WrestleMania 28: 12 Record-Breaking, History-Making Moments from the Show

Graham GSM Matthews@@WrestleRantFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2012

WrestleMania 28: 12 Record-Breaking, History-Making Moments from the Show

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    This past Sunday, we witnessed one of the greatest spectacles WWE has presented in quite some time, otherwise known as WrestleMania 28. The night had its respective highs and lows, but I found this to be the most enjoyable Mania in the last five years at the very least.

    From the crowning of two new champions to a storied streak reaching 20-0, WrestleMania 28 was certainly filled with memorable moments that won't soon be forgotten. While some viewers may not have been with the overall show as others were, there's no questioning that this year's show of shows was a historic one.

    For those of you who may follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I have an obsessive knack for fun facts regarding various past WWE events. Here, I'll attempt to entertain and enlighten you with knowledge, as I present my observed monumental record-breaking, history-making moments from WrestleMania 28.    

Shortest World Heavyweight Championship Match in WrestleMania History

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    When we first tuned into WrestleMania 28, everyone was expecting an awesome World Heavyweight Championship match between Daniel Bryan and Sheamus. The build-up to this bout felt irrelevant, so the match itself would be the saving grace of this feud.

    Once the bell rang, Bryan was quick to shift his focus to his girlfriend AJ for an extra good-luck kiss prior to defending his title. However, within moments of Bryan turning around, Sheamus delivered a well-timed Brogue Kick to the face of the American Dragon to capture the golden prize within 18 seconds.

    While it was a major moment for the Celtic Warrior, many viewers were disappointed to see a potentially great match end so quickly. Reports indicated that WWE officials were aiming to break the eight second record for the shortest match in Mania history set by Kane and Chavo Guerrero at WM24 with this match, but were 10 seconds too late.

    Why attempt to break a record that most people forgot about anyways with a match that could have been a show stealer? The fact that they think of Daniel Bryan is on the same level as Chavo Guerrero is a disgrace all in itself. 

First Royal Rumble Winner to Capture Gold in Five Years

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    In early 2008, John Cena returned and won the 2008 Royal Rumble match, which guaranteed him a World Championship match at WrestleMania 24. However, being the doofus he is at times, Cena jumped the gun and cashed in his title shot at No Way Out instead, where he didn't even capture the championship from Randy Orton.

    At that moment, it was when the unfortunate curse began where the Royal Rumble winner would continuously come up short of winning the gold at WrestleMania. Winners such as Randy Orton, Edge, and Alberto Del Rio were all victims of this losing trend in recent years.

    With Sheamus' victory at WrestleMania 28, he becomes the first Royal Rumble victor since Undertaker in 2007 to capture the golden prize at the show of shows.

    The funny part is that the Phenom also won the World Heavyweight Championship on April 1 at WrestleMania 23 in 2007, so it was exactly five years later to the day that this monumental moment was recreated. 

Daniel Bryan's Brief World Title Matches

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    Last December at WWE TLC, Daniel Bryan cashed in his opportunistic Money in the Bank briefcase to win the World Heavyweight Championship from Big Show in a match that only lasted seven seconds. This victory solidified Bryan as a cowardly champion from that point on, developing him into the sneaky Superstar he is today.

    As they say, what goes around, comes around. If Daniel Bryan didn't know that before WrestleMania 28, he certainly does now. He lost his World title in the matter of 18 seconds, making his final match with the golden prize only 11 seconds longer than the bout he captured it in.

    Sorry, Daniel Bryan, it's called karma. 

Big Show Now a Grand Slam Champion

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    While I would have much rather preferred Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust and Big Show vs. Shaq at WrestleMania 28, the feud between Show and Rhodes proved to be entertaining in the weeks preceding the big event.

    Rhodes was out to steal Show's Mania moment yet again, while the World's Largest Athlete wanted to garner his first singles victory on the grandest stage of them all.

    Although the rivalry focused on that aspect of the bout, there was hardly any mention of Rhodes' Intercontinental Championship. Sure, Show cut a promo mentioning the prestigious title two days before WrestleMania, but that wasn't enough to get any of us excited about the predictable title change.

    With Show's victory over the third-generation star at WrestleMania 28, he now becomes both a Triple Crown and Grand Slam Champion. In order to accomplish said feat, you would need to capture the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and the WWE Tag Team Championships for a Triple Crown, with the European or Hardcore titles to reach Grand Slam status.

    Additionally, Big Show is now the only Superstar in WWE to have captured the WWF Championship, World Heavyweight Champion, Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, World Tag Team Championship, WWE Tag Team Championship, ECW Championship and WCW Heavyweight Championship.

    At this point, there's no doubting that Big Show is a future WWE Hall of Famer with that list of accolades.

The Miz Goes 3-0 at WrestleMania

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    Before you drop a comment mentioning The Miz's losses in dark matches at WrestleMania, let me remind you that he is still undefeated in televised matches at the event. Besides, it was his partner John Morrison who took the pin-fall during their tag team title loss prior to WrestleMania 25, so he has yet to be pinned regardless.

    At WrestleMania 26, Miz and Big Show successfully defended their Unified Tag Team Championships against John Morrison and R-Truth in the opening match. In a major turn the following year, the former reality star successfully retained his WWE Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 27 against John Cena.

    After months of complaining about not being included on the WrestleMania 28, Miz was named the final participant on Team Johnny at the show of shows. In the closing moments of the bout, the Awesome One connected with the Skull Crushing Finale on Zack Ryder, securing his team the victory.

    It's also worth noting that this was The Miz's first win in nearly four months, after engaging on lengthy losing streak. Hopefully, Miz can revert to his winning ways and possibly back on the path to regaining the WWE title.

    Could The Miz be the next Undertaker at WrestleMania? Probably not, but this feat is something he can brag about for the foreseeable future.

WrestleMania 17 Also Occurred on April 1

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    WrestleMania 23 wasn't the only event that coincided with the same date as WrestleMania 28. In 2001, WWE presented what has come to be their greatest WrestleMania yet, WrestleMania 17.

    On this historic night, Undertaker defeated Triple H for the first time at the show of shows, extending his storied streak to 9-0. Later in the evening,  Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Rock in their second epic confrontation.

    Exactly 11 years later, Undertaker and Triple H fought yet again with the same result. In the main event, The Rock proved once again that he deserves to classified as one of the greatest after defeating John Cena.

    It seems to be that April Fools Day could be the date that WWE puts on quality WrestleManias. Any chance we can have WrestleMania hosted on this day every year? 

Primo Walks out with Tag Team Gold

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    In 2009, Primo was a part of one of the better tag teams in the last five years with his brother Carlito. In the dark match before WrestleMania 25, they defeated John Morrison and The Miz to become the first-ever Unified Tag Team Champions.

    Since recapturing the tag team gold earlier this year, Primo has had his career resurrected with his new partner, cousin Epico.

    In a match made just last week, the dastardly duo was able to successfully retain their WWE Tag Team Championships against The Usos and the team of Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd in the dark match prior to WrestleMania 28.

    Of course, I'd much rather see Primo make the actual card next year and not have his talents be wasted in dark matches, but only time will tell.

WrestleMania's History in Florida

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    In 2008, WWE presented WrestleMania 24 live from Orlando, Fla. During the course of the event, CM Punk outlasted Chris Jericho to win the Money in the Bank Ladder Match while Ric Flair was inducted into the prestigious WWE Hall of Fame the previous night.

    Later that evening, Kane scored a surprise victory in a matter of eight seconds when he defeated Chavo Guerrero to win the ECW Championship. With this win, the Big Red Monster set the record for the shortest match in Mania history.

    Four years later, WWE returned to the Florida area for WrestleMania 28 in Miami. This past Sunday, Chris Jericho and CM Punk clashed yet again but this time over the WWE Championship while the Nature Boy was inducted in the Hall of Fame for a second time along with the Four Horsemen.

    Also, Kane won his first singles match since WM24 when he defeated Randy Orton this year. Another brief World title match that lasted under a minute was also contested between Bryan and Sheamus.

    I believe it's safe to say that we should expect the obvious when WWE returns to a state they've already been to for WrestleMania.

CM Punk, Sheamus and Big Show Score Singles Victories

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    Despite being in WWE since 1999, it's hard to believe that Big Show couldn't win a match in singles competition at WrestleMania. That is, until this past Sunday, where he decisively defeated Cody Rhodes to score his first singles victory at the event.

    However, Show wasn't the only one who accomplished this feat at WrestleMania 28, as Sheamus repeated the same success by defeating Daniel Bryan to win the World Heavyweight Championship and his first win at Mania.

    If you can recall, he came up short of defeating Triple H at WM26 and his scheduled U.S. title defense was bumped to the dark match last year, so one can only imagine that this was certainly the Celtic Warrior's memorable moment.

    While CM Punk has won Money in the Bank matches at WrestleMania before, he too scored his first singles victory when he successfully defended his WWE Championship against Chris Jericho.

    All three men walked out of Miami with gold around their waist,sand their new Mania moment forever in their minds.

John Cena and Randy Orton Lose Clean

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    For years now, both John Cena and Randy Orton have been the respective poster children of the WWE due to being so popular with the fans. Regardless of what role they play or what brand they're a part of, they'll both be the faces of the WWE for the foreseeable future.

    With that being said, it's a rare occasion when either Cena or Orton lose clean in a match. Sure, Orton lost a few matches clean to Mark Henry last fall, but that was about it.

    As for Cena, I don't think he's lost a match without some sort of shenanigans in the last five or six years at the very least. WWE has been determined on protecting both main-event stars, regardless of who their opponent might be.

    However, we saw the impossible become a reality at WrestleMania 28 when Orton cleanly lost to Kane and Cena cleanly lost to The Rock in the main event. I hope you recorded this event on DVR, because you will not be seeing this sight again for a very long time.

The Rock Defeats John Cena, Stone Cold, and Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania

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    Leading up to WrestleMania 28, The Rock made it clear that by defeating John Cena, he would become one of the greatest wrestlers in WWE history. This win was in addition to his previous victories over Stone Cold Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan, which also occurred at  WrestleMania.

    In Rock's two previous singles matches at Mania, he scored those victories over Austin and Hogan, respectively. Not counting his tag team loss at WrestleMania 20 (where he wasn't even pinned anyway), Rock certainly has a strong streak at the show of shows.

Undertaker Goes 20-0 at WrestleMania

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    Each year, every wrestling fan can always look forward to one exhilarating part of WrestleMania, and that is the annual outing of Undertaker at the show of shows. Since his premiere victory at WrestleMania 7, Undertaker has yet to suffer a loss at WrestleMania.

    Although it's merely predictable at this point that the Phenom will emerge victorious during his matches, that does not at all take away from the pure emotion and phenomenal performance provided by Taker on an annual basis.

    His 20th victory came this Sunday at WrestleMania 28 over Triple H, an opponent he's already defeated twice before on the grandest stage of them all.

    Regardless of what occurs in future years, the term WrestleMania will forever be synonymous with the Undertaker. Could this be the end of the line for the Deadman, or will we see him continue to defend his storied streak in the biggest spectacle of the year?

    In conclusion, I thank you for reading through my latest piece, and please make sure to double check for any corrections as I may very well be inaccurate on some of this statistics.

    I'm also contemplating composing one of this "fun fact" pieces following every pay-per-view, so please drop your thoughts below as to whether these should continue based upon how much you enjoyed reading it.

    GSM out.

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