Wrestlemania 28 Matches: Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy and More Great Bouts

T.J. McaloonContributorApril 2, 2012

WrestleMania 28 had its great moments and bouts that will be remembered forever. However, the biggest storyline to be advanced last night was that John Laurinaitis is now the general manager of both Raw and SmackDown.

Here are some other highlights from the best matches of last night’s show. 


Team Johnny Defeating Team Teddy

In the battle for the general manager position for both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, The Miz gave the team of John Laurinaitis complete control over both shows. 

Having Booker T, who hasn't been a full-time wrestler in quite some time, take the most punishment for Team Teddy during the match was an odd way to have the majority of the bout. 

However, the match went into a wild, all-out brawl with each wrestler hitting a number of big moves. Plus, Booker T got the hot-tag to Santino Marella, who was able to breathe new life into the contest. 

Then Santino was able to tag in Zack Ryder, who took this match to another level. The highlight from Ryder’s moment in the match was seeing Dolph Ziggler do a front-flip after taking a monkey flip from Ryder. 

The ending saw Ryder get distracted by his valet, Eve Torres, only to take a Skull Crushing Finale from The Miz, a perfect way to give both shows to Laurinaitis. 


Hell in a Cell with Undertaker Going 20-0

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15. The Undertaker enters the arena during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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Well, it was an end of an era, as Triple-H, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker went out and put on an epic match that will be remembered as one of the best matches in WrestleMania history. 

The match did start off slow and clunky, with Triple-H and Undertaker hitting each other with a various number of power moves and weapons that surrounded the ring. But the action did pick up when Triple-H destroyed Undertaker with chair shot, after chair shot, after chair shot. 

The ending was a perfect way to wrap up the era, with Triple-H giving a crotch chop to Undertaker before getting put down with the Tombstone Piledriver. 

Plus, it was a touching finish as all three men embraced at the top of the ramp, giving closure to the fans who grew up watching these men main event the WWE in the 90s and early 2000s. 


WWE Title Match 

It wasn't the best match of the night, and it didn't steal the show, but, the WWE Title match was a great contest with a ton of psychology and mat wrestling. Jericho and Punk went out and tore the house down despite the crowd being dead for a majority of the contest.

The match started out with Jericho trying to get Punk disqualified so that he would lose the WWE Title to Jericho. However, despite all of Jericho's taunts and tries to get Punk to go over the line, Punk kept his cool and stayed within the rules.

The ending was great, as Punk locked in the "Anaconda Vice" only to see Jericho reverse it into a cradle-pinning attempt and knees to the back of Punk’s head.

It was great to see Punk adjust the hold to keep away from Jericho’s knees, forcing Y2J to tap out. 


The Rock vs. Cena

The match was huge in that this is what WrestleMania 28 was built around. What was odd in this contest is that Cena dominated the contest. He was working the role of the heel, allowing The Rock to make the big comeback to get the big pop at the end. 

Point in case, the STF where Rock almost passed out. It’s usually saved for the babyface to let his hand drop twice, before using the crowd to rally him back to life. 

Also, the finish was a face type of finish, as Cena went for The Rock’s signature move only to get caught with a Rock Bottom and then getting pinned. 

It is going to be interesting to see where Cena goes after putting so much into this match only to lose cleanly.