WrestleMania 28 Results: Highlights, Recap and Review from WWE PPV
The time is finally here, as after a year-long wait, we will finally know who is the better wrestler, The Rock or John Cena.
Tonight, the wrestling world comes to a stop, as the biggest event in the sport takes place from Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
Aside from the heavily publicized contest between these two titans of the wrestling world, there are seven other matches that could steal the spotlight from Cena and The Rock.
We will finally find out who is the best in the world, as WWE Champion CM Punk, defends his title against Chris Jericho. CM Punk and Jericho have been going back and forth on the microphone, as Jericho has been bringing up CM Punk’s family’s dirty past.
To go with those two huge matches, The Undertaker and Triple-H face off for the third time at WrestleMania. Last year, Triple-H came extremely close to beating The Undertaker. However, a shocking submission move from “The Deadman” gave him the victory, improving his record at WrestleMania to 19-0.
Can The Undertaker keep his undefeated streak alive tonight, or will the special-guest referee, Shawn Michaels, sway the decision in favor of his friend, Triple-H?
With these three main-event caliber matches, there is a solid undercard that will provide great entertainment.
Who will win in the 12-man tag-team between Team Teddy and Team Johnny? The winner of this match will gain control as the general manager of both, Smackdown and Raw.
Will The Big Show finally have his WrestleMania moment if he defeats Cody Rhodes for the intercontinental title?
And will Sheamus take his momentum from winning the 2012 Royal Rumble by defeating World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan?
Tonight is the biggest night for the WWE, so keep refreshing as you’ll see updates of who won, and how after each match.
It was a once in a lifetime match between two of the most popular wrestlers of their time. It was billed as an epic contest and the two men involved in the match delivered.
Let's move past the concerts before the match that helped build in the hype and move onto the match itself. The Rock and Cena started the only way they could, with a tie up displaying each man's strength. Cena won the first tie-up shoving The Rock into the corner.
From there, Cena went to work on The Rock's ribs, by dropping him chest first onto the announcer table and the barricade outside of the ring.
What was interesting in this match was that Cena was working the angle as the heel; as he controlled the match throughout putting The Rock on defense.
However, The Rock had Cena beat after applying a sharpshooter submission hold. Cena made the ropes forcing The Rock to break the hold.
After breaking the hold, Cena was able to regain the upper hand by putting The Rock in an STF almost making The Rock pass out. But, The Rock powered out of Cena's STF submission move breaking the hold and continuing the match.
The match looked to have come to an end after The Rock nailed a flying cross body block from the top rope. Except Cena caught The Rock and positioned him into an Attitude Adjustment. Cena nailed his finishing move only to see The Rock kick out at two!
Cena looking to steal one of The Rock's moves tried going for a People's Elbow. Only when Cena hit the ropes he was met by a Rock Bottom and the eventual end to his quest at taking down The Rock.
Winner by pin fall The Rock.
Post-match saw The Rock celebrating and Cena sulking on the entrance ramp as pyro went off around both men.
It wasn't the best match of the night and it didn't steal the show, but, the WWE Title match was a great contest with a ton of psychology and mat wrestling. Jericho and Punk went out and tore the house down with counters and stiff kicks and punches.
The match started out with Jericho trying to get Punk disqualified so that he would lose the WWE Title to Jericho. However, despite all of Jericho's taunts and tries to get Punk to go over the line, Punk kept his cool and stayed within the rules.
The match went back-and-forth with both men teasing their finishers.
Jericho was able to lock in the "Walls of Jericho" not once, but twice during the match with Punk finding a variety of ways to counter Jericho's submission move.
The ending came with Punk locking in the "Anaconda Vice" only to see Jericho reverse it into a cradle pining attempt.
Jericho was able to knee Punk to loosen Punk's grip on Y2J. However, Punk was able to move away from Jericho's knees which meant that he had to tap out.
Winner via submission and still WWE Champ, CM Punk
After the match, Punk's victory was cut off the screen for a commercial for WrestleMania 29 and a Brodus Clay dance off with his Mama and her Bridge Club.
I wish I made that up, but Brodus Clay dancing was more important than both the World Heavyweight Title match and Punk having his moment.
In the battle for the general manager position for both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown! The Miz gave the team of John Laurinaitis complete control of both shows.
The match itself was a decent match; but coming on after the Hell in a Cell match was a hard thing to do.
What was odd from the match is that Booker-T, who hasn't been a full-time wrestler in quite some time took the most punishment for Team Teddy during the match. The match went into the wild all-out brawl with each wrestler hitting a number of big moves.
One of the bigger spots was seeing Kofi Kingston, R-Truth and Zack Ryder hitting a three-way top rope plauncha onto the members of Team Johnny who were standing out of the ring.
Another highlight was seeing Dolph Ziggler do a front flip after taking a monkey flip from Ryder.
The ending saw Ryder get distracted by his valet, Eve Torres only to take a Skull Crushing Finale from The Miz.
Team Johnny wins after Skull Crushing Finale onto Ryder for pin fall.
Post-match saw Eve and Ryder get into an argument as Eve tried to apologized for getting involved in the match.
Eve then kicked Ryder in his broskis leaving the ring to boos and "Hoskis" chants from the crowd.
Well, it was an end of an era as Triple-H, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker went out and put on an epic match that will be remembered as one of the best matches in WrestleMania history.
The match started off slow, with Triple-H and The Undertaker hitting each other with a various number of power moves, and weapons that surrounded the ring. From there, Triple-H destroyed The Undertaker with chair shot, after chair shot, after chair shot.
Hunter begged Shawn to stop the match, but The Undertaker kept telling Shawn to keep the match going.
The action went back to being even as Taker and HHH kept on knocking out the refs. Undertaker put Michaels into "Hells Gate" and then choke slammed back up ref, Charles Robbins, to the mat.
The match looked to be over when Undertaker set Triple-H up the Tombstone Piledriver. Instead Undertaker got pushed into a Super Kick from Shawn Michaels and then into a Triple-H Pedigree.
That couldn't put The Undertaker down as he kicked out after a two-count!
After another pedigree and another Undertaker kick out, the Deadman took over control killing Triple-H with a number of chair shots just like he received from Hunter earlier in the match.
Triple-H tried to give one more sledgehammer shot to Undertaker, but instead got shoved back into the corner. HHH gave Taker a crotch job and charged at Undertaker only to run into a sledgehammer shot to his head.
Undertaker followed that up with a final Tombstone Piledriver to pick up the win.
Winner and 20-0 at WrestleMania The Undertaker.
Post match saw Undertaker and Michaels carry Triple-H up the ramp as they embraced at the top of the ramp before heading to the back.
Maria Menounos pins the Divas champion, Beth Phoenix to pick up the victory for her team. However, that isn't the thing that comes away from this match. Menounos participated in this match with a hectic "Dancing With the Stars" schedule and two cracked ribs.
So, having her pick up the victory isn't shocking, as the WWE likes to pander to their celebrities. But, the match wasn't terrible, like when the WWE put Snooki into a match last year.
All four women worked very hard and provided a quality match. Anyone who used this match as a chance to grab a snack missed one of the better Diva matches at WrestleMania.
Winner by roll up, Maria Menounos and Kelly Kelly.
Up next is Hell in a Cell.
The storyline was built around The Big Show never being able to have his WrestleMania moment. Well, he finally had a defining moment as he crushed Cody Rhodes' face in with his fist, aka "The Weapon of Mass Destruction."
The match saw Cody knock Show down with a stiff kick to the back of his head. Rhodes looked like he was going to retain his Intercontinental Title; however, Show kicked out before three.
Rhodes went back for another kick after being assisted by the second-rope, except Rhodes was caught by a spear to his "mid-section" by Show.
Shortly there after, Show connected with "The Weapon of Mass Destruction" and picked up the pin fall and IC Title.
Winner and new Intercontinental Champion Big Show.
After the match, Show celebrates in the ring with the title and it looks like he's almost brought to tears from the win. He shares a nice kiss and moment with his wife, who's at ringside, before walking to the back.
Well, at least this match went on for more than 18-seconds. But, Kane picks up a huge victory over Randy Orton, with an top-rope assisted choke slam.
The match was a nice back-and-forth contest with each wrestler getting there opportunity to hit a number of offensive moves. Orton looked like he had a chance to win, as he went for the RKO on a number of occasions. However, Kane kept on dodging the move by pushing Orton out of the way.
As Randy was pummeling Kane on the top-rope looking out into the crowd, Kane grabbed Orton by the neck and planted him into the mat.
Kane quickly got the cover afterwards picking up a huge victory.
Winner by pin fall, Kane.
After the match, the cameras cut to a backstage segment where Santino Marella and one of the captains from Discovery channel's "Deadliest Catch" are hanging out with Mick Foley eating crabs. Hilarity ensuses with one of the newest WWE Hall of Fame members, Ron Simmons, ending the fun yelling, "DAMN!"
Yes this segment couldn't have been cut shorter for the World Heavyweight Title match.
Well, Daniel Bryan and Sheamus wanted to make WrestleMania history; but, having Sheamus win in an 18-second squash match is not the way to do it.
It's a shame the WWE went this way, since the Miami crowd was hot for the match and had a chorus of "Yes" chants going for Bryan.
But, after a kiss for good luck from Bryan's girlfriend A.J. Sheamus hit the Broque Kick on Bryan and got the kick pin-fall.
Winner and new World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus
After the match, Sheamus celebrates with fans from Ireland and everyone watching at home and at Sun Life Stadium wonders what just happened.