|Date: April 3, 2016
|Venue: AT&T Stadium |City: Arlington, Texas
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Fifth Harmony kick off the show by singing America The Beautiful.
There’s then a video package, first on the legacy of Wrestlemania and then hype for this event.
Michael Cole welcomes us to the “greatest night in live entertainment” at Dallas, Texas.
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Sami Zayn vs. Zack Ryder vs. Sin Cara vs. The Miz vs. Stardust – Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Background: Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler and The Miz were the first three men to chase Kevin Owens and the Intercontinental Championship, Owens then was given the power to make a triple threat match to determine a number one contender but instead made the match between Sin Cara, Zack Ryder and Stardust. Kevin Owens would get involved with the match and it would all backfire when Stephanie McMahon made the 7 man match for the gold.
Previous PPV matches: It’s a first time ladder match between these seven men.
Wrestlemania Record: This match marks Wrestlemania debuts for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Dolph Ziggler is 1-5, Zack Ryder is 0-2, Sin Cara is 0-1, The Miz is 3-1 and Cody is 1-4.
Match: The action is fast and you can tell that these guys are out to steal the show. There’s an awesome dive from Sami Zayn through a ladder and out of the ring. There’s another one with Sin Cara springboarding off the top rope and landing on everyone outside the ring. Sin Cara has really cool entrance gear with angel wings for this match. Ziggler hits everyone with superkicks. Stardust is in black gear with yellow polka-dots much like his father used to wear. He pulls out a polka-dot ladder at one point and hits the likes of Ryder Ziggler, Sin Cara and Sami Zayn with it. Owens hits a big frog splash on Sami Zayn who is laying on a propped up ladder. Ryder hits a huge elbow drop on Miz from the top of the ladder. There’s a spot with Kevin Owens pushing Sin Cara off the top of a ladder which sends him through Stardust who is lying on a ladder bridging the ring and the barricade. The Miz finds himself alone and climbs to the top of the ladder and grabs the title but Zack Ryder climbs up behind him and pushes Miz off! Zack Ryder then pulls down the Intercontinental Championship to win the match! Ryder’s dad gets in the ring to celebrate with his son.
Result: Zack Ryder wins the match and the Intercontinental Championship.
Review: This was a great way to kick off the show. A really fun ladder match with some memorable spots. Zack Ryder was a real shocker as he’s been used as nothing but a jobber for years. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn seemed to be the main focus of the match whilst Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder were quiet in it for the most part. But it was an entertaining match and really got the crowd going.
There’s an ad for Under Armour next.
And then a VT showing the rivalry between AJ Styles and Chris Jericho.
AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho
Background: Chris Jericho and AJ Styles started as a rivalry but the two men soon became tag team partners. They lost a shot at the Tag Team Championships and Jericho turned on his partner, attacking him after the match. Jericho blamed the WWE Universe as they cheered for AJ over Jericho. 2Jericho would go on to burn a short-lived “Y2AJ” t-shirt.
Previous PPV matches: This is the second PPV match between these two men. AJ Styles beat Chris Jericho at Fastlane.
Wrestlemania Record: Chris Jericho is 4-7 at Wrestlemania, his last match at the event was against Fandango at Wrestlemania 29. AJ Styles makes his Wrestlemania debut tonight.
Match: The match starts quickly and AJ clotheslines Jericho out of the ring which causes Jericho to flip out a bit. There’s a nice spot with Jericho attempts his springboard dropkick but AJ jumps into the ring and then hits a springboard dropkick of his own. Styles has some really nice offence, he’s very slick in the ring. Jericho locks on the Walls Of Jericho but AJ manages to break the hold. Jericho gets the Walls on a second time but AJ counters with a calf crusher which Jericho manages to get out of. Jericho avoids a Phenomenal Forearm and hits a Codebreaker for a near fall. AJ hits the Styles Clash and Jericho kicks out in a great false finish. Another good one with AJ hitting a springboard 450 splash. AJ then attempts a Phenomenal Forearm but Jericho counters with a Codebreaker which is enough for the three.
Result: Chris Jericho wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a very good match. You didn’t know which way it was going to go and the false finishes really helped that. This was much better than their Fastlane match. There were no gimmicks, just a back and forth match which showed the quality of both men. Presumably there will be a rubber match in the future.
There’s an ad for Total Divas.
There’s some celebrities like Stephen Amell shown in the crowd.
Maria Menounos is interviewing backstage and has Zack Ryder as her guest. Ryder says that tonight is the greatest moment of his life. He wants to go and get a picture with Scott Hall.
The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods) vs. The League Of Nations (Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Rusev & King Barrett)
Background: This all started a few months ago when The New Day mocked The League OF Nations. It’s snowballed since and The New Day have continued to get under their skin. The League Of Nations made the challenge and the tag team champions accepted.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time 4 on 3 handicap match between these two teams.
Wrestlemania Record: Big E is 0-2, Kofi Kingston is 1-4, Xavier Woods is 0-1, Sheamus is 1-3, Alberto Del Rio is 1-2, Rusev is 0-1 and Barrett is 0-2.
Match: The New Day make their entrance out of a 20 foot tall box of Bootyo’s. They’re also dressed as character from Dragon Ball Z. Kofi and Sheamus start the match and it isn’t long before The League OF Nations have the advantage. Xavier Woods is the man to take the beating in the early going as the challengers make quick tags. Kofi gets the hot tag and takes down every member of the opposite team. Sheamus counters trouble in paradise but can’t get the cloverleaf locked on. Big E is taken out of the equation early on. He manages to get back into the match and hits a spear that takes out Sheamus, Rusev and King Barrett. Xavier Woods gets a near fall off a double stomp. All hell breaks loose and all seven men go at it. Del Rio hits his trademark stomp on Kofi off the apron. Barrett hits a bullhammer on Woods and Sheamus hits the brogue kick for the three! The League Of Nations pick up the victory!
Result: The League Of Nations win by pinfall.
Review: This was a decent enough match. Plenty of action and just seven talented men in one match. I actually thought the tag team titles were on the line but was mistaken. I think it was the right result, you’ve got four guys who have all main evented at one time or another and they make for a decent group. As a non-title match it makes sense for the champions to lose.
After the match King Barrett gets on the microphone and bigs up his team. He says there is no three men in history that could go toe to toe with this unit. He is interrupted by Shawn Michaels! Michaels is followed by Mick Foley and finally Stone Cold Steve Austin! They charge down to the ring where Mick Foley disposes of Sheamus with Mr Socko, Shawn Michaels hits Rusev with sweet chin music and Stone Cold hits Del Rio with a Stone Cold Stunner. King Barrett then takes all three finishers in a nice Wrestlemania moment. Xavier Woods then eats a stunner for trying to dance with Stone Cold.
There’s a VT next hyping the next match between Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar.
Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar – No holds barred street fight
Background: Dean Ambrose has stood up to Brock Lesnar on many occasions and refused to stay down when Brock has put him down. At Fastlane they were involved in a number one contenders match for the WWE Championship, a match that Ambrose cost Lesnar. Lesnar would attack Dean in the car park the night after and the match was made between the two for Wrestlemania.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV singles match between these two men.
Wrestlemania Record: Dean Ambrose is 2-1 at Wrestlemania, Brock Lesnar is 2-3.
Match: The bell rings and Brock Lesnar wastes no time hitting German suplexes. Ambrose rolls to the outside and grabs a kendo stick before repeatedly striking Lesnar with it. Brock doesn’t really sell and goes back to hitting German suplexes. Lesnar dominates for a long time with Ambrose occasionally getting some offence in only to be hit with another German suplex. Ambrose does manage to floor Brock with a low blow and keep him grounded with the kendo stick. The fight goes to the outside where Ambrose hits a suicide dive. He then pulls a chainsaw out from under the ring, a chainsaw given to him by Terry Funk. He doesn’t get to use it as Lesnar throws him with another suplex. Brock hits a belly to belly off the top rope but Ambrose continues to use weapons to fire back with. Ambrose counters an F5 with Dirty Deeds into a pile of chairs for the first false finish of the match. Ambrose then pulls out the barb wire baseball bat given to him by Mick Foley. Lesnar fights him off and hits an F5 into a pile of chairs for the victory.
Result: Brock Lesnar wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a good match which featured 13 German suplexes. It was extremely one sided, Brock just dominated for the entire match. Ambrose would fight back with weapons but this one was all about Brock Lesnar. It just looked like a routine win for Brock. It was an enjoyable enough match, Brock Lesnar matches always are. It was just a decimation of Dean Ambrose and hopefully it doesn’t kill the Ambrose character too much.
Ric Flair and Zack Ryder are backstage trading “woo’s” and “woo woo woo’s”. It’s an ad for snickers and when Flair hands Ryder a snickers, he turns into Charlotte.
We’re taken back to the Hall Of Fame from the previous night. Those inducted were The Freebirds, The Godfather, The Big Boss Man, Jacqueline, Stan Hansen, Snoop Dogg, Joan Lunden and Sting.
The new Hall Of Famers all come out to the stage and give their wave.
We’re shown footage from the Wrestlemania kick-off show with Lita unveiling the new WWE Women’s Championship.
There’s a video package next showing how we got to the women’s triple threat match.
Charlotte (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks – WWE Women’s Championship match
Background: Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch battled to become number one contenders to the WWE Divas Championship but it was a match that would end in a draw. In the rematch Charlotte would get involved and it was decided that a triple threat match would take place at Wrestlemania between the three women who kick-started the Divas Revolution last summer.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time triple threat match between these three girls.
Wrestlemania Record: All three girls make their Wrestlemania debut tonight. But Charlotte and Sasha did feature in Triple H’s entrance a couple of years ago.
Match: Snoop Dogg and a girl I didn’t catch the name of sing out Snoop’s cousin Sasha Banks. Sasha is wearing tights inspired by Eddie Guerrero. Charlotte is accompanied by her father, Ric Flair. The match starts quickly with all three girls getting near falls. The girls then eliminate each other from the match so it’s down to two in the ring, as we have come accustom to in WWE triple threat matches. Ric Flair soon gets involved by distracting the referee but it doesn’t really help out Charlotte to be honest. Sasha Banks hits a frog splash ala Eddie Guerrero at one point. She also hits a nice suicide dive that she turns into a plancha. Becky Lynch wipes out Ric Flair with a suicide dive which gets a pretty good reaction. Charlotte hits a moonsault to the outside which also looked impressive. There’s a nice sequence with all three girls locking their submissions on but they all manage to counter. Becky hits a big exploder suplex from the top rope. Sasha locks the Banks Statement on Becky but Charlotte breaks it up, throws Sasha out of the ring and locks on the Figure 8. Ric Flair holds on to Sasha Banks so she can’t get back in the ring and breaks it up and eventually Becky taps out!
Result: Charlotte wins by submission.
Review: This was a very goos triple threat match. All three girls looked excellent, they all got their spots in and at one time or another all looked like they would be raising the title. Charlotte wins though and continues her epic pay per view streak, now winning all 10 of her pay per view matches. This goes down as the greatest women’s match of all time for me. There truly is a change happening in the women’s division and Charlotte is the face of it.
Video package next showing the return of Shane McMahon and how it led to a Wrestlemania match with The Undertaker.
Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker – Hell In A Cell match
Background: Shane McMahon returned to the WWE a few weeks ago, telling his father that he wanted control of Monday Night Raw. Vince McMahon said that he can have control of Raw if he can beat The Undertaker at Wrestlemania inside Hell In A Cell. The Undertaker doesn’t appreciate being Vince’s instrument of destruction but Vince told him that if he loses then it’ll be the last time we see The Undertaker wrestle at Wrestlemania.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV singles match between these two men.
Wrestlemania Record: The Undertaker is 22-1 at Wrestlemania, Shane McMahon is 2-0.
Match: Shane McMahon has all three of his sons out with him for his entrance. The match starts how an MMA match would being with the two men circling each other and trying to get jabs in. It’s not a wrestling clinic this one, it’s all strikes. The Cell comes into use as Undertaker throws Shane McMahon into it. Undertaker gets the first near fall following a Last Ride. Shane McMahon brings the steps into the ring but Undertaker chokeslams him on them. Shane McMahon hits coast to coast but doesn’t look like he got it all because Undertaker moved the trash can at the last second. Shane McMahon pulls some bolt cutters out from under the ring and appears to cut the bolts off one panel of the cell. Undertaker then picks up Shane and drives him through that panel of the cell. Undertaker drives Shane through a table to break off a sleeper hold. Shane seems to be the least affected by the move and he hits Undertaker with a tool box a couple of times. Undertaker falls on the announce desk and the cogs start turning for Shane McMahon who climbs to the top of the cell before diving off with an elbow drop but Undertaker moves and Shane crashes through the desk! Undertaker puts Shane back in the ring, hits him with a tombstone and that’s enough for the three.
Result: The Undertaker wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a really good match. It was a touch too long to be rated any higher and it had got to the stage when I wanted it to end. As a pay per view main event this may have been rated higher but as part of this card it should have been shorter. It was all about the big spot off the top of the cell, it was classic Shane McMahon who has been a part of some of the highest spots in history. Undertaker wins though which means he sticks around and Shane doesn’t gain power of Raw. But will this be the last we see of Shane McMahon? I have my doubts.
There’s an ad for Cricket Wireless.
Over to the Wrestlemania kick-off panel made up of Renee Young, Corey Graves, Booker T and Lita. They talk over the action so far.
The Big Show vs. Kane vs. Heath Slater vs. Adam Rose vs. Curtis Axel vs. Bo Dallas vs. Konnor vs. Viktor vs. Jack Swagger vs. Damien Sandow vs. Darren Young vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Baron Corbin vs. R-Truth vs. Goldust vs. Fandango vs. Mark Henry vs. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Tatanka vs. Shaquille O’Neal – Andre The Giant Battle Royal
Background: This is the third annual Andre The Giant Battle Royal, previously won by Cesaro and The Big Show. Most of the build has been around The Big Show and The Social Outcasts so expect them to play a big part in this match.
Wrestlemania Record: Big Show is 4-10 at Wrestlemania, Kane is 8-8, Heath Slater is 0-2, Jack Swagger is 1-2, Damien Sandow is 0-1, Darren Young is 0-1, R-Truth is 0-4, Goldust is 0-6, Fandango is 1-1, Mark Henry is 2-4, Diamond Dallas Page is 1-0, Tatanka is 2-0, Tyler Breeze, Konnor, Viktor, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel and Adam Rose make their Wrestlemania main card debut whilst Baron Corbin and Shaquille O’Neal make their WWE pay per view debut tonight.
Match: Big Show, Heath Slater, Fandango, Mark Henry, Darren Young, Damien Sandow and Goldust are the only 7 man in history to have wrestled in all three Andre The Giant Battle Royals. The match starts with Big Show and Shaq staring each other down. Kane then tries to take out both guys but Big Show and Shaquille O’Neal double chokeslam the big red monster. The two big men then clear the ring before going at it again. The rest of the field then attack them from behind and eliminate both! You’re pretty much left with jobbers now. Kane is the biggest name left in there. There’s a couple of legends in DDP and Tatanka whilst Baron Corbin makes his main roster PPV debut tonight. DDP hits a Diamond Cutter on Viktor before eliminating him. Tatanka fires up on Adam Rose at one point like only Tatanka can. Baron Corbin eliminates Tatanka which means a current superstar will win. Mark Henry hasn’t been seen since he was knocked out by Big Show early into this match. The final four are Kane, Baron Corbin, Bo Dallas and Darren Young. Kane eliminates Young and Dallas and then Corbin eliminates Kane to win!
Result: Baron Corbin wins the third annual Andre The Giant Battle Royal, eliminating Kane.
Fandango is eliminated by Big Show
Damien Sandow is eliminated by Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neil is eliminated by multiple men
Big Show is eliminated by multiple men
Viktor is eliminated by Diamond Dallas Page
Diamond Dallas Page is eliminated by Konnor
Konnor is eliminated by Goldust & R-Truth
Tatanka is eliminated by Baron Corbin
Jack Swagger is eliminated by Kane
R-Truth is eliminated by Heath Slater & Adam Rose
Goldust is eliminated by Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel
Curtis Axel is eliminated by Kane
Adam Rose is eliminated by Baron Corbin
Heath Slater is eliminated by Mark Henry
Tyler Breeze is eliminated by Mark Henry
Mark Henry is eliminated by Kane & Darren Young
Bo Dallas & Darren Young are eliminated by Kane
Kane is eliminated by Baron Corbin
Review: This was a decent enough match, it was nothing amazing but it was a nice break in some intense action. It’s a big win for Baron Corbin who is making his debut on the main roster.
There’s an ad for next year’s Wrestlemania which is in Orlando, Florida.
The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are out next dancing. And that leads to an entrance for The Rock! The Rock has a flamethrower and lights up his name on the entrance stage. The Rock announces that the WWE Universe have broken the attendance record with 101,763. It’s probably not accurate. He is then interrupted by The Wyatt Family which is short of Luke Harper due to his injury. Wyatt tells The Rock that he represents a lie. The Rock says that Wyatt sounds like he’s been hitting the bong for 8 days straight. The two men get into some verbal sparring and The Rock does put Wyatt over. The Rock wants some action and he wants a match. He challenges any of the Wyatt Family and then whips off his clothes to reveal his gear!
The Rock vs. Erick Rowan
Background: This match just got made on the fly! The Rock made the challenge and Rowan accepted!
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time match between these two men.
Wrestlemania Record: The Rock is 6-4, Erick Rowan makes his Wrestlemania debut.
Match: The bell rings, The Rock hits Rock Bottom and pins Rowan for the three! The Rock wins in 6 seconds!
Result: The Rock wins by pinfall.
Review: This wasn’t really a match but it’ll go down as one. It’s a great moment for The Rock and a treat for the crowd.
The Wyatt Family surround The Rock after the match but who comes for the save? John Cena! The Rock and Cena dispose of The Wyatt Family are the crowd lap it up. We get an attitude adjustment, a five knuckle shuffle, a Rock Bottom and a people’s elbow before the two men embrace.
There’s a video package next for Triple H and Roman Reigns.
Triple H (c) vs. Roman Reigns – WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
Background: Triple H has done everything in his power to stop Roman Reigns from being WWE World Heavyweight Champion. It started when Seth Rollins got injured and Triple H offered Reigns a place in The Authority, a deal Reigns declined. Roman won the WWE Championship in a tournament but lost it 5 minutes later when Sheamus cashed in his Money In The Bank contract. Roman Reigns would win the title back and would take out Triple H. Vince McMahon would then make Roman defend his title in the Royal Rumble match and the 30th entrant was none other than Triple H who went on to win the match. Reigns won a triple threat match to become number one contender to Triple H’s title and the two have been on a collision course in what has become a violent and personal rivalry.
Previous PPV matches: This is the first ever PPV singles match between these two men.
Wrestlemania Record: Triple H is 9-10 at Wrestlemania, Roman Reigns is 2-1.
Match: Triple H has a very dramatic entrance, made even more dramatic by Stephanie McMahon’s monologue. It’s a big much really. Very amateur dramatic. Triple H takes the advantage in the early going and it isn’t long until Stephanie McMahon gets involved. distracting the referee and allowing Triple H to hit a low blow. Triple H targets the reconstructed nose of Roman Reigns. Triple H takes the fight to the outside where he smashes Roman Reigns into the announce desk. Reigns takes the advantage and throws Triple H into the steps. Roman then hits a massive spear through the barricade. Reigns counters a pedigree and hits a spear for a near fall. Stephanie McMahon then gets in the ring but ends up eating a spear after Triple H moves out of the way. Triple H then hits a pedigree on Reigns for a near fall. Stephanie hands Triple H his sledgehammer bu Reigns fights him off with two superman punches and a spear for the victory!
Result: Roman Reigns wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by pinfall.
Review: This was a decent main event. It’s been a long night and I think the fans were exhausted but you can’t fault the match. It was entertaining and despite not being no disqualification they pushed it very close. Roman Reigns was the right man to win, he’d been held back by The Authority long enough and I hope he gets a lengthy reign now culminating in a match with Seth Rollins when he returns. A solid main event.
And that was Wrestlemania 32. I really enjoyed this show. I thought it was a solid card, there was quality all over and most importantly it felt like Wrestlemania. There wasn’t a bad match on the show, it really delivered. There were some nice surprises with The Rock, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley. Zack Ryder winning the Intercontinental Championship was a big shocker and Shane McMahon diving off the top of the cell will always be remembered. AJ Styles and Chris Jericho really delivered as did the Women’s triple threat match. A fantastic show and one of the greatest Wrestlemania’s of all time.
Overall Rating: 71.87/100 (ranked joint 3rd out of 326)
Match Of The Night: AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho
Worst Match Of The Night: The 2016 Andre The Giant Battle Royal
Surprise Of The Night: Zack Ryder wins the Intercontinental Championship
Worst Booking Of The Night: N/A
Superstar Of The Night: Roman Reigns
Wrestlemania 32 Will Be Remembered For: Shane McMahon diving off the Hell In A Cell