Sunday, April 1st, 2012 – Sun Life Stadium – Miami, Florida – The shocker of WrestleMania isn’t Brock Lesnar signing a one-year contract with the WWE or him not making an appearance, Batista tweeting that he’s in Miami and not doing a run-in, or Johnny Ace is the General Manager of both shows on WWE television, but the Rock, Dwayne Johnson, defeating John Cena in the last match.
The reason why that was the biggest shock for me is we don’t know if Rock is guaranteed for any more matches with the WWE. Granted we were in Rock’s back yard at Mania 2012, it was expected that the Miami fans would riot if Cena won, but what if Rock doesn’t come back and put over Cena in a match, clean? How does that make Cena in the casual fans that he lost to a guy who had his first match back a few months back in almost eight years?
[adinserter block=”2″]Either way, I was overjoyed to see the Rock go over clean against Cena. To that respect, I give Cena respect for being willing to “lay down” for the Rock. Cena gained more respect from me, an hardcore fan turned casual fan due to the storylines the past few years.
That match, for me, didn’t live up to the hype like the build-up for it. It wasn’t “the greatest WrestleMania match” or anything like that. In my eyes, it came third behind the Undertaker/Triple H III inside Hell in a Cell (my favorite of the night) and the Chris Jericho/CM Punk/WWE Championship match. In my eyes, it was an okay match for what it’s worth; to Cena’s wrestling ability and Rock being out of the ring for almost a decade, I’ll give the match *** ¾* out of five.
To the number two match in my eyes on the card, I was utterly pissed that Chris Jericho tapped out to CM Punk in the WWE Championship match, to be honest. I know I hadn’t been a regular contributor on this site due to losing interest in the business, but I’ve been a huge Jericholic since 1999.
On a technical standing match, this match is the best on the card, as expected. It had me and my half-dozen friends who went to Cold Spring, Minnesota, to watch the card live at one of my best friend’s apartment.
I know that the crowd, as well as my buddies were getting burnt out of watching WrestleMania when this match was going down (the match finished just minutes before the three hour mark).
Podcast I’ve listened to for build-up for WrestleMania (partly to help give me entertainment at work and partly to keep me updated with the business for I don’t have to pay for cable just for a two hour show once a week) have been saying that the Jericho/Punk match was going to be the Steamboat/Savage match from WrestleMania III, compared to Rock/Cena to Hogan/Andre.
Did the WWE Championship match live up to the hype? Honestly, I don’t think the Steamboat/Savage match was the “all-time classic” people say it is. So no, it wasn’t, but that’s my opinion. Like said, I feel like this match was the second best match on the card, giving it ****.
So, the Hell in a Cell match was the best match of the night? I feel like the Undertaker and Triple H, along with Shawn Michaels as the special guest ref, tied in the storyline from last year’s match and their match from Mania X7, and even tying the last straws together with the Michaels/Undertaker/WrestleMania matches together.
Undertaker brought it up a few times during the build-up saying that Michaels is better than Triple H, which pushed Hunter over the line on accepting the match offer. Adding that little story and Michaels nailing both men with a Sweet Chin Music during the match, I feel like this had to be tied with the Michaels/Taker II at Mania 26.
The couple times Michaels asked the Undertaker if he wanted to stop the match, Taker told him he better not, even with Michaels pleading with him to stop the match. There were a couple times when both Hunter and Undertaker were on the mat due to the beating, Michaels was sitting in the corner with tears in his eyes. Michaels sold the match by his facial expressions!
At the end of the match, Michaels helped the Undertaker up and gave him a hug. Taker did his post-match taunts and all and Michaels was by Hunter, trying to get him up from the beating. The Undertaker helped Michaels with getting Hunter up and out of the ring, and carried him up to the top of the ramp, along with cheers from the fans. A WrestleMania memory happened when all three men gave each other a group hug. In my opinion, this was a **** ½* match.
For what it was worth, I was entertained during the whole card at WrestleMania 28. The ladies match was a bathroom break for me and the World Heavyweight title match being less than twenty seconds was shocking, but the whole presentation, I was entertained as a casual hardcore fan.
I’ll definitely buy the WrestleMania 28 DVD once it comes out and will watch the Undertaker/Hunter match, the Jericho/Punk match, and the Rock/Cena match over again. I want to see the Hall of Fame inductions because a lot of the class this year I love and were a part of my childhood while growing up.
I don’t understand why people would be upset with Cody Rhodes losing the Intercontinental Championship to the Big Show, they can easily continue their feud and the title gets brought up with former WWE and World Heavyweight Champion capturing the title at WrestleMania. To top it off, Orton lost to Kane! A total shock! I had to pick my jaw up from the floor when Kane picked up the pin fall victory with a second-rope chokeslam.
[adinserter block=”1″]To conclude, this WrestleMania was definitely better than the past year’s Mania. The Cena/Rock match didn’t live up to the hype as built and the Taker/Hunter match was better than what people expected. The Jericho/Punk match was pretty well, wasn’t as good as I expected but was easily the second match of the night (or third, depending on your personal interest to judge wrestling matches). It was defiantly worth while paying $60ish bucks to watch live and defiantly work $20ish to buy on DVD. Go out and buy it when it comes out!
Eric Darsie is known as a ‘common-man’ among his peers, at least he thinks so. He works hard with his hands in the heart of Minnesota and on his free time, he thugs and a bugs with his family and friends. Whenever he doesn’t do that, he’s found to be writing. Now more of a rare thing, he’s gems could be found here. If you would like to see more of Eric’s work outside of the professional world, check him out at http://vintagedarsie.wordpress.com/, http://www.writerscafe.org/Darsie/writing/, and on Twitter @IAmDarsie.