WrestleMania 28 had its great matches and a 18-second match; and in between those matches there was a solid undercard that had its highs and lows.
The pay-per-view was a typical WrestleMania, as performers went out to the ring and gave a great show for the fans at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida and the millions of people watching at home.
Here are how the matches were ranked from worst-to-first.
No. 8 World Heavyweight Title Match: Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan
This match lasted only 18-seconds and left the crowd at home and in the stadium puzzled as to what they just saw. I’m sure the WWE had a reason as to why they wanted to do this match this way, but in the end it did no one any good.
What is sad about this match is that the crowd was hyped up for Bryan with the “YES!” signs and chants.
No. 7 Intercontinental Title Match: Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes
This match wasn’t terrible by any means; however, compared to the other matches on this card it ranks near the bottom. Big Show and Cody worked a fine match, but it never felt like it got going.
Plus, Big Show’s spear on Rhodes looked botched, as he hit him lower than his targeted mid-section.
However, it was great to see Show get his WrestleMania moment when he won the IC Title.
No. 6: Kane vs. Randy Orton
This match looked amazing going on after the 18-second disaster of a World Heavyweight Title match.
Kane and Orton worked a nice physical match that saw Kane escape out of a number of RKOs from Orton. The crowd was into the match, as they were constantly looking for Orton to hit Kane with a punt. Maybe they were just excited to see someone punt, since they’re used to it from Dolphins games at Sun Life Stadium.
The end was a perfect finish with Kane hitting Orton with a top rope choke slam.
No. 5: Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres
The Divas division does not get enough credit for the amount of work they put into their matches. This bout saw no botched moves with four women working hard. Plus, the match had a celebrity that cared about the match and put time into getting ready for it.
Menounos has a hectic schedule with “Dancing With The Stars” and her duties on “Extra.” Plus, she had two cracked ribs from dancing.
I didn’t like the finish with the Divas champion taking the pin fall, but it’s a small complaint from a good match.
No. 4: Hell in a Cell with Shawn Michaels as Special Guest Ref: Undertaker vs. Triple-H
This match wasn’t the best hell in a cell match in the history of this type of match. The pace was slow, the moves were clunky and what was with giving the cell its own special entrance?
However, the match did what it was intended to do, tell a story and have everyone watching hanging on every false finish.
But, the person who helped sell every move for the importance of what was going on was Michaels. He was a great addition to the match as he played his role perfectly.
Triple H was great, The Undertaker was phenomenal and Michaels was legendary. It was the perfect combination to have an epic match.
No. 3 12-Man Tag-Team Match: Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy
This was a personal favorite of mine as the team led by John Laurinaitis prevailed over the team led by Teddy Long.
The match was fine as no wrestler was booked to look weak or too strong. Zack Ryder got to steal the spotlight, in the match, by coming in hot and looking like he was going to pick up the win.
However, having the finish involve Eve and The Miz picking up the winning pin was the right way to end it.
No. 2: The Rock vs. John Cena
This was the reason why we were all sucked into the PPV and the two men delivered a great match. It did look like Cena was carrying The Rock towards the end of the match, as The Rock may have been gassed from working such a long match.
Some of you may disagree with the way the match ended, with The Rock hitting his finisher and picking up the win.
No. 1 WWE Title Match: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
This was the match of the night as Punk and Jericho went out and tore the house down.
They worked a near perfect match as it had everything: ring psychology, great mat-based wrestling, false finishes and a great stretch of moves to build to the finish.
Punk and Jericho took a month worth of storyline and found a way to work in every angle of that build up and use it in the match. It was the perfect ending to what hopefully will be the first of many chapters to this feud.
WrestleMania 28 was a great PPV despite the 18-second match and goofy skits.
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