WWE WrestleMania 28 Results: Winners and Losers from Sunday's Showdown
WrestleMania XXVIII has come and gone.
If you blinked, you missed it.
This year's extravaganza will probably go down in history as one of the most-watched pro wrestling shows of all time. The results aren't in yet but it looks like the event was met with great success.
For some, a new chapter begins as the light of the future shines upon them. For the others, it is back to the drawing board to regroup and try to take control of a new destiny.
Here is the rundown of the winners and losers of the epic show from Miami, Florida.
Sheamus Becomes the New World Heavyweight Champion
I was right about this match. Image courtesy of wrestlingvalley.org
The luck of the Irish proved successful once more as Sheamus blasted his way through Daniel Bryan to claim his third World championship.
The young superstar had a nice run but Sheamus is red hot. Now is the time for him to lead the charge with a new breed of challengers waiting in the wings. With the draft coming up, it isn't difficult to spot potential threats to the Celtic Warrior's prize.
Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Cody Rhodes, Christian—just a handful of ripe and hungry superstars ready to take out "The Great White" and rule on high as champion.
What lies ahead Monday night Raw and Friday night on SmackDown? Patience is a virtue—only time will tell.
Randy Orton Is Ready to Embrace the Hate
Kane may now have a new apprentice. Photo by wrestlingvalley.org
With his loss to Kane at Mania, Randy Orton may not be able to contain his rage and could be ready to turn to the dark side. It must be very difficult to accept defeat on the grandest stage of them all, especially at the hands of someone he clearly seemed to dominate right up until the big match.
"The Viper" and "The Big Red Machine" are incredible performers and valuable icons in the company. It could have gone either way but justice was served tonight.
Should he retire, the masked terror can be satisfied with knowing he beat one of the best in the busness and left him with a piece of evil that will fester and corrupt his soul. Since John Cena didn't fall, Orton was the next viable candidate, and Kane was successful.
Extreme Rules looks like a nice canvas on which to unleash hell on earth. It is only three weeks away after all. This is not over yet.
Cody Rhodes's Glorious Reign Comes to an End
Your new Grand Slam Champion, Big Show. Image by WWE.com
The Big Show made history as he pinched the Intercontinental Championship and joined the elite group of Grand Slam Champions alongside Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Chris Jericho.
Cody Rhodes had brought back the classic title belt since winning it from Ezekiel Jackson last August. It proved to be quite the crowd-pleasing endeavor and showed promise as he vowed to restore credibility to the once-proud championship.
Now, it remains to be seen what kind of representative Big Show will be, though transitional champion seems to fit the bill.
For Cody Rhodes, the future looks bright despite this loss. Now devoid of a title belt, how long until he comes knocking on the door of CM Punk or Sheamus? Will the draft send him packing to Monday nights or will he continue to torment the lives of people from the blue brand? Most importantly, is he ready to step into the main event scene?
Divas Match Fails to Mke an Impact
Two cracked ribs and she still pulls it off. Photo courtesy of WWE.com
They say anything can happen in WWE. Having a celebrity involved in a match usually means his or her team comes out victorious. Tonight's divas performance could have been a first-time thing as divas champion, Beth Phoenix, needed to look strong coming in and out of this mess.
Not only did Maria Menounos arrive on the scene with two broken ribs, she ultimately pinned the Glamazon in the center of the ring to further bring shame to the divas division.
Is it too much to ask to have one lasting memory for the women of this company?
Kelly Kelly may look pretty but she is not on the level of a Natalya or a Beth Phoenix—at all!
The recent push Eve Torres was enjoying is now a nightmare memory and what can be said of the divas champion? She was paired up with a vixen, pinned by a celebrity host and denied her WrestleMania moment.
It is very unfortunate. How about waiting for Kharma to return, pair up and storm the offices of WWE Creative. Now there's something worth considering.
Glam Slam followed by Implant Buster = Must-see TV!
It is the end of an era. Photo by WWE.com
The Undertaker and WrestleMania go hand in hand, hence the flawless streak of 20-0. Triple H may be an icon but it is time to hang up those boots, don the corporate suit and start making great decisions behind the scenes.
Shawn Michaels tried to call the match down the middle but the actions of his charges forced him to get involved. Even with the Sweet Chin Music/Pedigree combo, the Deadman found it in him to kick out and rise again.
The powers of darkness cannot easily be contained and if Triple H wanted to unleash the beast, he accomplished his mission. His very own sledgehammer knocked out all his chances, The Undertaker saw the opportunity and laid his nemesis to rest once and for all.
Their futures are unknown at the moment but one thing stands to be true...all three men are legends and true professionals of this sport. Instead of going their separate ways, the three buried the hatchet and came together as one—much to the delight of the 78 000-plus fans on hand.
A Kodak moment for all time.
The Laurinaitis Era Has Begun
World Champions are better than faces. Photo by WWE.com
Finally, there is only one general manager of both brands and things can start getting really interesting from now on.
Team Laurinaitis clearly outclassed Team Teddy. Former world champions taking on Santino Marella, Booker T, Kofi Kingston and company was hardly fair, but then again, it proves John Laurinaitis to be the smarter businessman.
Toss all that aside, it didn't look so convincing for the red team until the lovely and deceiving Eve Torres entered the ring and led Zack Ryder astray. Once again, an unnoticed, powerful woman proved to be a man's Achilles' heel.
In a nutshell, the right team won. The Miz is 3-0 and John Laurinaitis rules the world until Triple H or Vince McMahon return to humble him...all in all, a great story for the grandkids.
CM Punk Is the Best in the World
The WWE Champion retained. Photo by WWE.com
CM Punk defeats Chris Jericho by submission and retains the WWE championship at WrestleMania XXVIII.
Doesn't that sound like a worthy headline to sum up a title match between two of the best performers in the world?
Y2J accepting to submit is something few people would expect to see and it proves he is a humble man and superstar. Now, it is unsure how he will remain relevant in the WWE title picture with two losses to the straightedge superstar (Elimination Chamber was a loss). His contract has been extended recently so perhaps he will manipulate himself in the good graces of the new Raw GM.
CM Punk is on the verge of passing The Miz's reign as longest champion of the last few years. With his victory tonight, could come a newly-commissioned championship belt tomorrow. It would definitely be well deserved as it is time to put the horrible "spinner" trash to rest.
Fans asked for this match a long time ago, the company obliged, What is the feedback from those fans?
The Rock Brings Home a Win over the Cenation
Loss, sadness and despair Cena? Image courtesy of WWE.com
Miami is home to The Rock, The crowd was firmly behind him yet John Cena almost caused a riot.
The leader of Cenation and the Brahma Bull had an exceptional match tonight, worthy of the year-long hype. All the near falls and finishers brought the house down. Nothing was certain and it could have gone either way.
Whether or not Rocky needed this win is debatable but the icon proved beyond a shadow of a doubt he's still got it. John Cena gave a stellar performance and now that he lost, leaves the fans wondering what will happen next with his character.
Has the negative energy from fans everywhere gotten to him? He looked very confident coming into the match but it was one cocky mistake that cost him everything. Trying to mock his opponent landed him directly into The Rock's arms, ready for the finisher.
Thought this was easily the greatest match of his career, John Cena has faced adversity before and has risen every time, This is no ordinary loss, however. It ended with no handshakes or hugs.
Rise above hate he says...
WrestleMania 28: Did It Pass or Fail the Test?
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This has been quite the exciting night. It is almost too impossible to imagine how this company will outdo themselves in New York next year.
Everyone has their chosen ones of course, but in the end, I believe every single superstar and diva played his or her part with excellence. Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown will indeed be interesting to watch as the dots will be placed on the "Is."
Look for the numbers of this event to come out soon enough. It surely has beaten every record.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime night. WWE style.