to watch some victory dancing but it won't be theirs.

JAN MURPHY: Feels like a throw-in match. I'll take Rhodes Scholars just because they are so awesome as a team.

MATTHEW BYER: This is almost certainly going to be more of a comedy based match instead of a serious contest. So in the spirit of that WWE has a habit of having the heels win so I'll go with Team Rhodes Scholars & The Bella Twins.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Still to come, our predictions for Rock vs Cena!

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