WrestleMania 28 Results: Live Reaction, Analysis and Review
WWE WrestleMania 28 is finally upon us, and Bleacher Report is here to cover all the action from the four-hour pay-per-view event in this live blog. We'll have results, play-by-play and analysis of every match and segment of the event.
After a year-long build, John Cena will finally clash with The Rock in one of the biggest WrestleMania main events of all time. The microphones will be set aside when these two enter the ring, both of them looking to further their legacy with a win over the other.
WWE champion CM Punk will defend his title against Chris Jericho, but for Punk, this has become a personal feud. Jericho has brought Punk's family into the equation over the past few weeks, and the champion has begun to snap.
World heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan is set to face the 2012 Royal Rumble winner, Sheamus. Daniel Bryan has managed to hold onto his title through bouts with Big Show, Mark Henry and others, but can he retain once he steps into the ring with "The Great White?"
The Undertaker will look to further his WrestleMania streak in a rematch with Triple H from last year, but this time, they'll meet in a Hell in a Cell match with special guest referee Shawn Michaels.
These matches and more will be live Sunday, April 1st at 7 p.m. ET on pay-per-view.
Join us in the comment section for live discussion with the Bleacher Report WWE community! Also, join myself and B/R WWE Team Leader David Bixenspan for the Bleacher Report WWE Postmortem Podcast, where we will be discussing all things WrestleMania after the PPV goes off the air! Please note that we will not be taking calls.
John Cena vs. The Rock:
Absolutely electric crowd for the Rock. Here we go.
They meet in the center of the ring, look at the crowd a bit, and the ref rings the bell. They tie up and Cena tosses the Rock across the ring. They tie up again and now it's Cena who is pushed across the ring.
They finally start to tangle, Rock hits a series of armdrags then a roll up, but Cena kicks out at two.
The match is slowly starting to pick up, Cena drives his shoulder into the Rock's body while he's in the corner, and tries for a pin that doesn't get him far.
On the feet, Rock lands a series of punches, and when he goes to clothesline Cena, Cena lowers the top rope and Rock goes flying out of the ring. Cena drops Rocky on the barricades chest first, then on the announce table as well, and return to the ring shortly after.
After quite a bit of down time, Rock hits the spinebuster and is looking for the People's Elbow, but Cena picks his ankle and looks for the STF. Rock gets away, but Cena ends up hitting the Five Knuckle Shuffle.
Cena looks for the Attitude Adjustment, but Rock escapes, and then they both land clotheslines. They're back up and brawling, and Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment as Rocky taunts Cena with the "you can't see me". Rock kicks out at two.
The crowd is going nuts.
Rock Bottom out of nowhere as Rock stands up, but it only leads to a two count!
Cena goes on to land his leg drop off the top rope to the back of the head, but only gets a two count. Rock avoids the AA, and puts Cena in the sharpshooter. Cena makes it to the ropes. Rocky goes for it again, and Cena gets the rope, again.
Rocky ends up going to sleep to the STF, all for the classic ref checking the arm spot. He instantly comes to live after the spot and makes it to the bottom rope.
Rock hits the spinebuster, and here comes the People's Elbow! Cena kicks out late into the three count!
The Rock looks absolutely exhausted, and hits a crossbody off the top rope, Cena rolls through and lifts him up into the AA, and hits it. Near fall!
John Cena is going for the People's Elbow, but Rock stands up and hits him with the Rock Bottom!
THE ROCK DEFEATS JOHN CENA! That did not just happen! Rocky gets the three count!
The Rock def. John Cena via Pinfall.
The match didn't quite knock my socks off, but that finish blew my mind. I don't see the logic behind having Rock beat Cena cleanly. The show ends as Rocky celebrates in the ring. What a WrestleMania!
Live performance time. As in, hit the bathrooms, grab your drinks, and get ready for John Cena vs. The Rock.
Again, hit up the Bleacher Report WWE Postmortem Podcast after WrestleMania to catch me and David Bixenspan discussing all of the WrestleMania action.
CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho for the WWE Championship:
The match begins with some classic mat wrestling. The ref warns Punk to watch the punches, Jericho hauls off smacks Punk.
More smacks from Jericho, and he dives back to the ropes trying to get Punk to get himself disqualified. Jericho then yells to Punk asking how his father is. Punk snatches him up and drops elbows on him.
Punk is looking for the elbow drop off the top, but Jericho runs out of the ring. Punk hits him with the clothesline off the top rope instead! Awesome scene where Punk is on his knees at the announce table and grins at the announcers.
The crowd is going nuts.
Jericho now asks Punk how his sister is doing, and Punk grabs a chair. Punk chases Jericho into the ring with it, and puts it down after putting up with Jericho's numerous taunts.
Jericho hits a sweet suplex from the apron, with Punk landing at ringside. Jericho gets him back into the ring and goes for a pin, but Punk kicks out quickly.
Punk takes a hard bump when he's thrown off the top rope by Jericho, his head smacking right against the mat. Punk eats a kick to the face as he's looking for the high knee in the corner. Jericho attempts to follow up with a bulldog, but Punk throws him into the corner.
Jericho looks for the Lionsault, it's countered, but Jericho is going for The Walls now! Punk rolls through, then escapes. Punk lays out Jericho with a roundhouse, but only gets a two count. Punk climbs the ropes, and goes for the elbow drop. Jericho rolls out of the way, and hits the Codebreaker, but Punk rolls out of the ring.
Jericho brings him back in, but Punk catches him with the GTS! Two count for Punk!
Lionsault by Jericho, but he only gets a two count! Jericho climbs the ropes, but Punk catches him. Punk is going for a hurricanrana, but Jericho catches him and puts him in the Walls!!! Punk makes his way to the ropes.
Punk goes head first into the railing on a dive, then hits the high knee at the corner-post. Jericho takes a nasty bump to the back of the head on that one too. Back in the ring, Jericho hits the Codebreaker, but Punk kicks out.
Punk kicks Jericho as he climbs the ropes, and Punk catches him in position for the GTS. Punk yells "Best in the World!" but Jericho counters into the Walls! Punk can't get to the ropes! Punk reverses it into a roll up, they reverse back and forth, then Punk catches him in the Anaconda Vice!
Jericho escapes, but can't avoid being caught in the Vice once again! Punk can clearly be heard yelling "Tap out you son of a bitch" and it's great.
Jericho finally taps! Woah! The obvious finish was just a red herring!
CM Punk def. Chris Jericho via Submission.
No gimmicks needed. That was an excellent match.
Afterwards, Brodus Clay is coming out! The Funkasaurus is getting a WrestleMania moment. He says they're going to do something special, they're going to pull out their phones, and call their momma!
Brodus' momma comes out with a whole pack of mommas and they dance. The segment falls flat, and it's so out of place it's not even remotely humorous. That's coming from a Brodus Clay fan.
Backstage, CM Punk is approached by John Laurinaitis and is told that if CM Punk is disqualified, the title belongs to Chris Jericho.
Miami screwjob anyone? Jericho enters with an upgraded light-up jacket. Here we go!
Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy:
Santino, Kofi Kingston, Khali, Booker T, R-Truth and Zack Ryder representing Team Teddy.
David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Miz, Mark Henry and Drew McIntyre representing Team Johnny.
After a quick opening, Booker T and Drew McIntyre start to scrap. Booker drops every single member of Team Johnny, but is then caught off guard by Otunga, followed by a boot from McIntyre.
Booker T is really taking a beating from Team Johnny, getting worn out mercilessly. Things are getting crazy now, Mark Henry hits Booker T with the World's Strongest Slam, which sets off a chain reaction of members running in.
With most of the participants at ringside, a cat fight breaks out between Vickie Guerrero and Aksana. Booker T makes the tag to Santino, who hits Miz with the Cobra. Ziggler saves Miz from being eliminated.
Ryder is in now, and sends Ziggler flying! Ryder hits Ziggler with the Rough Ryder, he's about to hit the Broski Boot with Eve, but is distracted by the ref trying to get her out of the ring. Miz come sup behind him, and hits the Skullcrushing Finale! Miz gets the pin!
Team Johnny def. Team Teddy
Ryder looks very upset, and Eve tries to get his attention, he finally turns towards her, and she kicks him square between the legs and leaves! Brutal!
John Laurinaitis is now the GM of Raw and SmackDown.
It was a fun match with no shortage of fun spots. I enjoyed it, it was a good way to come down from the Hell in a Cell match.
There's a big plug for Extreme Rules, then we get a video package of WrestleMania week.
We get to come down from the Hell in a Cell match with the Hall of Fame introductions. Edge gets a bigger pop than Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen. Wow.
Heath Slater is hating on Flo Rida, then tries to get a duet with him. Flo Rida ends up pushing Slater to the ground.
Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy is coming up!
The Undertaker vs. Triple H, w/ Special Guest Referee Shawn Michaels, Hell in a Cell:
Triple H uses his traditional entrance, as does Undertaker, but Taker has a downright awesome hooded outfit.
Taker comes face to face with Triple H, and pulls back the hood, revealing his buzzed hair with a slight mohawk. There's a pop for his hair. The cell comes down, and Shawn Michaels rings the bell.
They run to the middle of the ring, and begin to brawl. Undertaker comes out on top early, and they come out of the ring, here we go.
Taker grabs the steel steps and blasts Triple H with it. Taker then brings the base of the steps into the ring. Undertaker hits the leg-drop on the apron! Classic Dead Man.
Triple H gains a little momentum and starts to slam Taker's head into the steps, then goes to Pedigree him on them, but Taker counters.
Triple H hits Taker with a spinebuster onto the steel steps. Taker catches Triple H in the Hell's Gate!
Triple H powers out of it with a powerbomb! Two count pin for Triple H, he then brings to chairs into the ring, and puts one of them to use, busting Undertaker with it. Then Undertaker is whipped into the steel steps propped up in the corner.
Triple H begins to unload on Taker with steel chair, and Shawn is trying to stop him, thinking he's going overboard. Shawn throws the chair away from Triple H, and tells him to just cover Taker.
Triple H tells Shawn to end it or he will, and then comes into the ring with a sledgehammer. Triple H has a cut above his eye, and we have blood...intentional or not.
Undertaker is flattened by a hammer to the jaw, but he kicks out. Shawn is thinking about stopping the match, and Undertaker puts Shawn in the Hells Gate to stop him!
Triple H hits Taker with the hammer to force him to let go. Trips is caught in the Hells Gate now, and is about to go to sleep...he's out! Shawn is still down, and can't call the match. Here comes a referee.
Taker hits Triple H with a chokeslam, and covers him. Triple H kicks out! Undertaker chokeslams the fresh ref. Taker turns right into sweet chin music from Michaels! Then a pedigree from Triple H!
Shawn with the fast count and Undertaker kicks out! Undertaker does his sit up and comes alive! He's taking the fight to Triple H now, and there's a tombstone piledriver! Triple H kicks out as Shawn gives a normal count!
Taker slobbers all over Triple H's back in shock, I don't care though. Shawn is getting emotional. Taker and Trips battle to their feet. Taker is caught with another pedigree, Shawn counts fast again, but Taker kicks out anyways!
The crowd is going nuts for this, and so am I!
Taker grabs a chair, Triple H grabs the hammer. Here we go! Taker steps on hammer and he returns the favor for the earlier beating Triple H gave him, and then some.
Taker's back is badly bruised from the earlier chair shots. These guys might not be gushing blood, but they're improvising.
Triple H kicks out after the series of chair shots. He rises to his feet with the hammer, and lunges at him, but Taker catches it, and shakes his head no. Undertaker takes the hammer, and Triple H gives him a crotch chop. Taker flattens him with the hammer to the jaw.
Triple H crawls up Taker's leg, and Taker pulls his head back and gives him the throat slit. Taker hits the tombstone piledriver, and does the classic Taker pin. Shawn counts, and that's it, Taker has done it, 20-0!
The Undertaker def. Triple H via Pinfall.
Shawn looks sad for Triple H, Taker is struggling to rise to his feet. Shawn offers to help Taker up, and Taker accepts, and they embrace in the ring. What a beautiful scene. Shawn raises Undertaker's hand, and goes to check on his friend.
Undertaker and Shawn help Triple H to his feet, and then help each other walk up the ramp. Great stuff.
That, my friends, will be a hard act to follow. It was a breathtaking match. I'll have to calm down before I say anything too crazy, but I think it's safe to say that it's one of the best Hell in a Cell matches.
Also, a reminder that you can catch me and B/R WWE Team Leader David Bixenspan on the Bleacher Report WWE Postmortem Podcast immediately after WrestleMania for recap and review of the show!
Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres:
There's that Daniel Bryan chant again, at least, I think that's what they're saying. Here comes the Hoski chant.
Eve gets racked on the top rope after looking for the moonsault. Maria is in now, her and Kelly Kelly give Eve a double stinkface.
Beth and Eve are working Maria's ribs, Beth is brought in now, and we're back to Eve after Beth dishes out a beat down. Maria finally makes the tag, and Kelly Kelly cleans house.
Kelly Kelly nearly gets the pin, but Eve makes the save. Beth is looking for the Glam Slam, but Kelly Kelly turns it into a bulldog. Not bad at all, this match isn't quite what I was expecting.
Beth grabs Maria off the top rope after she's tagged in, and is about to slam her, but Kelly Kelly makes the save. They push Beth into the ropes, knocking off Eve, and Maria rolls Beth up for the win.
Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos def. Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres via Pinfall
You don't have your Divas Champion get pinned by a celebrity. This is the second time it has happened, and it's embarrassing.
Backstage interview with Shawn Michaels, who discusses the "End of an Era" and seems quite pleased that he has it in the palm of his hand.
Attendance is announced as 78,363. That's a record. That prompts a firework show, and the crowd eats it up. Jim Ross is introduced, and he's rocking a goatee and a suit. Good look for the hall of famer.
Undertaker vs. Triple H, Hell in a Cell, with JR on commentary! Now WrestleMania is getting started!
Cody Rhdoes (c) vs. Big Show for the Intercontinental Championship:
Rhodes has an awesome robe for his entrance too? Lets hope he fairs better than the last champion who wore one to the ring...
Big Show is manhandling Rhodes early. Rhodes tries to crossbody him at ringside, gets caught, and thrown back into the ring all in one motion.
Show now does a stinkface of sorts to Cody Rhodes, that's not a good WrestleMania moment Cody.
Rhodes finally gets Show down, and is trying to keep him there and work the legs. Big Show regains control after eating a disaster kick and it's only a matter of time before he lands the WMD, and Rhodes is out cold.
Big Show gets the pin, and he's choking up in the ring.
Big Show def. Cody Rhodes via Pinfall, becoming the new Intercontinental Champion.
Legitimate emotion from Big Show, the match was decent, nothing to write home about though. It was obvious that WWE just wanted to give Big Show a WrestleMania moment, and the big man got it.
We're now treated to a WWE Divas video package. I'm not mad at that.
Randy Orton vs. Kane:
The crowd is chanting for Daniel Bryan. I still don't know how I feel about Bryan losing like that. If it serves to further his character, I'll take it, but if not, it's a joke.
Orton and Kane are brawling, and Kane begins to take control. I'm all for getting this match out of the way, so no complaints here.
The pace has slowed to a crawl, and the crowd chants boring. The fans have little investment into this match. Orton is starting to pick things up with a series of clotheslines, and his signature powerslam.
Orton hits his hanging DDT, Michael Cole calls it a bulldog. Orton starts to pound the mat, ready to hit the RKO, the crowd is finally coming alive. Kane counters the RKO by pushing Orton into the ropes, and follows up with a big boot.
Kane climbs to the top rope for his clothesline, but Orton catches him with a dropkick. Orton is looking for the punt! Kane counters with a chokeslam!
Near fall for Kane, he's pouncing on Orton now. Kane climbs to the top, but Orton catches him, and he's looking for an RKO. Kane catches him with a chokeslam again, off the ropes. Kane gets the pin, and that's a wrap.
Kane def. Randy Orton via Pinfall
I didn't expect Kane to win, not many people did. The match went just about as expected, it's hard to really get into a match that you're not really invested in. Thankfully, it improved after the halfway point, and wasn't too bad.
Santino and Mick Foley are at a table with a guy from Deadliest Catch, about to eat crab legs. They get to the meat with Socko and the Cobra. Ron Simmons walks in, and drops his "Damn!" line. Classic.
Cody Rhodes vs. Big show is up next!
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship:
Typical entrance for Sheamus, Daniel Bryan comes out with AJ and an awesome robe.
The bell rings, and Bryan gets a good luck kiss, turns to face Sheamus and eats a Brogue Kick!!!
Sheamus pins him and it's all over! Daniel Bryan has lost the World Heavyweight Champion in one blow!
Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan via Pinfall, becoming the new World Heavyweight Champion
Daniel Bryan is seething at ringside. He looks absolutely livid. Sheamus celebrates, and we hear that it took only 18 seconds for the match to end. The best part of the match may have been the crowd, littered with "YES!" signs.
Backstage, Team Johnny gets a pep talk from The Miz, who says losing is not an option. The team ignores him, and David Otunga steps up to introduce John Laurinaitis.
Johnny Ace is wearing an all white suit with a red tie, and he tells them that tonight, they'll have their WrestleMania moment. It'll be a historic night, the night that he becomes the GM of both Raw and SmackDown.
Lilian Garcia is singing "America the Beautiful" to kick us off. Stadium is packed. WrestleMania is here!
This leads us to the opening video package, which highlights John Cena and The Rock's path to tonight, as well as Triple H vs. The Undertaker.
Michael Cole opens for us as we return to the stadium, Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus is on deck! Who's bringing the Heavyweight Championship home tonight, Bleachers?
WrestleMania 28 is moments away. Coverage of the opening segment is coming up next!
It's announced that Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus will be the first match of the night when the PPV goes live.
Daniel Bryan cuts a mean promo, saying that he'll pin Sheamus just like he did on Raw. He gets a good luck kiss from AJ, then asks her to "do that thing".
"That thing" is AJ walking in circles around Daniel Bryan with the Heavyweight Championship, lifting it up into the air, and chanting "Yes!"
Looks like we're getting classic WrestleMania moments before the PPV even begins!
We're treated to an Undertaker vs. Triple H vignette, nothing new or particularly special.
Epic y Primo vs. The Usos vs. Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel (WrestleMania Pre-Show):
Josh Mathews and Matt Striker welcome us to Miami, the stadium looks absolutely stunning. They get right to business and begin to sell the PPV matches.
The tag team titles are on the line, and this should prove to be a solid match.
Although it's a sorry state for the tag team division when the WWE Tag Team Championship is only found on an internet stream pre-show for WrestleMania, I'm all for WWE exploring new ways to get content to the fans. Live streaming content is an excellent practice, I'd like to see more of it.
Tyson Kidd looks strongest out of them all at the moment, he brings down one of the Usos and one half of the tag team champions with a tower of doom off the top rope, throwing in a springboard for flavor.
The Usos have begun to take control, Jay Uso leaps off the top rope, taking out the champions at ringside. Justin Gabriel joins in on the ringside action, hitting a springboard backflip after a failed first attempt.
Gabriel goes for a 450 springboard onto one of the champions inside of the ring, but finds nothing but knee. An Uso hits a frogsplash, and nearly gets the pin, but Primo (or Epico?) hits the Backstabber ofter making the save, and gets the pin.
Epico y Primo def. The Usos/Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel via Pinfall
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