The show kicks off in surprising fashion with The Undertaker coming out to the entrance ramp. He didn’t say anything, his music just played as his pyro went off and above him the Wrestlemania 29 logo on the big screen.
Raw played an updated version of the original opening and the ring is designed similar to the way it was in 1993. CM Punk comes out with Paul Heyman and he says he should be main eventing as Champion at Wrestlemania but he isn’t. He says there’s no point in being at Wrestlemania but what the people just witnessed (Taker) gave him purpose. Punk has a new number, 20-1. Randy Orton comes out and asks the WWE Universe who’d they rather see face Taker at Wrestlemania, CM Punk or Randy Orton? Big Show makes his way out and this starting to become a “I can beat him and you can’t” style segment. Vickie Guerrero comes out and sets up a fatal four way match. The winner will face The Undertaker at Wrestlemania.
Back for commercial and Antonio Cesaro is set to take on Ryback. Cesaro is so impressive in the sense he can have a decent match with just about anyone. Ryback hits a couple of interesting power moves but Cesaro is right there with him countering with every open opportunity. Ryback went for the meathook clothesline but Cesaro counters with the European Uppercut. He attempts the Neutralizer but he couldn’t lift Ryback. He gets countered into Shellshock and Ryback picks up the win.
As Ryback walks up the entrance ramp Mark Henry comes out and the two men get into an intense stare down. Henry gets into the ring for his match against Zack Ryder. Its basically a squash match with Henry picking up the win in a match that was probably no longer than 5 minutes.
Up next is Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz. Miz asks WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair to be in his corner. Miz picked up the win using the figure four but what’s more confusing is Dolph, the man who is considered the future of WWE, The Money in the Bank holder, loses another match.
Back from commercial and The Rock comes down to the ring. It’s the usual Rock schtick until John Cena comes out. John says that his loss to The Rock at last year’s Wrestlemania not only destroyed his life personally but also professionally. As someone mentioned on Twitter, it seems as if this segment is to promote this year’s match tagline, Greatness vs. Redemption.
Back from commercial with Jack Swagger in the ring with Zeb Coulter. Jack is set to do battle with Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Before the match could begin, Swagger steals Duggan’s 2 X 4 and attacks Duggan along with his friends, Dusty Rhodes and Sgt. Slaughter. He locks on the Patriot Act for a few minutes before exiting. The match never even place.
Back from commercial and the camera shows Swagger and Coulter gloating about what they just did to the three legends. Out of nowhere Swagger is attacked by Alberto Del Rio. Both men had to be separated by officials.
Back in the ring with Ted DiBiase ringside for the match pitting The PrimeTime Players vs. Team Hell No. PTP asked DiBiase to consider being their manager. He said if they can beat Team Hell No he’d consider it. PTP is consistently putting on good matches. If WWE truly wants to revive the tag team division look for them to be, pun intended, prime time players. The finish comes with Kane catching Darren Young from the top and slamming him down with a chokeslam for the win. As Young laid motionless, DiBiase stuffed a real 100 dollar bill in his mouth. Not to worry, as everyone was walking up the ramp Daniel Bryan stole the bill for himself.
Back from commercial with Brodus Clay and Tensai. They introduce Honky Tonk Man to be in their corner vs. Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater of 3MB. The match is over in less than 2 minutes with Tensai picking up the win with a roll up. After the match all three men do the shake rattle and roll and Slater interrupts. He gets his cranium cleaned by Honky Tonk and his guitar.
Back from commercial with Kofi Kingston in the ring ready to take on the debuting Fandango. He seems to have an issue with the way Justin Roberts says his name and refuses to wrestle until he gets it right. Poor Justin can’t so we get no Fandango.
After a recap of the confrontation between McMahon and Heyman which subsequently lead to the confrontation between Triple H and Brock Lesnar, HHH makes way down to the ring. He says even he thought he was done but Lesnar’s attack on his father in law was all the reason he he needed to come back. He calls out Brock for a match at Wrestlemania.
Back from commercial and we get a recorded message from The Shield. They basically put everyone involved in tonight’s fatal four (except Punk) way as well as The Undertaker on notice. The eye of justice is always watching.
Back to the ring with Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett in the ring ready for his match against World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio. During the match Jack Swagger along with Zeb enter the top of the ramp apparently scouting Swagger’s Wrestlemania opponent. A pretty solid match, didn’t make Barrett look like a slouch. Del Rio gets the win via submission to the cross arm breaker.
We get another video from Zeb Coulter, this time the subject is political correctness.
Back to the ring and Primo and Epico get set to take on the New Age Outlaws. Pretty cool to see NAO in the ring on Raw, both men still can move pretty well in the ring. Perhaps another chance for the E to boost their tag division?
Back from commercial and it just so happens to be Mae Young’s birthday! We got cake, candles, Divas, and hey look they even let Bo Dallas join the celebration! As everyone’s singing happy birthday to Mae, WWE’s version of the grumpy cat, CM Punk interrupts the party to make his way to the ring for his match vs. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. the Big Show. Winner faces the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. The match is a lot of CM Punk taking on each individual separately. Big Show hits WMD on Punk but then has to do battle with Sheamus who was actually able to lift Sheamus for White Noise. Before he could hit the Brogue Kick he gets power slammed by Orton. Orton gets choke slammed by Show who then suffers a Brogue Kick after a few exchanges with Sheamus. Orton hits the RKO on Sheamus. When he rebounds Punk is right there and hits the GTS and gets the win. As he celebrates his victory the gong hits, the lights go out and here comes the Undertaker. Both men get into a stare to close the show.