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As we are at the Super Bowl of Wrestling, WrestleMania this time version 32 has looked like more like InjuryMania with the following stars out or had to retire, the Following: John Cena(shoulder), Seth Rollins(knee), Randy Orton(shoulder), Cesaro(shoulder), Neville(ankle), Bray Wyatt (back) and Luke Harper(knee). Meanwhile, Daniel Bryan(also head), Sting, Nikki Bella and Tyson Kidd suffered neck injuries. Other minor players that won’t be wrestling due to various injuries include Diego, El Torito, Fernando and Hornswoggle.
But the Show must go on & it should still be good hopefully with WrestleMania starting like this in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Also thanks to CBS Sports, FOX Sports & Wikipedia for information in this article.
Kickoff- 5 p.m. ET: WWE Network
TV preshow – 6 p.m. ET: USA Network or WWE Network
WrestleMania 32 -7 p.m. ET: WWE Network or pay-per-view
The Usos vs. Dudley Boyz
Setup to WrestleMania 32- On the February 8 episode of Raw, after defeating The New Day and Mark Henry in a tag team tables match, The Dudley Boyz turned heel and betrayed their teammates The Usos. Explaining that they did not come back to WWE to be a “nostalgia act” and reminding the fans that they are “the baddest tag team on the planet”, The Dudley Boyz abandoned using their trademark tables. In the following weeks, The Usos saved wrestlers from post-match beatdowns by The Dudley Boyz, setting up a tag team match between the two teams for the event. The match was later moved to the WrestleMania 32 Kickoff pre-show.
Prediction- Two very strong Tag Teams going at it since both couldn’t beat the Tag Team Champs the New Day. Since they don’t have much for these 2 this is looking like a setup for a Tables Match at Extreme Rules. I love Bubby Ray mic skills when he is a heel. With that being said, I see the Usos spoiling the Dudley’s Boyz return to WrestleMania.
Team Total Divas (Brie Bella, Eva Marie, Paige, Natalya, Alicia Fox) & vs. Team BAD And Blonde (Emma, Lana, Naomi, Tamina, Summer Rae)
Setup to WrestleMania 32- On the March 14 episode of Raw, Lana allied with Team B.A.D. (Naomi and Tamina) by helping them defeat Brie Bella and Alicia Fox. Lana then attacked Paige after the latter’s victory over Summer Rae two days later on Main Event. On the following episode of Main Event, during a match between Paige and Naomi, Rae and Emma attacked Fox and Natalya (in Paige’s corner at ringside), allowing Naomi to win. On the March 28 episode of Raw, Emma (accompanied by Naomi, Tamina, Lana and Rae) defeated Paige (accompanied by Brie, Fox and Natalya). Following the match, Eva Marie allied with Brie, Paige, Fox and Natalya. Subsequently, a 10-Diva tag team match between the two teams was scheduled for the WrestleMania 32 Kickoff pre-show.
Prediction- Pretty much this match is to set up the ratings bomb now that is Total Divas & to get the Divas that are not fighting for the title on. I like Total Divas to win, but Team Bad & Blonde will have a good showing.
WWE UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH
Kalisto (c) vs. Ryback
Setup to WrestleMania 32- After walking out on Big Show and Kane during their tag team rematch against The Wyatt Family causing them to lose on February 22 episode of Raw, Ryback became more aggressive by beating his opponents in squash matches. On March 14 episode of Raw, after defeating Sin Cara that night, Ryback challenged United States Champion Kalisto to a match for the United States Championship at WrestleMania, which Kalisto accepted two days later in an interview with Michael Cole. The match was later moved to the WrestleMania 32 Kickoff pre-show.
Prediction- Very weak build to a lackluster US Title Match. No reference to the WWE Title Match these 2 had which Kalisto won over Ryback. Hopefully this match is 1st on the Pre Show & Kalisto retains & somebody in the back feeds Ryback more.
Main Show Matches
ANDRE THE GIANT MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL
The Big Show, Kane, Heath Slater, Bo Dallas, Adam Rose, Curtis Axel, Tyler Breeze, Darren Young, Damien Sandow, Mark Henry, Fandango, Viktor, Konnor, R-Truth, Goldust, Jack Swagger, 4 other Spots
Setup to WrestleMania 32- On the March 17 episode of SmackDown, Heath Slater, Curtis Axel, Adam Rose and Bo Dallas announced their participation in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. On the March 21 episode of Raw, last year winner Big Show and Kane were added to the match, followed by Tyler Breeze on the March 25 episode of SmackDown. On the following episode of Raw, Darren Young, Damien Sandow, Fandango, Goldust, Jack Swagger, Konnor, Mark Henry, R-Truth and Viktor were all added to the match.
Prediction- I expect a surprise here, either a returning star wins or Braun Strouman wins. Can really have much hope in this match since the winner over the last 2 years haven’t got much push after they won it.
LADDER MATCH For the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz vs. Sin Cara vs. Stardust vs. Zack Ryder
Setup to WrestleMania 32- After weeks of feuding between each other, On the March 21 episode of Raw, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler and Sami Zayn all confronted WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens and challenged him for the title. Owens agreed to talk to The Authority about setting up a #1 contender Triple Threat match for a shot at his title, but the match instead included Zack Ryder, Sin Cara, and Stardust, causing Miz, Ziggler and Zayn to all interfere in the match. Stephanie McMahon then set up a Ladder match for the title at WrestleMania, with Owens defending the title against all six competitors.
Prediction- To me only 3 guys have a shot winning Owens, Zayn & Ziggler. I like Owens to retain the title having a singles program with Zayn down the road, the other 4 guys in the match at this point are just in for filler.
AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho
Setup to WrestleMania 32- After AJ Styles defeated Chris Jericho at Fastlane, the two shook hands in respect and formed a tag team known as Y2AJ and dominated the tag team division by defeating champions The New Day in two consecutive matches, leading to Y2AJ challenging them to a match for the WWE Tag Team Championship. Y2AJ failed to win the title against The New Day on March 7 episode of Raw after Jericho was pinned by Big E. After the match, Jericho attacked Styles with three Codebreakers and shoved their Y2AJ shirt down his mouth, turning heel in the process. Jericho stated that he is tired of the fans chanting for Styles and not him. On March 21 episode of Raw, during Jericho’s match with Fandango, Styles distracted Jericho by chanting “Y2Jackass” at him, but despite the distraction, Jericho won his match. Styles then challenged Jericho to a match at WrestleMania which Jericho refused stating he would rather sit with the crowd at WrestleMania rather than face him. On March 28 episode of Raw, during Jericho’s match with Zack Ryder, Styles once again distracted Jericho by chanting “Y2Jackass” with the crowd while at ringside, this time causing Jericho to lose to Ryder by roll-up. Angered by this humiliation, Jericho accepted Styles’s match at WrestleMania, but warned him that despite it being his first WrestleMania, it will be his last.
Prediction- Would have had more impact if they hadn’t wrestled 3 times already. With that being said both will come up with something special & Styles goes over. Hopefully they take a break on them fight each other for awhile.
New Day vs. League of Nations
Setup to WrestleMania 32- At Fastlane, during the Rated R Peep Show, WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day showed signs of a face turn by mocking The League of Nations. Over the next few weeks, The New Day would continue to mock The League of Nations in backstage segments. At Roadblock, The New Day retained the titles against League of Nations members Sheamus and King Barrett. The New Day then defeated fellow League of Nations members Alberto Del Rio and Rusev the following night onRaw to retain the titles, causing The League of Nations to attack The New Day in a post-match beatdown and turning The New Day face. On March 15, a 3-on-4 Handicap match between the factions was scheduled.
Prediction- By far the 2 best factions going in the WWE. The New Day are the tag team champs & are riding high. The LON are doing just fine too. I think all 7 guys in this match can do well. I like the New Day to pull it out over the LON
WWE DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLE THREAT MATCH
Charlotte (c) (w/ Ric Flair) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch
Setup to WrestleMania 32- After defeating Becky Lynch controversially at the Royal Rumble to retain her WWE Divas Championship, Charlotte was ambushed by a returning Sasha Banks. At Fastlane, Charlotte retained the Divas Championship against Brie Bella, while Lynch and Banks defeated Team B.A.D. (Naomi and Tamina) in a Tag team match. The following night after Lynch and Banks’ match on Raw, Charlotte informed them that one of the two would face her at WrestleMania for the title. On the February 29 episode of Raw, Lynch and Banks faced each other in a No. 1 Contender’s match, but the match ended in a double pin. A rematch on the following episode of SmackDown ended in a no contest when Charlotte attacked both Lynch and Banks. Subsequently, Charlotte was scheduled to defend her title against both Lynch and Banks in a Triple Threat match at WrestleMania.
Prediction- For the 1st time I would say since Trish Stratus vs. Mickie James at WM 22 in Chicago that this is Women’s Title Match that people are looking forward to. All 3 ladies was in NXT a year ago looking forward to this moment. Charlotte has done better as a heel with her father by here side. Sasha Banks dumped Team BAD & going for the title. Becky Lynch has keep herself in the title picture after losing to Charlotte at the Royal Rumble. I like Sasha Banks to pin Becky Lynch to win the Divas title & to set up a program with Charlotte down the road.
HELL IN A CELL- If Shane McMahon Wins, He Gets Control Of Raw plus Undertaker will have his last WrestleMania
The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon
Setup to WrestleMania 32- The night after Fastlane, Vince McMahon presented the inaugural “Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence” Award to his daughter Stephanie McMahon. As Stephanie was about to accept her award, Shane McMahon returned to WWE for the first time since 2009 to confront his father and sister in regards to the company’s status. Vince and Shane discussed the status of Raw and how it was getting run down. Vince then made a deal with Shane that he would gain control of Raw if he could win a match of his choosing. After Shane accepted, Vince named The Undertaker as his opponent and made the match a Hell in a Cell match. The following week, Undertaker returned to Raw and said that Shane’s blood would be on Vince’s hands, not his. On the March 14 episode of Raw, Shane questioned The Undertaker’s loyalty to Vince and insulted him for being one of Vince’s “puppets” and also his “bitch”. In the subsequent brawl, Undertaker chokeslammed Shane and then tried to attack Vince but the latter got away. At that point, it was unexplained why Undertaker would wrestle in a Hell in a Cell match to help Vince against Shane. The following week, Vince stated that if The Undertaker does not win, it would be his last WrestleMania. Undertaker and Shane then confronted each other on the last Raw before WrestleMania and brawled, with ended with Shane putting Undertaker through an announce table with a Leap of Faith, but Undertaker quickly recovering and taunting Shane.
Prediction- This has been the best build towards WrestleMania & its also the one Wrestling Fans ain’t sure about who will win. I do feel that some smoke & mirrors will be needed but I do like the Undertaker to win in his yard but Shane to hold something over his Dad the night after WrestleMania on Raw.
NO HOLDS BARRED STREET FIGHT
Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Dean Ambrose
Setup to WrestleMania 32- In the Triple Threat match at Fastlane, Brock Lesnar had Roman Reigns in a kimura lock submission hold until Dean Ambrose attacked Lesnar with a steel chair; this incapacitated Lesnar long enough for Reigns to beat Ambrose. The next day, before Raw aired, Lesnar attacked Ambrose as he arrived at the arena and Ambrose was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. On Raw, Paul Heyman issued a challenge to anyone on the roster to face Lesnar at WrestleMania. Ambrose returned in the ambulance to challenge Lesnar to a No Holds Barred Street Fight; Lesnar accepted. On the March 14 episode of Raw, hardcore legend Mick Foley gave Ambrose his signature barbed wire baseball bat. The following week on Raw, another hardcore legend, Terry Funk, gave Ambrose a chainsaw. On the March 24th edition of SmackDown, Lesnar challenged Ambrose to a fight, but instead The Wyatt Family entered. When The Wyatt Family was about to attack Lesnar, Ambrose came with a kendo stick and all five men brawled. The brawl ended with Lesnar giving an F-5 to Ambrose. On the following Raw, while Heyman cut an in-ring promo on Lesnar, Ambrose came down to the ring and put several weapons inside his trolley before leaving.
Prediction- I have not been a big fan of this match or the build of it. But I understand the main objective of this match to get Ambrose over. I since Lensar dominating but then the Wyatt Family interferes to set up Lensar vs. Wyatt Family for months to come & Ambrose to fight for the WWE WH Title in the near future.
WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Triple H (c) vs. Roman Reigns
Setup to WrestleMania 32- At Survivor Series 2015, Roman Reigns won the tournament for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Reigns had earlier refused offers by Triple H to join The Authority, which would have automatically placed him in the tournament finals, but Reigns fought in the whole tournament and after his victory, he speared Triple H, who was trying to congratulate him. Sheamus then cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and captured Reigns’ title. Then, Triple H gave Reigns a title rematch at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, which Reigns lost due to interference. Post-match, a chair-wielding Reigns attacked Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, and Rusev and then also Triple H, who came out to stop Reigns’ rampage. The following night on the December 14 Raw, WWE chairman Vince McMahon arranged a Title vs. Career match between Reigns and Sheamus, which Reigns won to regain the title. After Reigns won yet another title rematch against Sheamus, it was decreed by McMahon that Reigns had to defend his title in the 30-man annual Royal Rumble match at the Royal Rumble event. At the event, Triple H returned as the #30 entrant and eliminated Reigns en route to winning the title. After evaluating each wrestler’s performance on the January 25 Raw, The Authority set up the main event of Fastlane, which saw Reigns beating Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar in a Triple Threat match to receive a WrestleMania title shot against Triple H. On the February 22 episode of Raw, Triple H attacked Reigns during the latter’s match against Sheamus and beat a bloodied Reigns before delivering a Pedigree onto the steel steps. With Reigns absent due to a Injury Storyline, Triple H accepted Ambrose’s title challenge and defeated Ambrose to retain the title at WWE Roadblock on March 12. The next night on Raw, after Triple H beat Dolph Ziggler, a returning Reigns assaulted not only Triple H, but also referees and security staff. The next week, Reigns conducted another attack, this time while Triple H was picking his wife up from work. The final Raw before WrestleMania ended with Triple H and Reigns brawling, having to be separated by other WWE superstars.
Prediction- Triple H has carried this program mainly with his promos & both with a lot of physically. I feel this match could become No DQ & let anything happen including the Rock interfering, I see Reigns winning the Title to pay off almost 2 years of him beefing with Triple H/The Authority off & on, but Roman getting more edgier or heeler afterward. Also somebody could cost Triple H which sets up his next program also.
Also on Friday April 1, 2016 we have NXT Takeover Dallas 10pm EST on the WWE Network
Plus Saturday Night WWE 2016 Hall of Fame Ceremony starting at 7pm EST on WWE Network
Sting inducted by Ric Flair
The Fabulous Freebirds inducted by The New Day
The Godfather inducted by APA(Bradshaw & Ron Simmons)
Big Boss Man inducted by Slick
Jacqueline inducted by The Dudley Boyz
Stan Hansen inducted by Vader
Warrior Reward Recipient Joan Lunden inducted by Dana Warrior
Celebrity Wing inductee Snoop Dogg inducted by
I will be back before Monday Night Raw on Monday with the Wrestlemania 32 review everybody. Enjoy the show & hopefully the show will rise to the challenge it has been presented to it.