Wrestlemania XXVIII was just as good as advertised. The show was highlighted by the Rock and John Cena, but a few other matches had fans going crazy from start to finish. During the recap, I’ll recount my predictions and share some thoughts (good and bad) about the event. Enjoy. 

 

Match #1: Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan for World Heavyweight Championship

This had to be the quickest World Championship match in Wrestlemania history! A huge, swift ‘Bro Kick’ by Sheamus ended Bryan’s championship reign in five seconds. I hoped that we would see a longer match from these two, but WWE started the show off with bang.

Prediction: Sheamus

Match #2: Kane def. Randy Orton

This match was a little surprising. This was your typical Kane ‘slobber knocker’ of a match, but WWE didn’t feature Orton enough. The crowd would have erupted to an RKO, but there wasn’t one in the match-up. The Kane ‘choke slam off the second rope’ was pretty cool as a finish, but I was a little disappointed with the lack of Orton use.

Prediction: Orton

Match #3: Big Show def. Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship

WWE has been playing up Big Show’s struggles at Wrestlemania and had him in control for much of the match. A big right hand from Show ended Rhodes 230 day reign as champion.

Prediction: Rhodes

Match #4: Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos vs. WWE Divas Champion, Beth Phoenix & Eve

This wasn’t your typical Diva pillow fight match. Kelly Kelly did a nice flip from the top rope and Beth Phoenix was able to show off her pure strength. Menounos was able to hold her own in the ring and was able to get the pin on Phoenix. I liked it.

Prediction: Kelly, Menounos

Match #5: The Undertaker vs. Triple H

Match of the Night. Taker and HHH literally beat the hell out of each other. Each wrestler took at least a dozen chair shots in the back. Taker’s back was a black and blue mess and HHH was beat up pretty badly. I liked Shawn Michaels as the referee. He had his moments (Sweet Chin Music-to-Pedrigree combo on Taker, which Taker kicked out of). Alike Wrestlemanias in the past, Taker used his trademark ‘throat slash’ and tomb-stoned HHH to his 20th (!!!) Wrestlemania win. After the match, HHH, HBK, and Taker walked off together. It was a great sight and I do think this is the last time we’ll ever see this three in a ring together. Great, great match. It had me on the edge of my seat. 

Prediction: Undertaker

Match #6: Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy

Interesting match. It was your typical free-for-all six-man tag match. Ultimately, I liked Eve costing Zack Ryder (and Team Teddy) the match. Good for The Miz hitting the ‘Skull Crushing Finale’ to win it. John Laurintis will now serve as the General Manager for both Raw and Smackdown. 

Prediction: Team Teddy

Match #7: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho

This match wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. The match had it moments with Jericho locking in ‘The Walls of Jericho’ and Punk applying the Andaconda Choke. Ultimately, a Punk win was expected and I expect this feud to move forward.

Prediction: Punk

Match #8: The Rock vs. John Cena

‘Once In A Lifetime’. For wrestling purists, it was a little gratifying to see Rock and Cena step foot into the ring together. Both wrestlers had their moments. Cena hit his Five Knuckle Shuffle and delivered an absolutely devastating Attitude Adjustment where he picked Rock up from the ground, put him on his shoulders, and slammed him. Cena did get a little overzealous, going for The People’s Elbow when Rock countered with a Rock Bottom and won.

Prediction: The Rock

Outside of these eight matches, the F-15 flyover was a nice touch. The music performances didn’t do much for me. I kind of wish they did both performances AND then had Cena/Rock come out. Instead, they made Cena stand in the ring and wait. I was happy that the Funkasaurus had a five minute dance before the Main Event. Need to see more out of him.

Overall, the show was very, very good and was definitely worth the price. I nailed five out of my eight predictions, which was good enough for me. For me, the Taker/HHH match alone stole the show and everything else was just second fiddle. So much for the Brock Lesnar rumors. Brock is a sell-out and I hope we never see him in a WWE ring ever again.