It was a homecoming for the WWE and WrestleMania, returning to the promotion's New York stomping grounds for the first time since WrestleMania XX back in 2004.
Madison Square Garden has long been the WWE's home when it comes to the New York metropolitan area. It has been since the arena was opened back in 1968 and newly minted Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino regularly competed in front of a packed house.
This year, however, the WWE upped the ante, moving WrestleMania to the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., risking bad weather in an open-air facility in order to attract 80,000-plus fans for the yearly wrestling spectacular.
After an early threat of rain, the weather held out and the risk paid off for the WWE and for fans parting with $69.99 on pay-per-view. It was another good showing for the WWE, a promotion in the middle of an artistic resurgence with three solid shows in succession to start the new year.
John Cena pinned The Rock in the main event, avenging last year's WrestleMania defeat. But the two titans couldn't hope to match the action from earlier in the evening—particularly a classic bout between The Undertaker and CM Punk. Who were the winners and losers on the evening, both in the ring and in fans' hearts? Click on to find out.