WWE 2K14's '30 Years of WrestleMania' Match Reveals, Pt. 5: Universe Era

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 20, 2013

WWE 2K14's '30 Years of WrestleMania' Match Reveals, Pt. 5: Universe Era

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    Today we'll find out what the last 13 matches will be in WWE 2K14's "30 Years of WrestleMania" mode. We're in the midst of the universe era, and no man defines this time in the WWE better than John Cena.

    The 11-time WWE champion has become the most polarizing star in the WWE. He elicits as many—if not more—boos than he does cheers, but no matter what, he can still pack any arena when he's part of a main event.

    Love him or hate him, the WWE universe always watches him. Cena appears in the following list more than any other Superstar, and honestly speaking, he's earned the right to. The list begins with a classic Triple Threat match from WrestleMania 25.

WrestleMania 25: Edge vs. John Cena vs. the Big Show

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    When: April 5, 2009

    Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

     

    Why It's Included

    Edge came in as the champion, but Cena would leave with the gold. The latter won the big gold belt for the second time in his career and did it in impressive fashion.

    To end the match, Cena briefly hoisted both Edge and Big Show on his back for the Attitude Adjustment. Edge hopped off and Cena planted the Big Show.

    Cena would immediately drop Edge on top of the Big Show with a second AA and pin the giant to win the belt. Cena has had some impressive shows of strength in his career and this one ranks at or near the top.

WrestleMania 25: Triple H vs. Randy Orton

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    When: April 5, 2009

    Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

     

    Why It's Included

    With the cards stacked against him, Triple H successfully defended his title against Randy Orton. If the Game had been disqualified or counted out in the match, he would have lost the title. Maneuvering around those stipulations and still defeating the Viper could be challenging in the video game.

    That's especially the case considering Trip's signature sledgehammer should be nearby.

WrestleMania 26: Chris Jericho vs. Edge

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    When: March 28, 2010

    Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

     

    Why It's Included:

    This match featured very cool reversals to each man's signature and finishing moves. In the end, Jericho held on to the World Heavyweight championship with some questionable tactics.

    There was great pace and a bevy of memorable moments in the match. But what was perhaps even more noteworthy than the match itself was Edge's spear of Jericho atop the announcer's table and through the barricade.

    The move would ensure the two Superstars' feud would continue on for some time.

WrestleMania 26: Batista vs. John Cena

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    When: March 28, 2010

    Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

     

    Why It's Included

    This match was one of the signature moments in Cena's rise to iconic status and the creation of the Super Cena persona. Batista was the WWE champion and had been dominating everyone—including Cena—leading up to the match.

    Batista had broken Cena's neck in a previous match and seemed to own a mental edge over him. In the match, Cena pulled off a smooth reversal of the Batista bomb and turned it into an STF that made the champion tap out.

    This was the ninth time Cena won the WWE title.

WrestleMania 26: The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels "HBK"

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    When: March 28, 2010

    Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

     

    Why It's Included

    WrestleMania 26 is one of only three Showcase of the Immortals to feature three matches. The third one is the Streak vs. Career match between the Phenom and the Heartbreak Kid. Taker's iconic streak was put to the test, but ultimately he would win this high-stakes battle.

    Shawn Michaels was competing in his 17th WrestleMania, but it would be his last. The Undertaker landed a huge tombstone piledriver after Michaels slapped him and asked him to put him out of his misery.

    Taker's streak climbed to 18-0 in one of his most memorable performances.

WrestleMania 27: Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio

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    When: April 3, 2011

    Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.

     

    Why It's Included

    Edge defeated Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Heavyweight championship, despite the attempted interference from Ricardo Rodriguez and Brodus Clay. Edge's long-time tag team partner, Christian, was on hand to watch his friend's back.

    Though it was a great win for Edge, this match is most significant because it was the Rated-R Superstar's last match. He would soon retire because of a neck injury.

    The farewell match of one of the industry's greatest stars is a big deal.

WrestleMania 27: The Miz vs. John Cena

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    When: April 3, 2011

    Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.

     

    Why It's Included

    Miz retained his WWE title, but he had help from an unlikely source. The Rock was the host of the event, and The Great One made his presence felt. The champion and Cena battled outside the ring but a tackle from the latter left both men knocked out.

    Both competitors were counted out, but the Rock emerged and ordered the match to continue. Not long after matters restarted, The Rock hit Cena with a Rock Bottom in retaliation for an Attitude Adjustment Cena had landed on him weeks earlier.

    The Miz took advantage and covered Cena for the pin. These events would play a huge role in Cena and The Rock's feud in future WrestleMania clashes.

WrestleMania 28: The Undertaker vs. Triple H

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    When: April 1, 2012

    Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

     

    Why It's Included

    It was called the End of an Era match. Both men competed in the following WrestleMania, but Taker and Triple H's battle in a Hell in a Cell was an instant classic. With Michaels in the ring as a special guest referee, the match was even more special. The two legends didn't hold back as the battle featured several brutal maneuvers.

    In the end, Taker's streak stayed intact and the three legends would strike an iconic pose on the ramp as they departed.

WrestleMania 28: CM Punk vs. Jericho

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    When: April 1, 2012

    Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

     

    Why It's Included

    C.M. Punk retained his WWE title after a heated, action-packed battle with Chris Jericho. If Punk had been disqualified, he would have lost the title, so Jericho used some aspects of the match to attempt to get Punk to cross the line.

    He never did. Instead, the two men wrestled a near masterpiece and Punk made Jericho tap out to hold on to the championship. 

WrestleMania 28: The Rock vs. John Cena

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    When: April 1, 2012

    Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

     

    Why It's Included

    It was billed as "once in a lifetime," but the two men would rematch at the following WrestleMania. In any case, this match was everything it was made out to be. The Rock returned to the WWE after seven years away from in-ring action and showed little to no ring rust. He defeated Cena in a thrilling match.

    This match served as the main event to one of the best WrestleManias in the last 10 years.

WrestleMania 29: Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H

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    When: April 7, 2013

    Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

     

    Why It's Included

    With Triple H facing retirement had he lost, The Game responded with a gutsy win over The Beast Incarnate after a brutal match. With Michaels in his corner and Paul Heyman with Lesnar, the match got wild.

    Triple H used Lesnar's Kimura Lock to weaken his foe but ultimately pinned him after a Pedigree on the steel steps. Triple H would finally beat Lesnar after losing to him at SummerSlam.

WrestleMania 29: CM Punk vs. Undertaker

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    When: April 7, 2013

    Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

     

    Why It's Included

    After Punk cruelly mocked The Undertaker's manager, Paul Bearer (who had legitimately passed away), he challenged The Phenom to a match at WrestleMania. Punk wanted to be the man to end the streak, and he nearly accomplished his goal.

    He and The Undertaker had an epic scrap that left both men battered after the match. Undertaker's streak continued, but Punk's legend grew even bigger after this match. 

WrestleMania 29: The Rock vs. John Cena 2

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    When: April 7, 2013

    Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

     

    Why It's Included

    The second time proved to be the charm for John Cena. He not only got his revenge against The Rock after losing to him at WrestleMania 28, he won his 11th WWE title in the process.

    A myriad of reversals, twists and turns highlighted the action. In the end, the man who epitomizes the universe era reigned supreme.

     

    Did You Miss Anything?

    That wraps up the list of the 46 matches included in WWE 2K14's "30 Years of WrestleMania" mode. In the event you missed any of the four previous days of the reveal, you can click the links below to get caught up.

     

    Monday: Hulkamania Runs Wild

    Tuesday: The New Generation

    Wednesday: The Attitude Era

    Thursday: Ruthless Aggression

     

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