WrestleMania XXVIII: Full Analysis and Review of Entire Card

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2012

WrestleMania XXVIII: Full Analysis and Review of Entire Card

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    With WrestleMania 28 just days away, the anticipation over what could be the greatest card in WWE history is at a fever pitch.

    With stars like The Rock, John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, Chris Jericho and so many more gracing the event, the buzz around the world is on the WWE biggest event.

    The following slides will be a breakdown of the top matches on the card and why we care, while the last slide is a collection of the matches that are nothing but filler.

    Even the greatest wrestling events have filler, but its how the filler performs that could put this PPV into another echelon.

    Stick here for a full analysis and review of the entire card!


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John Cena vs. The Rock

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    Why We Care: With a full year of build for this match, the WWE universe is ready for the generational battle that we have been waiting for. Weeks of talking have led almost every fan to pick a side when it comes to whom you support in the John Cena vs. The Rock battle.

    Who Wins?

    John Cena has to win this match. While The Rock will just walk away again after WrestleMania is over, Cena has to remain in the company and the face of the franchise. The Rock got over at Survivor Series, now its Cena’s turn at WrestleMania.

Undertaker vs. Triple H (Hell in a Cell Match W/ Special Referee Shawn Michaels)

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    Why We Care: With the Undertaker going for 20 straight WrestleMania wins, every fan will want to say they were there for the event. While it’s unlikely Triple H will win, the added element of Shawn Michaels definitely clouds the finish a bit.

    Who Wins?

    Undertaker, but I see this match getting bloody. With neither man fearing the swift hand of justice from Vince McMahon, all the PG regulations that have plagued the WWE will mean nothing in the Hell in a Cell structure.

WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho

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    Why We Care: This may not be the sexiest matchup on the card, but this match has all the makings of being the best technical match of the night. With CM Punk and Chris Jericho coming through the Indy scene, their styles are very similar.

    Who Wins?

    With the hype around his return to the WWE and his second-place finish in the Royal Rumble, it would be a disaster to not let Y2J steal the belt. With The Rock, Undertaker and other big superstars disappearing after WrestleMania, the WWE needs the Punk vs. Jericho feud to continue.

World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus

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    Why We Care: Besides the fact that this is for the World Heavyweight Championship, WWE fans should care because this is a battle over where the WWE will be heading with their biggest superstars. With DBry and Sheamus both looking strong, the WWE doesn’t want either to lose his momentum.

    Who Wins?

    Daniel Bryan will retain the World Title with help from his girlfriend A.J., just like he did on Raw this past week (see video). With Bryan using his girlfriend to cheat his way into a win, the fans still see Sheamus as strong, Bryan retains the title, and the WWE can carry this feud on.

The Rest

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    Why We Care: The simple answer is we don’t. Fans across the WWE universe can try to explain why Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show or Kane vs. RKO is relevant, but it’s not true. While the top four matches have potential to be amazing, the bottom four have train wreck written all over them. I’d say enjoy, but tolerate may be a better word.

    Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show

    Who Wins?

    The WWE is going for the longest Intercontinental streak in history with Cody Rhodes, so he will retain for the next year. Book it.

    Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny

    Who Wins?

    While I love Survivor-Series-sized tag matches, this has all the makings of being an absolute circus act. Team Johnny wins because the WWE loves when heels are in charge.

    Randy Orton vs. Kane

    Who Wins?

    With almost no build or storyline at all, the only hope for the WWE universe is that the two solid in-ring workers can put on a match good enough for the fans to be entertained. If they keep it short and have many near-falls, this will pass. Randy Orton wins because nothing else makes sense.

    Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos vs. Divas Champion Beth Phoenix & Eve

    Who Wins?

    Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos because the Celebrities never lose!