WrestleMania 29 Play By Play – John Cena Vs. The Rock


We’ve just about covered it all when it comes to the big show. Might as well get the play by play underway.

1. Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show vs. The Shield

No, Orton didn’t RKO Sheamus right at the start of the match to get payback for Daniel Bryan.

The story of the match was how the Shield were a team and Show, Sheamus, and Orton weren’t. JBL even said that they were successful singles wrestlers and how could they be a good team. Orton got the tag that the Big Show was expecting and cleaned house. He had Dean Ambrose set up for the RKO. Seth Rollins jumped into the ring and got RKO’d instead. Orton took a spear from Roman Reigns and the Big Show watched him get pinned.

Winner: The Shield

After the match, the Big Show knocked out both Sheamus and Orton.

2. Mark Henry vs. Ryback

Ryback looks like a huge ninja turtle.

What a slow match this was. Henry had the upper hand until the end. Ryback got him up for the Shellshock’d, but Henry grabbed the top rope and fell on top of Ryback. And then he pinned him.

Winner: Mark Henry

Ryback got him up in the Shellshock’d again after the match was over. Did Ryback fail a wellness test?

3. Big E. and Dolph Ziggler vs. Team Hell No

They started the match with Ziggler kissing AJ on the apron and Bryan kicked him in the head to get a quick 2 count. The match was fast paced and really good, though quick. Kane kicked out of the Zig Zag in what looked like a possible finish. Bryan threw the running knee at Big E on the outside. He then hit a headbutt off the top rope for the pin on Ziggler.

Winner: Team Hell No

Does that mean that Ziggler is going to win the World Title tonight?

4. Fandango vs. Chris Jericho

Pretty good debut for Fandango. He was out of place one or two times, but Jericho more than made up for it. Fandango hit the leg drop from the top rope for two. He went up again and missed. That had to hurt. Matt Hardy got shivers up his spine. Jericho missed the Lionsault. He went for the Walls and Fandango won with a small package.

Winner: Fandango

Diddy came out and performed Victory, Mo Money Mo Problems, All About The Benjamins, and then Coming Home.

5. Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio came out with a great robe. Swagger didn’t even get an entrance.

It was a good back and forth match, but there wasn’t much heat. The match was built around the Ankle Lock vs. the Arm Bar. Del Rio got it in the end to win.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

What also hurt this match was the idea that Ziggler could come out. I think everyone was expecting it. And he did not.

6. CM Punk vs. The Undertaker

Taker walked the ropes and then Punk did as well to mock him. Heyman was holding the urn outside the ring like Paul Bearer was and Punk would pretend to get the power from the urn.

Best moments of the match:

– Punk hit a Randy Savage elbow off the top row.
– Taker hit a chokeslam for a two count.
– Punk hit the Randy Savage elbow off the top rope onto the Spanish Announcer’s table and it didn’t break. Taker got in on 9 1/2 to not get counted out.
– Punk hit the GTS, but on Taker’s chest and Taker turned it into a chokeslam, Punk got out of it, took a Tombstone and kicked out at 2/12.
– Punk hit the referee in the face and hit the knee in the corner. As he went for the bulldog, Taker grabbed him for the Last Ride, but Punk got the urn from Heyman and hit the Taker. He did the Undertaker’s pin attempt and got a 2 2/3 count.
– They transitioned out of each other’s finisher and Punk ended up eating another Tombstone for the pin.

Out of the last five years, I think this was better than the Triple H/Taker match from WrestleMania 27. Not sure about the other three though.

Winner: The Undertaker

7. Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H

This was quite a match. The finish was over booked, but it was much different from the previous match. Early on, the match was Lesnar hitting belly to belly overhead suplexes. The fans were pretty silent for most of it. The finish was around the kimura. Lesnar had his on and Triple H was able to get out of it by pushing him into the corner. Triple H had it on forever, like at least 3-5 minutes. Then he hit Lesnar’s arm against the ring post and with a chair.

Lesnar wouldn’t tap out after being in it for longer. Finally was pinned after a sledgehammer shot and then a Pedigree on the steps. Insanely physical match, but a bit anticlimactic and longer than it had to be probably.

Winner: Triple H

8. John Cena vs. The Rock

RockIt seemed that the idea was to just transition out of finishers all night long. And it went nearly 25 minutes long. Rock would hit the Rock Bottom and Cena would kick out. Cena would hit the FU and Rock would kick out. We saw several attempts at a People’s Elbow from both guys.

Near the end, they recreated the spot from last year, except this time, it was Rock doing the 5 Knuckle Shuffle. Cena scooped him up for a FU and a two count. Cena went to redo the People’s Elbow. Rock jumped up and Cena was waiting for him. Cena tried the FU again, but couldn’t get it. Would’ve been a great finish.

Finally, Cena pinned him with the FU.

Winner: John Cena

It was probably the second best match on the show, but again, kind of over booked. After the match, Cena left so Rock could be in the ring alone. He walked up the ramp and Cena met him there. They raised each other’s hand. And Cena got to raise the belt.

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