all photos courtesy of Kendreah Byron
Attendance records were broken for the Sun Life Stadium in Miami when over 78,000 wrestling fans gathered for WrestleMania XXVII. The televised event featured famous wrestlers such as Kane, The Undertaker and Chris Jericho. The main event, however, was a match that fans had been anticipating for over a year: The Rock versus John Cena.
Fans in attendance were given an exclusive show at 6:30 p.m. before the pay-per-view matches started at 7:00 p.m., beginning with “The Great White” Sheamus against reigning World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan for the championship. The match was over in a literal blink of the eye, when Sheamus knocked Bryan down with a move called “The Brogue Kick” just seconds after Bryan turned around from kissing his girlfriend AJ on the side of the ring. Sheamus grabbed his newly won championship, held it high and marched away in victory in what has been called the quickest World Heavyweight Championship match in WrestleMania history.
After several more matches, like the bloody and seemingly never-ending battle between The Undertaker and HHH in the Hell in a Cell match, the crowd was treated to a performance by world-renowned rap artist Flo Rida. Following the miniature concert and fireworks, fans appeared unable to stay in their seats when Cena and The Rock finally made their way down to the ring. Chants echoed across the stadium, such as “Let’s go Cena!” which would be immediately countered with “Cena sucks!”
Originally from Miami, The Rock definitely had more fans on his side, evident by the magnitude of boo’s whenever Cena appeared to have the upper hand during the match. Since the commentators were not audible to the live audience, fans filled the silence with their own sound effects every time a move was landed, letting loose a chorus of noise with every punch or kick.
The four hour event came to a close when The Rock performed his signature move “The Rock Bottom” and pinned Cena for the three-count to score the win. The entire stadium erupted into indecipherable commotion while The Rock threw his fist up and stood triumphant as the winner of the wrestling world’s biggest match of the year.