WrestleMania 28: Thoughts & Review of the Grand Extravaganza from Miami, Fla.

Charlie GSenior Writer IApril 5, 2012

Headlined by a match in which generations would collide, WrestleMania 28 was held in front of a Sun Life Stadium record-setting 78,363 fans in Miami, Fla.

It was one year in the making, it was generations colliding, it was the main event, it was one of the primary reasons as to why WrestleMania was purchased on pay-per-view by the millions ("MILLIONS!"), it was John Cena vs. The Rock.

The face of the WWE and the PG Era, John Cena would square off with former WWE Superstar turned Hollywood movie star, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The Rock has finally come back to the WWE after a very long seven-year absence. Rocky came back in a big way, first by hosting WrestleMania 27 from Atlanta. Rock would host WrestleMania and eventually cost John Cena the WWE Championship in a main-event match against The Miz.

One night later, Cena would lay the challenge to "The Great One." A match at WrestleMania 28. A match that The Rock wouldn't hesitate in accepting. The rest is history.

The 'Mania craze has been long over and has actually gotten mixed reviews. Some call it the greatest WrestleMania ever, while some call it lackluster or a disappointment.

This grand extravaganza had its moments. Some good, some bad and some in between.

The 'Mania card only featured eight matches for a heavy four hours of action. The dark match (Primo & Epico vs. The Usos vs. Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd) was actually given to the WWE Universe free of charge. All it took was a live stream from WWE.com.

The tag team action served as a good dark match and airing it via live stream made it that much better.

The pay-per-view event consisted of three championship matches, a battle for managerial power, the end of an era, a fight for "best in the world" and generations finally colliding.

Viewed to have three main event-caliber matches (Undertaker/HHH, Rock/Cena & Jericho/Punk), many would not expect this pay-per-view to be even considered a letdown. However, it was the undercard that may have hurt this "Grandaddy of 'em all."

The show started with the Royal Rumble winner, Sheamus defeating Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds to win his first-ever World Heavyweight Championship. Yes, the Royal Rumble winner kicked off the show in one of the shortest matches in all of WrestleMania's 28 years of existence. 

With the main event being contested by two of the biggest WWE Superstars ever to step foot in a WWE ring, it should come as no surprise that the Royal Rumble winner wouldn't get his main event match as granted. The real surprise came during the championship bout.

Eighteen seconds.

Blink twice and you missed it.

The man who once defeated the World's Strongest Man and the World's Largest Athlete in the same night just lost in 18 seconds.

Many speculated that this one match could steal the show if given the chance. Watching those 18 seconds left everyone in disbelief of what just happened. Daniel Bryan lost in 18 seconds? Surely, he'll get a rematch later in the night...Nope.

That's where part of WrestleMania was a letdown. Many within the Internet Wrestling Community highly anticipated some quality wrestling between these two young stars and were robbed.

In a WrestleMania Moment that'll live on forever, three Legends (Shawn Michaels, Triple H & Undertaker) exit together
In a WrestleMania Moment that'll live on forever, three Legends (Shawn Michaels, Triple H & Undertaker) exit together

Next in the night was Kane vs. Randy Orton. With it being the grandest stage of them all and Orton's birthday, lots of people expected Kane to roll over on this one. However, "The Big Red Monster" brought it to The Viper, enough to pick up the win in a fairly good match.

Following that was the second championship match of the night. WWE's Big Show defeated Cody Rhodes to finally have his "WrestleMania Moment" and become Intercontinental Champion. The match was decent, and some question where Rhodes will go from here.

The usual WrestleMania celebrity involvement would follow. Maria Menounos would team with Kelly Kelly in a rather forgettable tag team match. The most memorable and impressive part was Kelly's front flip off the top rope. Also, the fact that this match was given more time than the World Heavyweight Championship match is flat-out bad.

Triple H, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels would end an era with a bang...and a steel cell weighing about five tons. Many consider this as the match of the night but, in all honesty, I just wasn't that into it. It's more than safe to say that Undertaker's WrestleMania streak will never, ever end. 

Team Teddy and Team Johnny would take center stage in a match that I almost forgot about in my writing. The crowd was dead during this match and nothing notable really happened.

Team Johnny arrived, won and Eve kicked Zack Ryder in the balls afterward. Eve was the lasting image in a match about controlling both Smackdown and RAW...Great.

My personal favorite of the night, Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk. Battle of "Best in the World."

I went into the match not a fan of CM Punk but all of that changed. From bell to bell, I enjoyed this match. I fell into the 'CM Punk craze' and couldn't help but like and respect him after the show he put on. This match was an instant classic and my favorite match of the year thus far.

The Rock vs. John Cena
The Rock vs. John Cena

Then the match everyone has been waiting one year to see, John Cena vs. The Rock closed the show. It was my second favorite match of the night with plenty of action and was well worth the hype.

Generations collided and, surprisingly to me, old school won. The Rock left his hometown as the winner on the grandest stage of them all.

Most of the wrestling at WrestleMania was on point and entertaining; however, I feel like they wasted valuable time on unnecessary skits.

Heath Slater's confrontation with rapper,Flo Rida was definitely not needed. What'd that do? The performances by MGK and Flo Rida prior to Rock vs. Cena wasn't exactly needed, but WrestleMania usually has something of that nature. Possibly the most unnecessary segment of the night: Brodus Clay.

"Funkasaurus" came out to call his momma and waste time dancing with her and tons of other women.

Another issue was timing. Sheamus vs. Bryan especially. They could've cut out or shortened those segments mentioned above or shortened some matches like the Divas tag or the 12-man tag match.

The big three main-event matches made this pay-per-view great. Those matches definitely stuck out the most from a rather forgettable undercard.

Did WrestleMania XXVIII deliver an awesome show? Did it live up to its hype? I'd say so.

Thanks to The Undertaker, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, John Cena, The Rock, CM Punk and Chris Jericho, that is.

The biggest matches on the card definitely delivered and did not upset. I'd rank WrestleMania XXVIII among the best.