WWE WrestleMania 29: Undertaker, CM Punk Prove Predictability Isn't a Huge Evil

Shalaj Lawania@_Apex_Predator_Senior Analyst IApril 8, 2013

Another WrestleMania season has come and gone, leaving a warped concoction of emotions. This season in particular was marred with indolent booking and a mutual lack of interest all around, mainly because two of the top-three main events were rematches of matches that weren't legendary in the first place anyway.

One major gripe fans had with WWE was the predictable nature of all the WrestleMania matches—you don't need to be Damien Sandow to know that John Cena, Undertaker and Triple H would emerge victorious at the end of it all. There was some speculation, however, over a Cena loss that could result in a heel turn, or a Triple H loss that would result in nothing extraordinary, as he was semi-retired anyway. 

The most predictable match was undoubtedly Phenom's bout with the deranged Best In The World.

Only Paul Heyman expected CM Punk, the arrogant rebellious voice of the voiceless, one who constantly infuriates the higher authorities by pushing rules—be it by performing a piledriver on John Cena or by cursing out loud or by criticizing the backstage politics.

Even CM Punk's diehard fans could only hope, but they all succumbed to an understanding deep down inside that Undertaker's streak was beyond anything CM Punk could ever encompass. 

That being said, the most predictable match of the PPV was in fact the best. Not only that, Undertaker has had a history for producing the best match at WrestleMania despite the entire world certain of the outcome.

If we look at the last five years itself, his two clashes with Triple H at WrestleMania 27 and 28 and his clashes with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 25 and 26 were all contenders for the best matches in wrestling history.

Triple H himself admitted in an interview that no individual should break the streak, much before WrestleMania 28, assuring us he wouldn't even consider such an atrocity. 

So how is Undertaker managing to get the best match every year despite the world knowing the outcome?

Simple. The outcomes don't always matter. 

The journey to a certain destination is often cited as the best part, better than the final destination itself. The moment the bell rings a new story starts being told, one that has potential for making the fans forget everything else that happened prior to the match.

Everyone remembers HHH-Taker at WrestleMania 28, but not many choose to remember the two months of boring and forcedly emotional buildup it received. In fact, at times it's good when everyone in the world is expecting a certain result.

That's when actual shocking moments, legitimate mark-out moments are created. Lost in the motions of a fast-paced match, if we can be led to believe even for three seconds that a Sweet Chin Music into a Pedigree or a direct hit to the head by the urn can lead to the end of the streak, then that's a thrilling, heart-stopping moment worth cherishing.

We're dealing with shocking moments like Hulk Hogan defeating the invincible Andre The Giant (not super underdog Cena overcoming Nasty Boys' supposedly unbeatable Miz and R-Truth).

I'm not saying that predictability is necessarily good—naturally it helps hype and anticipation if a match can head either way. It's just not that big an evil as we paint it to be, especially if it involves stars that know how to work it in their favor.


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