WrestleMania 28 Running Diary – The Rock Vs. John Cena

I’m going to do this WrestleMania live write-up a little differently. I’m going to do it diary-style, rather than as a true match-by-match post. It’s only the biggest show probably in years, so why not?

4:00: It’s not once in a lifetime if they do it again next year is it?

4:01: Lilian is looking mighty fine singing “America The Beautiful”. I think she still wants the People’s Strudle.

4:07: After a long opening package showing John Cena and Rock as children, it’s World Heavyweight Championship time.

Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan

4:09: AJ gives a little kiss to the champ.

4:10: It must’ve been the kiss of death. After the kiss, Sheamus kicked Bryan to win the match. After building this match for weeks and weeks and Bryan doing tremendous work, they jobbed him. Not what I want to see when I pay $65 for a show.

Winner: Sheamus

4:14: Yes! Nooooooooooo!

4:16: At least it’s time for Kane. Wait, that nearly makes it worse.

Kane vs. Randy Orton

4:20: It took longer for Randy Orton to put baby oil on his nipples than it did for Bryan to lose to Sheamus.

4:26: After losing to John Cena and Big Show recently, Kane is all of a sudden hard to knock off his feet again.

4:28: Kane nearly had his WrestleMania moment, but Orton kicked out of his chokeslam. He was brokenhearted.

4:30: Well, Kane just got his WrestleMania moment pinning Randy Orton with a chokeslam from the top rope. Wow.

Winner: Kane

4:33: Let’s count the old-timers who we only get to see once a year. So far, Ron Simmons and Mick Foley in a “Damn!” skit.

4:34: It’s Dashing Cody Rhodes time!

Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show

4:36: I think Cody is smuggling bananas in his trunks. Even Shawn Michaels is appalled.

4:43: After Rhodes hit the Beautiful Disaster kick, he went for it again and Big Show speared him right in the balls to set up the punch of death for the win.

Winner: The Big Show

4:44: To sell how important it was for him to win, we see tears of Big Show.

4:47: Now that I think of it, those were tears of joy for not being Daniel Bryan’d.

4:50: Maria Menunos is wearing very nice pants. That’s all I can say.

Beth Phoenix and Eve vs. Kelly Kelly and Maria Menunos
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Road To WrestleMania 28 – Week 8

Shawn Michaels may have once lost his smile, but holy heck, his smile saved a long and lifeless segment tonight.

Let’s take a look at every scheduled match and talk about the build.

  • Since it was the main event segment, let’s talk about it first. I was pretty disappointed in the Triple H vs. Undertaker segment. What I’ve liked about Triple H’s character in the last two months all went down the drain tonight. He was back to being the grovel-ly, wannabe bad ass, and I’m just through with that character. I liked the grown up character who is in a suit and knows his days are close to being done, but for one night, he can strap up his boots again and go with the best of them. I also think they’ve taken steam off the Undertaker a bit. Duan and I were talking a month ago that Taker is one of the only guys left with that superstar aura. I haven’t felt it the last two times we’ve seen him. Is it because HBK seems more special? Maybe. Might also be because he looks like a goof with the hood on.

    What saved this segment for me, and really I think made it work overall in the end was Shawn Michaels’ smile. When Taker told HHH that Shawn was better than him, Shawn smirked and sold the smirk until HHH looked at him dismayed. That was money.

  • The Rock and John Cena stuff was toned down tonight and it seems as if they’ve halted all the insults. Rock’s promo was more about it being a huge match and getting the respect from all the great performers of the past. Very little of it was about demeaning Cena. And then he posted this on his Twitter last night:

    I’m not sure if there was a directive or not to stop burying each other, but it sure seemed like it. And it’s probably for the better. What I also wonder is if they’re foreshadowing the finish where if Rock has to lose, he loses to an opponent he respects, rather than one he constantly makes fun of. Cena didn’t get a chance to talk, but he was able to show that crazy strength by putting Mark Henry on his shoulders. That gets him over every time.

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Road To WrestleMania 28 – Week 3

After two fairly strong episodes of Monday Night Raw, the go-home show was part train-wreck. Smackdown was it’s regular engine that could and included a pretty strong hype video for the Rock, who is only two or so weeks away from being live on WWE TV again.

I really like the Randy Orton/Daniel Bryan dynamic, even though it doesn’t look like that’s where we’re headed for at WrestleMania. They worked well together even though the pushed feud still seems to be The Big Show vs. Daniel Bryan. You have to figure that Bryan comes out of the Elimination Chamber this Sunday with the World Title, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Wade Barrett win it considering he did the job in the tag team match to Sheamus on Smackdown.

On the Raw side, it very well looks like Chris Jericho is going to win the Raw chamber so that Punk goes into WrestleMania as the challenger. For whatever reason, on Raw, there were three matches with each chamber participant involved, which meant that there had to be three losers, which is just backwards. They could’ve been more creative instead of having Dolph Ziggler, Miz, and Kofi all look like jobbers who then are in one of the main events at this weekend’s PPV.
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2011 WWE Survivor Series – The Rock And John Cena Vs. The Miz And R-Truth Play By Play

Well, it’s what many have been waiting for. Since he left, one of the bigger questions was, “Is the Rock going to wrestle again?” That answer is yes finally.

Of course, this match is mainly a set up for their WrestleMania match in Miami. What happens here with Miz and Truth doesn’t really matter. They need to have something hot building toward Mania.

1. John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler

Crowd is chanting for Zack Ryder already. Lots of good athletic stuff back and forth. Morrison had Ziggler pinned and Vicki pulled his leg on the bottom rope. She was subsequently kicked out and copped a major fit.

Ziggler hit a sweet Fame Asser that Morrison kicked out of. Morrison hit the knee while Ziggler was sitting up and nearly killed him. He missed the Starship Pain and ate a sweet Zig Zag. Dolph Ziggler is my favorite wrestler.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler got on the mic to brag and to tell everyone to follow that and then Ryder came out to beat him up some.

2. Eve vs. Beth Phoenix

It was a lumberjills match. Beth Phoenix might’ve just killed Eve with the Glam Slam from the top rope. That looked like it sucked.

Winner: Beth Phoenix

David Otunga told CM Punk that he should apologize John Laryngitis (I like Santino’s name for him better). Punk said he would after he won the title.
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