John Cena avenged last year’s loss to The Rock by winning the WWE championship at WrestleMania 29 on Sunday before a record-breaking 80,676 fans at MetLife Stadium.
Fans from around the world converged on East Rutherford, N.J. to witness Cena take home the gold for the 11th time in his career. The leader of the CeNation got a more than mixed reaction throughout the course of the main event but managed to pin the Hollywood star in the middle of the ring after hitting his signature Attitude Adjustment finisher.
The big pay-per-view ended with Cena giving a salute to The Rock, which followed with an embrace between champion and challenger as they celebrated in the entranceway amid fireworks. The gesture of good sportsmanship and mutual respect is rarely seen in the world of sports entertainment.
CM Punk, managed by Paul Heyman, put up the fight of his life but fell short in ending the streak of The Undertaker. The Phenom’s legend now stands 21-0, ending with the legendary figure retrieving the urn and paying tribute to his late manager Paul Bearer. The Undertaker’s also wore tights that read “Rest in Peace PB” in remembrance of his longtime friend who recently died.
Heyman’s other client, Brock Lesnar, also failed in his attempt to end the career of Triple H in a physical battle. The match also had Heyman take Sweet Chin Music from Shawn Michaels, who was in the corner of The Game.
World champion Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez fended off Jack Swagger with Zeb Colter.
Daniel Bryan and Kane (Team Hell No) also successfully defended the tag team belts from Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston with AJ Lee, a native of New Jersey.
Mark Henry took down Ryback.
It was a good night for the new stars of WWE with Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeating Randy Orton, The Big Show and Sheamus.
It will be hard to forget the name Fandango after the dancer/sports entertainer’s successful in-ring debut over the Dancing with the Stars alum/sports entertainer Chris Jericho.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie narrated an opening video to kick off WrestleMania 29 displaying the resilience of the state and New York in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Bruno Sammartino joined other 2013 WWE Hall of Fame inductees Mick Foley, Trish Stratus, Booker T., Bob Backlund and Donald Trump in being introduced to the live crowd.
The Miz regained the Intercontinental championship from Wade Barrett during the preshow.
Brodus Clay and Tensai (Tons of Funk) and Naomi and Cameron (the Funkadactyls) versus Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow (the Rhodes Scholars) and the Bella Twins was advertised but was bumped off the event.
P. Diddy performed a medley of his hits, and Living Colour played Punk to the ring. Snooki, Michelle Beadle, Michael Strahan and Pee-wee Herman were among the celebrities in attendance.
• Notes and Opinions
WrestleMania 29 was solid, yet predictable. There wasn’t a John Cena heel turn nor did Dolph Ziggler cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. I think this may have disappointed some people, but the matches that were supposed to deliver did just that.
Cena winning the gold didn’t surprise me or upset me. The Rock has summer movies to promote, and Cena hasn’t been champion in nearly two years. With that said, it’s time to pull the trigger on Ziggler. He is a star ready for the main event spotlight.