WWE WrestleMania 28 Results: Match-by-Match Breakdown
Wrestling fans of the Attitude Era, this was the WrestleMania where the WWE said "thank you" for supporting them for so many years.
We have been clamoring and waiting to see an event that showed the world just how amazing pro wrestling was and at Wrestlemania 28, it was "once in a lifetime" and the "end of an era."
The Rock got the win over John Cena in a match that was set up a year ago.
The Undertaker put his WrestleMania record to 20-0.
And Sheamus won the World Heavyweight Championship in record fashion!
That and much more took place in Miami, so let's get to it and break down what happened at this year's WrestleMania.
Dark Match: Epico and Primo Retain WWE Tag Team Championships
Epico and Primo faced off against the teams of Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd and The Usos.
It was your standard tag team match that had a bit of a twist because of there being three teams involved instead of two.
Gabriel got some high-flying action in (through trial and error, of course), getting a moonsault after slipping while attempting a springboard.
Nothing more to say here—a filler match to get the crowd warmed up.
World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus Def. Daniel Bryan (c)
Cherish every waking moment in the sun, because one Brogue Kick later, it can all disappear.
Daniel Bryan learned this lesson the hard way, and it cost him the World Heavyweight Championship.
Sheamus came in as the 2012 Royal Rumble winner and wanted to make a statement, and that he did.
Bryan turned his head at the beginning of the match to get a kiss from his girlfriend AJ. That was the mistake—turning his head away from his opponent.
The second Bryan turned around, he took a Brogue Kick to the skull and Sheamus was the new champion.
It took 18 seconds.
Kane Def. Randy Orton
A good cable TV-quality match done by these two former World Champions.
The Big Red Machine got a great deal of offense in and kept pace with his opponent.
Orton threw in a lot of his usual maneuvers but just couldn't get that RKO. Orton even attempted the punt kick, but Kane caught him with the chokeslam.
Orton kicked out and after a bit of back-and-forth action, Orton was looking to set up what seemed to be an RKO from the top rope.
Kane countered and delivered a devastating chokeslam from the top and got the win.
Again, a good TV match cut down due to time restraints.
Intercontinental Championship: Big Show Def. Cody Rhodes (c)
Cody Rhodes played his role perfectly in the buildup to this match and even throughout the fight, you could see glimpses that he is definitely one of the main guys WWE will need to survive in the future.
Big Show came into WrestleMania with a 3-8 record, one that was the target of much criticism from the IC champ.
Again, due to time constraints, this match was watered down to what could've been great.
I'm not saying this match wasn't great at all, but it had the potential to be better, and one can only hope this isn't the last time they meet and that if they do again, they will be given more than five minutes.
Anyway, Rhodes worked his character role nicely, showing fear of his opponent during the beginning, but he fell into his own by taking the legs out from underneath Show.
Show worked Rhodes' moves just like a big man should and when it came down to it, the Beautiful Disaster Kick dazing Show to start off the finish was a job well done.
Show countered another kick into a spear, although I don't think Show caught Rhodes with everything he wanted to.
Oh well, a KO punch later and Big Show became the Intercontinental Champion.
A history lesson and a note as well: Show's title win also makes him the 12th Grand Slam Champion in WWE history.
Divas: Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos Def. Beth Phoenix and Eve
I will admit, I was impressed by Maria Menounos' performance. Her being a non-wrestler, she could have a future in the WWE, but she would need to go through hell to get there, as the WWE Divas do not mess around.
WrestleMania is no different.
It was a typical Divas match that got more than the minute-and-a-half that it usually does on an episode of RAW.
The rib injury to Menounos added a good flavour to the mix, as it showed that she will bring the fight despite any injury. The injury was sustained while training for ABC's Dancing With the Stars. Doing this match took a great deal of courage, so kudos are in order.
Good job by the Divas and great roll-up by the host of Extra, getting the pin on the current Divas Champion.
On second thought...a non-wrestler pinning the Divas Champion...how is WWE going to build Phoenix back from that?
Hell in a Cell: The Undertaker Def. Triple H
These guys got a half hour and change to work with—and they did just that.
Triple H got all the offense in the beginning, constantly begging his friend and referee Shawn Michaels to call for the bell, saying, "End it or I will."
Undertaker, sporting the new mohawk, didn't give up.
The Cell seemed very restricting for these two, but both guys did use the structure a bit. However, most of the action was inside the ring, with emotions running wild.
False finish after false finish and even after Michaels delivered Sweet Chin Music and Triple H got a Pedigree right after, Undertaker kicked right out.
With a few referee bumps and the added bonus of a sledgehammer, this match lived up to the hype.
It truly was the end of an era, and Undertaker capped it off with his second Tombstone Piledriver of the match to go 20-0.
Afterwards, the ultimate show of respect for one another and for the fans as both Undertaker and Michaels picked up Triple H and, in a true WrestleMania moment, walked out together, even embracing one another in a group hug at the top of the stage.
If that kind of a moment doesn't bring a tear to the eye of a long-time wrestling fanatic, I don't know what will.
Team Johnny Def. Team Long
With 12 men and time restraints, this match did OK.
It displayed great high-flying ability, a lot of finishers, a Cobra and even Hornswoggle taking a bump.
Santino almost had the win, delivering the Cobra to The Miz, but Dolph Ziggler broke up the count.
A moment later, Zack Ryder did his "Woo woo woo" routine in the ring along with Eve, but as Eve was getting escorted out of the ring by the referee and Ryder, Miz was up and got Ryder from behind, delivering a Skull Crushing Finale on Teddy Long's GM career.
Again, nothing too technical, but 12 men earned a WrestleMania paycheck by doing what needed to be done to be entertaining and keeping the flow of the show going.
Plus, having to follow Triple H and Undertaker is never an easy task.
WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) Def. Chris Jericho
This could be one of the best WWE Championship matches in WrestleMania history.
All the buildup, all the hype, all the talk between two men who can get it done in promos, it all came down to bringing it to the ring and going all out.
They did just that.
Plenty of mat-based action to start off with, showing some basic wrestling skill to warm things up.
From there, everything came in waves. An added stipulation came into effect before the match that if Punk were to get DQ'd, he would lose the title.
Jericho used that stipulation to his advantage, constantly asking how Punk's dad is and then going into the ropes, forcing Punk to limit his assault.
Punk got so mad that he brought a chair into the ring and was ready to swing, but he didn't.
Both men brought emotion, technicality and athleticism to the table, and it all worked quite well. Punk and Jericho used everything in their repertoire, including multiple GTSs by Punk and a top-rope Codebreaker from Jericho.
It came down to submissions, and Jericho had the Walls of Jericho locked in for a significant amount of time, keeping the audience on edge.
Punk recovered and used the Anaconda Vise. At first, Jericho got an easy counter in, delivering knees to the back of Punk's skull, but once Punk moved up and out of the reach of Jericho's knees, Jericho had to tap out.
The Best in the World put on a great show and even in the loss, Jericho deserves a great deal of admiration, as he put on another great WrestleMania performance.
The Rock Def. John Cena
It was a match that only comes "once in a lifetime," and although things started slow, the action escalated and by the end, I can say that it was one of the best matches in WrestleMania history.
It was great to see John Cena in an aggressor role, delivering most of the offense at the beginning and toward the middle of the contest. A welcome change to the "Super Cena" thing that we've grown tired of.
The Rock, though, was at another level.
He has always been known as the guy who keeps the audience cheering throughout a match and except for a point where Cena got a near fall, that audience was standing and cheering.
Tons of false finishes as both men looked exhausted.
Cena locked in a solid STF and, true to form, Rock looked to be passed out, keeping the audience hooked. I even thought Cena was going to get the win at that point.
Then the referee grabbed Rock's hand and checked to see if he was out. He dropped for one...two...Rock's hand stayed up! (I don't remember a referee having to do that for a while.)
Rock got in a Sharpshooter twice and both times it looked like he twisted Cena's leg wrong, so Rock couldn't lock it in fully. The move was quite effective, though.
Cena's arrogance was his undoing in the end, however, as he wanted to deliver a People's Elbow.
Rock got up, caught Cena with the Rock Bottom and it was all over.
A classic wrestling match. No gimmicks, no stipulations, just two guys who put on a show.
What did you think of this year's WrestleMania? How does it compare to past Wrestle manias?