WWE WrestleMania 29: Breaking Down Biggest Storylines from Epic PPV

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 9, 2013

Photo via wwe.com
Photo via wwe.com

WrestleMania is done and dusted for another year, but the events that unfolded and the storylines that emerged out of them will remain for much longer still.

There were plenty of big talking points from WrestleMania 29, and whilst we've got the answers to some of those following the action from Raw on the following night, there's still plenty of fascinating stories to watch for at the moment.

Many of which, we have no idea what direction and angle they'll take.

Read on to see the biggest storylines to emerge from the epic action this week. 


Alberto Del Rio Keeps Title, Loses it to Dolph Ziggler on Raw

Alberto Del Rio had grown over the past few months into one of the company's biggest faces, and he had seemingly culminated that with a successful title defense at WrestleMania 29. Yet the biggest talking point to emerge out of that win was the fact that Dolph Ziggler didn't cash in his money in the bank for a shot at taking on the Latino champion on the biggest night of them all.

Ziggler would take on Del Rio the following night, however, on Raw, and emerged with the world heavyweight championship from his win.

Where the storyline for both characters goes now is fascinating, with Del Rio's popularity and stock likely to take a big hit following the defeat. That pair could develop a very strong rivalry that could see a rematch at Extreme Rules—which would be very interesting indeed.

Ziggler, as champion, now provides a myriad of opportunities as to who can challenge for the gold, which will no doubt allow the WWE writers to get even more creative as they explore this storyline. 

An Extreme Rules rematch seems like the most likely option between Ziggler and Del Rio, but this storyline could go anywhere.


CM Punk Very Strong in Defeat to The Undertaker

CM Punk's fight against The Undertaker was without doubt the best fight of WrestleMania 29, and it showed just how good CM Punk can be in the ring.

He might have lost and become the one in 21-0, but the reality was that CM Punk proved his appeal and strength in defeat. Both as a storyteller, a wrestler and a heel, Punk's character and performance was perfect, and showed he has a very strong future with the company indeed.

However, the biggest question now is as to where CM Punk's character will go after he returns from having some time off due to injury. Payback seems like the most likely path for Punk to go down, but with Brock Lesnar and John Cena both looming as potential opponents, CM Punk's career could well go anywhere in the near future—least of which whether he'll be a heel or a face.


John Cena the Sole Poster Boy Now

With his defeat of The Rock in the main event at WrestleMania 29, John Cena has become the sole poster boy of the WWE now—just the way they seemingly wanted it to be.

Cena is in the WWE for the long haul, and as one of the most recognizable faces in the sport, it was perfect timing for him to step up and take over as the company's biggest face. Especially now that CM Punk will spend some time away from the ring and The Rock is injured.

He is no longer in the shadow of anyone in the WWE anymore, and now resides in his world. Which, in turn, makes for a very interesting storyline indeed given the way that WWE will want to protect Cena and make sure that he remains their draw card.

Are we set for an extended title reign that will see him catch the likes of Hulk Hogan, Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund in terms of combined days as WWE Champion? Are we likely to see a big winning streak on Raw that pits Cena as virtually unbeatable again?

Time will tell, but for now, both seem like incredibly likely options.


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