26 was actually a pretty great WM looking back:
ShoMiz vs. Morrison and Truth- ***
As said by Segunda, great match for such a short time. I honestly don't remember the match too well, but I remember it being a pretty good opener.
Orton vs. Rhodes vs. Dibiase- ***
I enjoyed this match quite a bit, and really liked the Rhodes/Dibiase exchange. It's amazing what happened with them. When Dibiase first debuted, just naturally he looked like the bigger star, but as Legacy progressed Rhodes' starpower rose and Dibiase's had shrunk. They were about even at Mania, but by the time they got together in 2011, Rhodes had far surpassed Dibiase. Amazing. But yeah, overall it was a very good match and Orton getting the win and cementing his face status (if it wasn't already cemented by then) was good.
Not the greatest MITB, but as usual was a fun match. I still lol at how long it took Swagger to unhook the briefcase. Him winning was a huge shocker. Then he won the World Title a couple of nights later... and then went on to have one of if not the worst title reign of all time. I hope Swagger enjoyed the moment, because it'll probably never happen again. Also this was the last MITB match at Mania.
HHH vs. Sheamus- ***1/4
Actually this was a good little match. Nothing too spectacular, but Sheamus hung in there with HHH. It was also nice to see HHH in an under-card match for Mania for the first time in at least 10 years, and while Sheamus didn't look spectacular in defeat, he didn't look bad either. Overall I'd actually say it's better than all of HHH's WM singles main events.
Punk vs. Mysterio- ***1/2
MOTN to this point, and even though it was short, it was very, very sweet. Honestly wish they would've been given more time, but Punk and Mysterio do have some great chemistry. At least the series continued. Mysterio beating Punk though was kinda lame, but what can you do?
Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon- DUD
Who would've thought Bret Hart would be in the worst Wrestlemania match of all time? Or one of the worst anyway... since King/Cole at WM27 definitely gives it a run for it's money. I mean god, it was only 11 minutes apparently but I remember watching it and feeling like an hour had passed. Just awful.
Edge vs. Jericho- ****
Excellent match between the two. It was a rock solid bout from top to finish, and the finish was great. Edge brought his A-game for Mania... which all things considered isn't saying much, but Jericho's A-game kept the match afloat. The better of the two title matches and an excellent one at that. I was kinda hoping for Edge to take the gold, but at the same time I felt a Jericho win would be more beneficial for when Edge did finally capture the World Title from Jericho. It made Jericho look strong but didn't do anything to Edge's credibility. Of course, all of it didn't matter because later in the week Jack Thwagger took the title off Jericho.
Cena vs. Batista- ***3/4
A great heavyweight match between the two. I prefer their Summerslam 08match, but this was great as well. They do have some chemistry and the storytelling in the match was good. The workrate was okay, and while Batista tapping out is something I didn't feel should happen (he should've been pinned), I guess it was still an okay finish. Cena becomes champ again, and Batista is at the tail end of his career. Great match.
Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels- ****1/2
Fantastic match. Great wrestling, psychology, storytelling, ending, and pace. On paper looking at this next to their WM25 match, I should put it above their WM26 match, but there is a lot more to it that I explained a short time ago, and won't go into detail again. Still it was a classic match and a great way for Shawn to go out.
So yeah, really the only bad match was the Hart/McMahon match... and the divas match which I can't remember at all. But I really like how for most of the night the matches seemed to just get better each and every match. Starts off good with the tag, the triple threat tops that, the MITB tops that, HHH/Sheamus is on-par with that, Mysterio/Punk tops that, Edge/Jericho tops that, Batista/Cena holds it's own, and it tops off with a classic main event. I actually need to go back and watch the event though.
Punk/Orton was one of the better undercard matches in the last few years at Mania with some excellent selling by Orton made perfect by Punk's brilliant dickhead performance and facial expressions. HHH/Taker divides opinions but as a live spectacle it was incredibly engaging in the finishing stretch, although I'd put Orton/Punk as MOTN.
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Edge/Del Rio- ***1/2 (It gets a little boost from me for being Edge's last match)
8-man tag- * (Don't remember this match too well besides it being a squash)
6-mixed tag match- ... don't remember this at all.
Miz vs. Cena- *3/4
WM28 (I re-watched most matches earlier in the week):
Divas Tag- 1/2*
Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy- ***
So I definitely get what Segunda is saying. I'd still put it above WM27 since Kane/Orton to me was a good match, Taker/HHH was better than the previous year, Punk/Jericho was fantastic, and Cena/Rock was a great main event. I'd put Punk/Jericho, Taker/HHH, and Cena/Rock all above every match from the previous year. Also WM27 had Cole/Lawler, which was far worse than the Bryan squash and the divas tag match combined.