Wednesday, 26 March 2014

WrestleMania CountDown: WrestleMania XXVIII - Once In a Lifetime

AYO! What's popping everybody? We are only 12 days away from WrestleMania XXX, and last night on RAW, 2 more matches were added to the card as well as the latest inductee into the Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The Shield will take on Corporate Kane and the New Age Outlaws in a 6-Man Tag Team match - not the match I was expecting but it should be a war! AJ Lee will defend her Divas Championship against (currently) 14 other women in a Divas Championship Invitational. Before there was DX, before there was The Rock or Stone Cold Steve Austin, there was 'the Bad Guy', Razor Ramon. The newest inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame class 2014 is none other than Razor Ramon! It's about time Chico! Speaking of time, let's take it back 2 years and relive WrestleMania XXVIII. The Rock vs. Cena was billed 'Once in a Lifetime.' What we needed to take into account, was the date on which this pay-per-view was held.


Date: 1st April, 2012
Venue: Sun Life Stadium
City: Miami, Florida

For the second time in WrestleMania history, the World Heavyweight Championship was contested for in the opening match. However this match still made history by being the shortest World Heavyweight Championship match in WrestleMania history. Although Daniel Bryan would lose the match, and the World Championship to Sheamus in only 18 seconds, this was the grassroots beginnings for the #YESMovement. This was the point in time where the people really got behind Daniel Bryan, and made their voices heard, especially the next night on RAW.

Here we are, two years later and Daniel Bryan finds himself in a situation at WrestleMania XXX, where if he is able to defeat 'The Game' Triple H, he'll get his chance at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Will Daniel Bryan's career reach it's culmination or will The Cerebral Assassin crush the #YESMovement once and for all?

The "Daniel Bryan!" chants would continue well into the second match on the card as Kane took on Randy Orton. This was the Kane that seemed like a threat, and proved it by chokeslamming Randy Orton off the top turnbuckle and sent him crashing into the mat allowing him to pick up the 1-2-3. I remember watching this match live thinking that as dangerous as Kane had been in recent months, there was no way that he would beat Orton at a WrestleMania stage, but I guess he proved us wrong!

The following match also seemed fairly straight forward to predict because it had the Big Show in it. For those of you that have been watching WrestleMania over the years know that the Big Show doesn't have the best record (and that's an understatement) for WrestleMania victories. So would his victory over Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship in this match be considered an upset? I'm not sure, because by pure size Cody Rhodes would be considered the underdog. What I do know is that the Big Show is my pick this year to win the André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, you heard it here first!

The following match was an injustice in my eyes as Beth Phoenix (Divas Champion) was pinned by Maria Menounos in a tag team match between Beth Phoenix/Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly/Maria Menounos. No, okay... just no. Menounos was afriad to climb the top turnbuckle and she somehow managed to beat Beth Phoenix? Bah! Not happy with that at all. However Kelly Kelly did perform a pretty impressive rolling senton off the top rope to a standing Beth Phoenix. Kudos.

The re-match that everyone was waiting for was up next. The match that would be the End of an Era. Triple would grant the Undertaker a rematch, and they would compete inside Hell in a Cell! If that wasn't enough, the special guest referee was going to be Mr. WrestleMania himself, Shawn Michaels! What a brutal match this was indeed, with Triple H getting the early advantage and simply assaulting Undertaker with steel chair shots, one after the other. There came a point in the match where Michaels got close enough to the Deadman to ask if he wanted to end it, but he only got himself caught in the Hells Gate submission. Never in my life have I ever felt that the streak was actually going to be over than when Shawn Michaels would retaliate and hit the Undertaker with Sweet Chin Music, only for Triple H to follow up with a Pedigree. 2 finishers. That was the point that time stood still and I believed that the streak was over. 1.. 2.. AND THE DEADMAN KICKED OUT! BY GOD WHAT A MATCH! Also, having Jim Ross do commentary for this one just added that much more emotion to what we were seeing. As the match went on, it would appear that Triple would be running on empty, as he couldn't seem to finish Taker off. In a final act of defiance, as though his mid wanted to continue fighting but his body had failed him, Triple H would motion the DX crotch chop to The Undertaker, which got him a blow to the head with his own sledgehammer. Followed up with a Tombstone Piledriver, for the 3rd time at WrestleMania, Triple H was set to rest in peace by the Undertaker. The Streak had officially reached the milestone second decade. The Undertaker was 20-0. We had just witnessed the End of an Era!

The End of an Era
Team Johnny (David Otunga, Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger) (with John Laurinaitis, Vickie Guerero and Brie Bella) defeated Team Teddy (Santino Marella, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali and Booker T) (with Nikki Bella, Aksana, Eve Torres, Hornswoggle and Theodore Long) to determine who would become General Manager of both RAW and SmackDown.

CM Punk was set to defend the WWE Championship in a singles contest with Chris Jericho. Both men were battling to prove who was 'The Best in the World.' The match stipulation would be changed by John Laurinaitis just as CM Punk was getting ready to come out for this match, and Johnny Ace would state that if CM Punk were to get himself disqualified, then he would lose the WWE Championship. After weeks of Jericho making personal attacks on Punk as well as insulting his family, Punk was finding it hard to keep his cool during the match, and Jericho would continue to shout insults such as, "Your dad's a drunk!" during the match to add fuel to the fire. Not only did Punk manage to keep his cool, he managed to keep the WWE Championship after making Chris Jericho tap out to the Anaconda Vice. Quality performance from both wrestlers.

Once in a Lifetime - After a year long back and forth between John Cena and The Rock, they were both set to FINALLY go one on one in the main event of WrestleMania in Miami, Florida. I absolutely loved the year long build up for this match, it makes you feel invested as a wrestling fan and in my opinion just makes it that much more epic! I remember thinking going into this match, that it was at WrestleMania X8 that Hollywood Hulk Hogan would pass the torch to The Rock, and here we were, 10 years later and The Rock would be passing the torch to John Cena. The opening sequence of this match seemed VERY similar to the opening of The Rock vs. Hogan - with both men looking around and slowly soaking in the moment. Followed by a collar and elbow tie and and a throw, displaying one's power over the other. Having watched the match back again, it was actually a pretty decent main event! John Cena would end up getting cocky right at the end, and would attempt his version of the People's Elbow, only to be caught by The Rock and planted with a Rock Bottom! 1-2-3. This began the tailspin in John Cena's career where his following year was full of defeat. The Rock on the other hand would appear on RAW the next night and proclaim that he would one day return to become WWE Champion.

After the dust had settled, John Cena was defeated in Miami @ WrestleMania XXVIII
WrestleMania Moment: The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Triple H leaving the ring and embrace after the match

Move of the Night: Kane's Chokeslam on Randy Orton off the top rope

Match of the Night: End of an Era - Hell in a Cell: The Undertaker vs. Triple H (Special Referee: Shawn Michaels)


If you watched WrestleMania XXVIII, let us know what you thought and fill us in on your favorite moments! Do you think it was the greatest WrestleMania of all time? Join the blog next time as we take a look back at WrestleMania 29 from 2013 as a part of the 'WrestleMania CountDown'! It will be THE LAST WRESTLEMANIA COUNTDOWN before the Big One! You can also tweet to us from anywhere! Whether you're in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, India, Germany, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the Maldives, Italy, Belgium, Japan, the Philippines, or your name is Neo and you're in Sri Lanka, send us a shout via our Twitter:

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Mau (26/03/14) 19:30

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