It's time, once again, for the largest pro wrestling event of the year. On Sunday, the WWE will host WrestleMania 28 in Miami. Chicago native CM Punk will enter the event as the holder of the top prize in all of professional wrestling, the WWE Championship.
Even those unfamiliar with wrestling are likely to know the name "WrestleMania." The annual event is the Super Bowl of the sport (or sports entertainment, if you prefer), and an appearance on the card is a crowning achievement for most wrestlers.
This will be the first year that CM Punk will enter WrestleMania as world champion, although it is no sure bet that he will successfully defend his title. In one of nine announced matches, Punk will face off against superstar Chris Jericho for the belt.
The main event of the evening pits John Cena against The Rock in a battle of all-time greats. Another marquee matchup will see The Undertaker put his 19-0 WrestleMania winning streak on the line in a Hell in a Cell match against Triple H, with Shawn Michaels as guest referee.
In other title matches, World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan will defend his belt against 2012 Royal Rumble winner Sheamus, and Cody Rhodes will put the Intercontinental Championship on the line against the Big Show.
There will also be a 12-man tag team match between representatives of Raw general manager John Laurinaitis and SmackDown! general manager Theodore Long. The winning team's figurehead will become the GM of both shows in perpetuity. Team Johnny features David Otunga, Mark Henry, Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and The Miz, while Team Teddy consists of Santino Marella, Booket T, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Zack Ryder and the Great Khali.
The card will also include Randy Orton taking on Kane and a tag team match with Kelly Kelly and "Extra" host Maria Menounos facing off against Beth Phoenix and Eve. The event is on pay-per-view only and will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET. There will be one pre-show match, a triple-threat for the Tag Team Championship between champions Primo and Epico, The Usos and the team of Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd. That match will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on WWE.com and YouTube.
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