Finally!!!! The granddaddy of them all aka the Super Bowl of wrestling and that’s WrestleMania. This year it’s being held from AT&T Stadium in Dallas, where they are expected to break the attendance record for WrestleMania that was previously held in the Pontiac Silverdome for WrestleMania 3. With so many rumors swirling coming into the event, I was just hoping for some great wrestling, a few surprises and maybe some appearances from legends. One thing I didn’t like throughout the week was hearing Bret Hart calling it the worst WrestleMania card ever, but I’m not surprised because he comes off as a bitter person and I’ve thought that for years now. Let’s see how things turned out for WrestleMania 32!!!
We started WrestleMania 32 with the Ladder Match for the Intercontinental championship with Kevin Owens facing Dolph Ziggler, Sin Cara, Stardust, Sami Zayn, Zack Ryder and The Miz. Coming into this match, I knew this match had the potential to be pretty good and of course, a spot fest. As expected, this match was pretty good and it was filled with spots from damn near everyone. Some of the big spots were Sin Cara being tossed off the top of the ladder in the ring and crashing through Stardust, who was lying on the ladder between the ring and barricade. Throughout the match, damn near everyone had their shot at the championship and in the end, Miz was about to grab the title, but was pushed off by Zack Ryder and he retrieved the title for the win. Winner and New Intercontinental Champion: Zack Ryder
Match Rating: 4/5- I was highly entertained by this match and was on my feet from the beginning to the end. I’ll be honest, I didn’t see Zack Ryder winning the championship, but I was happy to see him leave with the title. I’m not expecting him to hold the belt for a long time, hell I think he could lose it on Monday Night Raw, but at least he got his WrestleMania moment.
The second match of the night is the fourth battle between Chris Jericho and A.J. Styles, who became partners after Jericho won the third match, but he quickly turned on Styles after they lost to the tag team champs. The first three matches between them were really good, so I expected more of the same between these two greats. This match was pretty much like the others, but I think it was the weakest of the previous three matches, but it was still good. This match was full of emotions, counters and they were kicking out of each others finishing move also. In the end, Styles was going for the Phenomenal Forearm off the top rope, but Jericho countered it with the Codebreaker for the win. Winner: Chris Jericho
Match Rating: 3.5/5- I’ll be honest, I was pissed at first that Styles lost in his WrestleMania debut, but I’m going to wait to see what happens.
The third match of the night saw New Day facing the League of Nations. There were so many rumors coming into this match with the New Day being outnumbered 4 to 3, but New Day didn’t have a partner. As far as the match went, it wasn’t all that good, but I believe it has to do with the League of Nations just doesn’t do anything for people. In the end, Barrett hit Woods with the Bull hammer while he was on the outside and then he was hit with the Brogue Kick from Sheamus to give the League of Nations the win. Winners: League of Nations
Match Rating: 3/5- I bumped up my rating because in the end, the League of Nations were bragging that no other three man team in history could beat them and that brought out Hall of Famers Mick Foley, Shawn Michaels and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. They entered the ring and started fighting with Rusev, Del Rio and Sheamus as New Day pulled Barrett out of the ring. Once they cleared the ring of those three, New Day threw Barrett back in the ring and Michaels, Austin & Foley hit their finisher on him. Afterwards, New Day got the Hall of Famers to dance, but Austin hit Woods with a Stone Cold Stunner.
The fourth match of the night is the No Holds Barred Street Fight between Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose. This match came about because these guys have been feuding for a couple of months now and finally Ambrose challenged him to a match at WrestleMania. He chose a No Holds Barred match, then he received weapons from Mick Foley and Terry Funk on Monday Night Raw. In the match it featured kendo sticks, chairs, trips to Suplex City and a bunch of suplexes. Honestly, I expected more of a catastrophic match between these two with some blood in the process. In the end, Brock Lesnar hit the F5 onto some chairs for the win!! Winner: Brock Lesnar
Match Rating: 2.5/5
The fifth match of the night was the triple threat match for the new Women’s Championship that Lita introduced during the preshow. Becky Lynch and Charlotte were best friends until Charlotte turned on her with the Ric Flair, her daddy on her side. Sasha Banks put herself into the feud by attacking Charlotte after she just beat Lynch in the title match and they have been feuding ever since. As far as this match, all I can say is WOW!!!! I had high expectations coming into this match, but they blew them out the water because this match was AMAZING!!! This match was the best one of the night with plenty of action and in the end; Charlotte retained the Women’s Champion by pinning Becky Lynch while Ric Flair held Sasha Banks back. Winner and Still Women’s Champion: Charlotte
Match Rating: 4.25/5- This was one helluva match between these ladies and this was the match of the night also. Props to all three of the ladies!!
The sixth match of the night was the Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Shane McMahon. The stipulation Mr. McMahon put on this match was if Shane were to win, he would gain control of the WWE and if ‘Taker lost, this would be his last WrestleMania ever. The match started out pretty slow, but it quickly started getting physical between the two with the Undertaker beating the hell out of Shane. After beating each other some more, Shane got the upper hand by hitting Undertaker with a toolbox then the TV monitor before ascending to the top of the cage. Shane went for the enormous elbow drop, but Undertaker moved and I thought Shane was severely hurt. Undertaker drags Shane back in the ring and Shane tells him to bring it, then Taker hit the Tombstone Piledriver and pinned him. Winner: Undertaker
Match Rating: 3.5/5
We have the 3rd annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and I was hoping for a couple of surprises. There were quite a few surprises in this match with guys like Shaq, DDP, Tatanka and NXT stand-out Barin Corbin. This battle royal had its moments and in the end, it was nice to see Barin Corbin pick up the victory. Winner: Barin Corbin
Match Rating: 2/5
It’s time for the main event between the world champ, Triple H and Roman Reigns. The feud between Roman Reigns and the Authority have been going on for months now with them costing Reigns the title countless amount of times. The match just wasn’t received really well from the crowd, but it wasn’t that bad and it was really physical, as expected. In the end, Reigns hit a couple of Superman punches, followed by a spear to win and become the new WWE world champion. Winner and New WWE Champion: Roman Reigns
Match Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 6.5/10- The PPV wasn’t as bad as some expected and it features some really good matches like for the Women’s title, the I-C ladder match, Hell in a Cell and a couple others. The segment with the Rock was electrifying and his interaction with the Wyatt Family was hilarious, then we got an impromptu match with Erick Rowan. After the Wyatts tried to gang up on “The Great One” but Cena made the save and help fight them off.
Top 5 Matches of WrestleMania:
- Charlotte© vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch
- I-C Ladder Match
- Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon
- Chris Jericho vs. A.J. Styles
- Roman Reigns vs. Triple H©
What were your thoughts about WrestleMania 32? What was your match of the night? Head to the comments section below and let me know what you thought about WrestleMania 32.