WrestleMania 28 Card: Updated Lineup for WWE's Big Pay-Per-View

Matthew HemphillCorrespondent IIMarch 19, 2012

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WrestleMania 28 is fast approaching and while some matches are speculated to happen, most have already been made. For the sake of consistency, the matches mentioned in this article will be those that have been verified on the WWE page. 

Here is an overview of the matches that are going to occur on April 1.

Randy Orton vs. Kane

This is a standard match that has been building up for a few weeks. The match has been buried because of how stacked this year's WrestleMania is, along with the fact that Orton never seems to lose his bouts. It doesn't matter that Kane is a monster heel, Orton should get the win.

Between the buildup and the finish, expect to see two excellent wrestlers put on a great show and warm fans up for the main event.

Maria Menounos & Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres

If the bout is given more than a few minutes, it will either be caused by Menounos's star power or the talent of Beth Phoenix. There should be more to say about the match, but knowing the WWE, there isn't much to talk about leading up to the event and there won't be much after.

Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show for the Intercontinental Title

This is one of the better matches fans might see come WrestleMania, depending on how it plays out. Rhodes has been humiliating Show for weeks, presenting fans with videos of Show's most embarrassing moments at the event.  WrestleMania should be Rhodes' comeuppance, but how much of it will play out as fair or farce is yet to be determined. Hopefully, Rhodes will get a chance to shine, even in defeat.

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Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Title

These men should be getting a lot more recognition and attention than they are. Both men are crowd-pleasers and can spin a great match.

It is a shame that no one is paying attention to it. Sheamus and Bryan have worked hard and earned a bit of the spotlight that seems to have been unfairly taken from them. Their match could steal the show if the major players decide to phone it in.

Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny

This match is still up in the air, only because one-half of each team has been made as of right now. It's obvious that the WWE is trying to make Team Teddy appear as underdogs, because Santino Marella is the captain and R-Truth and Kofi Kingston are his team members.

In contrast, Team Johnny has David Otunga, Mark Henry and Christian. Only time will tell if the WWE is trying to swerve the fans or if it will play out in favor of the bigger men.

The Undertaker vs. Triple H in a Hell in a Cell Match

Shawn Michaels may be appearing in this match, but it is focused on the two men who will be inside the ring as well as a cage.

This is one of the major matches at WrestleMania and it could well mark the end of the Attitude Era and the former generation of wrestlers. If nothing else, that makes this a match worth buying. Then again, all the men involved are incredible performers who know how to put on a show.

CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho for the WWE Title

Both men are already making this a great part of WrestleMania. Then, they ramped it up with Chris Jericho bringing up Punk's father. It was a gut-wrenching moment when it first came up and Punk sold it well. As great as they have both been with each other during promos, it will only get better when they have a match.

John Cena vs. The Rock

Cena vs. Rock is the main event of WrestleMania and the bout that most are paying to see. It might not be a great match—in fact, it will probably let a lot of fans down. As far as characters go, however, it has a great amount of hype.

As long as there isn't a backlash from the fans after it is done, it will have done its job and made the WWE a lot of money.

There are still tweaks to be made for the card, but overall it looks like it is going to provide the WWE with a lot of revenue and fans with a lot of enjoyable moments.