The Road to WrestleMania is in the homestretch coming into Miami Beach for this Sunday’s WrestleMania 28, with this year’s event possibly having the best card in the 27-year history of the event.
From the Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and Undertaker with Shawn Michaels as referee to the Rock taking on John Cena in their “Once in a Lifetime” match, there isn’t many holes in the card that will give fans a chance to turn away from the action Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.
As we’re down to just a few days from the granddaddy of them all, the following slide show will take a look at the biggest reasons why WrestleMania 28 will be the best event in the history of the WWE.
Among the 28 superstars listed on the card for WrestleMania this Sunday, there are a great mix of new and veteran talent from the roster as new superstars like Zack Ryder and Daniel Bryan making their first appearances at the WWE's premier event.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Undertaker will be making his 20th appearance at WrestleMania in addition to Shawn Michaels making his 17th appearance as guest referee and Triple H making his 16th as he tries to take down the undefeated streak of the Phenom.
If you have seen the match between John Cena and CM Punk from last year’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view last summer, Cena will have a very uphill battle this Sunday in Miami as he will be walking into a stadium filled with more than 80,000 pro-Rock fans.
While Cena is used to crowds being against him during his career, the partisan crowd in Sun Life Stadium will bring the match between Rock and Cena more to life as they will let their opinion be heard with every move Sunday.
At WrestleMania 18 in 2002, the Rock defeated Hulk Hogan in their Icon vs. Icon match from Toronto, which was a way of the legendary Hogan passing the torch to Rock and newer generation of WWE superstars.
The match between Rock and John Cena will have the same effect after Cena defeats the Rock in front of his hometown fans this Sunday, as the Great One passes the torch to the CeNation leader, just like what happened with him in 2002.
Excluding the Diva's tag team match and the Orton-Kane match, the rest of the card is pretty much up in the air on who will be walking out of Miami with a win in the biggest WWE event of the year.
With no clear cut winners, we could see Chris Jericho climb the mountain once again and become WWE champion. Daniel Bryan could retain his world championship over Sheamus and even Triple H could score the biggest upset in history and end "The Streak" of the Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell.
Over the long history of WrestleMania, the WWE has had a great deal of celebrity involvement with lots of big name celebrities taking part in the event filling the roles as ring announcer, timekeeper, commentator and even special guest referees.
With the addition of Maria Menounos in the Divas tag team match, the Extra host will join a short list of celebrities to actually be a part of a match like Lawrence Taylor, Floyd Mayweather, and Mr T this Sunday.
Even though most will likely roll their eyes at Menounos in the ring, the WWE will get some great exposure with her being in a match at WrestleMania this weekend.
Instead of the WWE putting John Cena or Randy Orton in the major championship matches at WrestleMania, the WWE did the right thing, as they’re using new talent in the main events as CM Punk will face off with veteran Chris Jericho for the WWE championship, while Daniel Bryan defends his world heavyweight championship against Sheamus.
As one of the greatest professional wrestling stables in the history of Jim Crockett Promotions and WCW over the years, the Four Horsemen, as a group, never appeared on WWE television.
With their induction into the Hall of Fame this week, we will finally see the legendary group together on stage in front of the massive crowd Sunday night at Sun Life Stadium.
Even though there might be hostility from superstars in the back who don't like the Rock being in the main event, there is really no one on the current roster, maybe outside of the Undertaker, who could have a match with John Cena that could bring so much publicity to the company over the past several months.
After making his on-screen debut last summer during the CM Punk angle of him leaving with the WWE championship, John Laurinaitis has been an decent authority figure heel on Raw SuperShow in that time.
He should go off WWE television and return to more backstage dealings than being a poor man's Vince McMahon.
Even though I'm hoping for "Johnny Ace" to be done as Raw general manager this Sunday, the likely conclusion at WrestleMania will be his team winning the 12-man tag team match in turn having to deal with Laurinaitis on both Monday and Friday nights for the foreseeable future.
Jericho is definitely used to the spotlight—and not necessarily the one casted by his bedazzled jacket.
The multiple-time world champion has managed to get under CM Punk’s skin in the past couple of weeks, attacking Punk’s family and questioning the reason behind Punk’s involvement in the straight-edge movement.
With Jericho throwing gasoline on the already sizzling feud, Sun Life Stadium should be happy it doesn't have a roof, because Punk and Jericho are going to tear the roof off the place Sunday.
With the Undertaker battling Triple H in Hell in a Cell along with the Rock taking on John Cena, the greatest era of professional wrestling, the Attitude Era of the late 90s, will get one last moment in the spotlight this Sunday, as this could very well be the last time we see all three of thesee cornerstones of the company in a main event match at WrestleMania.
Following the announcement last night that Booker T will be a part of Team Teddy this Sunday at WrestleMania, the expected massive crowd at Sun Life Stadium this weekend could possibly see arguably the most fun and ridiculous thing in the long history of the WWE—the Spin-A-Roonie— if Teddy Long's team wins the 12-man tag match.
With the most losses in WrestleMania history alongsside other active superstars Kane and Triple H, Big Show has a great chance to put his failures behind him this Sunday, as it looks like the biggest athlete in the WWE could win the first intercontinental championship of his career against Cody Rhodes.
How can you have a WrestleMania without Shawn Michaels, who is synonymous with the event over his career with competing in the second-most in history, only bested by the man who ended his career two years ago, the Undertaker?
While filling the role of guest referee inside Hell in a Cell this Sunday, you better believe that the Heartbreak Kid will do something in the match between the Undertaker and Triple H this weekend to stop the show at Sun Life Stadium.
With either John Laurinaitis or Teddy Long becoming the sole general manager of Raw and SmackDown following WrestleMania, WWE fans could possibly finally see the long-running Brand Extension go away in the coming weeks, as there has been no real split between the two rosters for a long time in the company.
Personally, I think combining the superstars of Raw and SmackDown into one roster would be a great move by the WWE, so fans would tune in to both shows instead of just watching Raw on Monday and checking out the spoilers on Wednesday for SmackDown.
While being a nice footnote to mention about the Undertaker in the early parts of the 2000s, the undefeated streak of the Phenom has went from a statistic into an event that has grown to be bigger than a WWE or World Heavyweight Championship match on the card when WrestleMania comes around the last few years.
With Triple H nearly ending "The Streak" last year at WrestleMania 27 in Atlanta, "The Game" will get his second chance this year to break the Undertaker's streak of 19 straight wins at WrestleMania, this time inside Hell in a Cell that with the possible ace in the hole with HBK as special guest referee.
With a multitude of injuries in the latter part of the legendary career of the Phenom, it has been long rumored in the past several months that no matter win or lose, we could be seeing the final match of the Undertaker.
If this Sunday is the final time we see the Dead Man in a WWE ring, it would be hard to argue many superstars that had a greater career in the company than the Undertaker in the past two decades.
Just like the Phenom, we could possibly be seeing the final match from the former 13-time World Champion as Triple H moves more and more from the ring to more backstage responsibilities within the WWE.
If "The Game" does hang up the boots following his match with the Undertaker, there would be no better way to send him out as the two legends of the WWE battle inside the dangerous Hell in a Cell Sunday night.
Things won’t be rushed at this year’s WrestleMania, unlike in the past.
With only eight matches on the card Sunday, this year’s event has the opportunity to showcase all of the matches with ample time, rather than rushing things with cards in past years with 10 or 12 matches to fit into the traditional four-hour pay-per-view.
In the history of WrestleMania, there has been only one appearance of a Hell in a Cell match in the previous 27 years of the WWE’s premier event, when the Undertaker defeated the Big Boss Man inside the structure at WrestleMania XV in 1999.
As both the Undertaker and Triple H have been in the majority of all Hell in a Cell matches, "The Game and "The Phenom" will likely be a strong candidate to be the Match of the Night, along with one of the best in the history of WrestleMania.
While likely not reaching the record attendance of WrestleMania III in Pontiac, Mich., Sun Life Stadium might be one of the best venues for a WrestleMania as the stadium will likely hold more than 80,000 rabid WWE fans this coming Sunday.
With the addition of the new video boards installed in recent years, the fans can be into the matches better than they were in past years, as there will be no bad seats at Sun Life Stadium this Sunday.
With Raw SuperShow taking place across the city at American Airlines Arena the following night after WrestleMania, we won't have to wait long for the backlash from the event, as we'll certainly see the losers try to get their payback from coming up short on the biggest stage of the year for the WWE.
We've already learned that the Rock will make an appearance on Raw the night after WrestleMania so could we see the Great One set up another match a year in advance for WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium?
CM Punk, anyone?
While those of us that will be watching WrestleMania from the comfort of our favorite couch or chair in our living room, the fans that will be in attendance at Sun Life Stadium will be in for a great evening Sunday as the weather will be in the 80s as the high and the low only dropping into the 60s.
Although some people might think weather isn't a factor for WrestleMania, you must have some great weather for an outdoor wrestling event to keep fans into the matches where every other event during the year is held inside an arena far away from the forces of Mother Nature.
You can almost say it's the WWE version of parity in some of the big stick-and-ball sports, like in Major League Baseball and the National Football League.
With matches like Triple H versus the Undertaker, the Rock versus John Cena and CM Punk versus Chris Jericho among others on the card, this year's WrestleMania doesn't have a clear-cut choice for what will be the main event, which means that the fans will be the biggest winner this weekend with the great card lined up Sunday night.
Even though it would be like Christmas Day for a large portion of WWE fans and the Internet Wrestling Community across the world, I hate to burst the bubble of everyone as the company will never turn Cena heel this Sunday during his match at WrestleMania against the Rock.
Personally, I think a heel turn by Cena wouldn't be effective as it wouldn't do anything for the boos that he gets each and every time he makes his way to the ring as he's supposed to be a fan favorite.