WrestleMania 29: Ranking Most Important Moments from Marquee WWE Event

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Another year of WrestleMania hype, excitement and pageantry is over in the blink of an eye. It was a night filled with plenty of action, no shortage of star power, a couple of championship changes and, most importantly, some memorable moments.

While WrestleMania 29 won't go down as the greatest show in the event's tremendous history, that doesn't mean it wasn't a great show. It was, and there were multiple reasons for that, including some great individual performances.

With that in mind, let's examine the top three moments from Sunday night's show. When fans look back on the show in the future, these will probably be the things that are most often discussed.


1. John Cena and The Rock Embrace

As Cena stood in the ring after defeating The Rock to become WWE champion for the 11th time, there was a brief moment where he stared at Rocky and gave fans' minds a chance to race. It served, perhaps unintentionally, as a tease toward the long-awaited heel turn.

Then the former champion stood up and glared back at him, and it seemed like he might be preparing to unleash an assault of his own to set up a grudge match. With the series now tied at one, a tiebreaker would seemingly be the next step.

Instead, the two superstars met in the middle of the ring, shook hands, hugged and then reunited at the top of the ramp. It served as a symbolic passing of the torch from one great champion to another in front of a massive crowd, many of whom jeered the friendly transition of power back to Cena.


2. The Undertaker Moves to 21-0

The streak lives on for at least another year. The Undertaker defeated CM Punk to stretch his unbeaten streak to 21 at WrestleMania. Punk joins a special group of wrestlers who have lost to Taker at 'Mania, including Jimmy Snuka, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels.

While the Undertaker's victory was expected, the most impressive thing was his ability to hang with Punk––one of the best in the business in his prime––for 22 minutes (via Internet Wrestling Database). It was a great match from start to finish.

For all the talk about Taker getting up there in age and the streak potentially ending, he sure didn't look anywhere close to finished on Sunday night. It's reached a point where he usually only shows up for WrestleMania season, but he still puts on a terrific show. And the steak continues.


3. The Shield Wins Again

If the WWE wanted to stop the momentum of The Shield, WrestleMania was a perfect place to do it. Instead, the rogue group of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns picked up their third major pay-per-view victory.

It's not like they are beating jobbers, either. At TLC, The Shield beat Team Hell No and Ryback. They followed that up with a win over John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus at Elimination Chamber. Now they added a 'Mania triumph over Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show to the list.

All three superstars have shown a lot of potential throughout the massive push. Ambrose, in particular, is already showcasing the versatile skills of a main event talent. The WrestleMania victory is a major step in further establishing themselves as major players moving forward.