WrestleMania 28 was built to be an epic event, and at the end of the night, the WWE lived up to the hype by putting on a great show.
However, that doesn’t mean the WWE didn’t have their fails throughout the night. The show wasn’t perfect by any stretch, but it did have those larger-than-life moments that this pay-per-view is built around.
Here are some of those great moments, along with the moments that made us slap our heads and wonder what in the world they were thinking.
Gold Medal: Team Johnny over Team Teddy
Okay, this is a personal favorite of mine from the night, as Mr. John Laurinaitis assembled a great team that dominated from the start to the finish. Team Johnny kept the weakest member of Team Teddy, Booker-T, in the ring for a majority of the match, which kept their team on offense.
Then, Mr. Laurinaitis’ “Peyton Manning” of his team, The Miz, came through with the winning pin on Zack Ryder after taking advantage of Ryder arguing with the ref like he was an Ohio State Buckeye basketball player.
After the win, it was great to see John rekindle his feud with WWE Champion CM Punk before Punk’s match with Chris Jericho.
Silver Medal: CM Punk and Chris Jericho Tearing the House Down
Punk and Jericho had the best match of the night. Their in-ring psychology at the beginning of the match set the tone that this was going to be something special.
Then, the way that Jericho and Punk hit each one of their moves with pinpoint precision—it looked like they were on a mission to go out and put on the perfect match.
In the end, the series of reversals and near pinfall attempts gave this match the perfect way to end, with Jericho tapping out to the “Anaconda Vice.”
Bronze Medal: Big Show Getting His WrestleMania Moment
Was the match great? No.
But giving The Big Show his moment in WrestleMania history was due for a worker who has been willing to put anyone over at this event. Show gives the Intercontinental Title a ton of credibility, as Show is a multi-time World Champion.
What made this win even more special was Show’s reaction after winning the match, as it looked like he was moved to tears.
Performer of the Night: (tie) The Undertaker, Triple-H and Shawn Michaels
The three men who were pillars of the WWE in the mid-90s and early 2000s showed the young group of wrestlers in the locker room how to put on a drama-filled match that had more than 70,000 people in the palms of their hands.
From Triple-H’s brutal chair shots to The Undertaker finally putting Triple-H away, the crowd ate everything up. However, a big reason as to why the crowd believed the drama in this match was the acting skills by Michaels.
Michaels' selling of every move, false finish and eventual ending made this match special.
The way that all three men walked together back up the ramp together and then embraced at the top was the perfect way to close the chapter on the era.
Moment of the Night: The Rock Kicking Out After a Second Attitude Adjustment
WrestleMania 28 had a number of big moments. However, none was bigger than The Rock kicking out of that second finisher from Cena.
For those of you who may have missed it, Cena caught The Rock from the top rope, then dead-lifted him from a seated position, only to toss him like a sack of potatoes over his shoulders to hit the AA. The Rock kicked out to send a message that he wasn’t going to put Cena over.
Moments later, Cena was caught in a Rock Bottom and then pinned, losing in the biggest match of his career.
Fail of the Night: 18-Second World Heavyweight Title Match
I could have gone with Brodus Clay’s dancing Mom and her bridge club. I could have gone with the rap concerts before Cena’s and Rock’s entrance. And I could have gone with Eve kicking Ryder in his broskis.
But none of those came close to the 18-second World Heavyweight Title match that kicked off this show.
I could understand if this happened later on in the evening, as the show may have been running late. But to open the show this way was just awful.
Star Rating for Matches
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus: DUD
Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show: 3 stars
Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres: 2 stars
Undertaker vs. Triple-H: 4 stars
Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny: 3 stars
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho: 4.5 stars
The Rock vs. John Cena: 3.5 stars
Overall Rating for WrestleMania 28: 8.5/10