The WrestleMania XXVIII card has not one, not two, but three potential main-event matches on the card. However, only one match can main event and the rest of the card has to breakdown like this.
Dark Match: Brodus Clay vs. Curt Hawkins
The crowd in Miami, Fla. can get excited and fired up by having Clay come out and provide a high-energy opener. As for Hawkins, having him open the pay-per-view is a way to say “thank you” for being The Rock’s training partner for his match against John Cena.
Winner: Clay in a squash match.
Update: The dark match for tonight's PPV is a Triple-Threat tag-team match for the Tag-Team titles between: (Champions) Primo and Epico vs. The Usos vs. Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd.
Winner: Primo and Epico after a backstabber by Primo to Jay Uso.
Match 1: WWE Title Match: (Champion) CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
This is one of the possible three main events that could have closed this show. However, instead of closing the show, they should open the pay-per-view with this match to keep the crowd excited.
Having this match go on first enables these two talented wrestlers to have as much time as they need to put on a great match. If they would go on later in the show, they may have their match cut because of time constraints if another match or segment runs over the time they were given.
Winner: CM Punk after a third “Go to Sleep.”
After a great match between Punk and Jericho, the WWE should have what has turned out to be a nice mid-card feud between two former World Heavyweight Champions as the next match.
Having the match here keeps the crowd into the PPV, while not having these two former champions getting lost in the card, if they would have this match later on the show.
Orton and Kane can go out and have a solid 10- to 15-minute match where Kane dominates the action until Orton makes a comeback.
Winner: Randy Orton after hitting an RKO on Kane.
Match 3: Intercontinental Title Match: (Champion) Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show
This, like the match before it, has been a well booked feud on SmackDown. Having the match third on the card gives it a chance to separate itself from the other championship matches that are booked for the show.
Cody has done a great job as the IC Champion and The Big Show deserves to have a true “WrestleMania moment.” With this match not going on right after the WWE Title or World Heavyweight Championship match, it gives credit to Cody, while giving Show his moment.
Winner: Big Show after hitting a KO punch.
Match 4: Hell in a Cell: The Undertaker vs. Triple H (With Special Ref. Shawn Michaels)
I’m putting this match here so that it highlights the second hour of the show. Plus, having this potential main-event match in this spot gives the crowd a chance to be at a fever pitch, while being able to recover for the Cena vs. Rock match.
Also, with the match in the second hour, it gives the rest of the card time to get back on track if Triple H and The Undertaker go long.
Last year’s match between these two men went almost an hour and this year should go just as long.
Winner: Triple H after repeated strikes to The Undertaker with a sledgehammer.
Match 5: Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos vs. Divas Champion Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres
This is the perfect match to have on after the epic Undertaker vs. Triple H match. The ladies can put on either a short match to put the show back on track. Or, they can go out and have a quality 10-minute match.
Either way, it will give the crowd at home and at the show time to recover from the previous match.
Winner: Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres after Glam Slam to Kelly Kelly.
Match 6: World Heavyweight Championship Match: (Champion) Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
The show will be entering into the middle-to-late parts of the third hour and the crowd will be getting ready for Cena vs. Rock.
Having what should be an extremely physical encounter between Sheamus and Bryan here at this match will get the crowd back into the show. Both of these wrestlers have the ability to work a stiff match, with a number of bruising strikes.
However, in the end, the reign of Bryan as champion will come to an end, as Sheamus will prove to be too much for the champ to overcome.
Winner: Sheamus after a second Brouge Kick.
Match 7: 12-Man Tag-Team Match: Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy
Personally, this is the match that I’m looking forward to the most.
However, this is the perfect match to get the crowd to a fever pitch before the main event. This contest has a great combination of a storyline, comedy angles and wrestlers who can work a very skilled match.
But, in the end, Team Johnny has more talent and will be the reason why he takes over both RAW and SmackDown.
Winner: Team Johnny after Dolph Ziggler hits a Zig-Zag on Santino Marella.
Match 8 (Main Event): The Rock vs. John Cena
This is the match that everyone in the wrestling world has been waiting for since they announced it in 2011.
For over a year the question has been who’s the better wrestler, The Rock or Cena? And now, finally, we will have an answer.
With the card stacked the way it is, this match will have the crowd at it’s highest level of intensity. There will not be any other match that will be overshadowing it, by going on right before. And, it will have everyone on the edge of their seats ready for these two to square off.
Winner: John Cena after a second Attitude Adjustment.
After Cena wins, the show closes with The Rock shaking Cena’s hand as the confetti and pyro goes off around the two wrestlers.