WrestleMania XXVIII (2012)

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WrestleMania XXVIII was the 28th annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event. It took place on April 1, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. It is the ... See full summary »

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WrestleMania XXVIII was the 28th annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event. It took place on April 1, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. It is the highest grossing PPV event in professional wrestling history. The main event on the card was a bout between The Rock and John Cena, a match that was announced a year in advance with the tagline "Once in a Lifetime". Written by Wiki

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A match was planned between Big Show and Shaquille O'Neal. O'Neal promoted the match for months in interviews. But the match did not happen for unknown reasons. See more »

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One of the better WrestleMania's in recent memory
8 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Match 1: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship - The front row was filled with "YES!" signs and fans chanting Daniel Bryan. The bell rings and Bryan gives his girlfriend AJ a kiss before the match, Bryan then turns around to a Brogue Kick from Sheamus and this match is over. 18 seconds, really? I have no problem with Sheamus going over Bryan here, but the 18 seconds was a waste of money for all that purchased tickets for the event or bought this on pay-per-view. Winner: and NEW World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus

Match 2: Randy Orton vs. Kane - Very uninspiring stuff early on from these two. They ultimately finished strong and picked up the pace. Orton, at least in my opinion, was the favorite to win this. In the end Kane hits Orton with a chokeslam off the top rope for the win. One of the bigger surprises of the night was seeing Kane win this match, which he desperately needed to do in order to protect his image after losing to Cena. Winner: Kane

Match 3: Cody Rhodes (c) vs. The Big Show for the Intercontinental Championship - Nothing too spectacular to comment about in this match. The story of Big Show never having his "WrestleMania moment" actually added some depth to save this match. Rhodes looked pretty good here being in the ring with someone a lot bigger than him. In the end Rhodes goes for his Disaster kick, but Big Show counters and literally spears him right in the balls. After a knockout punch Show gets the pin, the win, the Intercontinental title, and finally his "WrestleMania moment." Winner: and NEW Intercontinental Champion The Big Show

Match 4: Divas Champion Beth Phoenix & Eve vs. Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos - Still scratching my head as to why this got more time than the Bryan/Sheamus World title match. Your basic WrestleMania divas tag match that dragged on longer than it needed to. Don't get me wrong, they are all extremely hot, but this match should not have gone more than at least 3 minutes at best. Winners: Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos

Match 5: The Undertaker vs. Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match with Shawn Michaels as Special Guest Referee - All I have to say is damn, what a match. These two guys are a lot older than most of the guys on the roster, but can still have a better match than most of them. The cell wasn't really needed, as it wasn't utilized really at all during this match. I don't think I've seen a match with more drama involved in it. They overbooked a little in this match, but the storytelling ultimately saved it from being some overbooked mess. At times it actually looked like Undertaker would being going 19-1, but after kicking out of the second Pedigree Undertaker losing was out of the question. WWE really did a nice job here of tying together The Undertaker's matches with Shawn Michaels as well as his match last year with Triple H all into this one match for a final conclusion. Undertaker tombstones Triple H for the win. Winner: The Undertaker

Match 6: Team Teddy (Santino Marella (captain), R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali, & Booker T) vs. Team Johnny (David Otunga (captain), Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Miz & Drew McIntyre) - The match for control of both shows. It was your basic multi-man match to make sure that some undercard talents got a spot on the show. Zack Ryder actually had a really strong showing towards the end of the match, which just shows that WWE has really dropped the ball and failed to push him to his full potential. The Miz pins Ryder for the win after some distraction from Eve to further her storyline with Ryder. Johnny has control of Raw and SmackDown, which was needed here, because let's face it, if WWE didn't have a heel manager figure it would eliminate half of the story lines on their shows. Winners: Team Johnny

Match 7: CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho for the WWE Championship - The match of the night as far as wrestling goes. The match started off like some sort of a T.V. angle with Jericho trying to get Punk disqualified so he could become WWE Champion. After getting past that part of the story these two turned everything around to have the match of the night. Both men delivered and the audience really invested into CM Punk, although Jericho fans were also very vocal throughout. After a nice exchange during the end Punk is able to apply the Anaconda Vise on Jericho and make him tap out to retain the title proving himself to be the Best in the World. Winner: and STILL WWE Champion CM Punk

Match 8: The Rock vs. John Cena - The match that basically sold this show. It was really hard to deliver after a year-long build, but both of these guys did just that. The Rock proves that he still "has it." The fans were so against Cena that a riot might have actually taken place if he won this match. The general feeling was that Cena would win this after all the build-up since the last WrestleMania. A really strong match that was main event worthy for this WrestleMania. Really enjoyable back and forth battle from these two. After two Attitude Adjustments didn't work, Cena tries for the People's Elbow. The Rock immediately jumps up and hits the Rock Bottom on Cena for what I thought was a surprising win. Cena really needed to lose here, because his character desperately needs to change. Looks like it could be time for a heel turn finally. Cena could be embracing the hate. Winner: The Rock


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