WrestleMania XXVIII is this Sunday, but that doesn’t mean we have to wait until then to know who will win all the matches. I’ve simulated each match using WWE’12, and was courteous enough to record the biggies for your amusement. It should be known that I had to create Jericho since he wasn’t on the roster (I made him equal to Punk in overall rating). I also threw in a random Diva to replace Menounos, and the Team Johnny vs Team Teddy match had to be a 3 on 3. On to the results!
CM Punk defeats Chris Jericho Punk and Jericho trade finishers, with Jericho lasting about as long as anyone has in the anaconda vice without tapping. Punk proved he’s the best in the word with a few well placed kicks to the head.
Sheamus defeats Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan was in control early on, but Sheamus came up big in the end to win the World Heavyweight Championship. The Celtic Warrior escaped the lebell lock not once, but twice before hitting the high cross to end Bryan’s title run.
Triple H defeats The Undertaker
Third time turned out to be a charm for Triple H. After reversing a tombstone, The Game dropped The Phenom with a second pedigree to become the first man to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania.
John Cena defeats The Rock In the match we waited a year for, The Rock dominated from the start, hitting two rock bottoms to put Cena on the ropes. The Great One did not go for the pin however, giving Cena all the opportunity he needed to get into the five moves of doom and take the win.
Here are the results for the matches I didn’t care enough to record:
Randy Orton def. Kane
Big Show def. Cody Rhodes
Team Johnny def. Team Teddy
Eve and Beth Phoenix def. Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos
Think it will turn out anything like how I have it? Let me know in the comments!
Like video games? Like wrestling? Born before 1985? Then odds are you played (and likely loved) WWF WrestleFest. Well guess what, WrestleFest is back and by the look of things it is the same game we know and love. Check out the gameplay trailer:
Available for the iPhone and iPad starting tomorrow, the first thing I noticed is that the roster is a mix of the old and new generations (much like WWE All-Stars). Of course you have Cena, Orton, The Rock and Austin, but you also get Big Boss Man and Jake Roberts from the original game. From what I’ve seen they have the same art style and control scheme that they had over 20 years ago. CM Punk and Triple H lead the DLC, and although Hulk Hogan is absent (due to his TNA affiliation) we do get Randy Savage, who was not in the original.
I can’t say enough how much I loved this game. Other wrestling games existed and while some of them had the big names, they never had the moves those names used. WrestleFest was the first to make each superstar feel different. The Ultimate Warrior had all of his signature moves from the gorilla press to the flying shoulder. Earthquake (my favorite character to play with) gave the thumbs down before stomping around his opponent to perform the Earthquake Splash. They even had all the taunts! It was absolutely perfect for the time. It may not be WWE ’12, but it’ll be every bit the nostalgia trip a guy like me is looking for.
MetLife Stadium may be getting the Super Bowl in 2014, but they’ll be getting the biggest event in wrestling first.
Several sources are reporting what has been rumored for a while now, that MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey will host WrestleMania XXIX in 2013. This year WrestleMania, the signature event for the WWE, will be on April 1st at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. The main event was booked at last year’s WrestleMania, and will put current poster boy John Cena against Hall of Famer, The Rock. WWE is likely hoping this match draws as much hype as when The Rock went against Hulk Hogan 11 years ago. Also rumored to be on the card is Chris Jericho vs CM Punk (likely to be a much better match), Triple H trying to end the Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak (for the 3rd time), and Big Show vs Shaquille O’neal (ugh).
With the main facts for this year’s event out there it leaves plenty to speculate on for next year in New Jersey. First off, WWE has had no problem scheduling big events outdoors, Safeco Field in Seattle, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and so on. However WrestleMania has always been an early April/late March event and anyone that’s been to a Yankees or Mets opening day game can tell you it can get pretty cold outside. Throw in the fact that this 3 hour event will be starting at 8:00pm and you can bet WWE blankets will be a big seller (forget about the oiled up dudes wrestling in their underwear). March 31st is the most likely date for WrestleMania, but I’m curious if they push it up to April 7th, or even the 14th to at least take snow out of the question. As someone who got married outside in late March, I can’t bring up the weather factor enough.
Next is the card itself. It’s possible that we get some news on a main event as early as this April, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make some guesses now. Coincidence or not, recently some of the booking in WrestleMania seems to relate to the venue. Shawn Michaels first took on the Undertaker in his home state of Texas, CM Punk got his biggest push at Money in the Bank in his native Chicago, and this year the Rock, a former Miami Hurricane, will headline against John Cena in his home town. No, I don’t think that Long Island’s Zach Ryder will headline. However Mick Foley could play a big part in it. Maybe a guest referee as he isn’t exactly in ring shape. You can bet that the usual suspects will all have roles. Triple H is the closest thing to a local superstar. Cena and Punk both get huge reactions (although for different reasons). More than any other event, WrestleMania feeds off of nostalgia. If the Undertaker’s streak is still alive (which would be smart, but something tells me it’s not going happen), Chris Jericho stands out as a name that could draw headlines, since no young lion is ready right now.
The other question is celebrity appearances. WrestleMania has always been full of those, and often they are in the ring. Snookie, Floyd Mayweather, and Lawrence Taylor have already had matches, with Shaq likely next on the list. Could Mike Tyson, who’s being put into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame make an appearance? Jay-Z will pretty much do anything for a check. I think the most likely celebrity to actually be in a match however is former Giant Michael Strahan. He is not that far past his retirement, he’s in great shape, and he would get a huge push from fans in his team’s stadium. All he needs is someone to make him look good (hello Jack Swagger!) and we’re set. Have any predictions of your own? Think I’m out of my mind? Leave a comment and be heard!