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WrestleMania XXVIII
Miami, Florida
April 1st 2012
Commentators: Jerry Lawler & Michael Cole
Reported by: David Stephens of WrestleView.com

The WWE intro leads us into the big dance, the grandest stage of them all – WrestleMania 28!

The National Guard is on the stage acting as the color guard as Lillian Garcia performs a rendition of America the Beautiful to kick off the show. We get a jet fly over as the massive crowd begins a chant of “USA”.

A hype video airs highlighting tonight’s matchups.

Michael Cole is the first to welcome us to WrestleMania. Justin Roberts introduces our first match – The World Heavyweight Championship!

Daniel Bryan v. Sheamus

AJ jumps up on the apron to give Bryan his obligatory pre-match kiss. The bell rings for the match to start. Sheamus sneaks in a Brogue Kick and goes for the cover. This match is over!

Winner & NEW World Heavyweight Champion: Sheamus

Jerry “The King” Lawler announces that the match’s official time was a new world record for the World Heavyweight Championship, 18 seconds.

Backstage, Team Johnny is holding a pow-wow. Team captain David Otunga walks up and introduces John Laurinaitis. John tells his team that tonight they are going to create a WrestleMania moment that will go down in the annals of wrestling history.

Kane v. Randy Orton

At the start of the match Orton pushes Kane into the corner and connects with a punch. Kane reverses and splashes Orton into the corner. Kane pulls him into the middle of the ring and lands another punch. Orton is sent into the ropes and flies back towards Kane with a fist. It connects, and Kane is knocked to the mat after another couple of punches. Orton stomps on the gut of Kane, and then sends Kane onto the apron. Orton looks for the suspended DDT, but Kane counters and lifts Orton into the air, dropping him over the top rope. Kane runs at the suspended Orton and clobbers him with a big boot. Cover, but Orton kicks out.

Orton starts to sit up, so Kane floors him with a dropkick to the face. Kane gets behind Orton to apply the first rear headlock of the night. Orton slowly gets to his feet and tries to punch his way free. The attempt is successful, and the two men begin to exchange blows. Kane hits a strong uppercut and goes for the cover. Orton kicks out.

Kane lifts Orton to his feet and whips him into the corner. As Orton wobbles back towards the middle of the ring, Kane catches him and plants him with a sidewalk slam. Kane gets behind for another rear headlock. Orton is able to get to his feet and connects with a jawbreaker. Both men make their way back to their feet. Orton tries to throw Kane into the corner, but Kane counters and throws Orton instead. Kane elevates Orton for a vertical suplex. Cover, but Orton kicks out.

Both men are back to their feet and start to exchange blows. Kane is whipped into the ropes and gets caught with a snap suplex. Orton throws Kane towards the corner and he lands shoulder first against the steel post. Kane is on the apron, in perfect position for Orton’s suspended DDT. Orton goes for the attempt, and it connects! Orton drops down to the mat and begins to pound. Orton attempts an RKO, but Kane counters with a boot to the face. Cover, but Orton kicks out.

Kane climbs to the top rope and steadies himself. Kane leaps – but Orton hits him with a dropkick in mid-air. Orton sees Kane on all fours, and charges for a punt. Kane moves out of the way, and hits a quick chokeslam! Cover, but Orton kicks out! Kane sits up in disbelief.

Orton is in the corner as Kane walks towards him. Kane connects with a couple of punches. Orton tries for an RKO, but Kane blocks. Orton quickly responds by pushing him toward the corner. Kane is lifted up to a seated position on the turnbuckle. Orton follows up after looking for his ten punch maneuver. Kane catches him by the throat and hits a chokeslam from the turnbuckle! Cover – and this match is over!

Winner via Chokeslam: Kane

Santino, Mick Foley & Captian Keith (Deadliest Catch) are backstage. They each have plates full of Alaskan crab legs. Santino talks about wanting to be on the season opener of Deadliest Catch, but he hasn’t been discovered yet. They begin to viciously mock attack their crab legs. Ron Simmons walks into the shot and stares at the three men. He takes his time, and then shouts – “Damn”.

Video Package highlights the Cody Rhodes v. The Big Show feud, their match is up next.

Intercontinental Championship
Cody Rhodes v. The Big Show

Rhodes runs out of the ring and tries to elude The Big Show. Show follows after and catches up with his foe. Show lifts Rhodes over his head and throws him back into the ring! Once inside, Show tosses Rhodes around the ring. Rhodes is set up in the corner. Show first punches him in the gut, and then Show hits his patented big chop. Rhodes falls down to a seated position. Show takes a seat right on Rhodes’ face!

Rhodes recovers and connects with a flurry of punches and kicks which knocks Show to the mat. Cover, but Rhodes is tossed across the ring on the kick out. Rhodes wrenches back on the leg of Show. Cody is pushed away, but doesn’t allow Show to reach his feet. Rhodes returns to the leg stretch. Show escapes and gets to his feet. Rhodes leaps from the second rope for the disaster kick. Rhodes goes for a second disaster kick, but Show spears him to the mat! Cody gets back to his feet, only to get caught with a Knockout Punch. Cover, and this match is over!

Winner & NEW Intercontinental Champion: The Big Show

Josh Mathews is backstage with Shawn Michaels, he asks him about tonight’s HHH v. Undertaker match. Shawn says that
Justin Roberts announces that the WWE has set the Sun Life Stadium attendance record: 78,363 fans.

Divas champion Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres vs. Maria Menounos and Kelly Kelly.

Eve gets Maria on the mat, and tries to squeeze on her injured ribs. Side bear hug by Beth to put more pressure on Maria’s ribs. Maria finally makes the hot tag to Kelly, but goes after both Eve and Beth. Kelly Kelly counters the glam slam with a bulldog on Phoenix. Kelly tagged Maria back into the match. Maria rolled up Phoenix to win the match at 6:47.

Jim Ross is introduced and will be commentating the next match: HHH v. The Undertaker

End of an Era
Special Guest Referee: Shawn Michaels
HHH v. The Undertaker

Michaels and HHH make their entrances first. The Undertaker is wearing new ring gear for his entrance. Fire erupts in giant balls and pillars as he makes his way down to the ring. As Taker reaches the ring and raises his arms, pyro explodes around the top deck of the stadium. Taker pulls back his hood, and reveals a very short buzz cut Mohawk! His entrance took over 4 minutes. The Hell in the Cell lowers over the ring.

HHH exits the ring and grabs a steel chair. Once back in the ring, HHH throws the steel steps to the outside. HHH takes the steel chair and begins to repeatedly slam it across the back of Taker. Michaels steps in and tells HHH to just go for the pin and tosses the chair out of the ring. HHH grabs another chair and beats it repeatedly over the back of Taker. Michaels asks Taker if he wants him to stop the match. Taker demands that he does not stop it. HHH responds by hitting him repeatedly with the chair once again and then finally goes for the cover. Taker kicks out. HHH hits him once more with the chair, and then Michaels yells at him to stop and throws the chair out. HHH grabs another chair and slides it into the ring, and then continues to look under the ring. HHH reveals his sledgehammer!

Michaels starts to argue with HHH not to hit him. HHH tells him to end the match or else he is going to finish him off. Taker demands that he not ring the bell. HHH clocks Taker right in the face. Cover, but Taker kicks out! HHH takes the sledgehammer and looks to slam in across the head of Taker, smashing in his skull. Michaels grabs the hammer to stop the attack. HHH and Michaels begin to argue. Michaels then considers ringing the bell, but Taker grabs him and applies the Hells Gate. HHH breaks it up by hitting Taker with the sledgehammer. HHH then goes for another attack, but Taker catches him in the Hells Gate! HHH tries to grab the sledgehammer, but it falls from his hand as Taker chokes him out. Michaels is out, so there is no one to stop the match.

Charles Robinson runs down to the ring and unlocks the cage so he can enter and officiate. Taker gets to his feet, and hits a chokeslam! Cover, but HHH kicks out! Taker is furious and turns his attention towards Robinson. He lifts him into the air and hits a chokeslam!

Michaels is back on his feet, and hits a Superkick on Undertaker! HHH hits the pedigree and Michaels begins to count. 1..2.. Taker kicks out! Michaels falls to the mat in disbelief.

HHH throws Michaels out of the ring. HHH turns his attention towards Taker, but Taker springs to his feet. Taker leaps across the ring and floors HHH. He lifts him into the air, and connects with the Tombstone. Michaels slides back into the ring for the count, but HHH kicks out.

HHH and Taker get to their knees and start to exchange blows. They slowly work their way to their feet. Shawn Michaels is crying in the corner. They exchange continues, until HHH hits a pedigree. Cover, but Taker kicks out!

HHH crawls towards his sledgehammer as The Undertaker crawls towards a steel chair. Taker is the first one towards his feet. He stands over HHH and smiles while shaking his head. He slams is down hard across the back of HHH. Taker continues the onslaught with the steel chair. Michaels checks on HHH, but Taker is not amused. Taker waits for him to get to his feet, and then drops him right back to the mat with the steel chair. Michaels tells Taker to go for the cover. Taker tosses the chair out and goes for the cover. HHH kicks out.

Taker takes a moment to catch his breath and HHH tries to grab his hammer. Taker walks towards him and watches as HHH writhes in pain. The Deadman shouts for him to stay down. HHH gets to his feet, but Taker shakes his head and grabs the hammer. Taker stares at him for a moment. HHH chops his crotch. Taker hits him with the hammer and then throws it out of the ring. Taker pulls down the straps of his ring gear and then lifts HHH into the air for a tombstone! Taker crosses the arms of his victim and sticks out his tongue. This match is over!

Winner & 20-0 at WrestleMania: The Undertaker

After the match, Michaels and The Undertaker hug it out. Michaels lifts his arm into the air for victory. Taker lifts his arms into the air and pyro erupts around the arena. The stage flashes his new record at WrestleMania: 20-0.

Shawn and The Undertaker help HHH to his feet. They walk to the back as a trio, arm in arm.

Video Package Highlights the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame

Howard Finkel is in the ring and introduces the Hall of Fame class:

Edge
Mike Tyson
Ron Simmons
Yokozuna
Mil Mascaras
The Four Horsemen

Josh Mathews is backstage with Heath Slater. Flo Rida enters and Slater greets him. Slater says that they should perform a duet tonight. Flo tells him no, and shoots down some other suggestions. Slater tells him that all he can do is hold his mic, and then pushes him into the wall! Flo’s security comes out to make sure everything okay and they head back into his dressing room. Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins laugh at Slater.

Brie Bella introduces Teams Johnny. Her sister, Nikki, then introduces Team Teddy.

Team Teddy (Santino Marella (captain), R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali, and Booker T) (with Hornswoggle and Aksana) vs. Team Johnny (David Otunga (captain), Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Miz, and Drew McIntyre) (with Vickie Guerrero)

Dolph and Kofi start the match. Dolph drops him to the mat and then whips him into the corner. Kofi dodges a splash and leaps for a huge crossbody. Cover, but Dolph kicks out. Truth gets the tag and hits a double team slam with Kofi. Truth goes for the cover, but Dolph kicks out. Dolph gets to his feet and hits a huge dropkick. McIntyre gets the tag, as does Khali. Drew is backed into the corner and crushed with a chop. Booker gets the tag and starts to chop Drew. Booker hits a big boot and then lifts Drew up for a side slam. Cover but Drew kicks out. Booker looks for the scissors kick but Otunga hits him from the apron. Booker attacks the members of Team Johnny, only to get raked across the top rope. This allows Swagger to get in off the tag.

Swagger kicks him into the corner and then stomps across his gut. Swagger goes for a cover, but Booker kicks out. Mark Henry tags himself into the match. He stomps on the gut of Booker. Henry connects with a strong scoop slam and yells at Booker. The Miz is tagged into the match. He knees him in the gut and sets up a suplex. Booker reverses and hits the suplex himself. Miz tags in Dolph. Booker is stopped while trying to make a tag. Dolph leaps up high for an elbow drop. Miz is tagged back in. He mounts Booker from behind and clubs him in the back. Booker kicks him, but Henry runs into the ring and clobbers him. Khali walks in and chops the hell out of Henry.

All hell starts to break loose as both teams charge into the ring and take each other out. ‘Swoggle is thrown by his teammates to the outside for an attack, but Henry catches him and throws him down to the ground. Ryder, Kofi & Truth flip out of the ring at their opponents! Even the Divas begin to brawl on the outside. Santino is the lone man left on the apron. Booker tags him into the match and he reaches for the cobra. Miz connects and knocks out The Miz! Cover, but Dolph flies into the ring to make the save. Ryder comes charging in as well and hits a HUGE monkey flip on Dolph. Ryder charges at Miz for the Rough Ryder, but is catapulted into Dolph. Ryder goes for the Broskie Kick, but Eve is in the ring and distracts him. Miz capitalizes with the Skull Crushing Finale, and this match is over.

Winners: Team Johnny

After the match, the members of Team Johnny celebrate their victory. Eve Torres is back in the ring and tries to console Ryder. The rest of his team looks on in astonishment. Eve then proceeds to kick him in the groin!

Alex Rodriguez & Torrie Wilson are shown sitting at ringside.

Highlights are shown from WrestleMania Axxess

John Laurinaitis is backstage with CM Punk. He tells him that if he loses his temper and gets disqualified, he will lose his Title to Chris Jericho!

WWE Championship
Chris Jericho v. CM Punk

They square off and start to exchange blows. Punk backs him into the corner and starts to stomp on his opponent. The referee backs him up before he can get disqualified. Jericho slaps him in the face to infuriate him. Jericho heads down to the corner encouraging Punk to attack him. Again Punk has to stop before the 5 count. Jericho does the same thing again, with the same result. After Punk backs off this time, Jericho shouts to ask him how his father is doing. This causes fury from the Straight Edge Champion, but he is able to control himself. Punk heads to the top rope. Jericho slides out of the ring. Punk flies to the outside and connects with a clothesline! Jericho asks him how his sister is. Punk grabs a steel chair and follows Jericho into the ring. Jericho puts his hands behind his back and shouts that Punk’s sister is a drug addict ad pleads for Punk to hit him. Punk resists and drops the chair – then connects with a heel kick.

Jericho gains the upper hand and heads out to the apron. Punk grabs him and they begin to struggle. Jericho suplexes Punk to the outside of the ring!!

Jericho rolls him back into the ring and connects with a couple of standing elbows and then hits a double underhook backbreaker. Cover, but Punk kicks out. Jericho hits a dropkick and tries for another cover, Punk kicks out. Punk is in the corner and climbs to the second rope. Jericho follows after and throws him down to the mat. Punk’s head crashes to the mat and the whiplash is readily evident.

Jericho grabs Punk, but Punk hits an inverted dropkick. Jericho then attempts a running bulldog, but Punk counters. Punk dodges a clothesline and begins to chop. Jericho bounces of the ropes and is caught with a heel kick and clothesline. Punk hits a neckbreaker and goes for the cover. Jericho kicks out. Jericho retreats to the corner. Punk charges and hits the patented high knee. Jericho counters the bulldog and goes for a Lionsault. Punk gets his knees up, but Jericho goes for the Walls! Punk is able to reverse and goes for a roll up. Jericho kicks out.

Punk scoop slams Jericho and heads up to the top rope. He leaps and connects with a huge elbow drop – but Jericho gets his knees up. Punk slides out of the ring. Jericho follows after and rolls him right back into the ring. Punk hits the GTS, but is slow to get the cover. Jericho is able to get his leg up over the bottom rope.

Both men make their way back to their feet. Jericho drops Punk stomach first across the top rope and quickly follows with a Lionsault. Cover, but Punk kicks out. Jericho climbs all the way to the second rope, but Punk is able to get to his feet. Punk leaps for a hurricarana. Jericho grabs his legs and drops down to the mat. Jericho applies the Walls of Jericho! Punk slow crawls towards the ropes to break the hold. Jericho is tossed to the outside. Punk flies out with a suicide dive!

Jericho is rolled back into the ring and Punk climbs up to the apron. Punk springboards in for a clothesline, but Jericho catches him with a Codebreaker! Punk kicks out of the cover! Both men get to their feet and begin to brawl. Punk goes for a GTS, but Jericho counters into the Walls of Jericho in the middle of the ring! Jericho’s knee is applied right to the back of Punk’s head. Jericho then sits down to fully apply pressure. Punk rolls through and turns it into a pin. Jericho does the same. Punk kicks out. Punk applies the Anaconda Vice! Jericho uses his knees to counter. Punk quickly reapplies the hold. Strength is leaving Jericho as he struggles to kick Punk. The first ever Undisputed Champion has no choice but to tap. This match is over!

Winner & STILL WWE Champion: CM Punk

Sean “Diddy” Combs is introduced. He pumps up the crowd, and asks if they are ready. He introduces MGK & Skylar Gray. They perform “Invincible”. MGK takes a moment to put over John Cena as an underdog and says that he is going to beat The Rock and his ego. Cena’s music hits and he runs his way down to the ring.

Flo Rida is introduced and he sings “Good Feelin” followed by “Wild Ones”. The Rock’s music hits and he comes out to a huge ovation. Rock makes his way down to the ring and soaks up the crowd.

Once in a Lifetime
John Cena v. The Rock

The crowd is going insane as they circle each other. A monstrous, “Let’s Go Cena, Cena Sucks” chant breaks out. They lock up and Cena is pushed into the corner – the crowd erupts. Rock grabs Cena and applies a side headlock. He spins around and applies an arm lock. Rock hiptosses him and goes for a cover. Cena kicks out. Cena is able to hit a hip toss of his own and drops to the mat with a side headlock. The crowd begins to boo.

They get to their feet and Cena is pushed into the ropes. Cena responds with a kick to the gut, but Rock hits him with a punch. Cena feels his lip to see if it is bleeding and then charges at Rock. Cena is thrown out of the ring for his troubles. Back in the ring, Cena pushes Rock into the corner. He charges and connects with a shoulder thrust, followed by a hard clothesline.

Cena drops to the mat and applies a bear hug. Rock tries to get to his feet, so Cena tosses him to the outside. Cena follows after and throws Rock rib first into the barricade. He then throws Rock rib first into the announce table. Cena rolls back into the ring. The referee exits to make sure that Rock can continue. Cena exits the ring and immediately attacks the ribs of Rocky. Cena rolls him back into the ring.

Cena stomps him in the gut, and then stomps on his hand. Rock gets to his feet and connects with a couple of punches. Cena grabs him off the ropes and applies a bear hug which applies pressure to the injured ribs of The Rock. Cena cinches on harder. Rock tries to punch free, but Cena holds strong. The crowd begins to chant. Rock finally escapes and hits a couple of punches followed by a snap DDT! Cover, but Cena kicks out.

Cena gets to his feet and backs Rock into the corner with punches. Rock bounces out strong and hits a shoulder block followed by a Spinebuster! Rock soaks up the roar from the crowd and looks for the Peoples Elbow. Cena grabs his leg and tries for an STF. Rock escapes, but Cena plants him with a sideslam! Cena then goes for the 5 Knuckle Shuffle and connects! Rock slowly gets to his feet and Cena lifts him up for the AA. Rock counters and sends him into the ropes. Both men hit clotheslines at the same time and crash to the mat.

They slowly exchange blows one by one. The fans cheer when Rock connects, and boo when Cena hits. Rock takes the advantage and says You Can’t See Me! Cena grabs him and hits the AA! Cover! Rock kicks out!

Cena gets to his feet and the crowd is absolutely going insane. Rock gets up to meet him and hits a Rock Bottom. Cover, but Cena kicks out!

Rock meets Cena in the corner and punches him. Cena pushes him back and hits a side slam. Cover, but Rock kicks out. Cena heads up to the top rope. He takes a moment to stalk his prey. Cena leaps and connects with a BIG Leg Drop. Cover, but Rock kicks out.

Rock is able to get to his feet and counters a clothesline from Cena into the Sharpshooter! Cena is grasping for air as he crawls towards the ropes. Cena reaches the ropes and the crowd boos. Rock jumps on Cena and punches him in the face repeatedly. Rock then reapplies the Sharpshooter! Once again, Cena is just able to reach the ropes. Cena slides his body onto the apron. Rock slides out of the ring and pulls Cena to the outside. He throws Cena into the steel steps. Rock then lifts him to his feet and crashes his head into the steps!

Rock slides Cena back into the ring and follows after. Out of nowhere, Cena applies the STF! Rock makes it almost to the ropes so Cena releases, pulls him into the middle of the ring, and reapplies the hold. Rock is slowly fading as he tries to reach the ropes. Rock’s eyelids are getting heavy and the referee begins to check his arm. The first two fall to the mat, but Rock reaches to the sky on the third check! Rock claws and scratches and reaches for the rope break!

Cena rolls away holding his back. Rock gets to his feet and hits a Samoan drop. Both men are on the mat as the referee begins a ten count. They slowly stagger to their feet. Cena and Rock begin to exchange blows. Rock looks for the Rock Bottom, but Cena counters into an AA attempt. Rock scurries off and hits a Spinebuster. Rock throws off his elbow pad and tosses it into the crowd. Rock connects with the Peoples Elbow. Cover, but Cena kicks out!

Rock uses the ropes to get off the mat. He lifts up Cena, but is caught with a small package. Rock kicks out. The crowd is absolutely roaring. Cena seesaws Rock crashing into the turnbuckle. Cover, but Rock kicks out. Cena lifts him to his feet and pushes him into the corner. Cena lifts Rock up onto the turnbuckle. Cena pushes Cena down to the mat and is seated on the turnbuckle. Rock climbs to the top rope and the crowd is on their feet. Rock leaps for a HUGE crossbody. Cena rolls it through and lifts Rock onto his shoulders for the AA. The move connects! Cover, but Rock kicks out!

Cena look for the You Can’t See Me, but cockily decides instead to go for the People’s Elbow. The Rock catches him bouncing off the ropes and hits the Rock Bottom. He goes for the cover – 1..2..3! Rock wins! Rock wins! This match is over!

Winner via Rock Bottom: The Rock

The Rock climbs onto the second rope to celebrate, lifting his arm victoriously into the air. The PPV fades to black.


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25 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    Well, we didn’t get Lesnar. Taker HHH match was amazing.

  2. Mattyman says:

    I don’t think letting the Rock get over in Miami was the right thing to do. I’ve read the feeds and everyone is hot over Sheamus’ victory. Well, here’s a lost chance.

  3. -J- says:

    taker-hhh-hbk match was the best, perhaps wwe got us with an april fools joke about brock.

  4. Attitude Era 12 says:

    HHH/Taker was fantastic, Punk/Jericho was a very good match, the pure wrestling this show needed, Rock/Cena did a good job and had the big fight feel, Bryan’s squash was a disgrace though especially since that crowd LOVED him, he deserved better, Johnny was the right choice with Ziggler stealing that match, good to see Kane win with a nice spot BUT Rhodes shouldn’t have lost the belt, maybe the match but not the belt, didn’t cate for the Divas match but it looked Maria was corpsing (send for the man), Brodus Clay was pointless, the constant ads were annoying and the performances weren’t needed, MGK is an annoying runt

    But all in all, very good show, 2 GREAT matches and Rock/Cena didn’t disappoint, still pissed about Bryan though

    8/10

  5. Ahmad says:

    Pretty good event overall, but what the hell was that BS called the WHC match?!? 18 seconds, really???

  6. king o'p4in says:

    so wwe put a guy over who left wwe hanging and jobbed a guy who works his ass off for wwe. rock should’ve lost just for leaving wwe… teach that guy a lesson. and bryan losing in 18 seconds? wtf. this rendition of triple h and taker was much better than last year’s but it needed michaels for umph since hunter can’t cut it anymore… or well at anypoint in his career for that matter. jericho v. punk was the best match as the divas tag was a waste of time as was the 8 man johnny v. teddy match and for that matter, show v. cody was a waste also. pretty much kane v. orton and jericho v. punk were the top two reasons to watch this ppv. rock beating cena sends a bad message to every pro wrestler out there pretty much saying a perceived name value is worth more than years of hard work. it’s almost as blasphemous as lawrence taylor beating bam bam bigelow.

  7. -J- says:

    Maybe that was a “gift” for sheamus since they screwed him at last year’s mania event…either way it was pathetic.

  8. MattR says:

    I really enjoyed this PPV. I thought everything lived up to its hype, except the Daniel Bryan/Sheamus match. However, I had a strange feeling all along that that match would be a short one, just not that short. My match of the night was definitely Taker/HHH w/ HBK as ref. I’ll never forget how HHH stumbled when Taker took his hood off or when Taker rose up and HHH was in shock. I honestly do hope that Taker does one more match next year. Also, maybe we’ll get Brock Lesnar tomorrow night, Raw is there too. Cena will come down for a speech at the end of the show and then Brock interrupts it.

  9. frank says:

    i couldnt agree more “J” and “king o’4pin”

  10. Bill says:

    OMG…I’m shocked I just realized this, but did anyone realize the Wrestlemania ad under the sponsors on the right side of the page has the date as ARPIL 1, 2012? Arpil? LOL

  11. dooman says:

    couple good matches but hiphop sound like crap live they really need the studios to make that kind of music sound good..overall 7-10 very predictable and i figured out lesner was an april fools prank

  12. T says:

    Cena winning was the obvious choice so I figure they put Rock over instead? Or they have a rematch at the next PPV and Cena wins?

    The WHC match was a joke (18 seconds?) and shameful. I thought Nash vs Backlund was the record though?

    Annoyed with the constant ads. I pay over $60 and have to see ads? Seriously? I was hoping Brock would interrupt the stupid Funkasaur dancing. I thought the Heath skit was awful as was the crab legs one.

    Show vs Rhodes? Meh. The 5 man tag I was happy they had no individual entrances but an obvious outcome. Was there even a divas match? ha ha

    Punk vs Jericho and HIC were solid matches.

    Average WM I guess.

  13. Atlee Greene says:

    People paid to see the Rock so him winning = The right call.

  14. Neumanrko9 says:

    I love how people that hated Cena are all of a sudden sticking up for him out of nowhere I’m so glad The Rock won that place probably would of really rioted if Cena won. The Rock/Cena match definately lived up to the hype and much more, probably the greatest match I’ve ever seen of that magnitude. Undertaker/HHH and Punk/Jericho were epic as well and even the low card matches weren’t too bad minus the World Title match. Wrestlemania 28 was one of the best if not the best Manias I’ve seen in a long time.

  15. dave says:

    LOL The Brock thing wouldn’t be an April Fools prank since the stories started Thursday and before. Also, April Fools pranks are supposed to be played before 12PM April 1. So it would be a lame prank but it was only rumour and nothing was confirmed, so who knows.

    The PPV did need a shocking moment, though and it didn’t deliver. Most of it was formulaic, the only slight surprise was Rock winning but hey, look at how he won. Cena will have the drive to go again against the Rock to not make the same mistake again, so in that sense, it made…sense.

    Punk-Jericho was v. solid, good ring skills, awareness and technique but the pacing was off, Jericho and Punk forgot to sell the pre-match stip about halfway in, and the ending seemed like it was drawn out, they could’ve worked a way better match than they did but it was still a great battle.

    The HIAC is what I want to end on. It was emotional and it was basically a goodbye to HHH and Taker’s in ring career, although I’m sure most fans will agree if it was indeed their last match then a better send-off was apt but maybe this is how they wanted to go out, to quietly steal the show from Rock/Cena, which they did, and to go out with a bang and to go out together, as they did to signify the last few of a long gone era walking off together. It was epic and everything I love about pro wrestling. Maybe they’ll be back and get a proper retirement match or segment, or maybe they purposely let them go out without the emphasis on retirement. “The end of an era” line confused me as nothing was really answered on their futures, although it’s obvious HHH and Taker won’t be active wrestlers in 2013

    I rated the PPV “C” because the undercard sucked, the WHC match was a cop-out and there were too many needless skits and I’m all for artists performing but it ate up a lot of time and whoever said Hip Hop live sucks, is correct. Too much noise and too much bounce to hear thefuq they were rapping. Pointless.

    I could split the PPV into two, grade the top 3 matches A+ and the rest D. To put the PPV in perspective. I think for the top 3 matches it was money well spent.

  16. Sekhon says:

    I agree with Neumanrko9.. All the people that hated Cena, trashed talked him etc are now saying why the rock won.. WOW! The Rock deserved it he has a huge part of creating a hell of an Empire

  17. Adam says:

    It’s simple…I don’t pay $55 to see a squash. Especially a squash of someone that has worked his ass off the way up and comers are supposed to for their spot. I guess Bryan should start trying to be HHH’s buddy? So for that match I was pissed.

    As for the rest of the show…HIAC stole the show. I liked this rendition of Taker/HHH much better this year and at one point they actually had me thinking this might go HHH’s way so kudos to the three of them for selling me!

    Punk and Jericho was great but like someone else said above and I agree, the timing seemed off a bit. It was still a pure wrestling match and I enjoyed it immensely.

    Shocked as s*$! that Kane went over on Orton. And again, that match ended up being better than I thought it would be.

    Rock and Cena performed pretty decently and I really didn’t think Cena was gonna job to Rock so that was a surprise. They should really send Cena to the dark side now and cash in. I know they won’t but it would be cool.

    Every other match in my opinion was a waste. The live performances sucked and were clearly just to appease the Miami area crowd. No flashy entrances this year which is one reason I like watching mania. Overall I’d give it a thumbs up with a “C” grade. Wasn’t the best mania I’ve seen but it certainly wasn’t the worst.

  18. Joshua says:

    This Wrestlemania was a gift after the shame of a ppv last year called Wrestlemania 27. This PPV was a true wrestling fans dream. So, lets begin the review:

    Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan to win the World Title in 18 seconds. Sheamus deserve a decent match, but officials obvious thought Daniel Bryan weasn’t. The stupid Brodus Clay Segment and Backstage skits could have been stop to allow for a decent match between these two. (2 out 10 Stars)

    Kane defeated Randy Orton. I felt like the match was rushed too much, because look at the time WWE had to kill later in the show. (5 out of 10 stars).

    Big Show defeated Cody Rhodes to win the WWE Intercontinental Title. It was nice to see Big Show win every singles male title among the active titles today. Cody Rhodes did a nice job too. (5 out of 10 Stars)

    Kelly and Maria defeated Beth and Eve. This match should have been short, because I believe it to have been a waste of time when the World Title match goes 18 seconds. (2 out of 10 Stars).

    Undertaker defeated Triple H in Hell in a Cell with Shawn Michaels as the Special Guest Referee. This was a dream match and it was brutal. This is how Hell in a Cell match should be. I consider this the first of Two Main Events of the evening. It was a nice touch to see Taker help Triple H out. There was much respect. (10 out of 10 Stars)

    Team Johnny defeated Team Teddy. This was a waste of time and shouldnt have been on the card. Now, the storylines will never end. (1 out of 10 Stars).

    CM Punk defeated Chris Jericho to retain the WWE Title. This was a classic wrestling match and it was awesome. (9 out of 10 Stars).

    The Rock defeated John Cena. This didnot disappoint us, because They went at from the start. Cena dominated Rock, but should have never tried to mock Rock and thats what cost him the match. John also flub twice. Once, Cena could be seen discussing the match while in a headlock. Second, Cena flub when Rock hit both Rock Bottoms. (9 out of 10 Stars).

    Overall Show: 8 out of 10 stars.

    This Wrestlemania is definitely worth 64.95 in HD.

  19. -J- says:

    The rock haters have a whole year to hate on the rock til the rematch next year… presumably. :)

  20. Matthew says:

    Maybe I’m too much of a pro wrestling fan and not a sports entertainment fan. The ppv was just a letdown.

  21. Snow says:

    Except for the Diva’s Match, the short World Heavy weight title match and the whole (c)rap thing. Wrestlemania was good. Not good enough to justify a $55 or $65 price tag depending on what definition you bought it in, but it was good.

  22. Joe says:

    $55 to watch the ppv while we are in a down economy? No thanks. I’ll just follow it on gerweck lol.

  23. Fahim Abrar says:

    Those who are fuming over the fashion of Bryan’s loss just need to see the big picture and chill!

    Few months ago, Danielson was a jobber. Turning him heel and giving him this weasel gimmick clicked…HENCE ALL THE YES SIGNS!

    I don’t know if Wrestlemania needed the squash match, but, it adds into Bryan’s gig for the future! It also gave Sheamu’s title win a huge BUZZ, which a classic wrestling (Y2J vs Punk-like) match wouldn’t have been able to achieve!

    So which option do you think was better?

  24. Neumanrko9 says:

    My Wrestlemania XXVIII Review:

    1.) World Heavyweight Championship Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Sheamus: well not much to review here as it was only an eighteen second match unfortunately. It would have been nice to see them at least go at it for fifteen minutes or more seeing as they got bumped to the dark match last year to only eighteen seconds this year. Also I guess winning the Royal Rumble only gets you the opening match nowadays as they did the same thing last year with Edge and Alberto Del Rio. I don’t mind it too much though as it’s a good way to kick off the show and get everyone pumped up. Bryan goes to kiss AJ then turns around to get Brogue Kicked. 5/10 only for the shock factor
    2.) Randy Orton vs. Kane: this was a decent match with the limited time and subpar buildup they were given. I felt like this should have been a No DQ match like they did on Smackdown the following show though. I wish Orton was in a more high profile match than this as he’s my current favorite wrestler. I was surprised to see Kane pick up the win but I see the logic behind it as it will continue this feud instead of Orton just beating him right away. Kane wins with a top rope Chokeslam. 7/10
    3.) Intercontinental Championship Match: Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Big Show: it was nice to see the Intercontinental Championship defended on the card for the first time in awhile, it adds more prestige to it. This was just a short match to finally give Big Show his “Wrestlemania moment” and for Rhodes to move onto bigger and better things. Show has now won all the major championships in the WWE and it was nice to see he really expressed his emotions when he got the victory. 7/10
    4.) Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix & Eve: I thought this was actually a lot better than the Divas’ matches they have now; they were given a little more time out there. Kelly hit a nice flip onto Phoenix and a funny moment when it looked like Menounos wrecked herself after the double stinkface to Eve (it was her makeup lol). The first four matches flew by on the card to basically give all the big matches the proper time they needed. 6/10
    5.) Hell in a Cell Match with Shawn Michaels as the Special Guest Referee: The Undertaker vs. Triple H: this match was epic as one would expect out of these three especially as it was billed as the “End of an Era.” Year in and year out Undertaker has one of the best matches if not the best on the whole card and this year was no different. This match was violent, brutal, and yes even bloody (Triple H was bleeding). I lost count on how many chair shots there was in this. This match was so good that when HBK hit the Sweet Chin Music on Taker then he turned around into the Pedigree, you would think it was all going to be over. Every year the viewer knows that The Undertaker is going to stay undefeated but moments like this keep you guessing. I did wish Michaels hit HHH with a Superkick too just to make it even more interesting but that never happened. If they ventured outside of the HIAC structure that would have been great too but it was still a classic match nonetheless. The ending comes when Taker hits HHH with the Tombstone Piledriver and Michaels is forced to count to three. Very nice moment when all three walk out together as friends rather than enemies. 9/10
    6.) Winner Gets Control of Raw and Smackdown: Team Johnny (David Otunga, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntryre, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry) vs. Team Teddy (Santino Marella, Booker T, Zack Ryder, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, The Great Khali): this was another decent match with the limited time it was given and how it was directly after the Cell match to give the crowd some breathing room before the last two matches of the night. Ziggler of course shined in this one selling every move to perfection. I wish Booker was more involved because he’s a legend. Cool moment when three members of Team Teddy flipped onto the outside. To me the ending was performed well when Eve distracted Ryder for Miz to sneak up and hit the Skull Crushing Finale for the win. 8/10
    7.) WWE Championship Match: CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho: this match was awesome with such a great technical wrestling display. I liked how throughout the match Jericho was instigating Punk yelling “you’re father’s a drunk!,” along with other various insults as it added more suspense to the match. There was so many reversals and counters at the end you didn’t know who was going to win. I thought the best counter was when they were both on the top rope and Y2J somehow reversed it into the Walls of Jericho. I was rooting for Jericho to win just because I liked him ever since the Attitude Era but I didn’t mind Punk winning as he’s also such a tremendous wrestler. 9/10
    8.) The Rock vs. John Cena: to me this was the match of the night and my new favorite match of all time. I believe this match definitely lived up to the whole year of hype and way much more. The crowd was pro-Rock and anti-Cena which I was anticipating and absolutely loved every second of it, the crowd in Miami was awesome all night too by the way which always makes everything ten times better. I liked the entrances too; I thought they were kept short, sweet, and to the point. This is probably the greatest match I have ever seen of this magnitude and scale. I also loved how they were given thirty plus minutes out there to put on the biggest match of all time. There were so many points when I thought Cena was going to win especially when he caught Rock off the top, rolled through, and hit a huge Attitude Adjustment. The Rock’s still got it and looks like he hasn’t even missed a beat. I also enjoyed all the epic kickouts from the People’s Elbow, Rock Bottom, etc. I am so glad that my all-time favorite wrestler The Rock won this match because let’s face it if Cena won that place might of really rioted and the show would have just ended on such a bad note. This match was tagged as “Once in a Lifetime” and I’m so glad I witnessed it in my lifetime; it was truly a match for the ages. The ending comes when Cena goes for his own People’s Elbow but The Rock quickly gets up and hits an earth-shattering Rock Bottom for the 1-2-3! As soon as that happened I marked out like crazy and went nuts along with all my friends and family I was watching it with at home. I also loved when Rock hugged the ref Mike Chioda (best ref in the business in my opinion) at the end, thought that was pretty funny. 10/10 one hell of a match and one of the best if not THE best Wrestlemanias in a very long time.

  25. NIK says:

    cena shud have won but rock in miami was like a hungry lion ntook over cena

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