I pretty much agree.
I never had a problem with the ending of 28 because it was a huge shocker at the time, which is rare in this day and age, everyone myself included thought Cena would've won.
Overall I thought the matches themselves were decent enough and actually a bit underrated by most people here.
In the end tho, like you said the numbers don't lie, people were definitely into the feud and it boggels the mind to think what the hell would they have done if Rock never came back.
I doubt these Mania's would have been anywhere near as succesful.