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WrestleMania XXIX preview and predictions

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After a strong final week of hype, especially here in the NY Metro area, WrestleMania 29 is set to take the stage Sunday night at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium. With three huge matches anchoring the card, and some intriguing mid-card bouts, expectations are high for the event.

Here's my preview and predictions for the big show:

Main Event: WWE Champion The Rock vs. John Cena


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WWE WrestleMania XXIX press conference merges storylines, real life

A banner at Radio City Music Hall promotes

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WWE Champion Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and his WrestleMania XXIX opponent, John Cena, met at a Radio City Music Hall press conference Thursday, just three days before they will face off for the title at MetLife Stadium.

Real-life overtones are all over this main event, as well as the matchup between CM Punk and the Undertaker.

Cena has been critical of The Rock in the past...

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Cm Punk undergoes knee surgery, future in question

WWE Champion CM Punk shows his championship belt

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CM Punk’s historic year-plus reign as WWE champion could be headed for an unfortunate and untimely ending, as is reporting that Punk has undergone emergency knee surgery that could put him on the shelf for a while.

According to WWE, after being put through a table at the conclusion of last night’s Raw, Punk flew out to Florida to visit with renowned sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews....

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Looking back on a mediocre SummerSlam

Brock Lesnar reacts to his first round TKO

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 It’s hard to be disappointed when you don’t have very high expectations. And so, I can’t say I was let down by last night’s SummerSlam—a show that was entirely unremarkable, but not surprisingly so.

 The hype for SummerSlam made it clear that this was as much a one-match show as any in history. WWE was counting on Brock Lesnar vs. Triple-H to pretty much single-handedly carry what...

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Thoughts on McMahon being KO'ed, 3-hour Raw, TNA and more

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. First, I want to mention that I’ll be a guest on the Pro Wrestling Torch Livecast Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with Pat McNeill. The Livecast is consistently one of the most listened-to podcast in all of sports, and Pat is an extremely knowledgeable and funny guy. I’m really looking forward to it.

. If last night was any indication of what we’re in for, I’m really dreading Raw going to three hours....

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Cena vs. Lesnar: Really fun, and really bad for business

Brock Lesnar, the biggest pay-per-view draw in MMA,

In wrestling, doing what fans want to see and doing what’s good for business are sometimes not one and the same. To that end, I can say I thoroughly enjoyed last night’s Extreme Rules pay per view, and thought the main event between John Cena and Brock Lesnar was one of the most entertaining spectacles I’ve seen in ages. That said, at the end of the night, I think WWE may have really screwed things...

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WWE: Wrestlemania 28 sets pay-per-view record with 1.3 million buys

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The WWE announced today that WrestleMania XXVIII set a new pay-per-view purchase record, with 1.3 million homes worldwide buying the show.

The number makes the show a huge success for the WWE, and also indicates that the experiment of building toward the Rock vs. John Cena match for a full year was well worth it.

Naysayers may wonder if the buy rate could have been even better had some...

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WWE WrestleMania: Why John Cena, Triple H should have won

Dwyane 'The Rock' Johnson, left, and John Cena

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I gave myself nearly a week to simmer about this one.

After all, there are lots of ways to book a wrestling show, and if I had the corner market on creative team omniscience, I might actually be on the creative team.

But sometimes you know you're right, and I am on this one: Triple H should have beaten The Undertaker Sunday at WrestleMania XXVIII, and John Cena should have beaten The...

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WWE drops Randy Orton from upcoming film

Randy Orton celebrates victory during WrestleMania XXVI at

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The WWE dropped Randy Orton from the upcoming film "The Marine: Homefront" because of his troubled past with the United States Marine Corps.

"WWE demonstrated poor judgment in signing Randy Orton for the third installment of the film 'The Marine,'" WWE told TMZ in a statement. "Despite Randy's popularity, the fact that he was dishonorably discharged from the USMC made...

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Details on Brock Lesnar's contract with WWE

UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar at the UFC

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Brock Lesanr has officially signed a one-year deal with the WWE and is obligated to make at least two appearances a month, according to

He will make more appearances as Wrestlemania 29 nears on April 7, 2013. Wrestlemania 29 will take place at MetLife Stadium.

The WWE is allowed to negotiate for more appearances, but Lesnar has to approve, the site reported. That means...

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