WrestleMania 29: Lackluster Event Makes Tough Road to Extreme Rules

Michael CahillCorrespondent IApril 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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There is no momentum. Perhaps it's the after effect of part-time superstars. Perhaps it was the predictability of a card that produced no swerves or crazy finishes and left a general “ho-hum” feeling across the WWE Universe. 

While WWE always builds Mania to be the culmination of its biggest storylines, there has to be an eye toward Extreme Rules, a pay-per-view that takes place in just a few short weeks. 

Perhaps the most glaring issue coming out of Mania was The Rock vs. Cena match. With The Rock having dropped the title, he’s entitled to a rematch, but it’s hard to believe that the WWE brass would waste another Rock vs. Cena match on an Extreme Rules pay-per-view. This means that it'll have to shoehorn another opponent for the May event with no logical build or booking to the feud. 

Who should it be? Ryback? CM Punk? Brock Lesnar? Every option feels like a forced feud rather than an organic build.

Triple H and Lesnar’s storyline went the way most expected, but that wasn’t a good thing. With Triple H winning, he gets to continue his wrestling career, a career that involves random and rare trips back into the ring. Of course Triple H’s win puts Lesnar in the position of now looking like an unstoppable machine that has been stopped two out of the three times he’s wrestled since his comeback. 

Where does Lesnar go now? What motivation would he have for showing up at Extreme Rules and to face whom? 

WWE did a great job in its build to Mania, but it’s left a huge void in the anticipation for Extreme Rules.