Wrestlemania 28: Power-Ranking the Best Finishes of the Night
WrestleMania 28 had some high and low points, but all in all, if you saw it, you are likely glad you did. With so much history and so many iconic figures in action, it was still a must-see.
With no stunning appearances, thanks to (Brock Lesnar waiting until Monday Night Raw to return), the action depended solely on the matches—the in-ring work, the momentum swings and, of course, the finishes.
Lillian Garcia had nothing to do with a finish. As a matter of fact, she opened the show with a rendition of America the Beautiful. But I felt I would be remiss not to include her in some way, mainly because of the way she looked in that dress.
Not bad at all.
Now that I got that out of the way, the following is a ranking of the conclusions of each match. They are ordered from lamest to best. Needless to say, there are spoilers here, so proceed knowing that.
Divas Tag Match Was an Embarrassment
What can I say?
It was horribly worked, void of entertainment, just plain terrible.
This match was the biggest waste of a 15- to 20-minute slot in the history of wrestling. The Divas division needs a lockout or something. The WWE must find better and more talented female performers.
That is, unless they want fans to continue using these matches as bathroom and food-break opportunities.
The roll-up by Maria Menounos was so terrible, it's barely worth mentioning.
The Big Bore KO's Cody
Another poorly-worked match, but not quite as bad as the Divas' tag match. This was just the classic little guy-big guy battle that didn't allow Cody or Show to shine.
After a slow-paced, boring match, Show exorcised his WrestleMania demons with a Weapons of Mass Destruction to KO Cody Rhodes.
12-Man Tag with an Ouchie at the End
The match had its moments, especially the triple-aerial attack from Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder and R-Truth, but the most memorable moment came at the end.
After Eve had cost Ryder and Team Teddy the match, she cost Ryder the jewels. That hurts even thinking about it.
It'll be interesting to see where Ryder's character goes from here. He is a solid in-ring performer, but he needs to mature that gimmick to take the next step.
Kane Tames the Viper
This match was pretty solid, not overly spectacular, but solid.
The two men worked well together. For some reason, Orton, who is listed at 6'4" and had what appeared to be two-inch soles on his boots, looked just about an inch shorter than Kane, who is listed at 7'.
That said, the choke-slam off the top rope was hot, and it's always cool to see big-name stars have a non-controversial ending to a match.
This is the way stars' matches should end.
I was shocked at this ending.
First of all, I thought Jericho would win. Now, Punk is being set up for some John Cena, invincible hate coming up pretty soon.
It appears he may not lose again for a while.
Secondly, I was surprised that he beat him by submission. That pretty much writes Jericho out of the picture.
It seemed to me the WWE could have milked Jericho's return a little more, but it was still a solid and well-worked match.
This is something everyone expected. It wasn't spectacular, but it certainly didn't disappoint.
I know this was only 18 seconds and many Daniel Bryan fans may feel a little miffed at the way this went down, but it was cool to me.
Bryan stopping to kiss AJ at the beginning of the match, only to turn and have Sheamus level him with the Brogue Kick was unexpected.
The sequence was pulled off with perfection and I loved it. It was one of the weirdest, yet coolest ways to watch a title change hands.
Bryan is not trending upward right now.
The Rock Is the King
The main event was good, but not great. The Rock's athleticism and fluidity were amazing considering his layoff from singles competition, and Cena's strength was awesome.
The stand-up to fall-away slam was bananas. I also liked Cena's use of the in-ring mic. He was very believable with his in-ring banter.
When he didn't get the three-count, he told the referee, "I know we're in Miami, but c'mon..
That was good stuff.
The Rock Bottom that the Great One finished Ce-Nation off with was ordinary, but I have it this high because of what it is building up to.
You guessed it.
Cena is turning heel, and this is just one more building block for the inevitable.
The Undertaker vs. Triple H was the best match of the night. It didn't need to be a Hell in a Cell, as the two senior grapplers never really utilized the environment. Still, it was awesome.
Both men gave up their bodies for this one, and the match featured several memorable moments. Though the prolonged three-man embrace got a little corny at the end, seeing the three legends in the ring together was a spectacle.
Taker finished in grand style with the Tombstone and vintage Undertaker cover.