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WWE WrestleMania 32
April 3rd 2016
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Attendance: 101, 763
Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield & Bryon Saxton
The 32nd edition of WrestleMania took place in Arlington, Texas at the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The main event pitted Roman Reigns against Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The build up to ‘Mania hasn’t been great. The injuries don’t help, but they’ve got to make do with what they’ve got.
This is going to be a unique review for me as I actually attended the show live. That’s something off the bucket list, right?
Bear in mind that I’ll only be reviewing the main show, not the pre-show. So if you’re expecting me to write an emotional piece on Brie Bella’s retirement then I’m sorry to disappoint.
I can’t complain about my view as they were great seats. It does say on my ticket that the view was obstructed, but I guess that was referring to the stage because my view was better than expected.
Fifth Harmony sang America the Beautiful to start things off.
There was a video package that highlighted the history of WrestleMania as well as the key feuds heading into this year’s event. Ton of heat for Roman Reigns, was that a sign of things to come?
The announce team of Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield and Bryon Saxton welcome us to the show. No Jerry Lawler here tonight. There are also announcers at ringside doing commentary in Spanish and German. They showed other announce teams seated around the arena as well including Funaki working on the Japanese broadcast.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz vs. Sami Zayn vs. Stardust vs. Sin Cara vs. Zack Ryder vs. Kevin Owens ©
Zayn and Owens received mega pops during their entrances. Six guys went to the floor as Owens was alone in the ring. Zayn went face to face with Owens, which drew a huge ovation and then they exchanged blows. Zayn v Owens is going to be a future WrestleMania main event, for sure. Ziggler nails Zayn in the back with a ladder. Sin Cara hits a missile dropkick driving a ladder into Owens. Stardust slams Sin Cara on a ladder and Ryder hits a neck breaker onto the ladder. Miz climbs but gets tipped over, causing him to crash to the mat. Blue Thunder Bomb by Zayn to Ziggler and Owens backdrops Zayn onto the ladder!!! Rough Ryder to Owens and Zack climbs. Ziggler follows up and Stardust shoves the ladder over, sending them crashing onto the ropes.
Stardust climbs but Sin Cara tips the ladder over to bring him down. Zayn hit a somersault dive on a bunch of guys outside the ring (he jumped under the ladder to do it) and then an incredible DDT on Owens on the floor. Holy shit that was fantastic! Zayn climbs but Sin Cara stops him. He climbs but Zayn tips the ladder over, Sin Cara landed on the top rope and did a flip dive on a bunch of guys on the floor. Ziggler super kicks Zayn and he goes super kick crazy. Ziggler presses Ryder onto the ladder and hits another super kick. Ziggler climbs but Owens brings him down. They super kick each other. Stardust brought out a polka dot ladder in honour of his dad Dusty Rhodes. I liked Stardust’s polka dots on his outfit as well. Stardust cleaned house with the ladder until Miz dropped him with a Skull Crushing Finale on the ladder. Owens with a cradle kneebreaker on Stardust and then he tossed the polka dot ladder out of the ring.
He performs the Terry Funk spot but Miz ends that with Skull Crushing Finale onto the ladder. Fisherman’s back breaker by Owens and he gets rid of the polka dot ladder. Zayn fires away on Owens but Owens knocks him onto a ladder. Owens goes up and hits a Frog Splash onto Zayn on the ladder!!!! Pop Up Power Bomb to Miz and Ryder climbs a ladder in the corner. Flying Elbrow off the ladder onto Miz!!!! Ryder climbs but Ziggler follows up. Ziggler throws some head butts and he takes Ryder off with a faceplant!!! Ziggler climbs but Owens pulls him down into the power bomb!!! Queen’s Crossbow by Stardust to Owens and Sin Cara stunned Stardust with a kick that put Stardust on a ladder that was bridged from the apron to the barricade. Owens tipped the ladder that Sin Cara was on and that sent Cara onto Stardust through a ladder on the floor. Huge spot that was an incredible site to see live! Owens climbed up, but there’s Zayn to stop him. Owens knocked him down after gouging him in the eye. Zayn nailed Owens with a Dragon Suplex onto a ladder that was in the ring. That was brutal looking. Zayn climbed up, but Miz was there to shove the ladder to knock him down. I thought that was it for Zayn. Miz climbed up the ladder, reached the top, look down at all the fallen opponents and was cocky as he tried to grab the ladder. Ryder showed up on the back side, shoved Miz off and Ryder yanked down the IC Title.
Winner and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion: Zack Ryder
Post-match, Ryder’s dad was in the ring to celebrate with his son. Ryder celebrated with the title as the crowd cheered him on.
An excellent opener. There were some cool spots like Zayn’s dive under the ladder, Owen’s frog splash and Sin Cara’s splash on Stardust. Ziggler not having a moment was somewhat of a surprise, but all in all everyone else had their time to shine which was cool. Ryder winning was a hell of a shocker! I’m so pleased that he finally got a WrestleMania moment. If anyone deserves something positive to happen to them, it’s him. Sure he dropped the title the next night on RAW, but they can’t take his WrestleMania moment away from him. Quality match that got the crowd going from the start.
A commercial played for Tapout gear followed with a video package for the AJ Styles/ Chris Jericho feud.
Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles
Good reactions for both guys for their entrances. Styles sent Jericho out of the ring with a clothesline over the top. Things were even after that until Styles nailed a springboard dropkick that Jericho usually does. Jericho was able to take control with a dropkick to counter a Styles attack on the floor. Jericho did his cocky pin with the “c’mon baby” yell. Then the “ask him” chinlock, but Styles fights out so Jericho catches him in the Dragon Sleeper. Styles fights out and Styles throws a series of strikes followed by a discus clothesline.
Basement forearm by Styles and he catches Jericho with a dropkick. Jericho rolls Styles into the Walls of Jericho but Styles makes the ropes to break. Sloppy springboard reverse DDT by Styles gets 2. Styles blocks the bulldog causing Jericho to get crotched in the corner. Styles goes up but Jericho follows. Gordbuster off the top by Styles and both men are down. Styles rolls Jericho up for 2 and he goes for the Pele but Jericho blocks and goes back to the Walls of Jericho!!! Styles fights out of it and he catches Jericho in the Calf Crusher. Jericho counters into a roll-up for 2 to break and Styles throws some strikes. Styles blocks the hurricanrana and Jericho blocks the Styles’ Clash. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Jericho moves. Code Breaker by Jericho gets 2!!! Jericho goes for the Styles’ Clash but Styles blocks and he hits the wheelbarrow gord buster for 2.
It was around this time where the stage crew were erecting a giant box of Booty O’s on the stage. Styles with a hurricanrana. He went for a Styles Clash, he hit it and Jericho kicked out at two. I thought that was the finish. So did the crowd. Styles got his knees up to counter a Lionsault. Styles connected with a Springboard 450 that was good for only two. Styles hit a brainbuster. Styles was frustrated. He went for a springboard forearm, Jericho shoved the ref and then Jericho hit the Codebreaker for the win.
Winner: Chris Jericho via pinfall
Rating: *** ½
Surprised that they didn’t give Styles the victory here with it being his first WrestleMania. When Jericho hit that Codebreaker and Styles kicked out, I figured for sure Styles would win. I believe that Jericho was willing to put Styles over but Vince had the final say. They just didn’t kick it into next gear in terms of intensity and nearfalls, but it was still really good for the most part.
A commercial played for Total Divas. Good job I’ve got it on the Sky+!
Zack Ryder was interviewed by Maria Menounos, who wore a Shane McMahon shirt. Ryder called it the greatest moment of his life. He spoke about seeing Razor Ramon winning the IC Title at WrestleMania 10 and then the story of getting a pic with Razor and how he was going to take another picture of Razor holding HIS Intercontinental title. He said if he retired today he’d be a happy man because he lived his dream. Just wish he got a longer title reign but I saw it coming in all honesty.
The New Day made their entrance with the huge Booty O’s cereal box whiles wearing Dragon Ball Z inspired gear. They were actually in the box with some of the cereal. Xavier Woods mentioned they just entered out of a 20-foot box of Booty O’s cereal. Big E said New Day rocks. They sure do!!
The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods) vs. The League of Nations (Sheamus, Rusev & Alberto Del Rio) /w/ Wade Barrett
This isn’t for the Tag Team Titles. It was advertised as a 4 on 3 match, but WWE changes things all the time. New Day did the “unicorn stampede” spot early on to pop the crowd. The heels worked over Woods with Del Rio hitting a DDT on him for two. More quick tags by the heels as they worked on Woods with Sheamus hitting some forearm shots to the chest while chanting “New Day sucks.” Nice flip into a splash by Rusev. Woods with a back body drop on Del Rio sent him to the floor. Rusev nailed a superkick on Big E outside the ring. Woods with a spinning DDT on Sheamus. Kingston gets the hot tag from Woods. Dropkicks for Kingston, then the double foot attack and a boom drop on both guys. Haven’t seen that for ages!
Sheamus caught Kingston when he tried for Trouble in Paradise. Ref was distracted by Barrett, so Rusev kicked Kingston leading to a two count for Sheamus. Big E tagged in, belly to belly to Sheamus and then he gave one to Rusev as well. Big E hit a running shoulder tackle/spear to take out Sheamus, Rusev and Barrett. That was cool in theory, but didn’t hit perfectly as he landed on his head. Woods hit a double foot stomp off the top on Sheamus for two. Del Rio with a backstabber to Woods. Del Rio with a double foot stomp on Kingston on the apron sending Kingston down hard into the floor outside the ring. Woods got a rollup on Sheamus, that led to Sheamus kicking out, Barrett nailed the Bull Hammer Elbow on Woods and then Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on Woods for the pinfall.
Winners: The League of Nations via pinfall
Rating: ** ½
It was okay. No surprise to see ND lose since the title weren’t on the line plus LON need the victory more in order to establish some momentum.
Barrett got on the mic to brag about the victory (“The lads have won”). He said there are no three men in history that could ever go toe to toe with this unit….
….Shawn Michael’s theme hits and out comes HBK in his ring gear. Mick Foley is up next. Foley has lost a ton a weight since the last time we saw him, all thanks to the DDP Yoga programme. The final man out was Stone Cold Steve Austin. Holy fuck, what a reaction he got! The crowd went mental when they heard the glass break. It has got to be the loudest reaction I’ve ever heard in my entire life! All three men walked to the ring together.
The three legends got into the ring. The New Day yanked Barrett out of the ring. Foley unleashed on Sheamus with some fists, then the running knee and he slapped on the Mandible Claw with Mr. Socko on Sheamus. Michaels followed with a Sweet Chin Music superkick on Del Rio. Austin hit the Stone Cold Stunner on Rusev too. Barrett was in the ring, so he took Sweet Chin Music, Mr. Socko and a Stone Cold Stunner for him too.
The New Day were in the ring with the legends. They started doing their dance. Kingston got Michaels to twerk with him. Foley did some hip gyrating with Big E as well. Woods tried to get Austin to dance. JBL was saying he’s never seen Stone Cold dance. Austin was smiling, then he did some finger snapping. Our section went mental for that! The Stone Cold Dancing didn’t last long as he kicked Woods in the stomach and hit a Stone Cold Stunner on Woods. At least I can go to my grave knowing that I’ve witnessed Stone Cold dancing! Austin celebrated with beers for himself and his former tag partners. Huge crowd reactions for all of this, arguably the loudest crowd reaction I’ve ever been a part of!
A video package plays hyping up the upcoming match; Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar /w/ Paul Heyman vs. Dean Ambrose
Lesnar connects with three German suplexes and Ambrose bails. I should point out that on the giant video screens above the ring, they had a counter up to show the number of suplexes that Lesnar did. Ambrose fires away with a kendo stick and but Lesnar fires back with knees. Two rolling German suplexes by Lesnar and we are at 5. Release German suplex brings us to 6. Release suplex by Lesnar for #7. Ambrose goes for the kendo stick but Lesnar steps on it, driving it into Ambrose’s hand. German suplex as we are already at #8. Ambrose slaps Lesnar and he throws some forearms. Release German suplex for #9. Lesnar offers Ambrose the kendo stick and he hits a low blow on Lesnar. Ambrose drills Lesnar with the kendo stick and Lesnar bails!!! Suicide dive by Ambrose and he pulls out the chainsaw!!!! Brock hits the overhead belly to belly suplex on the floor and that’s #10. Ambrose nails Lesnar with some audio equipment and he nails Lesnar in the back with a chair. Ambrose goes up but Lesnar runs up and hits an overhead belly to belly superplex for #11!!! Ambrose sprays a fire extinguisher at the face of Lesnar and Ambrose drills Lesnar repeatedly with a chair!!! Basement dropkick into the chair by Ambrose in the corner. Ambrose goes up and hits a flying elbow drop using the chair for 2!!! Ambrose tosses a pile of chairs into the ring and Lesnar catches him with a release German suplex for #12. Ambrose countered a F5 into a DDT onto a chair for two. Good nearfall. Ambrose did a Lesnar like flex. Ambrose got the barbed wire bat from under the ring. It looked like he was kissing it. Lesnar got back to his feet avoided the attack and hit a German Suplex onto the chairs, which was #13. Lesnar hit a F5 on the chairs. Lesnar covered the win
Winner: Brock Lesnar via pinfall
Mixed opinions for this one. It was a good match, but my expectations were very high, making this pretty underwhelming. I felt like it was going to be this 17-25 minute brutal battle that ends up being a classic as Ambrose keeps kicking out and never gives up. Much like the way Austin was booked during his match against Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13. Instead, Lesnar won pretty easily because of his overwhelming power advantage. I kept waiting for Ambrose to find a way to get some believable nearfalls. They just never got to that point. It was still a decent battle, although they could have done more.
They did a Snickers commercial spot with Ric Flair, Zack Ryder, Dolph Ziggler and then Ryder turned into Charlotte after he ate a Snickers. Woooooo
A video package aired for the Hall of Fame. I was there and I enjoyed it.
The Hall of Fame class appeared on the stage with Sting getting the biggest spotlight.
A clip aired of Lita earlier in the ring when they announced the new WWE Women’s Title that will replace the Divas Title. Since they are trying to take women’s wresting more serious it’s a positive sign for them to get rid of the term ‘diva’ in that respect.
Lita was in the ring holding the new WWE Women’s Title. Becky Lynch entered first. Sasha Banks had a really cool entrance with her cousin Snoop Dogg rapping for her along with a woman named Raven Felix singing the lyrics of Sasha’s song. Also, I loved that Sasha was also wearing Eddie Guerrero inspired attire. Charlotte’s entrance was also awesome because she had a robe like her fathers, apparently part of this robe was made from Flair’s outfit in his last WWE match at WrestleMania 24.
WWE Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte ©/w/ Ric Flair
Banks and Lynch knock Charlotte down with a chop and the challengers exchange near falls. Big boot to Lynch by Charlotte. Banks did a headscissors takedown followed by an Eddie-like shake. They went for a sunset flip spot by Banks, but she didn’t connect with Lynch – they were able to make up for it. Charlotte picked up Banks outside the ring and sent her back first into the ropes. Lynch took out Charlotte with a forearm. Reverse DDT by Lynch on Charlotte gets two. Charlotte came back with a backbreaker on Lynch for two. Banks tried getting back into it, but Lynch sent her over the top to the floor. Lynch applied an armbar on Charlotte only for Banks to break it up, but then Banks got sent out of the ring. Charlotte applied a Figure Four on Lynch and Banks capitalised on that with an Eddie Guerrero-like Frog Splash on Charlotte for two. That was a really cool spot Lynch with a German Suplex on Banks. Lynch with a pumphandle in a slam for a two count that was broken up by Banks. Banks with a double knee attack to Lynch and then she hit a dive on Charlotte through the ropes. It looks like she hit her feet on the ropes, but she was still able to land safely. Lynch did a dive for Banks that ended up nailing Flair. Crowd cheered loudly for that. Lynch and Banks were on the floor. Charlotte went to the top rope and hit a moonsault on both women that connected perfectly. What a great move! Wow! That’s so impressive. She’s such an incredible athlete that has no problem showing off in a way that nobody else can.
Back in the ring, Charlotte hits double Natural Selection for 2. Banks blocks a power bomb and Lynch catches both with the missile dropkick for 2. Disarmer to Charlotte but Banks breaks it up with the Backstabber. Banks Statement to Lynch and she rolls Lynch to the middle of the ring. Charlotte grabs the Figure-4 on Banks to break!!! She turns it into the Figure-8 but Lynch pulls Banks out of the hold!!! All three women trade blows and the challengers pound away on Charlotte. Spear to Banks and Lynch hits some shoulders to the midsection of Charlotte. They go up and Banks joins them. Banks knocks Lynch off and Lynch puts Banks in the tree of woe. Fisherman Superplex by Lynch to Charlotte!!! Backstabber into the Banks Statement to Lynch but Charlotte dumps Banks to the floor to break. Figure-8 to Lynch and Flair prevents Banks from entering, allowing Lynch to tap!!!
Winner and STILL WWE Women’s Champion: Charlotte via submission
Fantastic match. What I liked most about this match is how involved the crowd were. They really responded to the nearfalls and submission attempts. I’m sure people are moaning that Charlotte retained, many people, including myself, imagined that this would be the night to put the title on Banks. I’ve got nothing against Charlotte, I think she’s a tremendous performer, plus having her become the first holder of the Women’s title gives her something more to brag about. There’s plenty of time to put the title on Sasha. She’s only in her early twenties. Becky Lynch has far to go, also. This was at the level of some of their NXT encounters and they should be proud of taking advantage of the moment and hopefully making this a real launching point for the women’s division.
The Hell in a Cell structure was lowered down. A video package plays showing the viewers the events leading up to our next match.
Shane McMahon made his entrance first with his three sons. Dollar bills with Shane’s face on them were coming down from the ceiling. I didn’t get one, but if I was desperate I could always shell out £35+ on e-bay. Shane left the boys with his wife and mother at ringside. The Undertaker made his entrance. It wasn’t an elaborate entrance, but it’s still cool to see him walk that aisle.
Hell in a Cell
Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker
If Shane wins, he gets control of Raw and Taker can no longer compete at WrestleMania. Shane keeps his distance early but Taker hits a knee to the midsection. They trade blows and Taker dumps Shane. Back in, Shane throws some jabs but Taker hits one hard shot to bring him down. Snake eyes by Taker but Shane comes back with a back elbow. Taker sends Shane into the cell and he hits a leg drop on the apron. Back in, Taker hits the Last Ride for 2!!! Taker brings the steps into the ring and Shane catches Taker in the Triangle Choke!!! Taker counters into a roll-up for 2, forcing Shane to break. Knees by Shane but Taker comes back with a choke slam onto the steps for 2!!! Elbow drop misses and Taker crashes onto the steps!!! Shane tells Taker to bring it and Shane catches Taker with a DDT onto the steps for 2!!! Shane with an elbow drop for two. Undertaker applied the Hell’s Gate submission move. Shane was able to fight out of it and applied a Sharpshooter although it didn’t look that great. Shane pounded on Taker with fists in the corner as a way to weaken him. Undertaker was in the spot for a familiar Shane move with Shane bringing out a trash can. Shane put the trash can in front of Undertaker, climbed the ropes on the opposite side of the ring and nailed the Coast to Coast dropkick into the trash can. That’s still a really cool move that is always going to pop the crowd like it did here. That earned a two count for Shane.
Shane had bolt cutters as he tried to cut open a part of the cell. Undertaker picked up Shane and then drove Shane into the cell to break it open where Shane had cut some of it open already. That was a predictable spot, but it worked. Undertaker cleared off some of the English announce table as well as the Spanish announce table. Shane applied a sleeper hold on Undertaker by this staging area near the announce table. Undertaker drove Shane through the Spanish announce table. Shane found a tool box that he used to hit Undertaker in the head with. Another tool box shot to the head by Shane. He looked up to the top of the cell. Shane with a TV monitor shot to the head of Taker.
Shane climbed up the side of the cell by the announce tables. The crowd was going crazy for this while the announcers were freaking out. That cell is a legit 20 feet high if not more – probably closer to 25 feet. Shane stood up at the top of the cell as he looked down on Undertaker laying on the table. Shane jumped off, Undertaker moved and Shane went crashing through the table! Wow! What a crazy bump. What a bump. Seeing something as crazy as that live was pretty damn special! Undertaker brought Shane back into the ring. Undertaker hit a Tombstone and covered for the win. Shane is carted out after the match and he gives the fans a thumbs up on the way out.
Winner: The Undertaker via pinfall
It was fine. No surprise they went 30 minutes; they tend to do that for big stipulation matches such as this. Shane crashing through the table was a memorial spot, even better seeing it live! I’m happy that they did the pin right after that because there was no reason for Shane to wrestle much longer after a move like that, so it made sense to end it soon after. This was the definition of a match that’s a lot more fun when you see it live compared to the television broadcast.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
There were 20 participants in this one, including two surprise entrants: Diamond Dallas Page and Shaquille O’Neal. Huge pop for Shaq! Shaq and Show face off and Kane joins in. Show and Shaq hit a double chokeslam on Kane!!! Everyone gangs up on Shaq and Show but they shove everyone away. Fandango is dumb enough to stick around so Show dumps him. Sandow tries his luck and Shaq dumps him. Remember when Damien Sandow was Mr Money in the Bank? I do! Shaq and Show choke each other and it allows everyone to dump them!!! DDP hits the Diamond Cutter on Viktor and he dumps him. Konnor knocks DDP out. Goldust and Truth clothesline Konnor out. Tatanka chops away on Adam Rose and he hits a second rope tomahawk chop. Corbin dumps Tatanka. Kane backdrops Jack Swagger out. The Social Outcasts take control and R-Truth catches Axel with a leg lariat. Slater and Rose dump Truth. Axel and Dallas eliminated Goldust. The Social Outcasts foursome did a celebratory victory lap in the ring. Kane dumped Axel, Corbin sent Rose out and then Kane gave Corbin a Chokeslam. Henry was back in there after being on the floor for most of the match. Henry dumped Slater out and then a Gorilla Press Slam by Henry eliminated Breeze. Kane dumped Henry with an assist from Darren Young. Kane dumped out Young and Dallas at the same time. Corbin snuck up behind Kane to eliminate him, which gave Corbin the win
Winner: Baron Corbin
Rating: * ½
Not a fan of Baron Corbin at all, but this match was designed to put him over. At least they didn’t put an older guy over so having Corbin win is fine by me. My original pick was Braun Strowman, but he wasn’t in the match. I guessed they would have gone with Mark Henry, with him being the hometown boy, but as soon as I saw Corbin I knew he was going to win. What I don’t like is that he was just randomly put into the match. Why couldn’t they do a tournament on NXT where the winner enters the battle royal, like what they did with Hideo Itami last year (damn, I miss that guy).
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders danced on stage to AC/DC’s Thunderstruck (the song has been edited out of the replay on the network). Once that finishes, out comes THE ROCK!!
Much like Stone Cold, Rocky receives a monster pop. there was some giant “ROCK” lettering on the stage that he lit on fire with a flamethrower. It worked well.
Rock did his usual “finally” line about coming back to Dallas. Being a kid of the 90’s, it was awesome being able to join in with his famous catchphrases! He put over the huge crowd saying there were a lot of smiling faces out there while saying there would be a lot of WrestleMania babies out there. The Rock announced the attendance for the show: 101,763. I’m a part of history, people.
The Wyatt Family comes out and Bray claims he chose the Rock. He represents success and greatness but also represents a lie. Bray Wyatt says he’s going to take this moment and Rock begins to crack jokes on the Wyatts. Rock puts over that Bray has ability and charisma, but Rock says Bray isn’t the eater of worlds, he’s the eater of hot pockets. Wyatt said he’s there to kick down a door and that Rock has no idea who he is fooling with. Rock took off his shirt saying they’re not going to have a fight – they’re going to have a match. A referee showed up. Rock said he’s going to face Bray or one of the “inbred Duck Dynasty bitches” right now. Rock tossed off his pants to show he had his Rock tights and boots on. What an ovation for someone stripping down to his underpants! Rowan stepped up.
The Rock vs. Erick Rowan
Bell rings, Rock connects with the Rock Bottom and wins. All of that in six seconds.
Winner: The Rock
The fastest win in WrestleMania history and I can live the rest of my live knowing that I’ve seen The Rock wrestle live.
The Wyatts surround the ring and out comes John Cena! Another huge reaction for yet another surprise return. Rock and Cena fought side by side. Rock dropped Strowman with a Rock Bottom. Cena hit a spinning slam on Rowan followed by a Five Knuckle Shuffle and the Attitude Adjustment. Wyatt wanted Sister Abigail on Cena, but Cena shoved him off. Rock hit punches on Wyatt, then the spinebuster and the People’s Elbow. Rock said “Welcome back” to Cena and ended it with “if you smell what The Rock is cooking.”
After the in-ring action, Rock went over to greet his daughter and his mom at ringside. Cena went up the ramp first. Rock followed him. They posed on the ramp to end it. Does this mean we’ll see ‘once in a lifetime 3’ next year? Doesn’t surprise me if it does.
The video package aired for the main event: Triple H vs. Roman Reigns.
Stephanie McMahon did some promo on the stage while wearing some leather outfit as she talked on a throne. She called the people blind sheep and that they own us. She spoke for a few minutes before Triple H made his entrance. No fancy entrance for him this year. He let his wife do it. That’s the makings of a perfect marriage right there.
There were a lot of boos for Roman Reigns on his entrance. There was some pyro for him as he put his fist on the ground by the stage.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H © /w/ Stephanie McMahon vs. Roman Reigns
HHH toys with Reigns but Reigns overpowers him. HHH hip tosses Reigns to the floor and back in, HHH begins to work the arm. Hard right by Roman ends that and they trade slaps to send each other a message. Northern lariat by HHH and he hits a forearm to the back. Reigns fires back and he hits a clothesline. Leaping clothesline by Reigns and he snaps HHH’s neck off the ropes. Drive By from Reigns gets 2. Corner clotheslines by Reigns and Stephanie distracts the ref, allowing HHH to go low. Inverted atomic drops by HHH gets 2. HHH targets the nose of Reigns and Reigns fights back. HHH ends that with a spine buster for 2. He hammers Reigns on the mat and HHH dumps Reigns to the floor. HHH slams Reigns’ face repeatedly on the announce table but Reigns returns the favor. HHH tosses Reigns over the announce table and Reigns again fights back. HHH catches Reigns with a swinging neck breaker on the floor!!! Back in, HHH throws some kicks at Reigns and he hits a guillotine knee drop to bring Reigns in for 2. HHH gord busters Reigns on the top rope and he goes for another guillotine knee drop but Reigns nails him on the way down!!!
Big boot by Reigns and he catches HHH with a Samoan Drop for 2. HHH bails to avoid the Superman Punch and Reigns leaps off the steps and hits a clothesline on HHH. Reigns sends HHH into the steps and HHH returns the favor. He dumps Reigns over the announce table again and Reigns comes back with a Spear through the barricade!!!! Back in, Reigns goes for the Superman Punch but HHH counters into the Crowbar but Reigns makes the ropes. Fujiwara arm bar by HHH and he traps the other arm of Reigns. HHH converts it into the cross arm breaker but Reigns breaks with a sit-out powerbomb for 2. HHH goes back to the arm but Reigns once again breaks with a sit-out power bomb. HHH blocks a Spear and he goes for the Pedigree but Reigns backdrops him to the floor to block. Reigns looks to dive but HHH nails him to block. Reigns hits the Spear for 2 after Stephanie pulled the ref out of the ring on the first near fall. Stephanie went into the ring to argue with the ref. It was pretty obvious what was going to happen here. Hunter got up, Reigns charged in, Hunter and the ref left, so Reigns hit a huge Spear on Stephanie. That led to the biggest ovation of the match. Hunter capitalized with a Pedigree for the one…two…no. Great nearfall. Reigns came back with a Superman Punch as he started to get some momentum until Triple H came back with the running high knee. That gets a two count for Hunter. Stephanie gave Hunter the sledgehammer as Cole said that if Hunter is disqualified he retains the title. That could be the worst finish in WrestleMania history. Reigns nailed a Superman Punch and then another one. More boos. Reigns ducked a sledgehammer shot, ran the ropes and hit a Spear for the victory.
Winner and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Roman Reigns via pinfall
It was an below average match that went too long with a finish that was very predictable. Hunter did well as the veteran heel that tried to wear down Reigns, but it just kept on going and going. You’ve got to remember that the crowd was sitting there for over five hours by this point if you count the pre-show. Going a half hour in a match where the crowd doesn’t like the guy that’s supposed to be the face isn’t a good idea. People were leaving before the match even began, others left during the match. Reigns triumphantly holding up his third WWE Championship to a chorus of boos is quite the way to cap of his story.
Reigns holds up the title as WrestleMania 32 goes off the air.
I knew right from the start that Reigns would get a ton of heat from the crowd. The next night on Raw, when Vince made a comment about Reigns the crowd was on his back and Vince just brushed it off by saying something on the lines of crazy crowd. A classic example of Vince having his head in the clouds. Will he change? Unless it hurts him financially, then yes. In the meantime, he’s sticking with his guns and will continue to push Roman Reigns as the face of the company.
The best matches of the card were the Ladder match and Women’s title. The women’s title just edges it for me. One of the best women matches on the main roster in a long time. I expect a re-match later on down the line!
I know this happened on the pre-show but I just want to say that Eva Marie has wrestled in front of 100,000 people. Bayley hasn’t. Just let that sink in.
How legit was the 100,000 mark? Hard to tell. Dave Meltzer says that it was around the 96,000 mark. The stadium looked full, although some of the boxes & suites weren’t. But still, to see that many people in a stadium to watch a wrestling show is a spectacular sight.
While it was nice to see The Rock back, it did make the Wyatt Family look incredibly weak. Rock did put over Bray a bit on the microphone, but he was easily able to get rid of the Wyatt Family along with Cena. It’s not like I expected Rock to get beat up. I just think that WWE has done such a poor job of booking The Wyatt Family strong in the last couple of years. They really need to repackage those guys and make Bray Wyatt look like a credible threat.
In terms of the most memorable moment, that was definitely Shane’s leap from the top of the cell through the table at ringside. It was a risky move that didn’t pay off in terms of helping him with the match, but it worked in terms of giving us those “WrestleMania moments” they always talk about. That match was too long just like the main event.
Best match: Women’s Championship triple threat – Who would ever have thought that a women’s match would be the best match of the night at a WrestleMania? Truly a history making night.
Worst match: Andre the Giant Battle Royal – Aside from the surprise appearances from Shaq, DDP and Tatanka, it was very slow paced match.
WrestleMania Moment: Shane diving off the Cell – incredible sight to witness live in person.
Top five Superstars
Updated rankings chart:
Shawn Michaels – 50pts
Undertaker – 35pts
Hulk Hogan– 30pts
Macho Man Randy Savage – 29pts
Bret Hart/ Stone Cold/The Rock – 25pts
Triple H – 22pts
Edge – 18pts
Kurt Angle– 14pts
Brock Lesnar – 12pts
Ricky Steamboat – 11pts
Mick Foley/ Jeff Hardy/ CM Punk– 10pts
Owen Hart/ Ric Flair/ John Cena/ Daniel Bryan– 8pts
Ultimate Warrior/ Roddy Piper– 7pts
Chris Benoit– 6pts
Dynamite Kid/Rick Rude/ Ted Dibiase/Seth Rollins/ Sasha Banks– 5pts
Terry Funk/ Bam Bam Bigelow/ Diesel/ Eddie Guerrero/ Batista/ Bray Wyatt/ Charlotte- 4pts
Tito Santana/Andre the Giant/ Mr Perfect/ Lawrence Taylor/ X-Pac/ Becky Lynch- 3pts
Greg Valentine/ Scott Steiner/ Razor Ramon/Shane McMahon/ Christian/Shelton Benjamin/ Chris Jericho/ Cesaro/ Roman Reigns/ Sami Zayn-2pts
Sgt Slaughter/ Gorilla Monsoon/ Bobby Heenan/ Jim Ross/ Bubba Ray Dudley/ Shane McMahon– 1pt
Overall Show Rating (out of 10) 6.5
If I wasn’t at the show maybe that score would be lower. I just think of the fun I had watching the majority of the event. When I watched it back on WWE Network there were things that didn’t seem as cool the second time around.
However, being at WrestleMania was a crazy experience. It truly felt like a big event with all the fans having barbeques in the car park or taking over the local Walmart. If you’ve never been to WrestleMania before and have thought about doing it, go for it. Say yes to the opportunity.
Attending WrestleMania live is something that I always wanted to do, yet never imagined that I would ever do it. Now that I have, I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I urge all wrestling fans to give WrestleMania a shot, someday. Believe me, you’ll love every second of it!
WrestleMania Rankings so far:
WrestleMania 17 – 10
WrestleMania 19 – 9.5
WrestleMania 31 – 9.5
WrestleMania 30 – 9.5
WrestleMania 21 – 9
WrestleMania 14 – 8.5
WrestleMania 20 – 8.5
WrestleMania 24 – 8
WrestleMania 10 – 8
WrestleMania 23 – 8
WrestleMania 22 – 8
WrestleMania 26 – 7.5
WrestleMania 28 – 7.5
WrestleMania 25 – 7
WrestleMania 8 – 7
WrestleMania 3 – 7
WrestleMania 18 – 6.5
WrestleMania 7 – 6.5
WrestleMania 32 – 6.5
WrestleMania 29 – 6
WrestleMania 6 – 6
WrestleMania16 – 5.5
WrestleMania 12 – 5.5
WrestleMania 15 – 5
WrestleMania 27 – 5
WrestleMania 1 – 4.5
WrestleMania 13 – 4
WrestleMania 5 – 4
WrestleMania 11 – 4
WrestleMania 4 – 3.5
WrestleMania 2 – 3
WrestleMania 9 – 0.5