Wrestlemania 32: Thoughts and Predictions
The WWE’s biggest event, Wrestlemania 32, takes place this Sunday, April 3. This extravaganza has been building for a long time now and was expected to be the biggest and baddest Wrestlemania ever. But with injuries to huge stars like John Cena, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Cesaro, Sting, and many others, the WWE had to call many audibles and piece together a new card. And despite the lack of some major star power, the Wrestlemania 32 card is still intriguing and should be a great event.
Match 1: The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz
The Usos and The Dudley Boyz will face off on the pre-show in a basic tag team match that I am not quite sure how it fits in. The Usos have never seemingly regained their momentum that they lost after an injury to one of them put their tag team run on hold. The Dudley Boyz returned late last year and the fans loved their return. But that excitement has faded and now this match just feels like a time filler and a match made to get these guys on the card.
Winner: The Usos
Match 2: The Total Divas (Brie Bella, Paige, Natalya, Alicia Fox & Eva Marie) vs. B.A.D. & Blonde (Naomi, Tamina, Lana, Emma & Summer Rae)
This match is definitely a way to get this Divas on the card and deservedly so. All of these women have worked hard in the ring and on WWE’s reality show Total Divas. The Total Divas team is made up of all of the women featured prominently on said reality show and Eva Marie is the only one who feels out of place. Fans booed her Raw appearance this Monday and I expect the same on Sunday.
On the other side of the ring is a mixed-up team of other Divas. Naomi and Tamina earned the spot due to them being on TV weekly although I think their work is still very rough. Emma just reappeared after being on NXT recently. Summer Rae is used very sparingly but recently had a victory over Paige on Raw. And this will be Lana’s in-ring debut.
Tumors have circulated that this will be Brie Bella’s final match and that she will retire on the Monday after. With her husband, Daniel Bryan, retired due to injuries and them wanting to start a family, this makes sense and was expected. And therefore, I expect the Total Divas team to go over.
Winner: Total Divas
Match 3: 20-Man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
The annual battle royal is filled with 20 lower and mid card guys and maybe even some surprises. It was listed to be on the pre-show but it appears to have been moved to the main card. My guess is as good as anyones as to who will win. Will Big Show repeat? Will Kane or Mark Henry get the honor? Or will it be Fandango? Well, ok. It won’t be Fandango. But the options are endless.
Winner: Social Outcasts (Yes, the entire stable)
Match 4: Kalisto (C) vs. Ryback – United States Championship Match
This match seems to have been moved to the pre-show and I am fine with that. Even though it is a championship match, the importance that Cena and Rollins put on the United States championship has been lost and I don’t believe the title means that much anymore. And that is no shot at Kalisto because I think he is a great wrestler that deserves the title and I am glad he has it.
And that means that I do not want to see Ryback win. I don’t know why, but I just can’t get behind Ryback. No matter how much he switches up his character, I can’t seem to care any more.
Match 5: The New Day vs. League of Nations – 3 on 4 Tag Team Match
For some reason, the World Tag Team Championships are not being defended but instead we will have a 3-on-4 handicap tag team match between The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, & Xavier Woods) and the League of Nations (Sheamus, Alberto deal Rio, Rusev, & King Barrett). I wish that this had been done a little differently, but it should still be entertaining with The New Day involved.
The New Day have not only been the top tag team in WWE lately, but one of the top acts overall. They have gotten over huge with fans and are always responsible for one of the most entertaining segments on Raw every week.
The League of Nations on the other hand, are a group of wrestlers that people just love to hate. They are all good in the ring, but I find them uninteresting as a group. Some way I hope they lose and The New Day goes over.
Winner: The New Day
Match 6: AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho
AJ Styles debuted at the Royal Rumble and fans showered him with cheers every week since. After very successful runs in TNA and New Japan, Styles hasn’t missed a step in WWE and is poised to be one of the biggest stars of 2016.
In his first feud, he has been battling Chris Jericho, the veteran who has taken a disliking to the admiration the fans have shown Styles. They battled in singles match and even had a short-lived tag team. But this match will end the long-running feud as Jericho is sure to disappear after Sunday and Styles will be thrust into a new feud.
Winner: AJ Styles
Match 7: Kevin Owens (C) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Sin Cara vs. Zack Ryder vs. The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Stardust – 7 Man Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Owens debuted last year and has not looked back since. He is a two-time Intercontinental champion and one of the best in the business. His skills in he ring and on the mic are second to no one and has him set to make an even bigger impact in 2016.
But his seemingly brilliant idea on Raw a few weeks ago got him into this match. While The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, and Sami Zayn all wanted a title shot, Owens set up a match between Ryder, Sin Cara, and Stardust in which the winner would get the title shot. But Stephanie McMahon shot down this and instead set this ladder match up. But Owens fans shouldn’t worry. It’s not his time to lose the title just yet.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Match 8: Charlotte (C) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch
The “Divas Revolution” comes to Wrestlemania this year as the women wrestlers have stepped up their game and turned the division upside down. Charlotte won the title last year and has grown into one of the best heels in WWE today. But she also puts on some of the best matches on RAW every week as well.
Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch are also very good and both should have many more Wrestlemania’s to come. I think we may see more of all three of these ladies on the big stage. Maybe even a rematch between two of these ladies. But, this night in Dallas will belong to Charlotte and her reign should continue.
Match 9: Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose – No Holds Barred Street Fight
This match should be brutal and down right ugly, but in a good way. These two men will use everything imaginable to destroy each other and I can’t wait to see the spectacle is will be. Lesnar is a wrecking machine that has used his great power to destroy everyone he has faced. His arsenal of multiple suplexes and power moves are sure to be a sight to see.
Ambrose also has his share of moves, but I will be more interested to see his overall craziness and use of whatever he can get his hands on. Ambrose is the most over wrestler right now and should have a bright future on the horizon and therefore I hope to see him get the win. Even if it is by interference from maybe Bray Wyatt, who somehow doesn’t have a match on the card.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Match 10: Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker – Hell in a Cell Match in which if Shane wins he takes control of Raw and if Undertaker loses he will not wrestle at Wrestlemania again
One of the biggest matches of the night features a 51 year old Undertaker, who wrestles very sparingly and Shane McMahon, the 46 year old son of the owner who was never a full-time wrestler and hasn’t wrestled in over 10 years.
McMahon returned not long ago to one of the loudest audience pops ever. He confronted Vince McMahon which set up this match with Shane looking to freshen up the Raw brand. While Shane has never been a wrestler, he has had some memorable moments in the ring and taken many risks that amaze the fans.
The Undertaker was put into this match by Vince McMahon and really hasn’t explained why he agreed to do so. Storytelling for this match has been weak, but the stakes are high and it should be interesting. The late stipulation that Vince added by saying that Undertaker wouldn’t wrestle at Wrestlemania again if he lost was an interesting twist. It made me change my opinion of the match as I could see Undertaker finally retiring now and Raw actually get the makeover that it so desperately needs.
Winner: Shane McMahon
Match 11: Triple H (C) vs. Roman Reigns – World Heavyweight Championship Match
Triple H has been in the game (pun intended) for a long time now. His first Wrestlemania match was actually 20 years ago at Wrestlemania 12 against The Ultimate Warrior. But despite being long in the tooth, Triple H has been better than he has been in a long time. His match at Roadblock against Dean Ambrose was great. His promos leading up to Wrestlemania 32 have been top-notch. Not bad for a man whose last singles match had been at last year’s Wrestlemania against Sting.
On the other side of the ring is the challenger and former champion Roman Reigns. Reigns is this era’s John Cena, the guy that Vince McMahon wants us to love and admire. He wants us to all cheer Reigns and stand fully behind him. But we, the WWE fans, have spoken loudly and do not want to be told who to like. Reigns get booed everywhere he goes and no matter what he does. I think he has talent and has the potential to be a star, but now is not the time. The fans have spoken and I just hope Vince has listened. Ending Wrestlemania 32 with Reigns as champion and the crowd of over 80,000 booing is not the ending that anyone wants. Especially Vince McMahon.
Winner: Triple H
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