Okay, on a re-watch:
Sheamus vs. Bryan- *
I decided to be nice and give this a star, which is great for what it was. At the end of the day it did accomplish two things... 1) It gave Bryan/AJ a bit of heat in their relationship which we could see really start to build up over time and 2) Even though I also dislike this, it's not like Daniel Bryan went from 0 to hero as far as toughness goes when he turned heel like magic. Essentially he's as resilient and as much of a force as he was as a face, maybe even less, but he started using his brain more in matches weasel out of them and keep his World Title. This time however he was caught off guard. Now Bryan in the first place should be a tougher individual all things considered, but it's nice to see they stayed true to what he was from the beginning and didn't all of a sudden magically make him a supervillain because he became champion.
... I hope I explained that as well as I was hoping to.
Randy Orton vs. Kane - ***1/4
Have it at the same rating, and these two did better than I'm sure everyone thought. They had a nice pace, did their move set, had some interesting counters (like Orton flipping out of one of Kane's move) and the ending was a good way to keep Orton looking strong and give Kane a decisive win to keep him looking like force to be reckoned with.
Show vs. Rhodes- *1/2
I'm not happy about Show winning, and the match wasn't very good. I didn't like how basic the ending was and it just felt way too short. Rhodes' reign ending just like that was a let-down, but overall it isn't the worst match I've ever seen... just not good in the slightest.
Undertaker vs. Triple H - ****
I bumped this up to 4 stars. This match was easily better than the WM27 match in my eyes, because it did everything that WM27 did, but better. Better drama, better storytelling, and better action (though the action was still lacking considering it was HIAC at Wrestlemania). I'd actually also put this slightly above their WM17 match, and overall it was a great way for Taker, HHH, or both to go out. I have to admit I also loved Taker absolutely dominating HHH at the end, and it just felt the way it should unlike the WM27 match with HHH dominating Taker. I almost feel the match should've ended with that sledgehammer shot, as if that's HHH's last match, that would've been more appropriate. At the very least though after the sledgehammer shot Taker should've covered, and that would've made a great false finish. But at the end of the day, it all worked out, and the two delivered an excellent match. I don't see it as a classic or even MOTN, but the two went out there and delivered a hell of a match... even if it was slighty disappointing for a Cell match (still the best Cell match easily since Taker/Edge at Summerslam 08). The after-match was great as well, with Taker/Shawn carrying HHH's carcass out and it was a great shot seeing them hug... even if Taker was breaking character a little bit.
Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy - ***
This match was actually fun to watch back... don't really have much to say but... poor Ryder.
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho - ****1/4
These two went out there and delivered a superb wrestling match. This match had everything a wrestling fan could want. The action was awesome and I loved the build in pace as the match went on. The psychology with Jericho trying to win the title by dq at the beginning was brilliant, and the two mixing it up between wrestling and brawling was a great touch as it mixes the whole "Best in the World" storyline with the personal-reality this feud has gotten to with everything Jericho has said to Punk the last few weeks. Punk making Jericho tap was the perfect way to end it. Nice little subtle things throughout the match as well made it an awesome one, like for example... not sure if anyone noticed, but before Jericho did tap he made one last kick towards the rope in desperation before finally giving into the pain and tapping out, as well as the knees to Punk's head, followed by Punk adapting and leaning away from the leg area. Stuff like that made this quite a fucking match. If the crowd was more lively throughout I would've given it ****1/2, but still overall the two delivered on the grandest stage.
The Rock vs. John Cena - ***1/2
The two delivered a spectacle of a match. The crowd was on fire and it was cool to see Rock using moves like the soman drop, his DDT, the flying crossbody... which then went into the usual Cena lifting him and hitting AA, but it was all good. The ending was picture perfect as well. Cena got cocky and tried to use Rock's own move to finish him, but it backfired and led to a picture perfect finish with Rock rock-bottoming Cena for a second time and getting the 1-2-3. Overall the two delivered a great main event. Will it go down as one of the best of all time? No, but considering Rock hasn't been in a singles match in 9 years and the last match he was in he was only in there very briefly, and that Cena's best days are behind him in the ring (and he was never one of the best to begin with), these two delivered a better match technically than I thought they would. There were some strange landings at times from both Rock and Cena, but overall, much like Rock/Hogan, atmosphere/spectacle made up for the technicality in the match (actually, that's also like Taker/HHH the past two years). Oh, and I marked for Rock winning, even though a small part of me was hoping Rock would lose just to see the uproar on this forum.
But yeah, overall a much better event than last year. The only matches I'd consider bad were the divas match (which I barely paid attention to the first time and didn't re-watch) and Show/Rhodes. Sheamus/Bryan, while not a good result for a World Title match, at least played into Bryan's character perfectly, and the rest of the matches were all at least good, with two ****+ matches. Overall a great Mania. Maybe not one of the best of all time, but I was personally pleased with it.