WWE WrestleMania 29 is set to be the biggest show of the year. In the professional wrestling industry, nothing is bigger than WrestleMania. Why is it that this year features a very weak and disorganized undercard?
One of the reasons why WrestleMania X-Seven is regarded at the best WrestleMania of all time is because it featured a great undercard. None of the matches felt forced down our throats and the wrestlers in those matches actually had a storyline built around them as well.
Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle was a match where both men wanted to prove to the world who was the best “pure” wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation. Even though the match ended with Angle cheating, it was still regarded by some as one of the best matches ever in WrestleMania history.
Another great encounter was the triple threat tag-team Tables-Ladders-and-Chairs (TLC) match. The Dudleys, The Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian tore the house down with their high flying antics. Much like Benoit vs Angle, this match is also considered to be one of the best ever matches at WrestleMania.
Fast forward to 2013 and the undercard for WrestleMania 29 looks appalling in comparison. One of the most recently added matches is a horrible mixed tag team match. The match involves Brodus Clay & Tensai & The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars & The Bella Twins. Why this match has been booked for WrestleMania 29 is a mystery I cannot solve.
Another random match is Chris Jericho vs Fandango. Both Jericho and Fandango are capable enough to wrestle in a decent match, but the build up for it was rushed and disorganized. It felt like WWE just randomly decided to make Jericho face Fandango mainly because they couldn’t find a spot for him to wrestle anywhere else on the card.
The last match that seems out of place is Kane & Daniel Bryan vs Big E and Dolph Ziggler. Sure this match is for the tag-team titles, but this does not change the fact that this match had very little build up too. With the 2012 Ziggler had, many people assumed he would have been a World Champion already. Ziggler has yet to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase and his involvement in this match seems random overall.
The other two “undercard” matches were booked much better. Ryback vs Mark Henry didn’t seem rushed and out of place and nor does The Shield vs Randy Orton, Big Show and Sheamus.