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John Cena regains WWE championship by defeating The Rock at WrestleMania 29

Updated on August 29, 2013
John Cena, 2008
John Cena, 2008 | Source

John Cena has won the WWE championship for an 11th time by beating Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium during Wrestlemania 29.

Cena countered his opponent's attempted Rock Bottom slam move into an AA (Attitude Adjustment) and a pin for the victory. The match was pretty much even throughout,with Rock, at one point, kicking out of a previous AA and pinning attempt from Cena, During the course of the match, each wrestler withstood the other’s signature moves, Rock’s People’s Elbow and Cena’s STF (Stepover Toehold Facelock) and AA. Cena even gave Rock a taste of his own medicine with a Rock Bottom, but “The People’s Champion” was able to break up the pinning attempt. Cena freed himself from Rock’s attempted Sharp Shooter submission move earlier in the match

Cena won his first WWE championship in 2005 at Wrestlemania 21 with a victory over John Bradshaw Layfield at L.A.’s Staples Center. Layfield was part of the announcing team, along with Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler”, on WWE’s Pay Per View broadcast of Wrestlemania 29..

John Cena vs. The Rock, WrestleMania 28
John Cena vs. The Rock, WrestleMania 28 | Source

An estimated 80 thousand WWE fans filled the East Rutherford stadium, home of the Jets and Giants football teams. Inside, the wrestlers walked under a smaller, replicated Brooklyn Bridge on their way to the ring. Recreations of the New York City skyline and Statue of Liberty were attached to the lighting rig above the ring. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared before the crowd during an announcement of WWE becoming a Founding Partner for next year’s Special Olympics to be held throughout The Garden State.

Sean “Diddy” Combs and his band Dirty Money performed three songs at Wrestlemania 29, including the event’s theme song “Coming Home” featuring vocals from Skylar Grey. Cole was able to get in two Bruce Springsteen lyrical references during the broadcast, mentioning The Undertaker's match was taking place “somewhere in the swamps of Jersey” (“Rosalita" lyric) and Alberto Del Rio’s “Proving It All Night (“Prove It All Night” ) in his bout. Two days before Wrestlemania, Cole performed a guest stint on Sirius Satellite Radio’s All Springsteen channel, E Street Radio. Living Colour also played “Cult of Personality”, their 1988 hit and CM Punk’s entrance music, as he made his way to the ring for his match

In addition to the Cena versus Rock confrontation, two other matches stood out from the rest of the card.

The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania winning streak is now at 21, with his victory over CM. Punk. The bout lasted a good 25 minutes. Punk imitated Undertaker by walking the ring ropes twice during the match. Punk hit a couple of Randy Savage elbow smashes from the top rope, including one on a prone Undertaker lying on the Spanish announcer’s table. The table didn't break. Taker had a cut above his left eye. The bout ended as Punk gave the Go to Sleep move to Taker, which landed on "The Dead Man"’s upper chest instead of his head. Taker then gave Punk the Tombstone Piledriver, but Punk kicked out. Punk’s manager , Paul Heyman,handed him The Undertaker’s “super natural power” urn, which Punk proceeded to hit “The Dead Man” with. Punk went for the pin, but Taker kicked out. “A resurrection at WrestleMania” said Cole, Taker then delivered a second tombstone piledriver to Punk for the win

The Undertaker, 2012
The Undertaker, 2012 | Source

Triple H’s career is still alive with his victory in a No Holds Barred match against Brock Lesnar. It was a punishing bout with Triple H gaining the win with a pedigree to Lesnar on the steel steps which “The Beast” had brought into the ring. Lesnar controlled the early part of the match, which included a belly to belly suplex to Triple H outside the ring. He then flipped Triple H onto the Spanish Announcer’s table, which did break this time (unlike the Punk and Undertaker match). Lesnar then picked up Triple H, and gave him another suplex, this time on top of the broken table. Later, Triple H took a Ray Stevens/Ric Flair bump over the turnbuckles and ring ropes onto the floor. Triple H’s second, Shawn Michaels, even received an F-5 slam from Lesnar. Lesnar gave the same F-5 move to Triple H, but “The Cerebral Assasin” kicked out. By the end of the match, Triple H had put Lesnar in “The Beast’s” own Kimura shoulder lock three times. A DDT to Lesnar on the steel steps and a sledgehammer shot followed. Triple H then hit Lesnar with The Pedigree on the steel steps, and got the pin. Michaels was earlier able to give Lesnar’s manager, Heyman (out for the second straight match) Sweet Chin Music. This was an excellent match.

The card opened with The Shield (Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins) prevailing over Randy Orton, Sheamus, and The Big Show. Near the end of the match, Orton beat a frustrated Show to Sheamus's tag. Orton was then speared by Reigns with Ambrose pinning “The Viper”. After the bout, an upset Show knocked out Sheamus and Orton with his "Weapon of Mass Destruction"and left the ring. Randy Orton's speculated turn from good guy (face) to heel (bad guy) never happened.

In a battle of the behemoths, Mark Henry defeated Ryback . Ryback had Henry up for the Shell shock, but Henry hung on to the ropes. He then fell down on Ryback for the pin. After the match, Ryback did Shell Shock Henry, which mean’t he lifted the 400 pound Henry up for the move. That was quite a feat.

Mark Henry 2011
Mark Henry 2011 | Source

Team Hell No retained the tag titles over Big E. Langston and Dolph Ziggler, with a flying headbutt by Bryan on Ziggler. Fandango (Johnny Curtis) made his WWE Pay Per View debut a success with a win over Chris Jericho. The two actually had a pretty good match. At the end of the bout, Fandango missed two leg drops from the top rope onto Y2J. Jericho tried for The Walls of Jericho but “tweaked” his left knee, Fandango then went in for a roll-up and got the three count.

Alberto Del Rio retained his World Heavyweight crown over Jack Swagger in a relatively short match. Del Rio won with an arm bar submission on Swagger, Ex-New York Giant and current daytime TV star Michael Strahan and his son were shown on camera, happy after Del Rio’s win. Prior to the match, Colter riled up the crowd with his racist,anti immigration viewpoint about how people in the U.S. should all speak English.

The Miz won the Inercontinental Title in the pre-show beating Wade Barrett with the figure four leg lock, the move taught to him by Nature Boy Ric Flair on television recently.

Wrestlemania 30 takes place on April 6th, 2014 in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

John Cena the day after WrestleMania 29


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    • MarshFish profile image

      Marshall Fish 4 years ago

      Thanks for the comment.I agree about the show lacking a bit compared to ones of the past. But the Monday Night Raw broadcast the next night was one of the best in a long time.

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      Sam Little 4 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      It was a good match, best Cena has had in some time. I feel this year's Wrestlemania was a bit lacking compared to the ones of the past.