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Wrestlemania takes Miami
on July 10, 2012
This year's Wrestlemania took place in Miami, Florida, which is fitting considering that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will finally return to the ring and face one of WWE's biggest stars, John Cena. First of all, WWE looks great in HD, this blu ray is no exception. You can see the vibrant colors of the crowd, the details of the wrestler's costumes and of course, enjoy the music of Flo Rida and Machine Gun Kelly. Unfortunately, Machine Gun Kelly got the crowd hot with his pop for Cena. Sean Combs should have told MGK that when in Miami and The Rock is on the bill, don't insult the crowd (especially if you are in the entertainment business and your revenue is dependent on people buying your music, etc) he got the biggest "booo!" but luckily Flo Rida came out and did his set piece and got the crowd back on their feet and excited for the "Once in a lifetime" main event.
A few notes on the matches:
Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus
Waste of a match, 18 seconds and its over! Bryan is capable of giving his opponents great matches and people were clearly shouting his "YES, YES, YES!" phrase as he entered the ring. Everybody expected a great battle and instead got a "blink, brogue kick, 1, 2, 3, over" match. Overall rating 1/5.
Randy Orton vs Kane
Standard wrestling match, Orton and Kane traded shots until Orton tried a RKO off the second rope, Kane made his move and captured the victory. Overall 3/5
Big Show vs Cody Rhodes
Good match with lots of hype, Cody brings back the classic Intercontinental belt back, awesome, he plays a classic heel by taunting on Big Show's failures and Show finally makes his Wrestlemania moment by knocking out Rhodes with his WMD finisher. Overall 3.5/5
Beth Phoenix and Eve vs Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos
You can already tell this is going to be horrible since a celebrity is involved, a month prior, Kelly Kelly came out on WWE magazine saying she wanted her Wrestlemania moment and clearly, it was handed to her, it wasn't earned, it was handed to her. Phoenix and Eve clearly dominated the match and I remember the crowd made fun of Maria Menounos' attempt at a stinkface on Eve, since Eve's makeup smeared on Maria's backside, which sums up this match. The "pretty faces" manage to get a victory and further erode the Women's division, poor Beth, she deserves serious competition. Overall 0/5
Undertaker vs Triple H, Hell in a Cell
This is the match of the night, Triple H seeks to end Undertaker's undefeated streak with Shawn Michaels as the referee. Undertaker and Triple H trade numerous stiff shots, slam each other against the cage, beat each other with various weapons and all the while, Shawn is torn by his duty as the referee and his friend. Shawn does break his oath by hitting Sweet Chin Music on the Undertaker but that was not enough to keep the Deadman down, Undertaker pulled the power of the darkside and buried Triple H and kept the streak intact, 20-0. After the match, all three men left the ring together, they were clearly moved by the match and they all left as victors and legends. Overall 5/5
Team Johnny vs Team Teddy
Now for a goofy match, after all the emotion of the Hell in a Cell match, the crowd needed a break so we got this 12 man tag match. Booker T makes an appearance and takes a beating but he fights back, a brawl breaks out and Eve distracts Zack Ryder long enough for the Miz to take the victory for Team Johnny. The stakes were high in this match because the role of permanent GM of Raw and Smackdown was on the line, Teddy Long lost and John Laurinaitis began his "People Power" era. The match has its high and low spots but it felt more like filler but it was entertaining. Overall 2/5
CM Punk vs Chris Jericho
Back to serious action, Jericho had been pushing Punk's buttons with his taunts, almost reminded me of when Jerry "The King" Lawler taunted Jake "The Wino" Roberts (okay, I know "The Snake" but lets have some fun here) about his love of alcohol. Jericho plays a great heel, special light up jacket, arrogant facial expressions and overall jerk persona. Punk takes out his rage but keeps in check since his title can be lost if he gets disqualified. Punk breaks the Walls of Jericho and slaps on the Anaconda Vise and gets Jericho to tap out, sweet victory for Punk. Overall 4/5
Brodus Clay comes out to fill out the pay per view, corny dance number with his "momma" and the bridge club, not bad but luckily you can skip this on the dvd. Isn't technology great?
MGK plays "Invincible" and gets on the crowd's bad side, which only gives more heat to Cena (which he doesn't need) and Flo Rida does "Good Feeling" and "Wild Ones", very nice introduction for:
John Cena vs The Rock, Once in a Lifetime match.
For one year, Rock and Cena have traded verbal taunts and gotten physical a few times but it all leads to this, the main event of Wrestlemania 28. The Rocks shows the crowd and Cena that he has a few moves and takes Cena by surprise a few times. Cena has more recent ring experience and The Rock's ring rust begins to show as Cena dominates the match, both men avoid each other's finishers and Cena nearly snaps the Rock in half with his STFU. The Rock looks physically drained half way in the match and it almost looked like he was going to pass out, however, Cena let his confidence get the better of him and when he tried for a People's elbow, the Rock pounced and nailed a Rock Bottom for the win. The Rock accomplished something amazing, he was beaten Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and John Cena at Wrestlemania. Miami was clearly split between Cena and the Rock and this brought memories of Warrior vs Hulk at Wrestlemania VI, at the end, half the crowd was happy, half were upset. Cena is left alone on the ramp, soaking in his loss and what lies ahead....to be continued (in Extreme Rules 2012). Overall 4/5
The Blu ray extras are okay, a few clips from Raw, the Hall of Fame with Edge! Edge's induction into the Hall of Fame is emotional and he can see how moved he and those around are during his introduction and his speech but I loved how he leaves the show, awesome. Great blu ray to add to any WWE fan or Dwayne Johnson fan.