Well now, you didn't think that WWE was going to set an all-time wrestling pay-per-view record, without going all "Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money", did you? "Once in a Lifetime" be damned, there's profit to be had. And as long as The Rock was willing to step between the ropes a few times more, then WrestleMania 29 had a chance of matching its lucrative predecessor.
The proliferation of part-time headliners was beginning to irritate some fans, however. The six performers in the three biggest matches at WrestleMania 28 (Cena, Rock, HHH, Undertaker, Punk, Jericho) were the same half-dozen in WrestleMania 29's three biggest matches, except for Jericho being swapped out for Brock Lesnar. Punk took 48-year-old Undertaker off of 43-year-old Triple H's hands (because, you know, that "era had ended"), while Rock and Cena were fit to collide once more, this time with the WWE Championship on the line.
It was an overcast night in East Rutherford, NJ, which equates to foreshadowing in some books. Six nights before WrestleMania, the hashtag "#wweisboring" trended on Twitter, so expectations for the annual extravaganza were admittedly low. The show far from failed, but aside from an impressive pay-per-view number, it wasn't precisely a banner night.