WrestleMania 29 Results: John Cena vs the Rock and the 10 Most Memorable Moments
The 29th installment of WWE's biggest pay-per-view is now in the books.
Now let us look back on what happened in this WrestleMania. We were given a few treats along the way, in the form of surprising spots and finishers.
Sometimes the surprising thing about an event is that it didn't happen at all.
Regardless, here are the 10 most memorable moments from this Sunday's WrestleMania.
The Miz Defeats Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship on YouTube
Much of the card was not filled late in March since WWE decided to focus all the attention on the three main events. This left them scrambling to fit certain superstars in matches.
One of these matches ended up on the YouTube pre-show. That match was Wade Barrett versus The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship.
Now, The Miz is only two years removed from headlining WrestleMania alongside John Cena and The Rock, but he took advantage of his current situation by winning the title over Barrett, who held the belt for a few months.
Best of all, Miz grabbed the victory via Figure-Four Leglock. What better way to cement your place in history than by echoing the greats that came before you?
The Shield Come Away with Yet Another Victory While Big Show Sits Back
The Shield remains undefeated!
However victorious, one of the most memorable moments did not come at the hands of The Shield. Instead, The Big Show and his lackadaisical attitude made the biggest impact. Rather than helping out teammate Randy Orton after fighting off all three members of the shield, he simply stayed in his corner.
This is surprising considering that the three superstars—Sheamus, Randy Orton and Show—have been on the same page. But the two members not named Big Show forgot about one thing: The World’s Largest Athlete is a heel.
After the match, Big Show delivered two striking WMDs, his signature move, to Sheamus and Orton and walked backstage.
Many speculated that there was an imminent heel turn for Orton, but it turns out that Big Show was the one set to reemphasize his aggressive nature.
Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars and the Bella Twins?
Hey everyone, remember when Brodus Clay, Sweet T and the Funkadactlys celebrated their victory by dancing with a few fans in the ring?
Do you remember the wonderful spot where Damien Sandow got the most heat from the crowd?
Yeah, me neither. That's because it never happened. The match was pushed aside due to time constraints.
After watching the entirety of the pay-per-view, I have concluded that it was less of a time issue and more of a time management problem. Lots of time was given to countless promos hyping up The Rock and John Cena's match. Quite frankly, these were unnecessary, as many viewers had already purchased the pay-per-view.
Let's hope we get to see these eight bumped contestants in the next pay-per-view.
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
The ending of this match was intended for the hardcore fans.
It’s as if WWE knew fans expected a Ryback win via Shell Shocked and decided to give it a swerve ending. And that is exactly what happened. As Ryback held up Henry for his signature Shell Shocked, Henry managed to hold onto the ropes and fall on top of his opponent. This gave Henry the opportunity to secure the victory.
But Ryback eventually had the last laugh when he got back up, got Henry in a spinebuster and then proceeded to apply the Shell Shocked—and he got it right this time.
The AJ Kiss Curse (Sort Of)
WWE loves conjuring up the past, especially when it comes to WrestleManias.
This was the case in the tag team match featuring Dolph Ziggler, Big E Langston, Kane and Daniel Bryan. AJ accompanied Ziggler and Langston, which set up a pre-match kiss that was reminiscent of last year’s World Heavyweight title match where Daniel Bryan smooched AJ and lost in a matter of seconds.
This year Ziggler kissed AJ, turned around and was immediately kicked by Daniel Bryan. Bryan then quickly went for the pinfall. The script was changed this time around, as Ziggler managed to kick out.
For what it's worth, Team Hell No defeated Ziggler and Big E which goes to show that an AJ kiss at WrestleMania might not be the best pre-match routine if you're looking to win your match.
Fandango Beats Chris Jericho in His Debut Match
In an odd way, this was one of the highly-anticipated matches of WrestleMania.
Part of that is because of Fandango, whose elitist arrogance forced him to postpone his debut for weeks and weeks until this Sunday.
His entrance was grand and included many dancers. Fandango, on the other hand, did not dance himself. In fact, he barely wrestled. He was getting schooled by the veteran Chris Jericho for the majority of the match.
Having said that, Fandango did manage to sneak away with the victory after Jericho failed to get the rookie superstar in the Walls of Jericho. This resulted in a quick counter to a roll-up pin.
Next time, Fandango won't be so lucky.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship
The buildup to the match between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger has more political bad blood than most PG era storylines.
Most of the action has been through managers Zeb Colter and Ricardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez, Del Rio's manager, suffered a broken ankle at the hands of Swagger and his ankle lock, cleverly renamed the Patriot Lock. Colter was also in an altercation with the opposing superstar. The only difference was that Zeb was the aggressor as he faced Del Rio in a match on last week's Raw that resulted in Del Rio getting hit with Rodriguez's crutches.
When taking that into consideration, there was no doubt that the managers would also play a role at WrestleMania
An outside altercation between Rodriguez and Colter kept shifting the momentum between Swagger and Del Rio.
Del Rio managed to maintain that momentum enough to secure a victory via armbar. In the process, fans got to see a very frustrated Zeb, which will undoubtedly become a meme as soon as you read this.
Triple H's Kimura Lock on Brock Lesnar
Like many high profile WrestleMania matches, the fight between Triple H and Brock Lesnar included a superstar stealing the signature of his opponent. Now, at times, it can be a little tacky considering that this has become part of the main event repertoire.
That wasn't the case this time around when Triple H decided to use the Kimura Lock on Lesnar. It might be because the move is associated more with the ground-and-pound of mixed martial arts than the glitz and glamor of professional wrestling. The move was just plain cool.
Triple H managed to get the win and hold off his retirement for another day. He can thank Brock Lesnar—and the hold—for that.
The Undertaker and CM Punk vs. the Spanish Announcers' Table
The match between CM Punk and The Undertaker was arguably the best match of the night. The combination of wrestling and CM Punk's arrogant mimicking of the Undertaker made this very memorable. There was little that could have been changed that would improve this match.
One thing they could have changed was that darn Spanish announcers' table.
It seems that in every recent pay-per-view, the table has a mind of its own. In some cases, the table has collapsed by the sheer weight of the competitors. Other times, like in this match, the table doesn't budge at all.
CM Punk attempted an elbow drop from the turnbuckle to the table where The Undertaker was placed, which mirrored a move Shawn Michaels performed a few years back. The match didn't suffer much because of this and 'Taker beat Punk and is now 21-0 in WrestleMania.
The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
The long-awaited rematch between The Rock and John Cena needed an extra spark to eclipse last year's bout. Yes, placing the WWE Championship on the line does accomplish this to a certain extent, but that is more for the building prior. The match itself needed that one spot that would make fans forget that WWE promoted the WrestleMania 28 match as "Once in a Lifetime."
The Rock and John Cena delivered, though the match dragged on for a good while.
One of the most notable moments of the match was when Cena mockingly attempted the People's Eblow on The Rock, much like last year. The only difference is that last year, the maneuver cost him the match. This time, he stopped himself by holding onto the ropes before he hit The Rock with the elbow, knowing that The Rock would get up.
This was one of the best examples of a mental battle in recent history. In the end, after about a dozen signature moves, John Cena grabbed the victory and the WWE Championship. The two competitors then embraced each other and both raised their hands to close out the show.
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