WrestleMania 28 will be the most financially successful pay-per-view in WWE history.
When your headline match is John Cena vs. The Rock and your opening match is CM Punk vs Chris Jericho, there is no reason to believe otherwise. This PPV will blow the rest of this decades PPVs out of the water—including WrestleMania 18.
With two of the most iconic wrestlers in WWE history facing off after a classic one-year promotion, not only is the WWE Universe excited, but the rest of the world will be.
When The Rock left the WWE and became known by his real name, Dwayne Johnson, he became a household name as an actor. Plenty of non-WWE fans became fans of Dwayne, little did they know he started his career off as The Rock.
Expect for a lot of the "Dwayne fans" to purchase this PPV event to see their prized actor in what is his true passion, wrestling in front of the millions of his fans.
Not only is The Rock going to attract non-wrestling fans, but Maria Menounos will also. The brief segment that occurred on the show Menounos hosts, Extra, will definitely attract some curious fans. Everyone loves good drama, especially when it is between three very pretty women and Beth Phoenix.
This event will also include six of the 10 most prominent figures from the Attitude Era: Kane, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Undertaker and Chris Jericho. These names will be enough to bring back some curious people who used to be huge wrestling fans in the late-'90s and early 2000s—especially the match between HHH and ‘Taker.
Although that match is going to go down for the third time, it has never went down with Shawn "HBK" Michaels involved. The back and forth between HBK and HHH that has been caused by The Undertaker's statement, "Michaels was always better than you," has been classic to say the least. This feud will be enough to make the casual fan want to fork up the money to purchase this event.
Not only will the casual fans be excited for this event, but the diehard fans who are not able to purchase a PPV every month will definitely buy this one.
The card is already stacked with enough fire power to bring back old fans and non-WWE fans, but there is one match that will make every current fan purchase the event: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho.
It is going to be tough for any match on this card to surpass the matchup between Punk and Jericho. These two competitors are the two best wrestlers in the world, with emphasis on the word "wrestler."
The wrestling ability these two possess is far greater than the rest of the cards ability combined. Not to mention the fact that both Jericho and Punk grab the attention of the world as soon as they speak into a microphone. This match is going to be a throwback for the fans who appreciate great wrestling as opposed to great promotion.
The other matches on the card are nothing special, but they should be enough to entice the people who are not willing to buy the PPV for one or two matches. Randy Orton vs. Kane will be a fairly decent match because both of them are very solid in-ring competitors. Kane has a great knack for telling a story, and as much as people like to call Orton "boring," he is far from that in the ring.
The match between Team Teddy and Team Johnny will be very interesting to watch, especially with Santino Marella, one of the biggest draws in the WWE, in the spotlight of this match. There are huge implications for both shows in this match as the winner will help their GM become the general manager of both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown. This should be very interesting to plenty of the current fans of the WWE.
Daniel Bryan and Sheamus will put on a fairly decent show, but it is an afterthought to most fans. With that in mind, this match may steal the card. Sheamus is a great in-ring worker and Bryan's technical ability goes without saying. Sure the promotion to this match was pedestrian, but the match itself might be excellent. The curiosity of the outcome of the match will be enough to bring the current fans in to watch.
Big Show and Cody Rhodes will put on a fairly decent show. Considering how Rhodes and Rey Mysterio almost stole the show last year, it is not crazy to think that the "Dashing one" and The Big Show will be able to do the same this year. Rhodes is a fan favorite with the ladies and Big Show is someone the casual fans love. This match might not convince people to break the bank for the PPV, but it will definitely interest them enough to think about it while weighing their options.
On April 1, 2012, the WWE will not only be the most trending topic on Twitter, it will be the most trending topic in entertainment. The buy-rates will be out the roof, the fans in Miami will be louder than ever and the anticipation for the recap show on Monday night will be electrifying, no pun intended.
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