After months of anticipation, Wrestlemania 32 is finally here! While the build to this year’s Superbowl of Wrestling has felt like a crawl at times, as a combination of injuries to high profile talents and poor booking has hampered WWE at every turn, I have to give Vince McMahon and company credit, as they’ve managed to put together a pretty solid card despite facing a great deal of adversity. Even if they do make surprise appearances (more on that later), there will matches from beloved superstars like John Cena, Seth Rollins, or Randy Orton, meaning that it will be up to a number of lesser-known stars to carry the show. If anything, my hope for tonight is that it will showcase how much talent WWE really has, and remind them that it’s about time to start promoting their current roster instead of relying on the relics of wrestling’s past to carry the company.
In any case, the best thing about tonight’s show, in my opinion, is that it’s looking rather unpredictable, which is not something you can often say about a wrestling pay-per-view. Can Dean Ambrose do the unthinkable and defeat the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar, in a Street Fight? Who will leave Wrestlemania as WWE World Heavyweight Champion – Triple H or Roman Reigns? And who will leave Hell in a Cell with their career in tact – Shame McMahon, or The Undertaker? Read on to find out!
- Tag Team Match – The Dudley Boyz (D-Von and Bubba Ray) will defeat the Usos (Jimmy and Jey)
From what I’ve seen of the Dudleys over the last few weeks, I’m starting to get major “Bully Ray,” vibes from Bubba. I think that’s a great thing, and personally, I’d love to see them turn him into one of the company’s top heels. What better way to accomplish that than giving him a victory over the fan favorite Usos to start Wrestlemania 32?
2. 10 Divas Tag Match: The Total Divas (Eva Marie, Alicia Fox, Natalya, Paige, and Brie Bella) will defeat team B.A.D. and Blonde (Lana, Naomi, Summer Tae, Tamina, and Emma).
This match is, without a doubt, one of the most baffling on the card, as WWE has Eva Marie, arguably the most hated performer in the company, wrestling with a bunch of faces. This is just one of the many bizarre booking decisions they’ve made on the way to this year’s Wrestlemania, and unfortunately, fans in Dallas are likely to crap all over this match due to Eva’s involvement, which is a huge disservice to the other women in the bout, several of whom are very talented performers.
Bonus Prediction: Brie Bella will get the pin, and retire on RAW tomorrow night.
According to rumors, Brie Bella is planning on retiring to start a family with her husband Daniel Bryan following tonight’s event. If that’s true, then I wish them nothing but the best, and expect her to get the win for her team tonight and announce her retirement on the post-Mania episode of RAW
3. Singles Match for the WWE United States Championship: Kalisto (C) will defeat Ryback to retain the WWE United States Championship.
Get ready to see a lot of Kalisto over the next few months, as WWE is giving him the Rey Mysterio treatment and pushing him as the company’s next top Mexican star. And with good reason too – the dude is a monster in the ring, and he’s shorter than me! I see very little chance he loses to Goldberg – I mean Ryback – tonight.
4. 3rd Annual Andre the Giant Battle Royal: Bray Wyatt will win after Erik Rowan and Braun Strowman eliminate themselves on his behalf.
As I see it, anything short of a win by Wyatt here would be a waste of the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, as the Eater of Worlds was set to face Brock Lesnar at the Show of Shows until the Beast Incarnate’s feud with Dean Ambrose caught fire. Now, Wyatt isn’t even advertised for a match at tonight’s event. In light of that, if you ask me, The New Face of Fear deserves this win. Besides, rumor has it WWE plans on pushing him as the company’s top heel after Mania, and there’s no better way to accomplish that than giving him a big victory here.
Bonus Prediction: After winning the match, Bray Wyatt will smash the trophy and set the remains on fire.
What better way to generate a ton of heat? Plus, I can’t be the only one who thinks that this sight would be bloody awesome!
5. Seven Man Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens (C) will defeat Sami Zayn, Sin Cara, Dolph Ziggler, Stardust, Zach Ryder and The Miz to retain his WWE Intercontinental Championship.
As much as I’d love to see my boy Sami Zayn walk away with the title in his first Wrestlemania appearance, Kevin Owens is one of the company’s brightest young stars, and has done a fantastic job elevating the intercontinental championship over the past few months. He’s earned this win, which will surely surely set him up for a singles win with Zayn, his longtime rival.
Bonus Prediction: The bout will end with Zayn and Owens dueling for the title at the top of the ladder.
On that note, to set up that aforementioned singles feud, the match will end with Owens and Zayn face to face at the top of the ladder, punching each other’s lights out for the right to be WWE Intercontinental Champion.
6. 3 on 4 Handicap Match: The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E Langston, and Xavier Woods) will defeat The League of Nations (Wade Barrett, Rusev, Shaemus, and Alberto Del Rio)
No surprise here – The New Day are the biggest faces in the company right now, while The League of Nations have been floundering heels since their inception. This should be a nice feel good-win for the crowd, who will no doubt cheer their lungs out for the Tag Team Champions. Especially because I predict that The New Day will get some help from. . .
Bonus Prediction: The Rock will get involved in this match, helping out The New Day evening the odds to a 4-4 match. He won’t take any bumps, but he’ll get in the ring to do all his signature moves. And the best part is? I predict he’ll come out wearing a unicorn horn and carrying a box of Booty O’s cereal, thus giving the Tag Team Champions a HUGE rub.
7. Singles Match: AJ Styles will defeat Chris Jericho
AJ Styles will get a Wrestlemania moment in his first appearance at the event, beating Chris Jericho in what may end up being the best wrestling match of the night. If you ask me, Styles is a future WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and a win here would really help to cement that.
8. Triple Threat Match for the WWE Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks will defeat Charlotte (C) and Becky Lynch to become the new WWE Women’s Champion.
While AJ and Jericho may end up being the best wrestling match on the card, this is the one I believe will actually earn that distinction. All three of these women are fantastic performers, and are going to steal the show tonight. With her cousin Snoop Dogg’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame last night, I see no way Sasha, who’s been catching fire with the WWE Universe for the past few months, doesn’t walk away with the title.
Making matters even better, you may have noticed that I’ve taken to calling it the Women’s Championship and not the Diva’s title. That’s because. . .
Bonus Prediction: The winner of this match will be presented with a brand new WWE Women’s Championship built, replacing the Diva’s title.
There’s been a rumor going around for days that WWE will be rebranding the Diva’s Division as the Women’s Division, and it’s about damn time! As an staunch feminist and a man who’s certain that he’s going to have at least one daughter (I grew up in a house of mostly men, I teach all boys, that’s where this narrative is going, obviously!) this might be the highlight of the night for me. If it does happen, that is!
9. The Lunatic Fringe vs The Beast Incarnate – No Holds Barred Street Fight: Dean Ambrose will defeat Brock Lesnar.
This match is quite literally the story of a pesky, crazy David against a superhuman, dominant Goliath. Lesnar hasn’t been pinned since Wrestlemania 29, and while a loss for Ambrose here wouldn’t hurt the momentum he’s picked up over the past few months, a win over The Beast Incarnate would vault Ambrose to new heights. Plus, because of the Street Fight rules, Ambrose can win in a way that still makes the monstrous Lesnar look strong.
Bonus Prediction: This match will go all throughout the arena, including the tunnel where former Eagles Quarterback Donovan McNabb infamously played air guitar back in 2010.
10. No Disqualification Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Roman Reigns will defeat Triple H (C) to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
It’s been a full calendar year, and yet, WWE is still struggling to get Roman Reigns over as the new face of the company. Say what you will about John Cena, but he’s an incredible performer, and no man is as good at turning a crowd to his favor than the 15 time World Champion. Reigns, however, is not John Cena, he is not The Rock, he’s not Stone Cold Steve Austin, and he is not Daniel Bryan. He’s a strong performer with a good look, a couple of neat moves, and unfortunately, sub-par skills on the microphone. I think he’s certainly deserving of several runs with the title belt, but I don’t think he’s fit to be the face of the company, and if the past year and a half is any indication, nothing WWE can do from here is going to get him as over as they want him to be. In my opinion, he’s easily the worst booked attempt at making a top star in the history of WWE, and for that, I legitimately feel bad for the man.
According to backstage reports, this match was originally intended to close the show, but instead, the Hell in a Cell match between Taker and Shane will be replacing it. That’s the way to go if you ask me, because WWE seems determined to tell the story they want to tell with Reigns, results and crowd reaction be damned.
If this were a fantasy booking blog, I’d have Reigns turn heel here and go on a monstrous run with the belt that would eventually allow him to become a megastar as a face. But since this is a prediction blog, and this match is easily the most predictable match on the card, there’s no sense in pulling your leg here, folks – Reigns is going to win, end of story.
Bonus Prediction: Seth Rollins will interfere in this match and help out Reigns. This will set up for a future Shield reunion tour (that’s bound to happen in the next year or so) and a match between The Architect and the King of Kings at some point in down the line.
11. Hell in a Cell Match – If Shane wins, he gets control of Monday Night RAW and The Undertaker will be barred from competing at Wrestlemania – Shane McMahon will defeat The Undertaker.
This is the single most unpredictable match on a card ripe with room for swerves and surprises. If someone had told me at the start of the year that Wrestlemania 32 would be headlined by The Undertaker and Shane McMahon, I’d have laughed in their face. The Deadman, at 51 and with just a few more matches left in him, is going to take on a 46 year old non-wrestler to main event the biggest Wrestlemania of all time? I wouldn’t have believed that for a second. And yet, despite that, Vince McMahon and company has done a fantastic job of building some serious drama around this bout.
While it’s difficult for me to imagine The Undertaker losing at another Wrestlemania, let suffering a defeat in what may be his final match at the Showcase of the Immortals to bloody Shane McMahon, the narrative potential behind a loss for the Deadman here is simply too great to pass up.
For almost three years now, WWE has relied on the overdone, cliched Authority storyline to carry the company. While this has allowed us to see the apex of Triple H’s character (ala Max Landis’ Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling), it’s also been like a crutch for creative, as they’ve brought back or emphasized The Authority every time they seem to be running out of ideas. Need a new enemy for John Cena – err, I mean, Roman Reigns? Let’s just have The Authority hate on him for no apparent reason! Yeah, that’ll work!
Three years of any one story line is far too, and thus, it’s time for a change. If Shane wins here tonight, it will bring about the end of The Authority, and set up for. . .
Bonus Prediction: Shane’s victory will bring back the brand split,
As mentioned in countless other articles, the deal between Vince and Shane was that if Shane wins, he would control Monday Night RAW. That’d be the perfect way to set up for the much needed return of the brand split, which would allow WWE to fully utilize their deep roster of talent.
At the same time, this would also set up for. . .
Bonus Prediction: A final feud for The Undertaker, which would see him wrestling in a match at SummerSlam to earn the right to compete at one more Wrestlemania.
We love The Undertaker. And we hate the idea of him never stepping into the squared circle at Wrestlemania once again. But it’s time to begin the end of his career in earnest, before something like an unfortunate injury or real life circumstances force him to retire unexpectedly. What better way to tell the story of The Undertaker’s final Wrestlemania than having him lose at this one, and have to fight his way back to the Grand Daddy of Them All over the next year?
Who will The Undertaker face at that last Wrestlemania, you ask? The same man who will cost him the win tonight. And that man’s name is. . . .
Bonus Prediction: John Cena will interfere in this match and help Shane defeat The Undertaker. This will set up for a match at Wrestlemania 33 between two of the biggest stars in the company’s history.
And on that note. . .
Bonus Prediction: This match will close the show.
It’s the most unpredictable match on the card, and the one most people are looking forward to. The end of the show is where this one belongs!
That’s a wrap, everyone! Hope you enjoyed the read, and I hope you have a great time watching tonight’s event!