WrestleMania 28 Results: Ranking the Show's 5 Best Individual Performances
One of the most anticipated events in WWE history has come and gone, and many interesting outcomes were seen.
In the end, The Undertaker went 20-0, CM Punk retained and The Rock went over John Cena.
Surely there will many questions to be answered on Raw. But for now, who had the best performances of the night?
Here are the five superstars that showcased their talents the best on the grandest stage of them all.
Honorable Mention: Shawn Michaels
Although HBK was not competing tonight, his actions and expressions as the special guest referee tonight helped make the match so much better.
Michaels did not have a say in the final outcome, but he was antagonized by both men at different points in the match, and he even tried to help end "the streak" in the middle of the contest.
The Hell in a Cell told a great story, and while the cell itself was not a huge player, this was still the match of the night thanks to the emotion of all three men.
Shawn added a great extra effect, and his flip-flop during the contest was worth the watch.
5. Triple H
Hey, we got blood!
Well, not a crimson mask, but we can thank Triple H for showing some color in this End of an Era match.
Even though the Game is not a full-time performer anymore, we knew from his previous contests against men like CM Punk that he could still bring the goods.
Trips showed serious ferocity inside the cell, leaving some wicked bruises on Taker's back that will give him a hard time trying to sleep for a few days.
But in the end, his efforts still were not enough to end "the streak," and rightfully so.
Props to both men for showcasing a great, yet much different match from last year's contest.
4. CM Punk
It is no surprise that CM Punk made this list, as him and Jericho delivered another good story in the ring.
When the match was announced, we all expected the contest to be a technical masterpiece between two of the best wrestlers in the world. Once Jericho brought Punk's family into it, things got much more personal.
The WWE Championship contest showcased a great balance between the two. It started off as a brawl and ended with a series of excellent reversals. Even though Punk got the win, this feud will probably continue with some sort of stipulation at Extreme Rules.
Year after year, The Undertaker continues to deliver at WrestleMania.
This time, Taker had not been in the ring at all since the last year. So obviously there were concerns about how he would perform.
The Undertaker showed no signs of ring rust. The match was at a slower pace, similar to last year's, but Taker both took and dished out a large amount of punishment.
His second wind towards the end of the match, with snake eyes and a Tombstone, was an awesome way to get the crowd riled up even more. After seeing the Deadman beat down in a big way, watching him move well around the ring was a great moment.
Does the ending signify retirement for the Undertaker, or simply the end of an era? It seems that if the Undertaker were to retire, they would make a big deal about it.
Only time will tell.
2. Chris Jericho
After all of the rumors about the WWE title opening the show, it was good to see the belt defended late in the night. Although Punk put on a great performance and won, it was Jericho who was better on this night.
Jericho showed his amazing innovation for counters with some great switches into the walls and the codebreaker. On top of that, his attempt to get the DQ at the beginning set a good tone for the match.
The crowd was a little slow to get into the title bout, but Jericho and Punk worked them into it with some great wrestling.
This was a good card, but not as epic as it could have been. However, the top three matches were given plenty of time, and they all delivered.
1. The Rock
Even though I was rooting for The Rock as a fan, I was shocked when he actually pinned Cena clean.
We saw Rock compete at Survivor Series, but it was only for a few minutes. At WrestleMania, the match between Rock and Cena went just over a half hour.
Sure, the match was slow paced at times, but the Great One put on an excellent performance considering his time away from the ring. The ability to deliver on a huge stage after being gone for so many years is remarkable.
To Cena's credit, he put forth a good performance tonight as well. He also deserves respect for laying down and taking the clean pin in this huge contest.
What will happen next? With Rock's win, one can only assume that he will be competing again, maybe before the next WrestleMania?
Is a rematch or a best-of-three series in the making? We will see if we find out these answers on Raw.