WrestleMania 28 went down last night (Sun., April 1, 2012) from Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida, and featured a show that, at the very least, met expectations. Maybe it didn't exceed them, likely thanks to WWE building it for one year and promising a "Once in a Lifetime" match, but it was a damn good show.
The Rock ultimately triumphed in his hometown and can now boast (kayfabe, of course) that he's defeated Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin and John Cena at WrestleMania. No other WWE superstar has a resume like that.
As for Cena, he's left to deal with his own shortcomings and failure to come through in what he himself described as the match of his life. If only for a short time, Mr. Plain Jane is interesting again.
Undertaker and Triple H put on a clinic in their Hell in a Cell match that absolutely blew away every expectation for it. It was a brutal, bloody battle that saw Trips get color the hard way and 'Taker's back welt up from repeated chair shots. The psychology of the storytelling was top notch and the added touch of Shawn Michaels ability to sell the match with his mannerisms and facial expressions made it one of the best matches I've ever seen.
In other action, CM Punk retained his title by defeating Chris Jericho in a great match, Daniel Bryan lost the world heavyweight title in a squash to Sheamus, John Laurinaitis became General Manager of both Raw and Smackdown after Team Johnny beat Team Teddy, Big Show won the Intercontinental strap by besting Cody Rhodes, and Randy Orton jobbed to Kane. Oh and the Divas put together a decent match.
A photo gallery of all of the above (via WWE.com) is up after the jump.
The Rock vs. John Cena
Undertaker vs. Triple H
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show
Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy
Randy Orton vs. Kane
Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos vs. Eve and Beth Phoenix