|Date: April 1, 2012
|Venue: Sun Life Stadium |City: Miami Gardens, Florida
|Attendance: 78,363 |Buys: 1,253,000
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Once In A Lifetime. This pay per view brings in the highest amount of any buys in wrestling history and a big part of that is because The Rock returns to the grandest stage of them all to fight John Cena. This match was announced on the Raw after Wrestlemania 27 and has been building for the last year. In the past few months this rivalry has got very personal with both men showing clear resentment towards one another. The Rock has focused on how John Cena only appeals to children and has a long line of terrible merchandise. John Cena focuses on how The Rock just comes and goes as he pleases. The two men will wrestle in the main event tonight hence once in a lifetime. It’s a huge main event that transcends generations. It’ll be The Rock’s first Wrestlemania match in 8 years and his first singles match in 9 years. It will be big.
Another huge match tonight is a rematch from Wrestlemania 27 between Triple H and The Undertaker. Originally Triple H would not accept the challenge from The Undertaker for a rematch but Undertaker made it personal, telling Triple H that he is not as good as Shawn Michaels. Triple H accepted but only if the match was to be contested inside Hell In A Cell. Shawn Michaels wasn’t happy that Triple H accepted the match because of the jab from The Undertaker and would then reveal that he is to be the special guest referee for the match. Could the streak come to an end tonight? Or will Undertaker take his tally up to 20 victories? The match is dubbed an end of an era match as two outlaws meet for what could be the final time.
The WWE Championship will be defended tonight as CM Punk defends against the winner of a number one contenders battle royal. The ten men that participated in Elimination Chamber matches in February and lost competed in the battle royal which was won by Chris Jericho. since then Jericho has made the rivalry personal, not only claiming that CM Punk is a Jericho rip-off but has also bought CM Punk’s alcoholic father and drug addict sister to light. This rivalry comes to a head tonight. Also tonight Daniel Bryan defends the World Heavyweight Championship against the winner of the 2012 Royal Rumble, Sheamus. Sheamus chose to take on Daniel Bryan who has his girlfriend AJ running around after him, generally treating her badly.
Well those are your four huge main events tonight. A rivalry that has been fought across between both Raw and smackdown is between general managers John Laurinaitis and Teddy Long. The two both want control of both brands and will get the opportunity to do so in a 12 man tag team match that will decide who takes full control. On team Laurinaitis are his captain David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Miz, Mark Henry and Drew McIntyre. Originally Christian was on the team but when he was injured by CM Punk, Laurinaitis drafted in Drew McIntyre. On team Teddy are his team captain Santino, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali and Booker T.
The Intercontinental Championship will be defended tonight as Cody Rhodes puts the title on the lime against The Big Show. Cody Rhodes has humiliated Big Show over the last few weeks, making videos mocking Big Show and his Wrestlemania record. Big Show has never won a singles match at Wrestlemania, can he break that streak tonight? There’ll also be a big match between Randy Orton and Kane. Kane has attacked Orton on a number of occasions, revealing that it is because after a match between the two on Smackdown last year, Orton beat Kane and Kane shook his hand after the match. Kane was embarrassed of what he had become and looks to put that right tonight.
Also tonight Beth Phoenix teams with Eve to take on Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos. Eve has turned heel as of late, meaning that her friendship with Kelly Kelly is over. Hollywood reporter Maria Menounos was interviewing Kelly Kelly when Beth and Eve interrupted. Maria had actually beaten Beth in a match on Raw last year and Beth wanted revenge. A tag team match has been made for tonight.
On the pre-show Primo and Epico successfully defended their WWE Tag Team Championships, beating The Usos and the team of Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kid.
Lilian Garcia kicks off the show with her rendition of America The Beautiful.
There’s a video package to hype the show, starting with photos of John Cena and Dwayne Johnson growing up. The focus then switches to The Undertaker and Triple H. They are the only two matches in this video package.
Michael Cole welcomes us to the show, he’s joined on commentary by Jerry “The King Lawler. Thankfully they’re not in action tonight.
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Sheamus – World Heavyweight Championship match
This is a first time PPV meeting between these two men. They were scheduled to wrestle at last years match but it got relegated to the pre-show and then turned into a battle royal. Sheamus has wrestled at Wrestlemania once before, in a losing effort against Triple H. It’s a Wrestlemania main show debut for Daniel Bryan. Daniel Bryan is accompanied by his girlfriend AJ. The bell rings and Daniel calls AJ up on to the apron. He gives AJ as kiss but then turns around into a brogue kick from Sheamus! Sheamus hooks the leg and gets the three! Sheamus beats Daniel Bryan in seconds, winning the World Heavyweight Championship! What a way to kick off the show!
Team Johnny is backstage and The Miz gives a pep talk. None of the team pay any attention to Miz. David Otunga turns up and introduces John Laurinaitis who gives an inspirational speech, comparing tonight’s to big Wrestlemania moments gone by. Laurinaitis is wearing a white suit with a red tie, just like the colonel would.
Randy Orton vs. Kane
This, surprisingly, is a first ever PPV match between these two men. Kane is 6-7 at Wrestlemania, Randy Orton is 4-4. This feels a bit like a throwaway match for Randy Orton who has been in some big matches at Wrestlemania in prior years but Kane is back to his best at the moment and had a great match with John Cena last month at Elimination Chamber so hopefully this one should be a good match too. The bell rings and Randy goes right to work with right hands and clotheslines. A “Daniel Bryan” chant breaks out as Kane takes the advantage, hitting right hands and then attempting a chokeslam but Orton rights him off. Orton takes Kane down and lays in some boots before attempting a hangmans DDT but Kane counters it. Kane hits a snapmare and a low dropkick for the first near fall of the night and then applies a chinlock. Orton fights out of it and the two men slug it out but it’s Kane that drops Orton with an uppercut for a near fall.
Randy hits a big boot but Kane drops him with a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Kane goes back to the chinlock but again Orton fights out of it. Randy takes the advantage with a swinging neckbreaker for a one count. Kane smashes Orton into the top turnbuckle and then hits a suplex for a two count. Kane applies another chinlock which Randy fights out of. Kane looks for another sidewalk slam but Orton counters and hits a backbreaker and then a couple of clotheslines and a powerslam. Orton throws Kane into the ringpost and then hits a hangmans DDT. Orton motions for an RKO but Kane shoves him away and then hits a big boot for a near fall. Kane heads to the top but Orton catches him with a dropkick. Orton then looks for a punt but Kane grabs him around the throat and hits a chokeslam for a near fall.
Kane hits some lefts and rights in the corner but Orton ducks a right hands and looks for an KRO just got Kane to counter again. Orton hits a low dropkick and then more right hands before looking for a top rope RKO but Kane counters and hits a top rope chokeslam for the three! Kane beats Randy Orton tonight in a surprising result! It’s a huge win for Kane who is having somewhat of a career renaissance.
Santino is backstage with some bloke with a moustache. They’re sat at a table with Mick Foley talking about the deadliest catch. Seems like a plug. They all obliterate some crab legs until Ron Simmons shows up and gives it the DAMN.
Cody Rhodes (c) vs. The Big Show – Intercontinental Championship match
This is a first time PPV match between these two men. The Big Show is 3-8 at Wrestlemania, Cody Rhodes is 1-1. There’s a hype video for the match as Cody Rhodes makes his entrance, mostly focusing on The Big Show’s terrible record at Wrestlemania. Big Show has won at the last two Wrestlemania events but he has never won in a singles match. Cody exits the ring as the bell rings causing Big show to chase. Cody then tries to dive out at Big Show but Show catches him, throws him back into the ring and then throws him around the ring! Big Show hits a big chop and then hammers away at Cody. Big Show hits a powerslam as both men looks for their first PPV victory of 2012. Big Show hits somewhat of a stink face and then an Irish whip but misses with a splash. Cody hits a dropkick followed by a couple of low dropkicks to take the challenger down. Cody gets a one count on the pinfall and then lays in some more boots.
Both men were victorious at Wrestlemania last year. Cody applies a leglock but Big Show manages to kick him off. Big Show then fires up with clotheslines but runs into the boots of the Intercontinental Champion. Cody then heads to the top and Big Show looks to chokeslam him off but Cody pulls Big Shows arm down to the top rope before hitting a disaster kick. Cody looks for a second disaster kick but Big Show hits him with a spear! Big Show then motions for a WMD punch and he hits it! Cody hits the desk and Big Show pins him for the three! Big Show wins the match and the Intercontinental Championship, his first singles victory at a Wrestlemania!
There’s a video package showcasing the WWE Divas.
Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix & Eve
This is a PPV in-ring debut for Maria Menounos who has had one match before, beating Beth Phoenix. She’s a showbiz reporter usually, I think. We’re told that Maria has a lot of injuries through rehearsing for Dancing With The Stars. As Wrestlemania records go, Beth Phoenix is 1-2 whilst Eve and Kelly Kelly are 0-2. Kelly Kelly starts the match against her former friend Eve. A “Daniel Bryan” chant breaks out as the bell rings. Kelly Kelly takes Eve down early and then hits a hurricanrana for a two count. Eve hits an Irish whip but misses with a splash. Kelly smashes Eve’s head off the top turnbuckle a few times and then looks for a handspring elbow but Eve gets her feet up. Eve heads up to the top for a moonsault but Kelly Kelly swats her down and tags in Marie Menounos. Kelly and Marie hit a double stink face but Beth Phoenix takes a cheap shot at Maria, knocking her down.
Eve chokes Maria on the middle rope and Beth Phoenix takes another cheap shot. Eve then applies a body-scissors before tagging in Beth Phoenix who applies a bear hug. This match was showing a bit of potential in the early going but the pace has slowed right down. Phoenix takes a cheap shot at Kelly Kelly and then tags in Eve. Beth is on a hot streak at the moment, she hasn’t lost on PPV in a long time. Beth and Eve double team Marie and Eve then motions for her standing moonsault but Maria kicks her out of the ring! Maria Menounos tags in Kelly Kelly and Eve tags in Beth! Kelly hits a Lou Thesz press on Beth, cheap shots Eve off the apron and then hits a tilt-a-whirl head scissors on Beth. Kelly hits a neckbreaker and then goes up to the top rope and hits a Molly-go-round for a near fall. Eve broke up the cover there and she throws Kelly Kelly into the corner.
Beth motions for a glam slam but Kelly counters and hits a bulldog. Kelly tags in Maria who is selling injuries. She slowly climbs to the top but Beth hammers her and holds her high in the air only for Kelly to make the save. Kelly and Marie push Beth into Eve and Maria rolls Beth up for the three! Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos win the match! That’s a shocker and quite frankly terrible booking. None the less it’s a big win for Kelly Kelly at Wrestlemania!
Matt Striker is backstage with Shawn Michaels. Michaels says that tonight will either be the end of the streak or the end of the game. Tonight Shawn Michaels has all of the power in his hands.
Justin Roberts tells us that the Sun Life Stadium has an attendance record tonight of 78,363.
Jim Ross is introduced for commentary on the next match.
The Undertaker vs. Triple H – Hell In A Cell match with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee
This is the fifth PPV match between these two men, Undertaker has won three of the previous four. Undertaker has a spotless 19-0 record at Wrestlemania whilst Triple H is 7-8. Undertaker reveals a new look, he’s shaved his head! The two men go face to face and the Cell drops around them to Metallica’s “Memory Remains”. The bell rings and the two men slug it out with Undertaker then hitting lefts and rights in the corner. Triple H fires back with some right hands of his own. Undertaker drops Triple H with some right hands and then throws him out of the ring. Undertaker smashes Triple H into the ring steps but Triple H throws Undertaker into the cell. Undertaker reverses an Irish whip sending Triple H into the cell and then hits a back body drop. Undertaker hits some headbutts and then launches Triple H into the cell again. Undertaker hits some more right hands and then chokes Triple H on the apron.
Undertaker hits some headbutts and then throws Triple H into the cell and then into the ring steps. The fight goes back into the ring where Triple H hits a facebuster but Undertaker no-sells and hits a clothesline! Undertaker then starts to work the left arm of Triple H before hitting old school and throwing Triple H out of the ring again. Undertaker picks up the ring steps and smashes them off Triple H’s head before sliding the steps into the ring. Undertaker hits a running boot as Triple H lays across the apron and then hits a legdrop. Triple H hits a DDT from nowhere and then beats Undertakers face off the ring steps. Triple H then sets up for a pedigree on the ring steps but Undertaker hits a back body drop. Undertaker hits some right hands but Triple H hits a spinebuster on to the ring steps. Undertaker manages to lock on hell’s gate from nowhere but Triple H picks him up and drops Undertaker to break the hold. Triple H then gets the first near fall of the match.
Triple H pulls a couple of chairs out from under the ring and then beats Undertaker with one of them. Triple H then smashes Undertaker off the ring steps before going back to hitting him with a chair repeatedly. Shawn Michaels tries to stop Triple H but can’t as the crowd start to boo. Shawn Michaels screams at Triple H to cover him but Triple H wants to finish the job. Shawn Michaels checks on The Undertaker but Triple H pulls him out of the way and goes back to beating Undertaker with a chair. Undertaker tells Shawn Michaels not to stop the match and so Triple H hits more chair shots. He hooks the legs but Undertaker kicks out at 2. Triple H hits another chair shot and then exits the ring, screaming at Shawn Michaels to end the match or he will. Triple H pulls a sledgehammer out from under the ring and Michaels attempts to stop him from using it. Triple H jabs the sledgehammer into the face of Undertaker and hooks the leg but Undertaker kicks out at 2 again!
Triple H tosses Shawn Michaels out of the way again and looks to swing the sledgehammer in to the face of Undertaker but Shawn Michaels stops him, pulling the sledgehammer from his hands. Michaels considers ending the match but doesn’t. He checks on Undertaker again and Undertaker locks on hell’s gate! Triple H breaks it up, lamping Undertaker with the sledgehammer but Shawn Michaels is out now. Undertaker hits a low blow to Triple H and then locks on hell’s gate! Triple H passes out but referee Shawn Michaels is out too! Undertaker breaks the hold and out comes another referee, Charles Robinson. Undertaker chokeslams Triple H and pins him, Charles Robinson makes the count but Triple H kicks out at 2! Undertaker chokeslams Charles Robinson and then sets Triple H up for a tombstone but Triple H slips down the back and Shawn Michaels hits Undertaker with sweet chin music! Triple H pedigree’s Undertaker and pins him but Undertaker kicks out at the last second!
Shawn Michaels has his head in his hands as all three men are on the deck. Triple H gets to his feet and throws Shawn Michaels out of the ring. Undertaker then hits a big boot on Triple H and right hands. He hits a big clothesline in the corner and then snake eyes and a running boot. Undertaker hits a legdrop and then the tombstone! He pins Triple H and Shawn Michaels makes the count but again Triple H kicks out! The two men slug it out on the canvas and then get up to their feet and continue to exchange right hands. Triple H counters a tombstone and hits a pedigree but again Undertaker kicks out! The two men slowly get to their feet, Undertaker grabs a chair and stops Triple H from getting his sledgehammer. Undertaker then beats Triple H with the chair repeatedly before pinning him for a two count. Triple H grabs his sledgehammer but Undertaker rips it out of his hands.
Triple H crotch chops Undertaker and so Undertaker nails him in the face with the sledgehammer. Shawn Michaels can’t even watch. Triple H uses Undertakers legs to pull himself to his feet. Undertaker motions for the tombstone and hits it in the middle of the ring. He pins Triple H and Shawn Michaels counts the three. Undertaker beats TripleH tonight to extend his Wrestlemania streak to 20 and 0. After the match, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker help Triple H to his feet and carry him to the back. Three legends. They walk to the top of the entrance ramp and embrace.
There’s a VT for the Hall Of Fame ceremony next. Ron Simmons, Mil Mascaras, The Four Horseman, Yokozuna, Mike Tyson and Edge all got inducted.
Howard Finkel introduces the Hall Of Fame class who are on the stage. They all have their individual moment and Edge looks very close to tears. In fact he is crying, bless him.
Josh Mathews is backstage, soon to be joined by Flo Rida. Instead Heath Slater shows up and says he should be interviewed instead. Flo Rida arrives and Heath wants to sing a duet. Flo Rida isn’t keen. Heath suggests spinning the decks or back up dancer. Flo Rida isn’t interested. Flo Rida says that Heath could hold his mic. Heath bows up so Flo Rida shoves him into the wall. Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks rub it in Heaths face.
Team Teddy (Santino, The Great Khali, Zack Ryder, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth and Booker T) vs. Team Johnny (David Otunga, The Miz, Mark Henry, Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler) – 12 man tag team match with winning General Manager gets full control of Raw & Smackdown
Team Teddy also have Nikki Bella, Hornswoggle, Aksana and Eve in their corner whilst Team Johnny have Brie Bella and Vickie Guerrero in their corner. Well, let’s get some Wrestlemania records out there. Santino is 2-0, Khali is 1-0, Kofi is 1-2, R-Truth is 0-1, Booker T is 1-4, The Miz is 2-0, Mark Henry is 0-3, Drew McIntyre is 0-1, Jack Swagger is 0-1, Dolph Ziggler is 0-2 whilst Zack Ryder and David Otunga make their Wrestlemania debut tonight. Kofi and Dolph Ziggler start the match where Dolph hits a firemans carry and an Irish whip but runs into a dropkick from Kofi. Kofi hits a springboard cross body for a two count and then tags in R-Truth, who he has been tagging with as of late. Kofi and Truth hits a double hiptoss and Truth follows it up with a legdrop for a two count. Ziggler hits a dropkick and tags in Drew McIntyre who looks for a powerslam but Truth counters and hits a corkscrew elbow.
Truth tags in The Great Khali who knocks down McIntyre and then smashes him off a top turnbuckle. Khali hits a big chop and a clothesline before tagging in Booker T. Booker hits some right hands and chops on McIntyre then an elbow and a side kick. Booker hits a sideslam for a one count but David Otunga teaks a cheap shot. Booker then hammers every one from the other team but Otunga drops him on the top rope. McIntyre hits a running boot on Booker and then tags in Jack Swagger. Swagger hits some right hands and kicks and then a snapmare before applying a wristlock. Booker fights out of it but runs into a clothesline. Swagger gets a near fall and Mark Henry tags himself in. Henry hits a big powerslam and then lays into Booker T in his corner. Team Johnny all take cheap shots at Booker and Henry tags in The Miz. Miz hits a running knee for a two count and then applies a chinlock.
No sign of Santino, Zack Ryder or David Otunga in this match yet. Booker counts a suplex with one of his own and Miz tags in Dolph Ziggler who lays the boots in to Booker T. Ziggler hits an elbow drop for a near fall and then tags in The Miz. Miz hammers away at Booker T, applying a sleeper but Booker gets out of it and hits a big kick. Mark Henry then comes in and hits the world’s strongest slam on Booker@ Great Khali hits a big chop on Henry but Swagger and McIntyre double team Khali. Truth and Kingston dispose of Swagger, McIntyre, Ziggler and Otunga. Hornswoggle then dives out but Mark Henry catches him and tosses him aside. Ryder, Kingston and Truth dive out and take out team Johnny. Vickie Guerrero and Aksana then get into it on the outside! The Bella Twins break it up. In the ring Booker T tags in Santino! Santino hits Miz with right hands and a hiptoss. Santino heads to the top and hits a diving headbutt.
Santino pulls out the cobra! John Laurinaitis gets up on the apron distracting Santino but Santino still manages to hit Miz with the cobra! He hooks the leg but Dolph Ziggler breaks it up. Santino tags in Zack Ryder who hits a monkey flip on Ziggler and a neckbreaker on Miz! Ryder motions for the rough Ryder but Miz hits a back body drops and Ruyder hits the rough Ryder on Ziggler! Eve then gets in the ring and the referee gets her out the ring which distracts Ryder! Miz comes from behind and hits Ryder with the skull-crushing finale! Miz hooks the leg and gets the three! Team Johnny win tonight! Pretty sure David Otunga was never tagged in officially but he played his part. A big win for Team Johnny tonight which means John Laurinaitis takes control of Raw and Smackdown! Team Teddy don’t look happy with Eve who see’s to Zack Ryder. She helps Zack to his feet and then kicks him in the balls! A fun match and a good way to get a lot of guys on the card.
Torrie Wilson is shown ringside with Alex Rodriguez.
There’s a VT next showing some of the Wrestlemania related activities from the week.
CM Punk is backstage when John Laurinaitis (and his team pass him by). John isn’t sure why CM Punk isn’t celebrating. Laurinaitis wants a wrestling match between CM Punk and Chris Jericho. He then tells Punk that if he loses his temper and gets disqualified then he will lose his WWE Championship.
CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho – WWE Championship match
This is a first time PPV meeting between these two men. CM Punk is 2-3 at Wrestlemania, Chris Jericho is 4-5. The two men lock up in the early going and try to out-wrestle one another. Punk takes the advantage and lays in some right hands and boots. Michael Cole incorrectly claims that this is Chris Jericho’s 11th Wrestlemania. Punk lays in more boots but Jericho keeps slapping Punk and running away, hoping to get CM Punk disqualified. This is a fourth PPV defence for CM Punk. Jericho asks CM Punk how his father is which causes Punk to fire up and lay in more right hands and elbows. Punk hits a powerslam and then heads to the top rope for an elbow drop but Chris Jericho rolls out of the ring. Punk then dives to the outside with a clothesline. This is Punk’s 16th PPV in a row, a longer streak than anyone else at the moment. Jericho asks Punk how his sister is and Punk grabs a chair. Jericho begs Punk to hit him with the chair but Punk instead kicks Jericho.
Jericho hits a missile dropkick to take the advantage and then lays in some right hands. Jericho hits a reverse elbow and then looks for a springboard dropkick but Punk sidesteps. Jericho lands on his feet and clotheslines Punk back into the ring before suplexing Punk over the top and to the outside. Jericho kicks Punk in the ribs and then rolls him back into the ring, pinning him for a two count. Jericho hits a couple of elbow drops and then a double underhook backbreaker for a two count. Jericho applies a chinlock and then hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count. Jericho hits a senton for a two count and then lays in right hands. Punk kicks Jericho and bounces up to the top rope but Jericho pulls him down to the mat and pins him for a two count. Jericho hits a big boot and looks for a bulldog but CM Punk counters. Punk hits kicks, chops, a dropkick, a clothesline and a neckbreaker for a two count.
Punk hits his trademark running knee and then looks for a bulldog but Jericho counters. Jericho attempts a lionsault but Punk gets his knees up but Jericho manages to grab the legs and attempt to lock on the walls of Jericho but CM Punk rolls through and kicks Jericho in the face for a two count. Punk hits a powerslam and heads to the top, this time hitting an elbow drop. Jericho actually got his knees up and then hits a codebreaker which sends CM Punk sprawling out of the ring. Jericho rolls Punk back into the ring but Punk hits him with a go to sleep! Punk hooks the leg but Jericho gets his foot on the bottom rope. CM Punk hits more kicks and a powerslam for a two count. Jericho counters a suplex and instead suplexes CM Punk onto the top rope. Jericho follows it up with a lionsault for a near fall. Punk looks for a top rope hurricanrana but Jericho counters and manages to lock on the walls of Jericho! Punk gets to the bottom rope to break the hold.
Punk back body drops Jericho out of the ring and then hits a suicide dive. Punk then hits a knee to the head on the outside, Jericho’s head bounces off a ringpost. Punk rolls Jericho back into the ring and then springboards off the top rope but Jericho hits him with a codebreaker! The challenger hooks the leg but Punk kicks out at 2. Jericho talks some trash and Punk sets him up for go to sleep but Jericho slips down and Punk again sets Jericho up for go to sleep but again Jericho counters. Jericho heads to the top but Jericho kicks him and then sets Jericho up for go to sleep again but Jericho counters, takes Punk down and locks on the walls of Jericho! Punk manages to roll through it and rolls Jericho up for a two count. Jericho reverses the pin and gets a two count but CM Punk locks on the anaconda vice! Jericho does get a near fall but Punk keeps the vice locked in. Jericho hits some knees to the back of the head to break the hold and then tries to get the walls of Jericho locked on but Punk fights him off.
Punk locks on the anaconda vice again and again Jericho hits knees but CM Punk adjusts his position and Jericho taps out! CM Punk wins the match and retains the WWE Championship! Great match between these two.
There’s a video hyping up Wrestlemania 29 to an Angels and Airwaves tune.
Brodus Clay is introduced and out he comes with Naomi and Cameron! Brodus Clay asks everyone to pull out their phones and call their mamas! Some guy in the crowd looks like he actually does. Clay calls his mama but she’s also here with the bridge club! Brodus Clay then introduces mama clay! She comes out and gets to dancing! The bridge club come out dancing too. A fun segment to break up the matches.
There’s a video package hyping up the match between John Cena and The Rock.
P Diddy is introduced or Sean “Diddy” Combs as he is now known. I don’t think the live crowd are up for this. Diddy introduces Machine Gun Kelly who is with Skylar Grey. They have a little sing song and then introduce John Cena. Flo Rida also does a performance before introducing The Rock.
John Cena vs. The Rock
This is the first ever PPV match between these two men. John Cena is 6-2 at Wrestlemania, The Rock is 4-4. The crowd seem pretty split on the two men. The two men start with a collar and elbow tie up and it’s The Rock that shoves Cena across the ring. The Rock then locks on a headlock before hitting a couple of arm drags and rolling Cena up for a two count. The Rock hits a shoulder knock down but Cena takes him down with a hiptoss and then a headlock takedown. The Rock hits a big right hand which takes Cena down. Cena rolls out of the ring to regroup. The Rock kicks Cena as he tries to get in the ring but Cena gets to his feet and hits a couple of shoulder charges in the corner. Cena hits a clothesline for a one count and then applies a bear hug on the canvas. Cena then low-bridges The Rock, sending him to the outside and then bouncing him off the barricade and announce desk. Cena rolls Rock back into the ring and pins him for a two count.
Cena hits a belly to belly suplex for a two count and then locks on a bearhug. The Rock gets out of the bearhug and hits a DDT for a two count before hitting a big clothesline and a spinebuster. Cena takes Rock down before he can hit a people’s elbow and then hits two shoulder charges, a side suplex and a five knuckle shuffle. Cena sets up for an attitude adjustment but Rock slips down and both men hit simultaneous clotheslines. Both men get to their feet and exchange right hands. Cena hits an attitude adjustment out of nowhere and gets a near fall. Cena pulls Rock to his feet but The Rock hits rock bottom out of nowhere, also getting as near fall. The Rock lays into Cena with kicks in the corner and elbows. Cena hits a sidewalk slam for a two count and then heads to the top, hitting a big legdrop for a near fall. Cena tries for another attitude adjustment but The Rock counters and hits a spear before locking on the sharpshooter! Cena gets to the bottom rope to break the hold.
The Rock hits Cena with right hands and then locks the sharpshooter on again! Cena gets to the bottom rope again. The fight spills to the outside where The Rock Irish whips Cena into the ring steps. Rocky bounces Cena’s head off the ring steps and then rolls back into the ring. Cena sunset flips back into the ring and manages to lock on the STF! The Rock nearly passes out but manages to get to the ropes. The Rock then hits a Samoan drop from nowhere and both men are down. The last five minutes or so of this match have been very slow. Both men get to their feet and slug it out. The Rock sets up for the rock bottom but Cena counters. Cena then sets up for the attitude adjustment but The Rock counters with a spinebuster and then the people’s elbow! The Rock gets a near fall and when he attempts to scoop Cena up, Cena rolls The Rock up for a near fall. Cena pops Rock on the top rope for a superplex but Rocky fights him off and then dives off with a cross body! The Rock rolls through though and hits an attitude adjustment! He hooks the leg but Rock kicks out at 2!
Cena looks down at The Rock and then motions for a people’s elbow but The Rock gets up to his feet and hits the rock bottom! He hooks the leg and gets the three! The Rock beats John Cena tonight! The match had a big fight feel to it and a lot of the match was awesome but the second half of the match did drag on a bit. Good match though. And one that could’ve gone either way.
And that was Wrestlemania 28. It was definitely a three match card, there were three main events to this show and they all delivered, the rest was pretty average. The show started off unexpectedly with a match that was over in 18 seconds. Nobody saw this coming and to be honest I wish they were given a proper match. This certainly made it memorable though but I would have liked to have seen Daniel Bryan, who is one of the best wrestlers of all time, get given an opportunity to perform on the grandest stage of them all. Sheamus won the match and becomes World Heavyweight Championship. I’m sure they’ll be given an opportunity to showcase on the next PPV or two. Kane then beat Randy Orton which was a pretty surprising result. This felt like a throwaway match to be honest but I am enjoying Kane at the moment so I don’t mind him winning. This match was nothing spectacular, they should have had a match in this slot to really get the crowd going.
Next up was Cody Rhodes and Big Show where Big Show won the Intercontinental Championship. This match was ok, it was average, not a match I’d be in a rush to watch again. I really hope this means Cody can go on to bigger and better things, he’s been phenomenal for over a year now. Big Show wins the Intercontinental Championship for the first ever time so it’ll be interesting to see who he’ll be facing as champion, this could open up some new matches for him. Next up was the Divas match that resulted in a win for Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos. I wasn’t a fan of this result, I would have preferred to see Beth Phoenix and Eve win. I’m not sure who’s next for Beth Phoenix, I’d like to see Natalya in the mix for the title as the division is currently pretty bad.
From here the show improved drastically. Undertaker and Triple H were up next inside Hell In a Cell. This match had it all, including incredibly psychology. I’d like to think it was always going to be Undertakers victory but there were times where you thought it could be Triple H to break the streak. Shawn Michaels played a big part in the match but in the end it was Undertaker that won. I love how they all walked out together at the end. The streak should never end if you ask me. Arguably the top two of all time in this match, certainly if it’s based off PPV’s, nobody comes close. Great match. Then came the 12 man tag match which was a lot of fun. This was a good way to get 12 guys on the card that maybe wouldn’t have wrestled otherwise. Team Johnny was a lot stronger than team Teddy, especially when you consider the year The Miz, Dolph Ziggler and Mark Henry have had. Team Johnny won which means John Laurinaitis takes control of Raw and Smackdown which I am all for. Eve officially turned heel on Zack Ryder which means his burial continues.
CM Punk beat Chris Jericho in a great match to retain his WWE Championship. This match was really good and I like that CM Punk retained his title. This feud has been really good so I think we’ll get another match between these two at Extreme Rules. Not much more to say really, this was great. Then in the main event The Rock defeated John Cena in a once in a lifetime match. This had a big match feel to it, the biggest since Rock and Hogan at Wrestlemania 18. The match went on a little too long if you ask me and there was a lot of submissions in the second half of the match that slowed down the pace a lot. It was big though and a match that could have genuinely gone either way but it’s a big win for The Rock after a rivalry with genuine heat between the two. This Wrestlemania goes down as the 8th best of all time in my rankings.
Overall Rating: 62.5/100 (ranked joint 67th out of 276)
Match Of The Night: Triple H vs. The Undertaker
Worst Match Of The Night: Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix & Eve
Surprise Of The Night: Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus lasts 18 seconds
Worst Booking Of The Night: Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos win their match
Superstar Of The Night: The Rock
Wrestlemania 28 Will Be Remembered For: The Rock vs. John Cena