411’s WWE WrestleMania XXIX Report 04.07.13
Posted by Scott Slimmer on 04.07.2013
John Cena defeated the Rock to win the WWE Championship, Triple H saved his career against Brock Lesnar, the Undertaker kept the Streak going against CM Punk and more! Check out 411's full WrestleMania 29 report for all the details!
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Interactive Pre-Show Intercontinental Championship Match Wade Barrett (Champion) vs. The Miz
The match begins, and Barrett whips Miz to the corner. Barrett charges after Miz and Miz tries to float over, but Barrett catches him and punts him in the gut. Barrett lifts Miz up onto the top ropes, pounds on his back, and connects with a running knee to the gut for a two count. Barrett ties up Miz in the ropes and goes to work with knees to the head and body, but Miz gets his boots up to create some distance. Miz regains control with his patented backbreaker / neck breaker combination and gets a two count of his own. Miz charges at Barrett, but Barrett catches him in a swinging side slam for another two count. Barrett set up for the Bull Hammer Elbow, but Miz ducks and counters into the Figure Four Leg Lock. Barrett finally makes it to the ropes to break the hold, gets back to his feet, and catches Miz with Wasteland. Barrett makes the cover, but Miz kicks out at two. Barrett gets back to his feet, but Miz catches Barrett by the legs and executes as sweet transition back into the Figure Four Leg Lock. Barrett does all he can to get to the ropes, but in the end he has no choice but to tap.
Match Result: The Miz defeats Wade Barrett with the Figure Four Leg Lock. Match Length: 4:08
Six-Man Tag Team Match Randy Orton, Sheamus, & The Big Show vs. The Shield
The WWE.com stream went down, and unfortunately I missed this entire match. My apologies. The end came when Orton stole a tag from Show but ate a spear from Roman Reigns. Dean Ambrose pinned Orton for the three count. After the match, Show KO'ed both Orton and Sheamus.
Match Result: Dean Ambrose pins Randy Orton after a spear from Roman Reigns. Match Length: N/A
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
Ryback and Henry glare at each other to start. They trade punches in the middle of the ring and Ryback goes for a clothesline, but Henry doesn't even budge. Ryback goes for another clothesline, but Ryback only stumbles backward into the ropes. Ryback goes for one more clothesline, but Henry counters into a clothesline of his own. Henry follows up with a running power slam, and the crowd is firmly behind Henry at this point. Ryback regains control and goes for Shell Shocked, but Henry counters and front suplexes Ryback onto the top rope. Ryback gets to his feet on the ring apron, but Henry clotheslines him down to the arena floor. Ryback gingerly rolls back into the ring, but Henry drags him to his feet and delivers a volley of stiff forearm shots to the lower back. Henry locks in a big bear hug to continue working over Ryback's lower back. Ryback manages to break the hold, but Henry clotheslines him over the top rope and back down to the arena floor. It's been all Mark Henry to this point. Ryback slides back into the ring at the count of 9, and Henry immediately kicks him in the face. Ryback finally regains his vertical base and lands a punch, but Henry goes right back to the bear hug. Henry scoop slams Ryback and once again locks in the bear hug. Here come the "Boring! Boring! Boring!" chants from the crowd. Ryback breaks the hold and drives Henry to the corner. Ryback clothesline Henry in the corner and set up for the Meat Hook Clothesline. Ryback connects with the Meat Hook Clothesline, and he FINALLY gets Henry off his feet. Ryback calls for Shell Shocked… RYBACK LIFTS MARK HENRY… RYBACK CRUMBLES FACE FIRST TO THE MAT WITH MARK HENRY LANDING RIGHT ON TOP OF HIM! Henry covers Ryback, and the three count is academic at this point. After the match, the referee calls for the trainers to attend to Ryback. Henry heads for Ryback and looks to inflict more damage, but Ryback springs back to his feet and delivers a spinebuster. Ryback lifts Henry… RYBACK HITS MARK HENRY WITH SHELL SHOCKED!
Match Result: Mark Henry defeats Ryback after a failed Shell Shocked. Match Length: 7:57
WWE Tag Team Championship Match Team Hell No (Champions) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston w/ AJ Lee
Bryan and Ziggler start the match. Ziggler kisses AJ on the ring apron to start the match, but when he turns around he eats a kick to the face from Bryan. Shades of WrestleMania 28! Ziggler just manages to kick out and makes the tag to Langston, so Bryan makes the tag to Kane. Kane and Langston slug it out in the middle of the ring. Langston hits the ropes and levels Kane with a running splash. Ziggler gets the tag, covers Kane for a two count, and makes the quick tag back to Langston. Langston whips Kane to the ropes, waits for him to rebound, and ducks his head to telegraph the back body drop. Kane tries to counter into what I believe was supposed to be a swinging neck breaker, but it got horribly mangled and ended up looking more like a Fameasser. Langston tags Ziggler, and Ziggler ironically hits a Fameasser of his own for a two count. Both men get back to their feet, but Kane levels Ziggler with a single punch. Kane goes for the cover, but Langston makes the save. Kane tosses Langston out of the ring, and Bryan levels him with a flying knee off the ring apron. Ziggler catches Kane with the Zig Zag but only gets a two count. AJ slides the Money in the Bank briefcase to Ziggler, but Kane gets it away from him and hits him with a choke slam. Kane makes the tag to Bryan, Bryan heads up top, and Bryan connects with the flying head butt for the three count.
Match Result: Daniel Bryan defeats Dolph Ziggler with a flying head butt. Match Length: 6:15
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
The match starts with thunderous "Y2J! Y2J! Y2J!" chants from the crowd. Fandango starts by displaying his impressing dancing skills, but Jericho starts with a spear to Fandango. Jericho takes down Fandango and goes to work with the ground and pound from Fandango's full guard. Jericho drags Fandango back to his feet and hits the Code Breaker, but Fandango luckily bounces right out of the ring. Fandango gets back to his feet, but Jericho connects with a baseball slide that sends Fandango reeling. Jericho heads up top and flies to the outside with a big splash. Jericho bounces Fandango's head of the ring apron, whips him to the guard rail, chops his chest, and finally rolls him back into the ring. Fandango charges Jericho, but Jericho side steps him and whips him out of the ring. Fandango gets back up to the ring apron and Jericho goes for his patented springboard dropkick, but Fandango hits a mid-air jumping kick to Jericho's face for a two count. Fandango finally takes control and stomps on Jericho. Jericho looks to be bleeding from above his right eye. Fandango locks in a sleeper, but Jericho breaks the hold and levels Fandango with a running shoulder block. Jericho misses the running bulldog, but he connects with the Thesz Press and follows up with an enzuigiri for a two count. Fandango whips Jericho to the corner, and Jericho posts his shoulder. Something there made a nasty noise. Fandango heads up top and connects with the flying leg drop for a LOOONG two count. Fandango whips Jericho to the ropes and goes for a standing drop kick, but Jericho counters into an attempted Walls of Jericho, but Fandango manages to create some distance. Fandango once again heads up top, but Jericho hits the ropes, causing Fandango to fall to the mat. Jericho takes Fandango up top and goes for the superplex, but Fandango fights back and knocks Jericho down to the mat. Fandango goes for the flying leg drop, but Jericho rolls out of the way. Jericho hits the Lionsault and goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Fandango counters into an inside cradle for the three count.
Match Result: Fandango defeats Chris Jericho with an inside cradle. Match Length: 9:15
World Heavyweight Championship Match Alberto Del Rio (Champion) w/ Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter
Swagger whips Del Rio to the corner, and Del Rio posts his shoulder. Swagger locks in an overhead key lock, but Del Rio fights back to his feet and breaks the hold. Del Rio goes for a crucifix pin but only gets a two count. Swagger drop Del Rio and hits the Swagger Bomb for a two count of his own. Swagger heads to the outside and tries to slam Del Rio's knee into the ring post, but Del Rio counters and pulls Swagger's shoulder into the ring post. Swaggers slide back into the ring and rushes Del Rio into the corner. Swagger charges at Del Rio in the corner, and Del Rio gets his book up and connects with Swagger's jaw. Swagger again charges at Del Rio, but Del Rio catches him with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Del Rio connects with a low super kick for another two count. Del Rio goes for the cross arm breaker, but Swagger counters. Swaggers goes for the Patriot Lock, but Del Rio counters. Swagger goes for the Swagger bomb, but Del Rio hits the ropes, causing Swagger to crotch himself on the second turnbuckle. Del Rio goes to work with a volley of forearm shots to the back and follows up with a Backstabber off the second rope. Del Rio hits a sweet German Suplex and goes for the cross arm breaker, but Swagger counters into a gutwrench powerbomb. Swagger finally locks in the Patriot Lock, but Del Rio manages to counter into the cross arm breaker. That was actually pretty slick. Swagger can't get to the ropes, but he does manage to counter back into the Patriot Lock. Del Rio crawls and finally manages to make it to the ropes to break the hold. Swagger goes for another gutwench powerbomb, but Del Rio floats over and catches Swagger with a kick to the back of the head. Del Rio hits his patented step-up enzuigiri in the corner and goes for the cover, but Colter puts Swagger's foot on the rope to break the hold. Ricardo goes after Colter, but Colter kicks Ricardo's crutches out from under him. Del Rio heads out of the ring to make the save, but Swagger follows him out and whips him into the barrier. Swagger rolls Del Rio back into the ring and follows him back in, but Del Rio immediately catches Swagger with the cross arm breaker. Swagger is right in the middle of the ring, and he has no choice but to tap.
Match Result: Alberto Del Rio defeats Jack Swagger with the cross arm breaker. Match Length: 10:22
The Undertaker vs. CM Punk w/ Paul Heyman
Living Colour is live on stage to play Cult of Personality. Unfortunately, that probably won't help Punk's chances in this match. The Undertaker rises to the stage with the demons of Hell grabbing at his ankles, trying to pull him back to the realm below. Okay, that's was a pretty amazing visual.
Taker heads right for Punk, but Punk ducks a shot and slaps Taker right across the face. That just can't be smart. Punk traps taker in the corner and works him over with a volley of elbow shots to the face. Punk lands another slap to the face and follows up with a kick to the gut. Punk hits the ropes and charges at Taker, but Taker levels Punk with a Big Boot. Taker whips Punk to the outside and follows him out of the ring. Taker whips Punk chest-first into the barrier, and Punk tumbles into the timekeeper's area. Taker slams Punk's face into the Spanish announce table, and Taker clears the table. Taker rams Punk back-first into the ring post and rolls him onto the ring apron. We've got dueling "Undertaker! CM Punk! Undertaker! CM Punk!" chants from the crowd. Taker hits his patented ring apron leg drop and heads back into the ring. Taker drives his shoulder into Punk's shoulder, heads up top, and goes for Old School, but Punk counters into a deep arm drag that sends Taker all the way across the ring. Punk grabs Taker's arm, heads up top, and PUNK HITS OLD SCHOOL! Punk follows up with a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. Punk locks in some sort of wrist lock, but Taker gets back to his feet and traps Punk in the corner. Taker whips Punk to the opposite corner, but Punk's head collides with the top of the ring post. Taker goes for a Big Boot in the corner, but Punk slides out of the way, and Taker wrenches his knee between the ring posts. Taker tumbles out of the ring, and Punk heads up top. Punk flies and levels Taker with a double ax handle. Punk rolls Taker back into the ring and follows up with a neck breaker for another two count. Punk continues to work over Taker's shoulder, but Taker fights back with a volley of punches to the head. Punk counters into a swinging neck breaker for yet another two count. Punk locks in a rear chin lock, but Taker breaks the hold with a knee to the gut. Taker snap suplexes Punk, but Punk goes for Old School a second time. Punk walks the rope, but this time he loses his balance and crotches himself on the top rope. Taker knocks Punk off the ring apron and down to the arena floor. Taker hits the ropes and sets up for a dive, but Paul Heyman jumps up to the ring apron to block Taker and save Punk. Taker puts on the brakes, and that give Punk enough time to level Taker with his patented springboard diving clothesline. Punk heads up top and connects with the Macho Man Diving Elbow Drop for a LOOONG two count. Punk calls for the Go To Sleep, but Taker floats over and counters into a chock slam for a two count of his own. Taker and Punk both get back to their feet and slug it out in the middle of the ring. Taker traps Punk in the corner and beats him senseless. Taker whips Punk to the opposite corner and hits a running clothesline. Taker delivers Snake Eyes and goes for the Big Boot, but Punk counters with a back heel kick to the jaw. Punk clothesline Taker over the top rope, and Taker lands right in front of the Spanish announce table. Punk finishes clearing off the table, but Taker gets back to his feet. TAKER TRIES TO GIVE PUNK THE LAST RIDE THROUGH THE SPANISH ANNOUNCE TABLE… but Punk floats over and connects with a kick to the head. Taker lands on the announce table… Punk heads all the way up top… PUNK HITS THE MACHO MAN DIVING ELBOW DROP FROM THE TOP TO THE ANNOUNCE TABLE, AND THE TABLE DOESN'T BREAK! Seriously, this company needs to start buying cheaper announce tables. Punk makes it back into the ring, but Taker is moving much more slowly. Taker just manages to slide back into the ring the count of about 9.95. Punk crawls toward Taker, but Taker catches Punk in Hell's Gate. Punk flips forward into a modified jackknife pin, but Taker releases the hold to break the pin. Punk locks in the Anaconda Vice and gets a two count. Taker fights back to his feet and counters into an attempted choke slam, but Punk counters into the Go To Sleep, but Taker lands on his feet, hits the ropes, and hits the Tombstone Piledriver. One… Two… PUNK KICKS OUT OF THE TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER! Taker and Punk slug it out on their knees and fight their way up to their feet. Taker whips Punk to the ropes, but Punk kicks Taker in the chest. Taker goes for the choke slam, but Heyman distracts Taker. Punk kicks Taker in the knee and follows up with his patented running knee in the corner. Punk goes for the running bulldog, but Taker catches Punk. Taker goes for the Last Ride, but Heyman tosses the Urn to Punk, and Punk smashes the Urn into the back of Taker's head. Punk hits Taker's patented cover but only gets a two count. Punk goes for another Go To Sleep, but Taker counters into an attempted Tombstone Piledriver, but Punk counters into another attempted Go To Sleep, but Taker counters back into the Tombstone Piledriver for the three count.
Match Result: The Undertaker defeats CM Punk with the Tombstone Piledriver. Match Length: 22:10
No Holds Barred Match Triple H w/ Shawn Michaels vs. Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman
The fight spills to the outside right away. Brock grabs a chair and heads for Triple H, but Triple H knocks him backwards over the barrier. Triple H slams Lesnar's head into the ring steps and tries to whip him into the ring steps, but Lesnar counters into a belly-to-belly suplex on the outside. That was brutal. Lesnar lifts Triple H and drops him face-first on the announce table. Lesnar drags Triple H back to his feet and suplexes him through the Spanish announce table. Lesnar lets out a truly animalistic scream before once again dragging Triple H back to his feet and belly-to-belly suplexing him onto the wreckage of the announce table. Lesnar drags Triple H's carcass back into the ring and stands over him. Lesnar stomps a mud hole in Triple H and whips him to the ropes, but Triple H counters with a facebuster. Lesnar charges at Triple H in the corner, but Triple H gets his boots up. Lesnar hits ANOTHER belly-to-belly suplex for a two count. Lesnar hits a German Suplex and but only gets a one count. Lesnar hits ANOTHER German suplex, but again he only gets a two count. Lesnar covers again, but again he only gets a two count. Triple H lands a few kicks to the gut and traps Lesnar in the corner. Triple H tries to whip Lesnar to the opposite corner, but Lesnar counters and whips Triple H back into the corner. Triple H flies over the top turnbuckle and tumbles to the outside. Lesnar follows up out, but Triple H catches Lesnar with a running knee to the face. Triple H clotheslines Lesnar over the barrier and into the timekeeper's area. Triple H grabs a steel chair and drives it into Lesnar's back. Triple H rolls Lesnar back into the ring, but Lesnar catches Triple H with a German Suplex and bridges for the two count. Shawn Michaels hops up onto the ring apron, but Lesnar connects with an elbow to the jaw that knock him right back down to the arena floor. Triple H catches Lesnar with a spinebuster and goes for the Pedigree, but Lesnar counters and goes for the F5, but Michaels rushes the ring to make the save. Michaels goes for Sweet Chin Music, but Lesnar drops Triple H and hits Michaels with the F5. Triple H gets back to his feet and hits Lesnar with the Pedigree for a LOOONG two count. Triple H heads out of the ring and grabs Sledgie. Triple H goes for a head shot with Sledgie, but Lesnar ducks and hits the F5 for a LOOONG two count of his own. Triple H rolls to the outside, and Lesnar follows him out with a chair. Lesnar connects with a chair shot to the back and whips Triple H shoulder-first into the ring steps. Lesnar picks up the ring steps and bounces them off Triple H's skull. Lesnar launches the bottom section of the steps into the ring and rolls Triple H back into the ring. Lesnar picks up the steps and slams them into Triple H's shoulder. Lesnar goes for the cover and gets another two count. Lesnar goes back to the cover but again only gets a two count. Lesnar tells Triple H that it's over, but Triple H slaps Lesnar in the face. Triple H goes for the Pedigree, but Lesnar counters into the Kimura Lock. Triple H breaks the hold, but Lesnar locks it in again right away. Triple H again breaks the hold, but Lesnar heads up top and locks it in from the top rope. Triple H lifts Lesnar off the top rope and counters into a spinebuster. That was hella sweet. Lesnar charges at Triple H in the corner, but Triple H slides out of the way, and Lesnar posts himself in the corner. Triple H slams Lesnar's shoulder into the ring post a second time and gets another steel chair. Triple H wraps Lesnar's arm around the ring post and smashes it with the chair. Lesnar rolls back into the ring but puts his arm on the steps. Triple H smashes Lesnar's arm into the steps with the chair. Triple H locks in the Kimura Lock and drags Lesnar down to the mat. Heyman slides into the ring and grabs the chair to makes the save, but Michaels connects with Sweet Chin Music to Heyman! Lesnar finally fights back to his feet and slams Triple H back-first onto the steps, but Triple H once again locks in the Kimura Lock. Lesnar once again lifts Triple H and again slams him back-first onto the steps. Triple H locks in the Kimura Lock for a third time. Lesnar lifts Triple H and tries to slam him onto the steps one more time, but Triple H counters into a DDT on the steps. Triple H grabs Sledgie and drives it into Lesnar's skull. Triple H Pedigree's Lesnar on the steps and gets the three count.
Match Result: Triple H defeats Brock Lesnar with a Pedigree on the steel steps. Match Length: 22:26
WWE Championship Match The Rock (Champion) vs. John Cena
Rock and Cena circle each other to start. Cena gets an arm wringer and drops Rock with a running shoulder tackle. Rock and Cena circle each other a second time and lock each other up in a collar and elbow tie-up. This time Rock drops Cena with a running shoulder tackle, and we're back to a stalemate. Rock locks in a standing side head lock, but Cena whips Rock to the ropes and leapfrogs him. Rock catches Cena with a hip toss, and Cena rolls out of the ring to catch a breather. Cena heads back into the ring, and they circle each other yet again. Cena connects with a volley of jabs and whips Rock to the corner. Rock bounces off the turnbuckles, and Cena waits for Rock to get back to his feet. Cena again whips Rock to the corner, but Rock rebounds and levels Cena with a clothesline. Rock traps Cena in the corner and peppers him with a volley of punches. Rock whips Cena to the corner, and Cena crashes to the mat. Cena whips Rock to the ropes, and Rock kicks Cena in the chest. Rock slides out of the ring, pulls Cena to the ring apron, and connects with an elbow shot to Cena's chest. Rock rolls back into the ring, but Cena catches him with a clothesline for a two count. Cena locks in a rear chin lock, but Rock fights back to his feet and breaks the hold. Cena hits Rock with a modified side slam and gest another two count. Cena goes back to the rear chin lock, but Rock gets back to his feet and breaks the hold with punches to the gut. Rock hits the ropes and catches Cena in a standing sleeper hold. Rock drags Cena down to the mat, but Cena counters into a back suplex to break the hold. Cena begins to stomp on Rock, but Rock gets back to his feet and hits Cena with a Samoan Drop. The crowd is pretty dead right now. Cena hits Rock with a Fisherman's Suplex for a two count. Rock and Cena slug it out in the middle of the ring. Cena goes for the STF, but Rock kicks him away. Cena hits the flying shoulder tackle and goes for the Protobomb, but Rock counters into a headlock takedown. Rock locks in the Sharpshooter, but Cena breaks the hold. Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but Rock rolls out of the way. Rock goes for the Rock Bottom, but Cena counters into the STF. Rock rolls backwards to get Cena into a pinning predicament for a two count. Cena catapults Rock into the top turnbuckle and follows up with the Protobomb. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Rock floats over and counters into a spinebuster. Rock goes for the People's Elbow, but Cena counters into the STF once again. Rock breaks Cena's grip and powers out of the hold. Rock hits the Rock Bottom for a two count. Cena hits Rock with the Attitude Adjustment for a two count. Cena heads out to the ring apron and climbs up top. Cena goes for the diving leg drop, but Rock evades. Rock hits the spinebuster and follows up with the People's Elbow for a LOOONG two count. Cena rolls out of the ring to catch a breather. Rock heads out of the ring to retrieve Cena and rolls him back into the ring. Rock and Cena slug it out in the middle of the ring. Rock hits the ropes and goes for a cross body, but Cena catches him and goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Rock counters into the Rock Bottom for another two count. Rock stands over Cena, does the You Can't See Me, and goes for the People's Elbow (or maybe the Five Knuckle Shuffle), but Cena pops up and hits Rock with the Attitude Adjustment for a two count. Rock and Cena once again slug it out in the middle of the ring, but Cena catches Rock with a schoolboy pin for a quick two count. Cena hits Rock with the Rock Bottom but only gets a two count. Cena thinks about going for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but instead he goes for the People's Elbow. Rock pops up and sets up for the Rock Bottom, but Cena grabs the hold to avoid contact. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Rock counters into the Rock Bottom for another two count. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, Rock counters and goes for the Rock Bottom, Cena counters and goes for the Attitude Adjustment, Rock counters and goes for the Rock Bottom, Cena counters and goes for the Attitude Adjustment, and Rock counters into a DDT. Rock goes for the Rock Bottom, but Cena counters into the Attitude Adjustment for the three count. After the match, Cena grabs the belt and starts talking to Rock in the middle of the ring. They shake hands and hug. Cena heads out of the ring with the belt and gives the spotlight to Rock. Cena heads up the ramp with the belt as Rock looks disappointed in the middle of the ring.
Match Result: John Cena defeats the Rock with the Attitude Adjustment. Match Length: 24:03