For those of you that are regular readers of the blog here and AREN’T wrestling fans don’t worry… this is the last wrestling related post for a while.
With that being said, WrestleMania 28 is officially in the books and it’s time for a recap and a look back at the show that was. As per usual we built our yearly Beeramid which was epic.
First off, I’ll say this was a FAR superior show compared to the last couple of years. I always enjoy WrestleMania weekend cause we turn it into an event, but I have to say the show itself was a BIG part of my enjoyment this year. That’s something I’ve not been able to say over the last couple of years.
- Sheamus beat Daniel Bryan for the World Title
If you blinked, you missed it. Sheamus hit Bryan with his finisher as soon as he turned around from giving AJ a kiss and just like that it was over. The WWE has gotten a TON of shit for this one but I have to say this match got one of the loudest pops from us. While you can’t really call this a “match” and I would have enjoyed watching Sheamus and Bryan go at it, this was a pretty cool way to get the show started. And when you think about it this is a really nice way to play into the Daniel Bryan story line.
- Kane beat Randy Orton
I can only imagine how pissed Randy and Kane were when they found out they were going on second. Guess that’s what happens when you have no time to build a story line and when Orton is hurt all the time. This was actually a really good wrestling match, but as I watched it I couldn’t help but think we were watching an episode of RAW. Kane gets the clean win when he choke slams Orton off the top rope. Good finish and good solid match.
- Big Show beat Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Title
With all the talk of how Big Show chokes at Mania, this was a no brainer for me (though apparently I was in the minority). Cody Rhodes is clearly an up and comer and quite frankly I think he needed to lose the title so he could move forward in his career. This was a relatively short match but one that I thought was pretty well done. Big Show is nearing the end of his career and I for one was happy to see him get a victory on the grandest stage of them all. He was visibly emotional at the end which makes me think he’s nearing the end of the road. Decent match.
- Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos defeated Beth Phoenix and Eve
Um… yeah. This match happened. Was there any doubt that Kelly & Maria were going to win this? If you doubted it, you should have read this beforehand. Celebrities don’t lose at WrestleMania… period. To be fair though, Maria had some broken ribs from her stint on Dancing With The Stars and didn’t totally embarrass herself. Thankfully this was a short one. Oh yeah… and Even is smoking hot. Yum.
- The Undertaker defeated HHH in Hell In A Cell
I still don’t think Shawn Michaels should have been in this match, but I have to say that all 3 guys brought it and did a HELL of a job. If you want an example of old school wrestling storytelling you don’t have to go any further than this match. While Taker, HHH and Shawn are all clearly well beyond their prime these guys far exceeded my expectations and put on an outstanding match. As big a Taker fan as I am, I had to say that before the match I was VERY worried that the streak would end, but I’m happy to say that he managed to run it to 20-0. Now I’m just hoping that he’ll retire and not even think about turning back. If that’s the case I’d like to thank Undertaker for an outstanding career. Match of the night in my opinion.
- Team Johnny beat Team Teddy
Honestly I couldn’t have cared less about this match. To me this was just a way to get a bunch of guys onto the WrestleMania card. And let’s face it, NO ONE in the locker room wanted to follow HHH/Taker so the placement on the card here makes perfect sense. It wasn’t nearly the spot fest that I thought it would be and as I sit here just 5 days removed from the event I really can’t pick out anything memorable. That said, I can’t pick out anything overly terrible either so for a 12 man match this is about as good as we could have expected.
- CM Punk retained his WWE Championhip by making Chris Jericho tap
Heading into the match there were quite a few folks (myself included) that were hoping this would be the next coming of Savage/Steamboat from WrestleMania III. And while it didn’t quite live up to that, it was a DAMN good match. Lots of back and forth action with Jericho doing the clean tap job in the middle of the ring. With the “your momma’s a whore” build prior to the event the outcome was pretty set in stone, but these guys told a great story and had a superb match. If I wasn’t such a Taker fan this would have been the match of the night for me.
- The Rock beat John Cena
I just don’t get it. The booking here makes absolutely no sense to me. I stated before where I thought they were going but based on this match and the outcome I’m clearly wrong. I just don’t see the value of Rock winning here. The next night on RAW, he did what we all knew he’d do and essentially said goodbye for the foreseeable future. And for all those John Cena haters out there, PLEASE take a look at this match and watch how he CARRIED The Rock through the whole thing. Pay special attention to when Rock is in Cena’s submission finisher and damn near falls asleep. Dear Rock… it’s not a sleeper. You should be in agony when your leg is touching your head. I can only hope that there’s some sort of longer term plans here. The match itself was pretty decent (aside from a couple of examples) but with a year long build which I think was a HUGE mistake this one was bound to fall flat.
So there you have it. As I said before, overall it was a VERY entertaining show and far superior to the last few year’s offerings.
For those keeping track at home, the final win/losses for the night were:
- Chewie: 5/8
- Pip: 4/8
- Marko: 4/8
Speaking of the WrestleMania 28 Drinking Game. Here are the final tallies on how often we drank for each rule. I’m sure we missed a few here and there, but this is the gist.
- If a Diva and wrestler make out
- Every time it’s mentioned that Miami is the Rock’s home town
- If Michaels super kicks someone
- Submission victory
- (Uunannounced) legend appearance or surprise return
- Small package attempt
- Ref bump
- Foreign object
- Bloody wrestler
- Reference to the sponsored song
- Footage of a previous WrestleMania
- Something is “trending worldwide”
- Missed match outcome
And the CLEAR winner… with a whopping 27 occurrences…
- A finishing move
Once again, it was an absolutely tremendous event and we’re already looking forward to next year. Got a rule you think we should include in next year’s game? Post a comment and we’ll get it added!