Pre-show Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Champion Wade Barrett vs. The Miz - Wade went for the Bull Hammer but Miz avoided it and then trapped the champion in the Figure Four Leg Lock. Wade escaped the move by grabbing the ropes. Moments later, he was able to hit The Miz with the Wasteland thanks to a rake of the eyes. However, Miz got out at the two count and then reapplied the Figure Four Leg Lock. This time, Wade was forced to tap out to the move. Winner & New Champion: The Miz
- The event began with a video voiced over by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talking about the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and then welcoming us to WrestleMania. The set for this year's show includes many landmarks of New York City including a giant replica of the Statue of Liberty on top of the structure covering the ring and the Brooklyn Bridge at the top of the ramp.
Six-Man Tag Team Match: Randy Orton , Sheamus & Big Show vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) - When Sheamus went for a hot tag to Big Show, Randy Orton wound up tagging himself in. This angered Big Show to the point where he didn't help Orton who was pinned by Dean Ambrose after having to battle all three members of the group by himself. Following the match, Big Show punched both of his partners. Winners: The Shield
Ryback vs. Mark Henry - After escaping from a bear hug, Ryback hit the Meat Hook Clothesline and then was able to pick up Mark Henry for the Shell Shock. However, Mark Henry was able to grab the ropes and then fell on top of Ryback. Mark Henry then pinned the nearly unconscious Ryback. When medics were attending to Ryback, Mark Henry went back into the ring to induct Ryback into he Hall of Pain. That turned out to be a bad move as Ryback recovered and delivered the Shell Shock. Winner: Mark Henry
- A group of Special Olympians were joined by Stephanie McMahon and Chris Christie as they were introduced to the crowd. The WWE is teaming with that organization whose 2014 event will be taking place in Princeton, New Jersey.
WWE Tag Team Champions Kane & Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston - History almost repeated itself as Daniel Bryan almost pinned Dolph seconds after Dolph kissed AJ, who was at ringside for the challengers. Things would get better for Dolph as he hit the Zig Zag on Kane but only got a 2 count. Dolph tried to hit Kane with the suitcase but missed. Kane then delivered a choke slam which was then followed by a Daniel Bryan head butt off the top rope which resulted in a successful title defense for the champions. Winners: Kane & Daniel Bryan
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango - Fandango's dancing caused him to get caught by the Code Breaker. The momentum from that move caused Fandango to fall outside the ring. Fandango got his first bit of momentum when he kicked a flying Chris Jericho when he reentered the ring. A few minutes later, Jericho's shoulder crashed into the ring post. Fandango then hit a Leg Drop off the top rope but only got a 2 count. A little later in the match, he went for the move again but missed. Jericho tried to take advantage but tweaked his knee and was unable to apply the Walls of Jericho. Fandango was then able to roll up Jericho to get the win. Winner: Fandango- Sean "Diddy" Combs performed a few songs for the crowd.
World Heavyweight Championship: Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger - Zeb Coulter was in the corner of Jack Swager while Ricardo Rodriguez, who was on crutches, was in the corner of the champion. Prior to the match, Zeb admonished the crowd for not being "Real Americans" like him. Jack Swagger was able to apply the Patriot Lock several times but was unable to make the champion tap out. Later in the match, Del Rio appeared to have Swagger pinned but Zeb put Jack's leg on the ropes to break the count. Ricardo went after Zeb but Zeb was able to steal his crutches. Both wrestlers wound up going outside the ring and when they got back into the ring, Alberto trapped Swagger in the Cross-Arm Breaker again and forced the challenger to tap out. Winner: Alberto Del Rio
- Living Color performed Cult of Personality which is the theme song for CM Punk.
Undertaker vs. CM Punk - Paul Heyman, who was holding the urn which until a few days ago contained Paul Bearer was in the corner of CM Punk. Punk's strategy was all about disrespecting Undertaker, which included Punk going old-school on the ropes. At one point, Punk hit a "Macho Man" Elbow off the top rope onto Undertaker who was on the Spanish announcer's table. Undertaker was able to make it back into the ring right before the referee counted to 10. Punk then trapped Undertaker in the Anaconda Vice but did his dead man sit up out of the move. Punk hit the Go to Sleep which had no effect on the Undertaker who immediately hit Punk with the Tombstone. Punk was able to kick out at 2. The referee got knocked out and Punk was able to hit Undertaker with the urn when he went for the Last Ride. Undertaker kicked out at 2 when the referee recovered. Punk went for another Go to Sleep but Undertaker reversed it into the Tombstone and in the process rang his record at WrestleMania up to 21-0. Following the match, Undertaker took possession of the urn. Winner: Undertaker
Career Threatening No Holds Barred Match: Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H - Shawn Michaels was in the corner of Triple H while Paul Heyman was in the corner of Brock Lesnar. While the Spanish announcer's table was able to survive the last match, it didn't survive Brock tossing Triple H through it. When Triple H went for the Pedigree, Brock reversed it and went for the F5. However, Shawn Michaels interfered and Brock gave him the move instead. That distraction allowed Triple H to hit the Pedigree but he only got a 2 count. Triple H then got his sledgehammer but was caught by Brock Lesnar and given the F5. Triple H kicked out at 2. This riled up Brock who then used a chair and the ring steps on his opponent. Brock then kept putting Triple H's arm in the Kimora Lock. Lesnar then missed a charge on Triple H and smashed his shoulder in the ring post. Triple H then went to work on that shoulder after with a chair and then returned the favor and put Brock into the Kimora Lock. Paul Heyman went to hit Triple H with a chair but was given the Sweet Chin Music by Shawn Michaels. Brock was able to power out of the move and drop Triple H on the ring steps that were set up in the ring. Triple H reapplied the move and Brock escaped the same way. The same thing happened for a third time but this time Triple H turned it into a DDT onto the steps. Triple H then hit Brock in the head with the sledgehammer and then gave him a Pedigree on the steps to get the win and save his career. Winner: Triple H
- Highlights from last night's Hall of Fame induction ceremony were shown. Then all of the inductees (Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, Mick Foley, Trish Stratus [who announced to the crowd last night that she was expecting], Booker T and Donald Trump) were introduced to the crowd.
- An announcement was made that the attendance for this show was 80,676. And while it was not announced, once John Cena's music hit it was obvious that the 8-Person Mixed Tag Team Match between Tons of Funk & The Funkadactyls and Team Rhodes Scholars & The Bella Twins was cancelled.
WWE Championship: Champion The Rock vs. John Cena - Neither man had anything special done for their ring entrances. The story of this match was that since the two men fought each other in last year's main event that they knew each other so well that they were able to anticipate and counter each others moves. Cena was able to kick out of pin fall attempts following the Rock Bottom and The People's Elbow while Rock was able to kick out of the Attitude Adjustment and power out of the STF. When their own finishers didn't work, they decided to use their opponents moves on each other. Despite losing last year's match following a failed attempt at the People's Elbow, Cena went for it again but this time suckered the Rock into an Attitude Adjustment attempt which Rock turned into a Rock Bottom that Cena kicked out of. It then became a battle of wills where Cena went for the AA and Rock wanted to end it with the Rock Bottom. Cena was finally able to pin The Rock after hitting him with an Attitude Adjustment. Following the match, the two men shook hands and hugged one another. Winner & New Champion: John Cena
What does this event mean for the future?
I don't think this show will have much of an impact on the future of the company. The three biggest matches of the evening featured four part-time wrestlers. Although, I do suspect that we might see a rubber match between Cena and The Rock at either SummerSlam or WrestleMania XX.
Disappointing. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something was missing from this show. I was shocked that neither man in the main event got any type of special entrance while a guy like Fandango did. The show also missed some of the backstage segments and cameos hat usually happen at this show.
Despite those minor issues, the bigger problem was that while last year's big three matches all delivered, none of the matches that took place this year compare favorably to what happened last year.
Overall, while not a horrible show, it failed to live up to the legacy of some of the greater shows in the history of this event. I give it a slight thumb's down and think that this show was not worth the $60 price.
- The Shield beat Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus
- Mark Henry beat Ryback
- WWE Tag Team Championship: Champions Kane & Daniel Bryan beat Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston
- Fandango beat Chris Jericho
- World Heavyweight Championship: Champion Alberto Del Rio beat Jack Swagger
- Undertaker beat CM Punk
- Career Threatening No Holds Barred Match: Triple H beat Brock Lesnar
- WWE Championship: John Cena beat The Rock to win the title