No matter the overall quality of WrestleMania, many memorable moments take place on a yearly basis at the showcase of immortals. The fan reaction to WrestleMania XXIX has ranged anywhere from mixed to negative, but there were some awesome things to behold nonetheless.
It isn't always easy to put things in perspective immediately after they happen. Fans have a tendency to call something the best or the worst without taking history into account. Even though many are incorrectly calling WrestleMania XXIX the worst of all time, it's likely that it will be viewed in a different light as the years go by.
Here are the three most memorable moments to take place at WrestleMania XXIX, all of which will be talked about for a long time to come.
John Cena and The Rock's Post-Match Embrace
The backlash regarding the WWE Championship match between The Rock and John Cena has been palpable since Sunday night, but it's a bout that fans won't soon forget. The match got off to a fairly slow start and it took some time for the fans to get engaged as they had just sat through two long, emotional matches beforehand. The Rock and Cena ultimately got into a flow, however, and were able to put on an entertaining contest.
Not surprisingly, the popular opinion seems to be that it was a finisher fest without any rhyme or reason. It's understandable why some people might think that way, but the combatants told a story throughout the match. It wouldn't have made sense for Cena to get redemption by hitting The Rock with a single Attitude Adjustment. He had to bust out everything in his artillery in order to win, and that is exactly what he did.
As enjoyable as the match ended up being, the true memorable moment to come from it was the entire aftermath. Cena celebrated his victory, shook The Rock's hand, hugged him and vacated the ring in order to allow The Rock to have his moment. Cena then saluted The Rock on the stage and The Rock saluted back before they both raised their arms in triumph.
It was very similar to what The Rock and Hulk Hogan did at WrestleMania X8, and even though pessimists will continue to bash it, it was a feel-good moment that many people appreciated.
The Undertaker's Win and Taking of the Urn
The match between The Undertaker and CM Punk was so good that it's nearly impossible to pick just one moment. Because of that, the whole match as well as The Undertaker's action afterward are worth mentioning. Most fans seemed to be in agreement heading into WrestleMania XXIX that Taker vs. Punk would be the best match on the card. That proved to be true as the two of them went back and forth for more than 20 minutes and created a great deal of drama, which the fans fed off of.
Punk's blatant disrespect throughout the match was fantastic. Not only did he perform Taker's throat-slashing gesture, but he also executed Old School and even attempted The Phenom's signature pin. Punk showed that he wasn't afraid of or intimidated by Taker, and that made the match even better. The Deadman did his fair share as well by putting on a performance that most wrestlers couldn't have accomplished in their prime.
The ending sequence was spectacular as Punk hit Taker with the urn during a Last Ride attempt. The Undertaker was able to recover, though, and it eventually led to a number of reversals before The Phenom finally executed the decisive Tombstone for the win. After the bout, he took back the urn that Punk had stolen weeks earlier and he did his signature pose. While Taker was celebrating his 21-0 mark at WrestleMania, he was also celebrating the life of the late Paul Bearer.
Shawn Michaels' Sweet Chin Music on Paul Heyman
There are plenty of different opinions regarding the No Holds Barred match between Triple H and Brock Lesnar depending upon who you ask, but it was an entertaining battle with plenty of great moments. Lesnar's dominance was evident throughout, and even though he came out on the losing end, he still looked like an absolute monster. Triple H's performance was good as well, and his entrance coupled with Lesnar's subsequent reaction was fantastic.
The best part of the match, however, was Shawn Michaels' involvement. He didn't do a ton physically, but he inserted himself into the situation when he had to. Michaels took a thunderous F-5 from Lesnar, which knocked him out for a while, but he came back with a vengeance later on. Paul Heyman attempted to interfere on Lesnar's behalf, which was the biggest mistake of his life as HBK tuned up the band and obliterated him with Sweet Chin Music.
Triple H then went on to win via a Pedigree on the steel steps. After the match, he and Michaels celebrated and created yet another great moment. There are a lot of huge HBK fans out there, myself included, so seeing Mr. WrestleMania making an impact even after his retirement was something to behold.