Message board vultures are crapping all over the Punk vs. Jericho match from WrestleMania because it wasn’t the Steamboat/Savage encounter they were expecting. It’s an awful hard position to be in when you are expected to surpass what is arguably the greatest match of all time. It’s not as if Jericho and Punk said “Hey, let’s not try our hardest and see what happens”. They wrestled for 30 minutes and the crowd didn’t get into it until the 16 minute mark. Sometimes, when you put a wrestling match together, it sounds really good in your head but doesn’t translate as well when it’s time to execute the plan. They were hindered by a lack of crowd response, poor placement on the card and that stupid no disqualification stipulation. The last 10 minutes were fantastic to watch but it fell short of being one of those classic Mania matches you will remember forever.
Sun Life Stadium in Miami Flordia
Commentators: Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler
– Triple Threat WWE Tag Team Title Pre-Show Match: Promo & Epico defeated The Usos and Tyson Kidd & Justinian Gabriel to retain the titles.
– World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds to win the title when he nailed him with the Brogue Kick as soon as the bell rang.
– Singles Match: Kane defeated Randy Orton by chokeslaming Orton off the second turnbuckle.
- Intercontinental Championship: Big Show defeated Cody Rhodes to win his first IC title when Show knocked him out with the WMD Punch.
In what could be the biggest news story of the year or a major April fools joke, several news sources have reported that Brock Lesnar arrived in Miami earlier today with a fleet of security. The word on the street is he has signed a one year deal with the WWE and will appear at Wrestlemania tomorrow night. Lesnar retired from MMA competition after losing to Alistair Overeem on December 30th at UFC 141. Rumors of his return to the WWE have linked him to having a match down the line with either The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin or The Undertaker.
The showcase of the immortals is upon us once again as the 28th installment of Wrestlemania takes place this Sunday in Miami, Florida. The main course will consist of two world title matches, Hell in a Cell and the biggest professional matches to come down the pipe in years. (Column I wrote for gerweck.net)