WWE presented their WrestleMania 29 pay-per-view yesterday night with an almost four hour show plus a one hour pre-show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
In the pre-show match, Wade Barrett defended the Intercontinental title against The Miz. The Miz won in a short match with the figure four leg lock to capture the Intercontinental title.
The PPV kicked off with a fantastic video recounting the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy and the determination of the people of New York and New Jersey to get their cities back in business. It was narrated by NJ Governor Chris Christie. Breaking away from tradition, there was no performance of America The Beautiful and no fireworks display to kick off the show.
The first match on the PPV card was The Shield vs Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus. The Shield won the match after Orton was pissed and then Show knocked out both his tag team partners mainly because Orton stole the hot tag that and eventually led his team to a loss.
Ryback vs Mark Henry was the second match, which saw Mark Henry pinning the artist formerly known as Skip Sheffield. Ryback hoisted Henry up on his shoulders however Henry grabbed the ropes and collapsed on him for the pin. After the match Ryback gave Henry the Shellshock.
Daniel Bryan and Kane retained their tag team titles over Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston. AJ gave Dolph the kiss like she did to Bryan last year when he lost in record time and Bryan kicked Ziggler and quickly covered him but he kicked out. The finish saw Bryan going with a flying headbutt and pinning Ziggler after a chokeslam from Kane.
Sean Combs was up next for a live performance including one of the WrestleMania themes “Coming Home.”
Alberto Del Rio successfully defended the World Heavyweight title against Jack Swagger. Swagger came down to the ring with Zeb while the video was the only one who didn’t get a proper ring entrance on the show. Swagger tapped out to the arm bar.
The Undertaker’s streak lives on as he managed to defeat CM Punk in the match of the night. Lots of near falls including some from CM Punk. Punk tried a flying elbow from the top rope to the Spanish announce table but came up short just a bit and the table did not break. It took two tombstone piledrivers to put Punk to sleep. Taker took the urn after the match.
Lesnar vs HHH in a no holds barred with Triple H’s career on the line was up next. Lesnar came out looking like a big monster with an impressive physique. Crowd was really dead for this match, probably cause they had to follow Taker/Punk. Lesnar gave HBK the F5 and then HBK hit the Sweet Chin Music on Paul Heyman. HHH locked in the kimura three times but Lesnar broke free. Eventually the sledge hammer came in play and a Pedigree on the steel steps afterward sealed the win for Triple.
The Hall of Famers came out to take a bow in front of the live crowd, which was then announced at 80,676. Impressive.
With the mixed eight person tag team match scrapped, it was time for the main event. John Cena became the new WWE champion after an Attitude Adjustment following tons of reversals and close calls by the two. Cena was being booed out of the building. After the match was over, Cena and Rock shook hands and hugged and then Cena left the ring, leaving Rock alone to soak up the crowd. Rock kissed his family and Betty Skaaland, the wife of the late Arnold Skaaland, before joining Cena at the top of the ramp and raising each other’s arms.