For fans of World Wrestling Entertainment or WWE, WrestleMania is like the World Cup, a big event that sees the sports best take on one another for pride and glory.
WrestleMania XXIX is here and many fans in India are excited about it.
Rahul Ingle, 20 who has been watching WWE for the past three years said, "I am really excited and looking forward to the match between The Rock and John Cena. The history to the main event at WrestleMania XXIX is related to last year's match between The Rock and John Cena. The Rock defeated John Cena in a 'Once in a Lifetime' event."
On January 27, 2013, John Cena won the 2013 Royal Rumble match, making him a two-time Rumble winner. By doing so, he earned a WWE Championship or World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania XXIX.
The next night on the January 28 edition of Raw, Cena announced that he will challenge the reigning WWE Champion. At the Elimination Chamber event on February 17, 2013, The Rock successfully defended the WWE Championship against CM Punk. The next night on Raw, Punk challenged Cena for his spot in the main event, and Cena accepted. Cena won the match on February 25, setting up a rematch of his "Once in a Lifetime" match with The Rock from WrestleMania XXVIII.
At Elimination Chamber, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio successfully retained his championship against Big Show. Returning superstars Jack Swagger, Chris Jericho, and Mark Henry earned spots in the six-man Elimination Chamber match, along with Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Randy Orton to become the No.1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Swagger won the event, and wanted to challenge Del Rio for the title at WrestleMania. Throughout the weeks, Swagger and his new manager, Zeb Coulter, repeatedly stressed about the ignorance of America by allowing illegal immigrants in, and promised that they would bring a new era of "Jack Swagger's America". They also repeatedly attacked Del Rio, and Swagger broke Del Rio's ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez's ankle. This set the stage for another epic WrestleMania match.
Besides these matches some fans are looking forward to seeing if the Undertaker's unbeaten record at WrestleMania gets broken. Pravin Kumar, 49 who has been watching WWE for more than 20 years says, "WWE is like a stress buster for me. Cricket doesn't have the aggression and passion that wrestling has-so much drama and fun. The Undertaker always seems to reinvent himself and there's some magic about him and WrestleMania."
The Undertaker also returned asking anyone to challenge him in a bid to end his unbeaten stint at WrestleMania. CM Punk, Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus all declared they wanted to face The Undertaker, prompting Raw's Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero to set a Fatal Four-Way match among the four later that night. CM Punk won the match by pinning Orton, earning him the match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania.
Meera D'Sa, 25 said, " I have always been a Brock Lesnar fan and seeing him in action at WrestleMania is something I am looking forward to."
On the February 25, 2013 episode of Raw, Triple H returned, brawling with a returning Brock Lesnar, who was about to attack Vince McMahon for a second time. During the brawl, Lesnar was badly injured. The following week on Raw, Triple H set out a challenge to Lesnar at WrestleMania.
Lesnar's manager, Paul Heyman, said that Lesnar accepted Triple H's challenge, but they would add the stipulations which would be revealed only after Triple H signed the contract. Triple H accepted the conditions, then Heyman revealed that the bout would be No Holds Barred and that if Triple H lost, he must retire from WWE. On the Raw before WrestleMania, Shawn Michaels returned to announce he would be in Triple H's corner for the match to support him.
With old stars returning to the WWE ring, WrestleMania XXIX promises to be an interesting contest for both old and young fans of the sport.
WrestleMania XXIX will be aired in India on April 14, 2013.