The biggest event in professional wrestling, WrestleMania XXVIII, is now in the record books. This year’s event was head and shoulders above WrestleMania XXVII. Fom start to finish, most of the matches were fantastic.
The Undertaker has ended “an Era,” a new world heavyweight champion has been crowned, CM Punk proved that he indeed is “The Best in the World” and The Rock has overcome the Cenation.
From top to bottom, here are the results from WWE WrestleMania XXVIII.
World Heavyweight Championship—Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan
In less than 20 seconds, 18 to be exact, Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan with the Brough Kick to become the new world heavyweight champion.
Comments: Really not much to comment on, an extremely short match to say the least. Great for Sheamus, not so great for Daniel Bryan.
Kane def. Randy Orton
“The Big Red Monster” and “The Apex Predator” finally met at the grandest stage of them all, at WrestleMania XXVIII. The match started out with Orton and Kane exchanging some hard blows, with Orton going to work on Kane’s ankle to attempt to disable his vertical base.
Kane fired back with some offence and managed to get a few close falls on Orton, using some high impact moves to wear him down. Orton managed the comeback and hit his signature moves on Kane, and a few RKO attempts.
But in the end Kane overcame Randy Orton with a massive Chokeslam from the second turnbuckle for the three count and the win.
Comments: This was a good match, could have been a lot better though. The crowd was not into this match at all. They only reacted when Orton pulled off his signature moves, nothing at all for Kane.
WWE Intercontinental Championship—Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show
Cody Rhodes was looking to once again humiliate The Big Show by adding yet another loss to his unimpressive record at WrestleMania. Rhodes tried to gain the upper hand early in the match, but Big Show simply overpowered Rhodes with a series of massive chops and body slams.
Rhodes fired back and worked on the legs of Big Show to keep him off of his feet. Rhodes also attempted to wear down Big Show’s ankle and knee. Big Show mounted the comeback, and Rhodes tried to keep him down.
But it simply wasn’t enough, Big Show hit Rhodes with the WMD for the three count and the win. The Big Show proved to the wrestling world and to Cody Rhodes that he is no longer the running gag of WrestleMania by winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos def. Beth Phoenix and Eve
In a divas showdown, Kelly Kelly and Extra‘s Maria Menounos squared off against WWE Divas champion Beth Phoenix and Eve. Kelly and Eve started off the match, and Kelly had the advantage over Eve early.
Maria was tagged in and she tried to dominate Eve, but she was no match for the more experienced Eve. Maria’s injured ribs were worked over by both Eve and Beth Phoenix. Beth tagged in and continued to pummel Maria’s ribs. A lot of tags between Beth and Eve, and when Eve tried the Booty Pop on Maria, she kicked Eve out of the ring.
Kelly got the hot-tag and she got her signature moves in on Beth. Beth fired back and attempted the Glam Slam, but Kelly countered with the bulldog. Maria tagged back in and Beth woman-handled her for a Gorilla Press Slam, but Kelly jumped in for the save. Maria get the big “W” when she rolled up Beth for the three count.
Comments: Typical divas match, a few minutes too long but obviously the WWE’s goal was to put Maria over as a thank you for competing at WrestleMania.
Hell in a Cell—The Undertaker def. Triple H (Shawn Michaels as Special Guest Referee)
It truly was the “End of an Era” for these two iconic WWE superstars: Triple H and The Undertaker. So much was on the line and the battle had taken a piece out of both men. The match started out with Taker and Triple H exchanging hard blows, but Taker gained the advantage quickly in the match.
Taker used the unforgiving structure known as the Hell in a Cell to punish Triple H on the outside of the ring. Using his hard strikes and the steel ring steps, Taker wore down Triple H further.
Triple H mounted the comeback with an attempted Pedigree on the steel steps inside the ring, but Taker countered with a hard back body drop. Taker attempted the Hell’s Gate, but Triple H slammed Taker down to the canvas. Triple H was now in control of the match and he brought out some steel chairs to take it to “The Deadman.”
On several occasions Shawn Michaels pleaded with Triple H to stop striking Taker with the steel chair, but Triple H wouldn’t hear of it. He continued to decimate the back of The Undertaker with thundering chair shots. The trademark Sledgehammer of Triple H found the light of day and he used it to break down Taker further with brutal shots to the temple.
Triple H and Michaels argued further, with Michaels still pleading Triple H to stop. Triple H agreed only if Michaels would call for the bell to stop the match, but The Undertaker begged him not to. Taker in a confused state, clinched the Hell’s Gate Submission on Michaels, rendering him unconscious. Taker then slapped the Hell’s Gate on Triple H, and now Michaels and Triple H are out.
WWE referee Charles Robinson ran down to continue the match, and counted a close three in favor of The Undertaker. Taker became enraged and choke slammed Robinson hard to the mat. Michaels finally gets to his feet, hits Taker with the Sweet Chin Music, Triple H hits the Pedigree for the two and a half.
An irate Triple H throws Michaels out of the ring, and at this point Taker mounts the impressive comeback. Taker hits his signature moves on Triple H, including the Tombstone, but Triple H kicks out. Taker and Triple H go blow for blow, when Triple H hits another Pedigree but it’s not enough, Taker kicks out.
Triple H reaches for the sledgehammer and Taker grabs the steel chair, Taker is the first one up and the result is ear splitting chair shots to Triple H’s back. Michaels pleads with Taker to stop, Taker goes for the cover but miraculously Triple H raises the arm and continues to fight.
Triple H stands to his feet, shoves Taker and gestures the Degeneration-X Crotch Chop. Taker then clocks Triple with the sledgehammer and hits one final Tombstone for the three count.
Comments: Spectacular match, The Undertaker’s iconic streak is still intact, and Triple H was the one who had to be carried out of the ring a broken man.
Team Johnny def. Team Teddy (12-Man Tag Team Match)
With all the chips on the table and the hands dealt, it was the final showdown between the team of John Lauranitis and the team of Theodore Long. Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler started the match, and Kofi mounted the quick offensive. R-Truth got the tag and continued to take it to Ziggler, but it was short lived when Ziggler tagged in Drew McIntyre.
Truth got the quick tag to The Great Khali and Khali punished McIntyre, and then Booker T got the tag in and mounted the offensive against McIntyre. Jack Swagger got the tag and he started to punish Booker T with some power moves.
Some quick tags between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler and they pummeled Booker T further. Members of both teams exchanged some spots, and Team Teddy Captain Santino finally got the hot-tag from Booker T and hit his signature moves on Miz. Santino hit the Cobra on Miz for the close three when Ziggler made the save.
Zack Ryder is now in the ring and he took on both Ziggler and Miz, hit the Rough-Ryder on Ziggler when Eve enters the ring. Ryder attempted to get Eve out of the ring when Miz hits the distracted Ryder with the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
Comments: This was a typical tag team match, the usual spot fest and as predicted Team Johnny picked up the big “W.”
WWE Championship—CM Punk def. Chris Jericho
With the added stipulation by John Lauranitis that if CM Punk was disqualified, he would lose the WWE Championship, CM Punk was behind the eight-ball against Chris Jericho. The match started out with Jericho and Punk exchanging ground maneuvers.
Punk gained control of the match early on against Jericho, punishing him with hard knee strikes and kicks to Jericho in the corner. Throughout the match Jericho baited Punk, commenting on his father and his sister, trying to enrage Punk, but Punk regained his composure and went back to some mat wrestling against Jericho.
Jericho was now in control of the match, and hit Punk with a suplex over the top rope to the floor. Jericho punished Punk on the floor then brought the match back inside the ring. Jericho managed to get a few close near-falls against Punk. The match went back and forth, with neither man getting the significant advantage over the other.
Jericho hit his first attempt at the Walls of Jericho, but Punk countered and sent Jericho flying to the opposite end of the ring, then hit Jericho with a damaging kick to the head. Punk put the Randy Savage Elbow on Jericho, but Jericho countered with the Code Breaker, which sent Punk to the outside of the ring.
Jericho pulled Punk back in, and Punk slipped the GTS on Jericho for a two and a half. The match continues back and forth, and Jericho hit the Lionsault for another close three. Punk attempted the Hurrancanrana, but Jericho countered with another Walls of Jericho and Punk grabbed the rope to break the hold.
Punk sent Jericho over the top rope then hit a suicide dive. Punk threw Jericho back inside and attempted a springboard, Jericho countered with yet another Code Breaker for a close fall. Punk attempted two GTS’ in a row, but Jericho countered. Jericho went up to the top rope and Punk hit the dropkick on Jericho to send him crashing down to the mat.
Punk attempted yet another GTS, Jericho countered with another Walls of Jericho but Punk broke free and exchanged roll-ups. Punk slapped the Anaconda Vice on Jericho, and they followed up with several near-fall roll-ups. Jericho tried the Walls of Jericho, but Punk countered with one final Anaconda Vince. Jericho used every ounce of strength to break free but it was no use, he taps, CM Punk got his hand raised and retained the WWE Championship.
Comments: Phenomenal match, hands down the best match of the night. Lots of near-falls by both Jericho and Punk.
WrestleMania XXVIII Main Event—The Rock def. John Cena
After a year of build up, the war of words on Twitter and the countless face-to-face confrontations, wrestling fans were finally set to see these two WWE superstars tangle in the ring. Cena and Rock started the match with a collar and elbow tie-up, with Cena throwing Rock to the Corner. The lock up yet again, this time Rock threw Cena in the corner.
They exchanged holds and moves one for one, but Cena gained control over Rock with a side headlock. Rock quickly mounted the comeback. A lot of pauses between spots occurred between Rock and Cena to hype the fans up. Cena was back in control of the match and hit Rock with a hard clothesline.
Cena then wore down Rock with a Bear Hug, but it was short lived, Rock fired back and Cena sent Rock over the top rope. Cena punished Rock on the outside, using the announcers’ table to injure Rock’s ribs. Cena and Rock were back inside, Cena hit some high-impact moves to continue to work on Rock’s injured ribs.
Rock mounted the comeback but it didn’t last long, Cena once again clamped Rock in a Bear Hug, continuing to work on the injured ribs of The Rock. Rock mounted the comeback with a DDT on Cena. Cena battled back with some hard punches, and Rock countered with a flying lariat and his signature spine-buster.
Cena countered and attempted an STF, and a shoulder tackle. Cena hit his signature back body drop and the five-knuckle shuffle. An AA was next on the menu by Cena, but Rock countered and they both hit a double clothesline. The referee counted to eight and both men got to their feet. Cena and Rock exchanged lefts and rights, Rock attempted his hard right-hand slap, when Cena hit the AA for a two and three fourths.
Rock hit the Rock Bottom for a two and a half, Cena and Rock went back and forth. Cena climbed the top rope and hit Rock with a double-leg drop for the two count. Cena attempted another AA, Rock countered with the Sharp Shooter, but Cena grabbed the rope.
Rock tried yet again for another Sharp Shooter, applying pressure on Cena’s lower back. Cena once again grabbed the rope. The match continued on with both men getting several more near-falls on each other. Cena finally got one up on The Rock and attempted to defeat him with his own move, The People’s Elbow, but Rock wouldn’t have any of it. Rock countered with one final Rock Bottom for the three and the huge win.
Comments: Fantastic match, the fans were really into this match. Especially for The Rock, considering it’s his home town of Miami. Great for the WWE to give the “W” to The Rock in his home town, the building erupted when Rock had his hand raised.
By Richard Boudreau (Bleacher Report)