April 1, 2012
WrestleMania 28: The Live Report
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
SLAM! Wrestling's Matt Bishop will be reporting on WrestleMania 28 as it happens, and chances are there might be some extra SLAM! Wrestling staffers popping in too. Check in early and often to follow the action here, starting at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Hello everyone, Matt Bishop here. The pre-show is underway and Epico and Primo successfully defended the WWE Tag Team Championship against Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd and The Usos in a triple threat match. We are now only minutes away from WrestleMania going live on pay-per-view.
WWE just announced that the World Heavyweight Championship match between Daniel Bryan and Sheamus will kick off the broadcast tonight.
Matt Bishop (7:01 p.m.): Lilian Garcia is signing America the Beautiful and the WrestleMania broadcast is underway!
Matt Bishop (7:10 p.m.): In front of a crowd with "YES!" signs all over the place and a "YES!" chant, Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick and pinned Daniel Bryan in seconds to win the World Heavyweight Championship. This is rather unfortunate. The official time is 18 seconds.
Greg Oliver (7:16 p.m.): Man, I saw Bryan Danielson and Roderick Strong go 65 minutes in Chicago at WrestleMania 22 at a Ring of Honor show. And now this? Sigh.
Matt Bishop (7:21 p.m.): Even though the match between Kane and Randy Orton is underway, the crowd is still chanting for Daniel Bryan.
Matt Bishop (7:34 p.m.): Well, I have to say I did see this one coming. Kane beats Randy Orton with a choke slam from the middle rope. I guess it was a better match than expected. But it's still difficult to get back into things after that first "match." Crowd rather enjoyed Kane's finish to the match, though. Next up is the Intercontinental Title match between Cody Rhodes and The Big Show.
Matt Bishop (7:44 p.m.): The Big Show has finally done it. By dropping Cody Rhodes with the knockout punch, Big Show is now the Intercontinental Champion. Rhodes went for a second Beautiful Disaster kick, but Show speared him and then followed with the WMD to win the title. Show is almost in tears.
Greg Oliver (7:47 p.m.): I'm not the only one tired about all these self-congratulatory WWE videos, right?
Greg Oliver (7:48 p.m.): I look up and Beth Phoenix is wearing antlers.
Matt Bishop (7:54 p.m.): The crowd is so into the Beth Phoenix/Eve Torres vs. Kelly Kelly/Maria Menounos match that they are again chanting "Daniel Bryan" and "YES! YES! YES!"
Matt Bishop (8:01 p.m.): Kelly and Maria won. Now it's time for serious business. It's time for the "End of an Era" match. Hell in a Cell between Triple H and The Undertaker. Let's do this.
Greg Oliver (8:14 p.m.): Taker looks ridiculous with the eye liner and no hair. Looks like he should be wearing a wig and high heels, and maybe performing in the stage version of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.
Greg Oliver (8:19 p.m.): That is a smaller Hell in a Cell right? Or does it just look smaller in the huge stadium? Looks freshly built at least.
Matt Bishop (8:19 p.m.): That's a good question. Might've been a question of weight and what the structure could hold, or maybe, now that I get a better look at it, maybe it just looks small because it's in a stadium.
Ricky Johnson (The People's Uncle, 8:22 p.m.): I look forward to seeing Brock Lesnar in the near future. Maybe sooner than you think!
Matt Bishop (8:26 p.m.): We have blood. Triple H is leaking a little bit from the forehead. Hard-hitting, physical match so far. Triple H just going to town on Undertaker with a chair now. Triple H and Shawn Michaels arguing about the use of the chair.
Matt Bishop (8:28 p.m.): Triple H tells Michaels to end it. Michaels goes to Taker and Taker tells him not to stop it. Triple H with the first pinfall of the match and Taker barely gets his shoulder up. Triple H tells Michaels, "End it or I will!" and gets his sledgehammer.
Matt Bishop (8:30 p.m.): This is an ongoing struggle. A sledgehammer shot gets two and then HHH goes to deliver a big blow but Michaels grabs the hammer and throws it away. HHH tells Michaels to end it. He's screaming at him to do it, but Michaels won't. With Triple H's back turned, Michaels goes to check in on Taker and Taker puts the Hell's Gate on him. Michaels is out and the hold was only broken by a hammer shot by HHH.
Matt Bishop (8:30 p.m.): Undertaker choked Triple H out with Hell's Gate but Michaels was still down. Charles Robinson came running down and opened the Cell. Taker with a choke slam but HHH kicks out. Taker gives Robinson a choke slam in response. Undertaker goes for the Tombstone, but Michaels gives him Sweet Chin Music and Triple H hits the Pedigree, but somehow, Undertaker kicks out! Crowd going bananas.
Matt Bishop (8:36 p.m.): Triple H throws Michaels out of the ring in anger and Taker recovers and goes to work, hitting a huge comeback, capped by the Tombstone right as Michaels comes back to the ring. Triple H, though, kicks out at the last moment. Crowd is losing its mind.
Matt Bishop (8:39 p.m.): Another Pedigree from Triple H but Undertaker kicks out!
Matt Bishop (8:40 p.m.): Undertaker with a chair. He puts his foot on the sledgehammer as Triple H goes to pick it up and absolutely wallops HHH with the chair. Now it's Undertaker going to town with the chair.
Matt Bishop (8:45 p.m.): Undertaker overpowers Triple H for the sledgehammer. Triple H gives him a crotch chop and Taker hits him with it. Triple H pulls himself up on the Undertaker. Undertaker gives him the throat slash and the Tombstone. He covers and Michaels reluctantly counts three. 20-0!
Greg Oliver (8:47 p.m.): That was an overly complex match, but it worked. I can't imagine the number of napkins it would have taken to have laid it out.
Matt Bishop (9:00 p.m.): It's now time for everyone to take a little bit of a breather. We're being treated to the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 right now and some promos. Much needed after that last match.
Greg Oliver (9:03 p.m.): Is that the most we've ever heard out of Heath Slater? Why now? Just because he agreed to take a bump?
Matt Bishop (9:04 p.m.): It's time for Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy. Death spot on the card here for these guys.
Greg Oliver (9:04 p.m.): I was worried that everyone on Team Johnny and Team Teddy would get their own intros. Thank God they didn't do that, other I would have been even more pissed that a talent like Daniel Bryan got only a few seconds.
Dave Hillhouse (9:06 p.m.): Did anyone else think of “Weekend at Bernie’s” when Shawn and Undertaker were helping Triple H out of the ring? I smell a WWE Studios comedy...
Matt Bishop (9:18 p.m.): Team Johnny beats Team Teddy when The Miz pins Zack Ryder after Eve distracted Ryder by jumping in the ring. Johnny Ace is your GM of Raw and Smackdown. After the match, Eve kicked Ryder low and walked off.
Smith Hart (Stu's oldest son, 9:21 p.m.): My dad always hated nut shots, even moreso when a woman did it to a man.
Greg Oliver (9:21 p.m.): I really wanted Eve to clothesline Zack during the match. That would have been more effective.
Greg Oliver (9:26 p.m.): SLAM! Wrestling photographer Mike Mastrandrea made WrestleMania! He was visible during the segment at the fashion and art show. No doubt he signed a WWE deal before they used his likeness on TV, and therefore the cash will pour in from DVD sales!
Matt Bishop (9:27 p.m.): Johnny Ace is meeting with CM Punk backstage. He tells him that if Punk gets disqualified, he'll lose the WWE Championship. That match is next!
Greg Oliver (9:30 p.m.): Hard to believe there's only this Jericho-Punk match and the main event left. Where did the time go? There's TONS of time left yet. This one is obviously going long.
Matt Bishop (9:42 p.m.): Another hard hitting match here early between Jericho and Punk. Jericho tried his hardest to get Punk to get himself disqualified. Punk had a chair in his hand and took a back swing but didn't go through with it. Big spot so far is Jericho suplexing Punk out of the ring to the floor.
Matt Bishop (9:56 p.m.): CM Punk took too much time, yelling out "best in the world!" before attempting the GTS. Jericho made him pay by locking in the Walls of Jericho for a prolongoned period. Punk escaped, and after a series of reversals, locked in the Anaconda Vice. Jericho escpaed and looked for the Walls again but Punk kicked out of it and locked the Vice back in. Jericho again with knees to Punk's head but Punk evaded them and Jericho tapped.
Greg Oliver (9:58 p.m.): I thought for sure Jericho was going to grab the ref at the end. Glad it ended clean.
Matt Bishop (10:03 p.m.): Brodus Clay just came out and called his momma. Then his momma came out with her "bridge club" and they all started dancing. Get your comic relief in now before we get down to more serious business. "Once in a Lifetime" is next. The Rock vs. John Cena.
Matt Bishop (10:09 p.m.): Sean "Diddy" Combs is here to welcome MGK, who is going to sing "Invincible" for John Cena.
Greg Oliver (10:14 p.m.): I sense a lawsuit coming from the Boston Celtics over Cena's new gear.
Matt Bishop (10:27 p.m.): "Once in a Lifetime" is underway. To put it lightly, The Rock is beloved and John Cena is hated. This is an extremely pro-Rock crowd.
Greg Oliver (10:30 p.m.): The fans are really digging this match, and the chants are pretty awesome.
Matt Bishop (10:32 p.m.): John Cena has taken over and is going to work on Rock's ribs.
Matt Bishop (10:38 p.m.): Cena ducked up the spit slap and delivered the Attitude Adjustment but Rock kicked out at two
Matt Bishop (10:39 p.m.): The Rock follows with a Rock Bottom for a two count.
Matt Bishop (10:42 p.m.): Sharpshooter locked in for The Rock. Cena makes his way to the ropes to boos from the crowd. Rock breaks, punches Cena in the face and goes right back to it, but Cena again gets to the bottom rope.
Matt Bishop (10:48 p.m.): Now Cena's locked in the STF. Rock fighting it and Cena pulls him back to the center of the ring. Rock is fading! They actually did the drop the arm three times thing and Rock held up at two and then made the ropes.
Matt Bishop (10:50 p.m.): Spinebuster connects for The Rock, he tosses the elbow pad and hits The People's Elbow but Cena kicks out at two!
Matt Bishop (10:54 p.m.): Both men exhausted here. Rock on the top rope, bringing the crowd to its feet. He comes down with a cross body and Cena rolls through, picks Rock up on his shoulders and hits the AA but Rock kicks out at two!
Matt Bishop (10:55 p.m.): It's over! Cena gets cocky and goes for The People's Elbow, but The Rock springs to his feet and delivers a Rock Bottom that finishes Cena.
Greg Oliver (10:57 p.m.): The people in the bar popped for the result, so I guess the right guy won. That high risk move by Rock off the top rope was so out of character for him.
Greg Oliver (10:58 p.m.): Thanks for reading everyone, and to the hard-working SLAM! Wrestling staff -- especially Matt Bishop for heading up this live report and the post-show chat. I'm heading out. It was an experience hearing Smith Hart comment on how loose everyone was working throughout the show.