WrestleMania 29 currently only has three matches booked so far, but the WWE has been building secondary storylines all year and will just need to put the final pieces together over the final month heading toward the company’s premier show.
To give these undercard matches the build they deserve, though, the WWE must put them on the card fast and allow the fans to really get behind their favorite stars or pick sides in battles they have no favorite in.
There is still over a full month before WrestleMania 29 and that is plenty of time for storyline evolution, but all of the following matches must be added to the card to ensure it’s the best show of 2013.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho
Dolph Ziggler is one of the most talented wrestlers in the WWE today—excelling both on the mic and in the ring—but before the fans believe that he is world championship material, Ziggler must beat a bona fide star like Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 29.
Despite being booked to look very weak over the last two months, a huge win over a star the caliber of Jericho on a stage as momentous as WrestleMania would be the perfect beginning to Ziggler’s ascension to the top of the card.
Heels can lose on a weekly basis with little to no repercussions to their character. As long as the WWE books Ziggler to look strong leading into his Money in the Bank cash-in and afterwards once he wins the title, he’ll be a top-tier star for the remainder of his career.
That all starts with Jericho giving him the ultimate rub at WrestleMania.
The Shield vs. Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show
One of the most interesting angles in all of wrestling right now is The Shield and what exactly they are going to do at WrestleMania 29. After seeing the way the trio beat up Big Show after Monday’s Raw (h/t WWE.com), the groundwork for another six-man tag match has been laid.
While many fans question this match—especially the involvement of a heel on the face team—this storyline is trying to get the WWE Universe to believe that it will be Big Show that screws over his partners and costs the team the match.
That’s where a potential double turn could take place.
Double turns are rare in wrestling—the idea that one person turns face while another person turns heel at the same time (Stone Cold Steve Austin and Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 is the best example)—but WrestleMania 29 is setting up that way.
Instead of Big Show costing his team the match, it should be Orton turning heel by attacking Sheamus and Big Show, then leaving them to lose on their own. That would give The Shield the win and give Orton an interesting angle for the first time in years.
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
There will always be the fans that hate big guys no matter how gifted they really are, but if the WWE puts Ryback against Mark Henry in a grudge match at WrestleMania 29, even the smarkiest fans would enjoy this match.
Henry is arguably the best heel in the WWE right now besides CM Punk, and with Ryback not involved in any major storylines right now (Big Show appears to be taking his spot in the feud against The Shield), the battle of the behemoths is a WrestleMania-worthy matchup.
Imagine Henry vs. Big Show at Vengeance 2011, but with more agility and no broken ring.
There are some questions about whether Ryback will be able to get Mark Henry up for his patented Shellshock finisher (thanks to a botch with Tensai), but if it is indeed Ryback that will win this match, the duo will have the ending planned out.
Just imagine the WrestleMania 29 visual when Ryback hoists Henry over his shoulders.