April 2, 2016 by gorillapressonline
After NXT set the bar on the 1st of April, it will be interesting to see what the main roster can conjure with this card. It’s not like the RAW go-home show did anything to enliven our spirits, but Vince should still (hopefully) have some tricks up his sleeve.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the card for Wrestlemania 32:
United States Championship: Kalisto (c) vs. Ryback
It’s a shame that Kalisto has been lumbered with The Big Guy to kick off the show as he undoubtedly deserves better. I would much rather see him face Neville, if he weren’t injured, or a number of other, far more interesting options.
That being said, Ryback has been challenging the US champ for a few weeks and it looks like The Big guy is set to steal the belt in a short bout to open the show.
Ryback to win
The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz
Another match which is kinda meh, The Usos are relegated to the kickoff show in what could be an entertaining bout opposite standards The Dudley Boyz. Bubba Ray Dudley has been teasing the old Bully Ray persona, so expect that to make an appearance along with some tables, of course, as the Dudleyz take it to the Samoans and, hopefully, steal a win from them.
Dudley Boyz to win
5-On-5 Divas Tag Team Match: Eva Marie, Brie Bella, Natalya, Alicia Fox and Paige vs. Summer Rae, Emma, Naomi, Lana, and Tamina Snuka
A Divas Wrestlemania pay day, nothing more. After the raucous jeers Eva Marie received on the go-home RAW, it would be stupid to try and force a babyface turn on us here à la Roman Reigns.
Great to also see Paige back in action, but all things sadly point towards Brie Bella and Lana as the drive and focus of this one. Thankfully, there is a much better Divas’ match on the main card so this will more than likely be all filler no killer.
Team Total Divas to win because E! Ratings
4-on-3 Handicap Match: The New Day vs. The League of Nations
This one will hopefully open the show up proper – and who better to do so than The New Day!? They have been teasing huge things for their entrance on social media and one thing’s for certain, it definitely won’t be booty!
DA LADS of the League Of Nations will be in full heel mode tonight, as they use dirty tactics to rile the crowd as the super-over Woods, Kingston and Langston steal the show. This will be a fun, suitably over the top opener (if, indeed, it does open the show) and will set the mood for the night.
The New Day to win
No Holds Barred Street Fight: Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar
Dean Ambrose. Brock Lesnar. No Holds Barred Street Fight.
YES YES YES! This is going to be one hell of a bout, with Mick Foley and Terry Funk handing the proverbial torches over, along with a literal chainsaw and an barbed wire baseball bat, to Ambrose on the build up, everything points to chaos, unrivalled brutality and madness.
This is the match I am most looking forward to, bar none. Expect numerous visits to Suplex City, crazy spots and I daresay a little colour, for good measure, as these two throw everything they have at each other.
Add Paul Heyman to the mix at ringside and the mouth of the 1 in the 21-1 will add some flavour to the mix. My mark heart says the Lunatic Fringe will steal the show, as he topples the Beast in an amazing match.
Dean Ambrose to win. We hope.
Intercontinental Title Ladder Match: Kevin Owens (c) vs. The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Sami Zayn vs. Zack Ryder vs. Sin Cara vs. Stardust
Another match which could be chaotic is this ladder match for the IC belt. It’s wonderful to see Sami Zayn get a ‘Mania moment, just a couple nights after he’s stolen the show at NXT Takeover: Dallas.
Stardust and Sin Cara will bring the high spots, while The Miz and Dolph Ziggler fill out the roster. This will be all eyes on Kevin Owens and Zayn, as the storied rivals beat each other up and tie up some particularly nasty unfinished business.
As much as I don’t want to see Owens lose the IC belt, if he drops the strap to Sami Zayn the pop from the crowd would be immense and would kick-start their feud, too.
Sami Zayn to overcome all odds and win his first main roster title
AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho
A late addition to the card with some decent build-up. Yes, we have seen them fight before, but rest assured we haven’t seen this fight yet.
AJ Styles will be bringing his all to this match, and his track record proves he delivers on the big shows, even though this is his first Wrestlemania.
Y2J is a perfect pairing and he will heel it up to make Styles look like a million dollars. In fact, this could be a sleeper hit in the making.
AJ Styles to get his ‘Mania moment and beat Y2J
Andre The Giant Battle Royal
Another fun payday for the mid-card. With rumours swirling that Cesaro is set to return to action, what better place to bring him back than a match he has previously won?
Expect The Wyatt Family to make an appearance here, with Braun Strowman evicting a good number of the participants.
This will boil down to the giants, with my predicted final four being; Strowman, Big Show, Mark Henry and Cesaro.
When the dust settles, it will be a deserved win for The Wyatts, who badly need a push, with Braun Strowman taking the trophy home.
Hell in a Cell Match for control of Monday Night Raw (Undertaker’s last WrestleMania if he loses): Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker
Shane McMahon looks in great shape. Just take one look at his wrestling history to see how talented he actually is. Couple this with his penchant for jumping off things from a great height, the Deadman bringing his A game to every ‘Mania and that stipulation and this is a formula for a great encounter.
It would be hard for this to be ‘Taker’s final Wrestlemania match, but what better a place than Dallas for The Deadman to hang up his hat and boots and ride off into the sunset with another classic ‘Mania moment in tow?
The teased brand separation would seem more likely if Shane O Mac was to topple the Phenom, and could set a larger picture into motion. It won’t be an easy task but the journey, and either outcome, should please fans no end.
This is the most unpredictable match on the card to call, but I am going with Shane McMahon to triumph, purely for that juicy stipulation
Triple Threat Divas Title Match: Charlotte (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks
We have another potential show-stealer here; the chemistry between these three ladies is immense, and couple this with their combined talent means this is sure to be edge-of-your-seat action if given time to develop (and Ric Flair shenanigans are kept minimal).
The Boss Sasha Banks will stop at nothing to get that WWE Divas championship, but it won’t be an easy task as the fiery Becky Lynch, and the current champ herself, will have a bulls-eye painted firmly on her chest.
My main concern is that this isn’t allocated a decent time slot, or given enough time to breathe. If it is, this could be a MOTY contender for sure, with a new champion crowned and another dream realised for the Boss.
Sasha Banks to win
World Heavyweight Champion Match: Triple H (c) vs. Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns has been spoon-fed to the WWE Universe for far too long, and the challenger will have to ring something extra special out to win over the crowd here in Dallas.
Triple H in his Authority heel persona will bring the dirtiest tactics to do everything to retain the title and keep down Reigns, but sadly, aside from a dream run-in from Seth Rollins (don’t give up hope!), this looks fairly obvious as to who will take the most coveted title in wrestling history home at the biggest show on earth.
Out of all the matches on the card, this is the only one that screams run-in, so it is really just a matter of who surprises us, and when. Again, my little beating mark heart wants Rollins but we will more than likely get John Cena or The Rock getting involved in this one.
That being said, Roman Reigns will have to bring his everything to this bout, and will be fighting hard to win the crowd over to close this extravaganza. If he doesn’t, and still emerges victorious, there’ll really be hell to pay.
Unless this surprises us greatly, it’s hard to look past Roman Reigns taking the title here. Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
Wrestlemania 32 LIVE on the WWE Network, Sunday April 3rd @ 7E / 4P