Fantasy Booking: WrestleMania XXIX Card

Posted by Anthony Mango Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Here at Smark Out Moment, we've done the rebooking thing time and time again. This, however, is the first flat out official segment of FANTASY BOOKING.

It's pretty self-explanatory. Each edition will put a storyline or a pay-per-view of some sort in the spotlight and it's up to you to decide what you would do with it if you were on WWE Creative's team with full control. The main thing is that it needs to be somewhat reasonable with the current climate. If you're rebooking something from the 80s, you can't include CM Punk. There's nothing realistic with booking Santino Marella as the person to beat the Undertaker's streak. So on and so forth.

Without further ado, the best way to start things off is to go big.

REDOING THE ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA 29

*Keep in mind that I'm rushing this a little bit. If I had some more time to think about it, I would probably come up with a reshaped card, particularly involving some particulars like the 2 main events and the tag team match. Also keep in mind that this is me thinking if I had a few months to prepare rather than a whole year from the previous WrestleMania, and if WWE told me specifically they wanted certain people in certain spots. A full control card from a further distance would look different.*

1. YouTube Pre-Show: AJ Lee vs. Trish Stratus
The divas division is awful right now. Trish Stratus is going into the Hall of Fame and she's in fantastic shape. Since AJ is the only diva worth anything for the most part, and this ties into a match later on, it makes sense to throw this on the pre-show. If people miss it, oh well. It's not like it's a title match or something more important. But still, having someone who is going into the HOF as the pre-show could make people find some interest in checking it out.

2. Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Randy Orton would be the heel here. He clearly wants to turn and he's pretty stale, plus he can be used to put people over on the babyface side of things. This match would have come about by Sheamus and Orton interacting with each other beforehand. Orton would eliminate Sheamus from the Royal Rumble, Sheamus would pin Orton in the Elimination Chamber (which is where Orton would turn heel), and this would be their first match together. They'd also have a gimmick rematch at Extreme Rules.

3. Tag Team Championship Turmoil
The Shield would go in as the champions. The storyline for this is that their presence and constant jumping of people has resulted in the tag division looking more like gang warfare. People are teaming up with other people just so they can watch their backs for them. This is a huge cluster fuck of a match, but it would purposely be that way to make it seem like anarchy. Each team could wear something like gang colors (think the film Warriors to an extent) and it would be like a scramble of sorts. The teams include Hell No, Rhodes Scholars, Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara, Prime Time Players, Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd, 3MB, the Usos, Team Cobro, Epico & Primo, Hunico & Camacho, and then several other teams that I would have created over the time frame. These new tag teams are Brodus Clay with R-Truth, Ted DiBiase with Michael McGillicutty, the Miz and Alex Riley re-joining, and Kofi Kingston bringing in Xavier Woods (or if you didn't want to do that and Evan Bourne could return). Not every team would have to be in this, but however many you could fit would be great. After a singles match to start the show, this would keep the pace building upward.

*Note: If time would allow for it, I would remove Hell No from this and also include a singles match between Daniel Bryan and Kane. Meanwhile, the turmoil match would be for the VACANT championship, with the Shield still causing chaos.

4. United States Championship: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. Jack Swagger
Who better to dethrone the anti-American champion than the All American American, who would return as a babyface rather than doing his current racist gimmick. This singles match would slow the pace down a bit and give people a bathroom break potential.

5. Big Man Buffet: Ryback vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry vs. Khali vs. Big E Langston vs. Ezekiel Jackson vs. Tensai vs. David Otunga
The name is because of the Big Hungry gimmick. This would either be a multi-man match or it would just be the finals of a tournament. The storyline here is that Ryback wouldn't be losing every important match like he's been for the past few months. Instead, he'd be continuing his domination and pissing off all the other big men on the roster that feel like THEY are the true beasts in WWE. If it were a tournament finale, it would be between Big Show and Ryback with the other men as lumberjacks. Either way, this is there to showcase Ryback and give him a big win.

+ Brad Maddox Experience vs. Christian's Peep Show
This isn't a match, but it's a backstage segment of sorts. It acts as a buffer for bathroom breaks and could be the start of their feud. Maybe they're interviewing fans? Maybe they're setting up an angle for later? Either way, it wouldn't be too long and it would be an alternative to seeing some stupid Be a Star ad. If time is running out, you can cut it. It's not that important.

6. World Heavyweight Championship: Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Chris Jericho
AJ Lee accompanies Ziggler to the ring and Trish Stratus accompanies Chris Jericho. This match is self-explanatory. Jericho can't win, as it has to showcase Ziggler who can hold the title for a while longer, but it would be a classic match for sure and undoubtedly the match of the night.

7. Intercontinental Championship: Alberto Del Rio vs. Wade Barrett (c)
WWE clearly wanted Del Rio to turn face. Here's your chance. However, instead of going in as the World Heavyweight Champion, let's boost up the IC title. He could be challenging Wade Barrett for his title and more than likely win it.

8. The Streak: Undertaker with HHH vs. Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman
I don't care about a rematch between Triple H and Brock Lesnar. Hunter could have approached Undertaker about needing someone to help him put Brock Lesnar in his place. He'll take care of Heyman while Taker can do what he does best and beat some sense into Lesnar. Is it similar to the AJ and Trish accompaniment? Yes. But hey, like I said above, if I had more time to dedicate to this, I'd probably think of something better.

+ Hall of Fame Recap
Simple bathroom break where you showcase the Hall of Fame class and let that build into the main event.

9. WWE Championship: CM Punk vs. The Rock vs. John Cena
I don't know a lot of details behind how I would do this, but it just seems like the only two reasonable matches once they had already announced Rock vs CM Punk (essentially) for the Royal Rumble are to have Rock vs Cena or a triple threat. I wouldn't have done it myself back from the previous WrestleMania, but I'm kind of stuck. Simply put, WWE had it in mind that they wanted John Cena to beat the Rock for the title and even if I were on WWE Creative's team, they would have forced this upon me somehow, so here you go.

What is the full card for WrestleMania XXIX 29?

WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR WRESTLEMANIA XXIX?
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THIS POST WRITTEN BY: ANTHONY MANGO

Tony Mango is the head writer, host of Smack Talk, and founder/CEO/director of operations for Smark Out Moment as well as all branches under A Mango Tree. He is a writer, creative director/consultant, media manager and entertainer. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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