WrestleMania, AKA the Super Bowl of wrestling, is more than just a pay-per-view event, and that held true once again on Sunday night.
The 29th installment of the legendary PPV not only featured the anticipated rematch between The Rock and John Cena for the WWE title, but several other titles—and a certain streak—were on the line, and many of the undercard matches were spectacular.
Oh yeah, and another epic battle that took place has a chance to go down in WrestleMania lore as one of the best ever.
Let's take a full look at what went down at MetLife Stadium.
The Shield defeats Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show
When they had Sheamus set for the triple power bomb, Big Show, who had previously been taken out of the match by a lengthy beating, rocked Dean Ambrose with a spear for the save.
Moments later, Sheamus crawled for a tag from Big Show, but Orton stole it and entered the ring instead. He appeared set for the win after he impressively hit Seth Rollins with a mid-air RKO off the top rope, but Roman Reigns quickly appeared to land a ring-rattling spear.
Ambrose, the legal man, then got the pin on Orton.
Afterwards, Show wasn't exactly enthused, and he delivered a KO punch to both Sheamus and Orton.
Heel turn count: Zero.
Mark Henry defeats Ryback
After Henry controlled a majority of the match, Ryback quickly turned things around when he hit the Meathook Clothesline. While he answered one of the match's biggest questions by showing he could lift up Henry for the Shell Shocked, The World's Strongest Man grabbed the rope and fell on Ryback. He then rolled over the "knocked-out" Ryback for the three count.
As the referees tended to Ryback, Henry came back for more, which turned out to be a huge mistake.
Tag Team Championship: Team Hell No (c) defeats Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston
Although this battle was fairly short (just over seven minutes, shorter than Ryback vs. Henry), it featured a lot of really impressive spots from each wrestler, most notably Langston and Daniel Bryan, who got a little bit of WrestleMania redemption.
In the end, A.J. Lee distracted the referee so Ziggler could attack Kane with his briefcase, but he missed and was met with a gargantuan chokeslam instead. Bryan then tagged in and connected with the headbutt from the top rope for the win.
Another match, another loss for Ziggler.
Afterwards, Bryan got his moment with a huge "yes" chant from the crowd (via Michelle Beadle):
Fandango defeats Chris Jericho
After Fandango missed an attempt for a second leg drop, Jericho went for the Lionsault but overshot it (although it didn't look like his fault). He then went for the Walls of Jericho, but sold a knee injury and Fandango was able to roll up the former World champ for the win.
Overall, it spoiled what was looking like a thrilling match, but Fandango got the push many were expecting.
World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) defeats Jack Swagger
This certainly wasn't the most uptempo match you'll ever see, but it's difficult to deny the talented wrestling that took place inside the ring.
Unfortunately, most will instead remember the disappointing end.
Del Rio retained when he forced Swagger to tap out from the cross armbreaker, and once again, Ziggler disappointingly didn't cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
The Undertaker defeats CM Punk
Hey, Undertaker and Punk, thanks for saving WrestleMania.
Undertaker controlled the action for the first few minutes, but Punk turned things with a deep arm drag when 'Taker went for the Old School from the ropes.
Moments later, Punk continued his psychological games by landing 'Taker's classic move (via Bleacher Report's Brian Mazique):
Where does this match rank among Undertaker's 21 WrestleMania wins?
Back inside the ring, Undertaker hit Punk with the Tombstone, but once again, he amazingly kicked out.
After the ref was knocked out, Punk drilled 'Taker with the urn and appeared set to end the streak (with the classic hands-folded-on-the-heart pin), but once again, he kicked out after two-and-a-half counts.
Finally, Undertaker reversed a GTS right into another Tombstone and got the clean pin. 21-0.
There aren't many words that do this match justice. It was easily Match of the Year worthy. While Undertaker technically left as the winner, each wrestler deserves endless amounts of credit in what was a truly incredible 22 minutes of greatness.
Triple H defeats Brock Lesnar
It's basically impossible to follow up what Undertaker and Punk did, but Triple H and Lesnar did a damn good job.
For a majority of the match, Lesnar put a beating on Helmsley, sending him through the Spanish announcers' table, hitting him with a slew of chair shots, punishing him with the steel steps and putting him in the Kimura Lock.Lesnar even drilled Shawn Michaels with the F5 when the Heartbreak Kid tried to interfere.
But Triple H worked his way back into it. After Michaels delivered Sweet Chin Music to Paul Heyman, Helmsley got Lesnar into a Kimura Lock of his own. Lesnar countered with several slams onto the steel stairs, but The Game continued to lock in the hold.
Eventually, he set up Lesnar and dropped him with the Pedigree onto the steel for the pin.
Essentially, it was 24 minutes of two men putting their bodies on the line, and it was incredibly entertaining to watch.
WWE Championship: John Cena defeats The Rock (c)
How would you grade WrestleMania overall?
The Brahma Bull hit Cena with several Rock Bottoms and a People's Elbow, but the new champion was able to kick out every time, and after each wrestler exchanged blows for quite some time, Cena eventually grabbed the win after landing the AA.
Afterwards, the two men hugged it out and had a handshake. After Rock was given several moments in front of the crowd by himself, they stood at the top of the ramp together, hands held high.
No heel turn; just a new champion and two friends, apparently.
If you want an idea of the electricity surrounding the night's massive event, just know that even Pee-wee Herman was excited:
Pee-wee Herman! And it's a verified account! WrestleMania truly extends to the entire world.
OMG! Orton!! Shamus!! BIG SHOW!! RKO! Great White! Knock Out Punch!! VS The Shield!!! I like everybody involved-- can't they all win??— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) April 7, 2013
As is expected during any event taking place at MetLife Stadium, there were butt fumble jokes. This one comes from wrestler Corey Graves:this fan, were very far from impressed:
After Del Rio left WrestleMania with his belt, Bleacher Report's own Mike Chiari summed up how pretty much everyone was feeling:via Marvel's Ryan Penagos):
We just gonna botch finishes all night? Fandango was NOT ready for the big stage yet.— Frank Write (@TheWurdsmith) April 8, 2013
There was a lot that went down during Triple H's win over Lesnar, but Goldust (aka Dustin Rhodes) managed to pack it all into one little Tweet:Baltimore Sun's Arda Ocal saw it this way:
Holy. Crap. #wrestlemania CM Punk vs Undertaker was incredible. I'm exhausted from that. The arena is wipes out. Amazing.— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) April 8, 2013
Cena salutes Rock on stage, they pose one final time. I see salute as "Thank you Rock for increasing our business for 3 yrs". #wrestlemania— Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) April 8, 2013
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