Like last year, I watched the whole show on WWE Network. Unlike last year though, I watched the whole thing on my computer. If you don’t see a summary of the match, it means I didn’t see the match myself. So glad I decided to wait until the following morning to post it this time around ^_^
And now, the results:
- Team Total Divas def. Team B.A.D. and Blonde: The tweet released shortly after the Pre-Show ended expained why Brie’s sister Nikki joined her in the ring after the match: Brie is going on maternity leave. After posting a heartfelt “farewell” tweet with the hashtag #Briemamamode, it’s not hard to figure out we probably won’t see her again for at least a year.
- United States Champion Calisto def. Rhyback
- The Usos def. The Dudley Boyz: This was the only pre-show match I actually did see because of when I turned in. The Usos won the match but the Dudleys had one more card to play: Tables. The Usos would get the last laugh however, each putting a Dudley through a table in the end.
- Dallas hometown group 5th Harmony performed America the Beautiful to kick off Wrestlemania 32. Afterward, an introspective on Wrestlemania played.
- Zack Ryder wins Ladder Match for IC Championship (New Champion): My mantra when the match began was “Please don’t let KO retain”. Like last year, caution was thrown to the wind as the seven participants left nothing in reserve to win the IC title. After almost a decade of feeding other superstars, Zack Ryder’s years of dedication were rewarded when he won the Ladder Match, shocking everyone present. I was so happy I was nearly moved to tears, mainly because he was fed to superstar after superstar to make the other guy credible.
- Chris Jericho def. AJ Styles: I missed the outcome and had to use a third party source I trust to find out who won the match. I did see the rest of the match and it stayed in the ring for the most part.
- The League of Nations def. The New Day: Not gonna lie, I thought it was a title match…intil it ended. The numbers game, for once did NOT end in The New Day’s favor. Luckily for The New Day, they lost the match…
- Right after the match, Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley (as Catus Jack) and–wait for it–STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN came down to the ring and CRUSHED The League of Nations with their finishers. Austin and Foley both had career-ending injuries so if it looked “staged”, that’s why. The New Day hoped to join in on the celebration but Austin had one more Stunner left for Xavier Woods. No doubt it was a great honor for the 7 younger superstars to simply be in the presence of
- Brock Lesnar def. Dean Ambrose in No Holds Barred Street Fight: As I expected, Lesnar carried the whole match. Saxton had it right when he said Lesnar earned the win. Thus concludes mismatch #1 on the card.
- After the match, A Snickers commercial played featuring Ric Flair, Charlotte, Zack Ryder and Dolph Ziggler. It was likely recorded earlier in the day though it is now Ironic Zack was featured given his title win in the first match of the card.
- The 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Inductees and/or their proxies (for those who died) were publicly recognized in front of the house crowd. For those who did not know, Sting announced his retirement at the actual ceremony the night before from in-ring action. Like D-Bry, you can be sure he will still maintain a presence on WWE.
- I forgot to mention this before but during the Wrestlemania Pre-Show, the Divas Championship was officially retired. It was replaced with the NEW Women’s Championship, whose belt was also unveiled. Said match also happened next.
- Charlotte def. Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks to become Women’s Champion (“New” Champion): You’d have thought Snopp Dogg spoiled the match’s outcome in the rap he did to his cousin Sasha Bank’s entrance music at the beginning. He didn’t do it on purpose but I thought it was pretty funny and awesome. The match itself…folks will be talking about it for years to come despite the outcome. I also expect Charlotte to drop the belt tomorrow to Sasha or Becky on RAW tonight in exchange for winning the “NEW” Women’s Championship at Wrestlemania 32. I use the quotes because technically Charlotte was the champion of the now retired Divas Championship going in.
- The Undertaker def. Shane McMahon in Hell in a Cell Match (23-1): Tonight’s “HOLY SHIT!” moment has been brought to you by Shane McMahon. Before being put away by The Phenom, Shane dove off the top of the cell–some 20 feet high–and crashed into the announcer’s table. He was aiming for The Deadman, who moved out of the way at the last moment. The Undertaker then mercifully finished Shane McMahon off in the ring. This is Mismatch #2 for those who were wondering.
- NXT Superstar Baron Corbin wins 2016 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale: I didn’t watch the end of the match since I picked this segment to take a bathroom break. Not that it matters given the surprise entrant at the beginning of the match: Shaq. No, seriously. The NBA Hall of Famer got into it with The Big Show, who had to look UP at him. The two cleared the ring before they were both eliminated by the rest of the competators. While I don’t see Shaq becoming a WWE Superstar, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him in the ring again in the near future.
- The Rock announced the Wrestlemania Attendence record has been broken as of WM32: 101,763. Not surprising given the stadium is the same one the NBA All Star game in Dallas was held in a few years ago. Having heard enough, The Wyatt Family came down to the ring to break up the fun fest. The Rock then booked a match on the spot, beating Eric Rowan in 6 seconds and setting a WM record for shortest WM match ever. Not exactly a match but meh. The bigger surprise of the promo was the return of John Cena. The Rock’s “Welcome Back” to him after they dispatched the Wyatts was confirmation Cena is returning to in-ring action, and a night sooner than I expected.
- Roman Reigns def, Triple H to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion (New Champion): It was a match set in motion months in advance but it’s a MAJOR problem when the brand’s favorite to win gets booed the moment he comes onto the ramp. Even worse, it was obvious Triple H carried the match. Steph getting speared by Reigns was likely an effort to remind the house crowd there would be a new champion (and also explains the footage of her working out as she mentioned on ESPN Friday morning). it didn’t seem to work as the crowd was clearly behind Triple H the whole match. Ironic given this was one of the rare times Triple H worked in the ring with new talent. It was obvious The Game opened up a clinic, schooling Reigns in how to sell the main event of Wrestlemania. At the same time, now Trips knows how The Rock felt two years ago when Cena was booed out of the arena.
…JBL, Michael Cole and Byron Saxton did commentary for Wrestlemania 32. Overall, I give it an 8/10. Would’ve gotten a 10/10 if both AJ Styles Sasha Banks won their respective matches and a 9/10 if one of them won.
The two mismatches…I still think it could have worked if they switched Lesnar and Taker’s opponents: Heyman would’ve made Lesnar vs. Shane work and let’s be honest, Ambrose would’ve sold the shit out of a HIAC match with ‘Taker.
No doubt there will be questions as to weather or not Reigns will Heel turn or not. I don’t think he will personally though questions will begin to be answered tonight on RAW. I have little doubt Vince will review the footage and make efforts to try to prevent a repeat of this next year. Of course Cena is booed but in his case he kinda he deserves it even though it’s for things he did in his private life. Reigns…not so much. I forgot to say this before but Reigns is already a 3-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion: He won it for the first time at Night of Champions a few months ago before losing it minutes later to Sheamus (Money in the Bank cash-in). He then won it back a few weeks later before losing it at the Royal Rumble, winning it for the third time at WM32. Talk about interesting.
Speaking of interesting: Could we see the return of the Hardcore Championship? Shane and Ambrose are the major pieces needed to make it happen =O