The next installment of my "Rewriting WrestleMania" takes us back less than 2 years ago to the 2nd most-attended event (80,676) in WWE history as MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ hosted WrestleMania XXIX. The main event was a repeat of the supposed "Once in a Lifetime" match from WM28 between WWE Champion The Rock and Royal Rumble winner John Cena. At the 2013 Royal Rumble, The Rock won the championship from CM Punk to end his historic 434-day reign (the longest since Hulk Hogan become champion for the first time nearly 30 years earlier). It was The Rock's first time holding gold since Brock Lesnar defeated him for the World Title at SummerSlam 2002. After CM Punk failed to regain the title in the rematch at Elimination Chamber, he would go on to face The Undertaker and try to end his 20-0 undefeated streak. Brock Lesnar had returned to WWE the night after WrestleMania 28, and in his first Mania match since WM20, he would face Triple H in a no holds barred contest - a match in which the COO put his career on the line. Overall, I thought this was a pretty decent Mania. However, there is a lot of room for improvement. Even with all the talent available, it was a step down from the previous year and I would have done a lot of things differently. Here are the results. April 7, 2013 MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ) 1. (Pre-Show) Intercontinental Championship: The Miz def. Wade Barrett (c) by submission to become new champion 2. Six-Man Tag Team Match: The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns) def. Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Big Show 3. Mark Henry def. Ryback 4. Tag Team Championship: Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) (c) def. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston w/ AJ Lee 5. Fandango def. Chris Jericho 6. World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) w/ Ricardo Rodriguez def. Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter by submission to retain 7. The Undertaker def. CM Punk w/ Paul Heyman 8. No Holds Barred Career Threatening Match: Triple H w/ Shawn Michaels def. Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman 9. WWE Championship: John Cena def. The Rock (c) to become new champion *Rewriting WrestleMania XXIX* 1. (Pre-Show) 8-Man Tag Team Match: Fandango w/ Summer Rae and 3-Man Band (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre) def. The Miz, Kofi Kingston, and The Usos Though hindsight is always 20/20, hindsight wasn't even necessary to know that Fandango was never going to amount to much in WWE and that a win over Chris Jericho at WrestleMania was insane. Fandango deserved nothing more than a pre-show match. I'd give him the win over The Miz, who the crowd couldn't have cared less about at the time to say the least. His booking couldn't have been more confusing back then. He'd be a face one week, a heel the next, then back to a face, then a tweener. It was ridiculous. 2. United States Championship Triple Threat: Cesaro (c) def. Alberto Del Rio w/ Ricardo Rodriguez and Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter I liked Del Rio and Swagger's feud, but it was not important enough to be for the World Heavyweight Championship. It would have been much more appropriate for them to be feuding for the US Title, much like Cena and Rusev this year. Cesaro would have fit into this feud quite nicely being a foreigner himself, so before The Real Americans were formed, I'd make him opponents with Swagger and Del Rio and retain. It's a shame that possibly the best pound for pound wrestler in WWE couldn't find his way onto the card. 3. Ryback def. Mark Henry I came very very close to making this one for the World Heavyweight Championship, which I'm a firm believer that Ryback should have won at some point before it was retired. However, I narrowly picked another match over this one to hold that honor. The Mark Henry win caught everyone by surprise. The problem is that the only reason Henry won was to surprise the crowd. I could understand if this was the Mark Henry in the fall/winter of 2011, but there was no reason to hold Ryback was yet again held down on ppv yet again here. 4. Tag Team Championship: Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) (c) w/ The Bella Twins def. Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Sweet T) w/ The Funkadactyls These teams were advertised to be foes on the WM29 card as part of an 8-person tag with their valets, but due to time restraints, it failed to happen. I loved Sandow and Rhodes as a team and thought they were hilarious. They actually had a pretty decent feud with Tons of Funk, so I would have brought in Rhodes Scholars in as tag team champs and had them retain. Rhodes Scholars challenged Team Hell No at the Rumble and should have won so that Daniel Bryan, who was growing each night in popularity at this point, could have split from Kane and moved on to better things. 5. Intercontinental Championship: Wade Barrett (c) def. Chris Jericho Unfortunately, a shoulder injury kept Barrett out of WM28, and he was terribly misused at WM27. This year was no different, as they had him drop the IC Title to The Miz on the pre-show only to regain it the very next night on Raw. The Miz was 100% the wrong opponent. When Jericho returned at the Royal Rumble, he should have been all about one thing: winning the Intercontinental Championship for a tenth time. And who better for him to face for it than his NXT protege, Wade Barrett? In a battle of student versus teacher, Barrett gets the win. If Jericho is going to put young talent over, at least make it a young talent that has a long, promising career ahead of himself. I had Barrett lose to Taker at WM27. In his next Mania at-bat, he squares off against another legend, this time winning. Like Ryback, I nearly had Barrett in the WHC match as well, but I like him in this role just slightly better. 6. Six-Man Tag Team Match: The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns) def. Triple H, Randy Orton, and Sheamus I thought Big Show was a bad fit for this match, and Triple H would've been just about perfect for it. Why not have "the hounds of justice" go after the COO? When this happens, he goes to 2 of his toughest Mania opponents and forms a new Evolution. Basically, I'm just moving up the feud that actually happened after WM30. 7. World Heavyweight Championship: Dolph Ziggler (c) w/ AJ Lee and Big E Langston def. Daniel Bryan Dolph Ziggler was the Money in the Bank contract winner for the World Title in 2012. While the crowd for his cash-in was electric the night after WM29, I would have had it happen sooner. The fact that he got injured just a couple months later just further proves my point. As soon as he got so popular that they had no choice but to turn him face, he suffered a concussion and had to drop the title. Talk about bad luck. I would have had Ziggler cash in no later than the Rumble so Del Rio could get his rematch out of the way before WrestleMania and a fresh feud could be started with Daniel Bryan. With Bryan's ex AJ Lee being the new girlfriend of Ziggler, this would have been a natural fit. Not to mention one hell of a match. These two were opponents anyway at Mania 29, but as one half of their respective tag teams. I wasn't dead set against that match by any means, but this would've been a huge step up. In what would have likely been the show stealer, Ziggler retains with help from AJ and Langston. 8. The Undertaker def. Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman Yes, CM Punk versus Taker was the best match of WrestleMania 29. Yes, I still would have changed it. Now, I nearly kept it the same in a "Streak vs Streak" match (Taker at 20-0 and Punk at 500+ days as WWE Champion), however even when you're rewriting history, you need to keep it realistic. And we all know The Undertaker was down to 1 match a year at this point. So a WWE Championship win would have been meaningless for Taker, as he would have just had to lose it the next night,or even the same night due to a cash-in. Since I don't like either of those scenarios, I think the Dead Man would have been better off facing an entirely different opponent. And since I don't have him facing Lesnar at WMXXX, he makes the perfect opponent for him here. It was Lesnar's first Mania back (in reality, in my WM28 rewrite I had him face Big Show) and just like in his loss to Triple H, there would have been plenty of time to build up his credibility again before destroying Cena at SummerSlam '14. So in my rewriting of history, Taker and Lesnar's match gets moved up 1 year and Taker stays undefeated at 21-0. Lesnar did not need to be the one that ended the streak. I've said that a hundred times. He wasn't a bad choice by any means, but did it have to be him? Not at all. Lesnar already had wins under his belt against Undertaker. 9. Divas Championship: AJ Lee w/ Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston def. Kaitlyn (c) by submission (c) I honestly thought this match should have taken place at WrestleMania rather than Payback. These 2 had the best divas feud in quite some time, as they were former best friends and tag team partners. I always thought AJ and Dolph should have been champions at the same time to be the WWE's power couple. AJ makes Kaitlyn tap in the Black Widow to begin her reign as the longest reigning Diva's Champ of all-time. 10. WWE Championship Triple Threat: John Cena def. The Rock and CM Punk (c) w/ Paul Heyman This is where CM Punk's historic WWE Championship reign should have come to an end. In my rewrite, The Rock wins the 2013 Royal Rumble. When The Rock calls out CM Punk to tell him that he's challenging for his title at WrestleMania instead of the World Heavyweight Title, John Cena interrupts. Cena still has the briefcase and announces he's cashing it in at WrestleMania to make it a triple threat. Cena wants to avenge his loss to The Rock at WM28 and win the WWE Championship, and this briefcase is the only way he can kill 2 birds with 1 stone. CM Punk, The Rock, and John Cena were all intertwined in a feud (just like Rock/Cena/Miz 2 years earlier) since the Raw 1,000 in July where Punk turned heel by hitting The Rock with the GTS. April 7th would have made it CM Punk's 504th days as WWE Champion. Having Punk drop the title at the Rumble was such a terrible call. You don't let someone hold your championship for the longest amount of time of anyone in 30 years and then make him drop it to a part-timer, just so he can defend it in a match in the main event of WrestleMania that we just saw the year before. What were they thinking? I'll never understand. In my version of WM29, John Cena wins after CM Punk hits the GTS on The Rock, then turns around only to have Cena hit the AA and drop him on top of Rock. Cena has his choice of who to pin and opts for The Rock to get revenge for last year. But this also gives CM Punk the ability to say he was never beaten for the title. Rock goes back to Hollywood. Like Cena or not, he should have been the one to end Punk's run as champ, not a part-timer. Cena carries the ball while Punk goes on vacation until SummerSlam. And that is my WrestleMania XXIX. Feel free to comment and/or post your card.