OSR: WWE WrestleMania 28 Review (2012)

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OSR: WWE WrestleMania 28 Review

As the Countdown to WrestleMania continues, the OSR goes back to WrestleMania 28. From the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida with 78,363 in attendance. The 28th Edition of WrestleMania was earmarked “Once in a Lifetime”. This event marked John Cena battling The Rock. Here is the WWE WrestleMania 28 Review. 

The show opened with Lilian Garcia in the ring singing another rendition of “America the Beautiful”. Throughout this, troops were staged with American Flags on the stage as a montage was shown. We then went to the opening montage for the show, which looked at the careers of The Rock and John Cena. It also looked at “The End of an Era” feud between The Undertaker and Triple H. Rather badly, 75% of the superstars which were shown here were or are part timers. There was no mention of the championship matches. 

At this point, the show went to Sun Life Stadium with the commentary team for the evening Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler and surprisingly there was no firework montage to commemorate the start of the show. Very quickly, the show went to the ring for the first match of the night.

1. World Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) (w/ AJ Lee) vs. Sheamus

Both men made their way to the ring, and the bell quickly rang. As AJ Lee gave Daniel a good luck kiss, he was then nailed with a Brogue Kick. This allowed him to pick up the win. This was an offensively short and pointless opening match as it achieved absolutely nothing.

Winner: Sheamus, to capture the World Heavyweight Championship

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

2. Kane vs. Randy Orton

Both men made their way to the ring, after which no history package was shown but was very briefly alluded to. The match itself was very evenly contested between both men, were both had their equal moments of dominance.

Kane was ultimately the victor in his match following a chokeslam from the top rope. Unfortunately, this match was a complete dud and so uninteresting. The majority of this match was spent sorting out laundry.

Winner: Kane

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

3. WWE Intercontinental Championship: Cody Rhodes (c) vs. The Big Show

As Cody made his way to the ring, a video montage was shown of The Big Show’s moments at WrestleMania. It highlighted the fact he’d never had a WrestleMania moment. The Big Show then made his way to the ring, for the match to begin.

Show was fairly dominant over Cody from the outset, albeit a brief moment when Cody used his speed to ground Show. Show soon picked up the win with his KO punch to become the new champion to achieve his “WrestleMania moment”. Unfortunately, the match was just crap.

Winner: The Big Show, to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

4. Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres

A really strange promo was shown before the match, which looked at the life of a WWE Diva. It didn’t really portray them as wrestlers, but more as objects. Anyhow, both teams then made their way to the ring, receiving virtually no reaction.

The match got underway with Kelly Kelly in control, which soon goes back to Beth and Eve when Maria was tagged in. This continued for several minutes, but ultimately Maria was able to pick up the win in another forgettable match.

Winners: Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

5. Hell in a Cell Match: The Undertaker vs. Triple H with Special Guest Referee Shawn Michaels

Both men, and the referee Shawn Michaels made their way to the ring. Surprisingly, there was no history package shown for the match but the emphasis was hammered down on it being “The End of an Era”. After Taker made his entrance, he then revealed his stupid mo-hawk.

The match then got itself underway, with The Undertaker very much in control of the match. This method continued for several minutes, until Triple H was able to fire back with a DDT from nowhere and the traditional AA spinebuster.

As Taker continued to show resilience, Triple H then proceeded to decimate him with a series of brutal chair shots. As HBK became desperate to ring the bell and end the match, Taker continued to show resilience whereas Triple H became more vicious with the sledgehammer.

With HBK down, a replacement referee Charles Robinson made his way out at which point Taker received a near finish. Robinson was then taken out by Taker for his trouble. As Triple H countered a Tombstone, HBK then nailed Taker with a Sweet Chin Music to allow another near finish.

Taker was able to fire back and nailed a Tombstone, but was only able to get a near finish. Taker then proceeded to decimate Triple H with the steel chair. After a final shot with the sledgehammer and a Tombstone, to pick up the win.

This was a very much love it or hate it match. Whilst the match itself was okay in some respects, there was nothing within it which made it stand out as memorable which would make you want to watch it over and over. It was possible the presence of HBK which made this more bearable.

Winner: The Undertaker

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

Next up was the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2012, where Howard Finkel introduced all of the inductees. They were Ron Simmons, Yokozuna, The Four Horsemen, Mil Mascaras, Mike Tyson and Edge.

6. [Team Johnny] The Miz, Mark Henry, Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler and David Otunga (w/ John Laurinaitis, Vickie Guerrero and Brie Bella) vs. [Team Teddy] Kofi Kingston, The Great Khali, R-Truth, Zack Ryder, Booker T and Santino Marella (w/ Teddy Long, Aksana, Hornswoggle, Eve Torres and Nikki Bella)

Both teams made their way to the ring, with Nikki and Brie Bella making the introductions for their respective teams. The match got underway with Team Teddy quickly in control of the match. Team Johnny are able to regain the control, over Booker T.

This allowed Team Johnny to continue their dominance in the match for several minutes. The match soon descended into chaos, as all members of the teams went at it.

Despite some quick dominance from Zack Ryder, a distraction provided by Eve allowed The Miz to nail his finisher for the win. That was a massively forgettable match where nothing stood out in memory. This match in honesty had to many people in it. Afterwards, Eve turned on Ryder.

Winners: [Team Johnny] The Miz, Mark Henry, Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler and David Otunga

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

7. WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho

Jericho made his way out first, as the history package was shown. It highlighted both men’s determination to be the best in the world, whilst Y2J picked apart the family of CM Punk. Punk then made his way to the ring – it was bloody good to hear “Cult of Personality” again.

The match got underway with Punk in control, where he quickly took to giving Jericho a pounding. Throughout this, Y2J taunted Punk with insults about his family to provoke a reaction. Y2J was eventually able to fight back, as he nailed Punk with a suplex to the outside.

Y2J remained very much in control of the match until Punk was able to get a near finish following his GTS. The match continued with near finishes for both men, until Punk was able to pick up the win when Y2J submitted to the Anaconda Device.

That was a very well contested match, which was heightened by the chemistry and charisma exhumed from both men. There was a chance it could have being better with a slightly longer, more drawn out pace. Nonetheless, it was still a very strong match.

Winner: CM Punk, to retain the WWE Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

8. Once in a Lifetime: The Rock vs. John Cena

The history package looked at both men’s careers since they made their debut, but also various WWE superstars debating over to whom will walk out victorious. Both men made their way to the ring, with standard WrestleMania entrances with live music performances ready for the match to begin.

The match began with The Rock very much in control, as he proceeded to throw Cena around the ring. After Cena was able to do this to The Rock, it then became very back and forth between the pair. Cena shows great presence and charisma, which allowed him a near finish.

However, a level of cockiness from both men evened the playing field once again. It became a very well fought contest between the duo, which ultimately saw The Rock walking out victorious. Had this match had only being a one off, then this would have remained an incredible moment.

Winner: The Rock

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

WWE WrestleMania 28 Conclusions

This was certainly an interesting event to watch back after 5 years. The event is rightly or wrongly remembered for “Once in a Lifetime” and “End of an Era”. Whilst it may be remembered for these things, the in-ring quality for the event was extremely poor. The only real match for in-ring quality was Chris Jericho and CM Punk, which to be honest could have being so much better. The Undertaker and Triple H, was one of those love it or hate it matches. Had Shawn Michaels not being the referee for the match, it would have being abysmal. 

Unfortunately, the lasting legacy for the event was spoiled a year later at WrestleMania 29. Had The Rock and John Cena remained a unique one-off, then this event would be remembered so much more fondly. Now, you think of it as “Oh year that was good, but that other year was so much better.” Sad, but true. 

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