It’s that time of year again. The showcase of the immortals is here with WWE Wrestlemania 32! Right here is where you can find all the results from the pre-show and actual show.
Kick off show (Duration 2 hours, actual wrestling time, at least 45 mins, so not bad)
In the age of social media WWE like to think they can give away as much as possible for free. So here we were watching mainly talking, to big up the already pretty lame built up matches. A short interview with Kevin Owens basically saying he didn’t ask for a ladder match at wrestlemania but hey ho, isn’t that the vow you take when stepping between the ropes?
Paul Heyman joins some guy and a woman showing off way too much leg in an interview Q and A session from twitter. These questions are clearly scripted in the social media lounge.
1st WM Kickoff Match – Kalisto (ch) v Ryback : United States Championship
So for the six audience members arrived in the AT and T arena we were treated to the first match of the night. A true underdog seen it before story. This match as predicted started off rather one sided with Ryback dominating easily and taking advantage of his size. Saying that Kalisto showed promise with his impressive lucha style and highflying ability. They seemed to always use Rybacks dominance as a reference point. Then oddly we were shown a VT promo during the match, presumably for the actual network tv adverts.
Result: Kalisto retains and makes use of an exposed turnbuckle to impressively claim the win.
2nd WM kick off Match – Team Total Divas vs Bad and Blonde (10 diva tag match)
After the hour turned it was time for the next match. That being 10 divas in one ring. Slowly the divas division is slowly becoming fight relevant. The breast implants have slowly gone along with the very suggestive outfits and you can see the WWE trying to class them up quite a bit and deep down I think it’s working. Again we were faced with a oddly placed ad break. We come back to a now filling AT and T stadium booing a red haired Eva Marie. The UK’s very own Paige impressed with a shining wizard kick and Emma ensured some dominance until Lana was tagged and made her official in ring debut. Paige makes a daring cross body from the top rope and out of the ring, knocking down most of her opponents. An impressive and somewhat violent exchange from both sides.
Result: Brie Bella puts in the yes lock giving Team total divas the win.
WWE hall of famer Lita unveils a new Divas championship belt. A positive step towards bridging the gender gap.
3rd WM kick of Match – The Usos v The Dudley Boyz
The tag team division has had a somewhat rebirth with the introduction of traditional style teams and of course the return of the Dudley’s. Match begins aggressively with the record 9 time WWE tag team champions the Dudley’s taking charge. The Uso’s slowly come back but are snubbed everytime by the veterans. High octane tag team action early on and throughout the match with back and forth stuff.
Result: Uso’s clinch the win even thought they were under attack most of the time. Dudley’s remain stood up after and get the tables. But the USOs turn it around and top rope attack both of D-von and Bubba putting them through a table each.
Kick off Verdict: Of course this was a VT haven, building up the lesser matches and bigger ones. But the matches, all three of them were wrestlemania worthy!
Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship : Kevin Owens (CH) V Stardust V Zack Ryder V Sami Zayn V The Miz V Sin Cara V Dolph Ziggler
Chaotic beginning of the match with the ladder used as a weapon. Zack Ryder gets the nearest first and receives a barrage of boos for his efforts. Zayn goes high risk early by jumping through mid rope and taking out a handful of opponents followed by a DDT to the outside to Owens. He is so over with the crowd its unbelievable.
Sin Cara pushed off the ladder and out of the ring onto four superstars. The crowd chant ‘holy shit’ but money in the bank ladder matches have been more hardcore. Ziggler and Owens take each other out with simultaneous super kicks and Stardust gets out his own custom ladder. A huge frog splash from Owens onto Zayn who is laid out on a ladder. An impressive elbow drop from Ryder off of the ladder. He then proceeds to climb but Ziggler jumps up and they both hit the mat.
Sin Cara from Scooby doo wrestlemania fame goes througha ladder and Stardust, leaving Zayn and Owens to battle it out. Zayn capitalises and he climbs. The Miz ruins his efforts and climbs. Takes his time and Ryder pushes him away.
Result : Ryder makes a shock win and grabs the belt. Not a bad opener.
Chris Jericho V AJ Styles
Yes AJ Styles makes his mania debut against one of the most decorated WWE stars ever. If you told me a year ago we would see this match I would take it any damn day. Starting off we saw a back and forth with Styles putting in some quick action packed moves, making Jericho the perfect advocate for this match and feud. Quickly the heel Jericho gets on top and works the crowd with a series of sleepers and lock holds. Styles eventually powers out and impressively kicks up to his feet. More to and fro action as Jericho locks in the walls of Jericho.
Rope break by Styles followed by some more impressive aerial action via way of a springboard back flip. They go high risk together on the top rope with Jericho landing face first and AJ going down also. Quickly they are both back up for Styles to kick which is then impressively converted into the walls again. It’s all Jericho now as Styles goes for another aerial offensive which is converted into a code breaker. Styles barely kicks out and Jericho tries to go for a Styles clash to no avail.
AJ hits the clash with Y2J kicking out. The crowd are now awake. Lionsault comes out of Jericho’s arsenal there isn’t much left for either competitor now. The next finisher will claim victory.
Result: Jericho pulls off a botched codebreaker and claims the win. Unimpressive win and its questionable whether or not that was the right thing for AJ’s progression with in WWE.
The New Day Vs The League of Nations – Six man Tag Team Match
Quick in and out action from the new day as they plough into Sheamus in their corner. It doesn’t take long for the league to get the upper hand as Alberto Del Rio punishes Xavier Woods. Sheamus is tagged in and continues the assault followed by Rusev. The hot tag builds with Woods as he tries to claw his way to a tag but the Celtic Warrior makes sure there is no tag.
Finally the tag is made and Kofi makes an impressive high flying display. He makes his mark and then Sheamus capitalises with an assist from Rusev. Woods breaks up the pin but is still recovering. Big E enters the ring and dives between the ropes taking out 3 members of the league.
Result: Brogue kick to Xavier by Sheamus gets the win here. Not a great match, maybe it would have been better to be in the kick off show.
King Barret after the match got on the microphone and then we are treated to he return of Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley and Stone Cold. Michaels and Foley both look match ready and better than they ever have.
In the ring they go and the brawl begins, Mr Socko appears followed by a sweet chin music and off course the stunner. A decent end to a shitty match.
The new day return to the ring and begin a dance off. Stunner to Xavier woods, oh helllllll yeah.
Brock Lesnar V Dean Ambrose
One of the main events of the night for me. Interesting choice to put it this early on the match card. Brock comes out first to a big pop from the crowd. I’m not sure who’s supposed to be the heel here but its mixed from the audience as Brock arrives with Heyman. We are treated to him on the mic introducing himself as usual and Brock. Dean Ambrose comes out and things are about to start.
Suplex city begins and within seconds Ambrose is suplexed twice. Out of the ring he rolls to regroup whilst Brock stands tall. The weaponry use begins with a Lesnar taking a kendo stick, but Brock over powers for German number five.
Brock snaps tow kendo sticks in half and pulls off suplex number six, Dean shows no signs of giving up with a thumbs up to the referee. After a considerable beat down Ambrose hits a low blow and gets on top. He strikes with the kendo stick and forces the beast out of the ring. Ambrose takes a dive through the ropes and makes contact.
Ambrose reaches under the ring to pull out a fricking chainsaw. Brock recovers whilst he’s trying to start it and delivers a belly to belly outside. They go back in and Ambrose climbs to the top rope, Lesnar intercepts and jumps up. He throws Ambrose over himself with deadly effect.
More weapons come out here as Ambrose sprays the beast with a fire extinguisher followed by several chair shots. This culminates to a drop kick onto a placed chair. Ambrose is doing all he can to get the advantage and make Brock pay. He gathers more chairs (more than 5) from under the ring and piles them up. Lesnar breaks into a suplex but as he lands, he goes onto the chairs. An F5 attempt reversed by Ambrose into a DDT onto chair. Near fall.
We see the emergence of the barbed wire baseball bat but Lesnar intercepts and delivers a powerful F5 onto chairs.
Result: Brock Lesnar wins via F5 . A short but brutal match especially for the PG era standards.
WWE Women’s Championship Match – Charlotte V Becky Lynch V Sasha Banks
So a new belt introduced by Lita, new direction for the Divas. One of classiness and so HHH’s three daughters haven’t got to get boob jobs if they decide to enter the business.
Quick three way action to begin with resulting in Charlotte and Sasha being one on one. Becky reappears and Charlotte disappears this time. The others head outside as Ric Flair stands there looking awkward.
All three back in the ring exchanging various moves. Good action at the beginning. Continual exchanges and impressive moves as Sasha dives out onto Charlotte. Ric Flair begins to woo and is then taken out Lynch. This is followed by a high risk moonsault by Charlotte onto the other two divas. Awesome action here so far.
All three divas are going high octane and risk from the top rope. Becky tries to make Charlotte tap but Sasha locks in the bank statement.
Charlotte then gets Sasha in the figure 4 leg lock which is then reversed. Becky looks on from outside and breaks the hold. Saving it. The match gets to the point where any move from anyone will be enough.
Charlotte makes Becky tap whilst Ric Flair holds Sasha bank out of the ring.
Result : Charlotte wins
Shane McMahon V The Undertaker – Hell in a Cell
I’m not sure what the WWE are going for here. In a sense they have cornered themselves. If Shane wins we lose taker at mania and if he loses the Authority continue to reign ( no pun intended).
Shane comes out and brings his three kids with him. A bold move and a statement nodding to the future of WWE. I’m expecting some level of interference in this match to say the least. Then of course the bell tolls, the lights kill and the Deadman arrives, maybe for the last ever time!
A boxing style start, with Taker and Shane quick on their feet and standing off each other. Taker finally grabs hold of McMahon and the onslaught begins. A last ride early on but Shane kicks out. He’s circling the drain early but manages a triangle choke. The steel steps are in the ring and Shane is choke slammed onto them. He kicks out at 2.
McMahon bates out taker and goes for a DDT onto the steel steps. Taker kicks out. Things are slow for now. Hells gate comes and Shane survives and converts into a sharpshooter. This all seems to be about survival for Shane, the longer he lasts the more chance he has got.
He goes under the ring to fetch a foil trash can and sets it up for coast to coast which is successful. A big impact on what has been quite an extreme night so far. Taker kicks out at 2. A weird atmosphere coming from the audience. Is someone coming out? Will this just be it?
Shane goes outside and from under the ring he gets a set of bolt cutters. He proceeds to cut away at one of the cage fence panels as the undertaker comes out. They slowly exchange blows and lifts him into the cage wall and out they both go and into the German announce table. The fight spills out to the announcer’s tables and both of them go through a table. Shane seems to be better for it and grabs a tool chest. He drives it over takers head and lays him out on the table. Shane is heading up. He climbs the side of the cell and goes to the top.
Crowd chanting ‘please don’t die’. He stands and is ready to jump on a laid out taker. As he lands Taker rolls out of the way. Shane is down, taker is somewhat out of it also. What a moment.
Shane begs for more, seriously? They get back into the ring as Taker toys with him and hits the tombstone.
Result: Taker Wins
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale
Diamond Dallas Page returns to the ring and is about the only good thing so far about the placement so late on in the night of this battle Royale which is just jobber city. Big Show comes out followed by Shaq O Neil? WTF.
Shaq and Show face off. It doesn’t last. DDP impresses, the outcasts get outcast and Kane gets screwed.
Winner Baron Corbin from NXT
The Rock’s entrance music hits and out he comes to be a part of what has been a rather weird night. Seeing how late it is in the night I’m not sure what this is all about. Having rather just see the main event we are watching the Rock use a flame thrower to ignite a sign of his name instead.
So he jees up the crowd a little by throwing out a few catchphrases. Then he announces the attendance numbers and that’s it. I could have done that via skype.
Then the arena goes dark and out comes Bray Wyatt with two other mask wearing folk. Bray threatens to ruin the Rock’s moment. The Rock talks well and this then turns into an actual match!
The Rock V Eric Rowan
Rock Bottom, 1 ,2 ,3. He wins in 6 seconds!
Good times. Now the Wyatts circle the ring.
John Cena’s music hits. He’s back. Fruity pebbles. Together Cena and the Rock put the beat down on the Wyatt’s and we see an Attitude Adjustment and Peoples elbow. From what started out weird actually was pretty good.
HHH V Roman Reigns – WWE World Heavyweight Championship- Main Event
So we made it. Just after 4am UK time the promo hit for the main event. Late nights aren’t a problem for me considering I work nights a lot. But saying that I did want to see the final pyro hit for this thing to end.
Okay so for HHH’s entrance we see Stephanie McMahon without trousers on, being a supreme being or something like that. A typical master race entrance for the game.
Roman enters from the stage to a mass of boos, there was even a moment you could tell it had been muted.
More boos throughout the arena for Roman. Maybe they should have booked the main event differently because the audience prefer to see HHH a known and loved wrestler as champion. What are they thinking?
Back and forth action from the two, in and out of the ring. Soon enough things get slow as they exchange rights and lefts. HHH low blows Roman whilst Stephanie is distracting the referee.
They head out and go after the only remaining announcer table. Things continue slowly as HHH performs a neck breaker to Reigns who is laying on the table. They hit the floor and then soon after head back into the ring. HHH remains in the driving seat.
Its been six hours or so since the kick off started and this match is extremely low energy along with the sleepy audience. Both competitors aren’t exactly big show calibre so why so slow.
Finally a big impact move as Reigns spears HHH through the audience dividing wall.
Other than that this main event has been terrible so far. People are all over it on twitter.
Stephanie comes into the ring to order the Referee about. She is speared by Reigns, things have taken off. Pedigree by HHH and Roman kicks out at 2 and a half.
A superman punch to HHH but her kicks out. Stephanie hands HHH a sledgehammer but Reigns continues to barrage him with superman punches. A final spear ends the match.
Although the ending was ok, the premise and final product was terrible.
Result : Roman Reigns is the new champ! But not a person in the arena cheered him.
So that’s it. Strange night, but there were some gems there. Especially from the arsenal of legends on good terms with the company they can use and roll out. Not the worst wrestlemania but saying that it was weird.