The superstars of the WWE will soon invade East Rutherford, N.J., for wrestling’s biggest night on April 7, when the $1.6 billion state-of-the-art MetLife Stadium plays host to WrestleMania 29. This will be the fourth WrestleMania to be held at an outdoor venue without a roof, but the first in which cold weather could be a factor.
The elements will certainly not be the only unknown at this year’s event, however, as the top two matches on the WWE card are sure to be unpredictable. The Rock will face off against John Cena in the main event for the second consecutive WrestleMania, this time with the WWE Championship at stake. The Rock won the title for the first time in more than 10 years when he beat CM Punk at the main event of this past January’s Royal Rumble. At the event, Cena also earned his status as a No. 1 contender by winning the Royal Rumble for the second time in his career. Since then, the two superstars have been feuding even more intensely than in previous years.
The motivation for each wrestler is the chance to prove that he is the best in the industry. The Rock—who long ago gave himself the moniker “The Great One”—is looking to cement his legacy as WWE’s greatest. Cena recently described his motivation on Monday Night Raw by telling the Rock, "In order to be the greatest to have lived, you have to beat everyone living. I have accomplished every single goal, I have jumped every road block in my entire career, except for you."
Wrestling fans may find this storyline similar to the WrestleMania XIX scenario, when The Rock took on rival Stone Cold Steve Austin for the third time, determined to finally beat the Texas Rattlesnake on wrestling’s biggest stage. Cena will certainly hope to have a similar experience as The Rock did 10 years ago.
Like The Rock, The Undertaker has had his share of WrestleMania success. He will put his undefeated WrestleMania record on the line against CM Punk in the other main event of the evening. Punk sees the opportunity to break The Undertaker’s 20-match streak as his chance to finally earn the respect that he believes he is due. However, The Undertaker is not ready to see his streak die, as it includes a victory at every WrestleMania since 1991. Since then, The Undertaker has taken down some of the biggest names in the WWE, including Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Jake Roberts, King Kong Bundy, Diesel, Sycho Sid, Kane (2), Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels (2), and Triple H (3).
While WrestleMania XXIX will be the first event of this magnitude at MetLife Stadium, it will certainly not be the last. The venue was selected to host Super Bowl XLVIII in Feb. 2014, the first cool-climate outdoor stadium to do so in NFL history. The venue’s high-profile events are not limited to sports, however, as in between WrestleMania and the Super Bowl, MetLife Stadium will host big-time concerts for Taylor Swift (July 13), Bon Jovi (July 24-25), and Kenny Chesney (Aug. 10).
Fans who are planning to arrive in East Rutherford a few days early can check out WWE Fan Axxess, a unique festival that gives fans a rare opportunity to see their favorite WWE Superstars up close and personal. The event—held at the nearby IZOD Center— will begin on Thursday, April 4, and will run through the afternoon of WrestleMania on Sunday, April 7. Included with tickets is the chance to attend autograph, photograph, and question-and-answer sessions with the biggest stars in the WWE.
For Sunday’s showdown, an estimated 90,000 spectators will be on hand to see the outcome of the main event matches and more. A crowd of that size would shatter the current WrestleMania outdoor attendance record of 78,363, set at last year’s event at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. Be one of the lucky fans in attendance to see this historic event with WrestleMania 29 tickets from Vivid Seats.
Check out highlights from last year's main event at WrestleMania 28.