Well, wrestling’s biggest event has come and gone for another year, and this one probably won’t go down in history as one of the more fondly-remembered editions of WrestleMania, though is did have its share of memorable moments.
As far as I was concerned, the match of the night was the Women’s Triple Threat Match for the new WWE Women’s Championship. Simply put, the ladies stole the show.
Defending Divas Champion (a term and title that has now been retired) Charlotte, (with her father the legendary Ric Flair) defending her crown against the Irish “Lass Kicker” Becky Lynch, and the “The Boss,” Sasha Banks (who was accompanied to the ring by her real-life cousin, and newly-inducted WWE Hall of Famer, Snoop Dogg!).
They battled back and forth, with a number of great spots and high-risk maneuvers, highlighted by this…
In the end, Charlotte locked Becky into the “Figure-Eight,” and as Sasha tried to get back into the ring to break up the count, Slick Ric grabbed her leg to help his little girl steal the victory. Another win for the “Dirtiest Player(s) in the Game!”
Another great match included the opening ladder match, for the Intercontinental Title, as Kevin Owens put his belt on the line, against Sami Zayn, Stardust, Dolph Ziggler, Sin Cara, Zack Ryder and The Miz.
Lots of action, but in the end, the unexpected – Zack Ryder, who has been in the company for about ten years, climbed the ladder and grabbed the belt, giving the crowd a feel-good moment, as he celebrated in the ring with his dad. (Spoiler Alert – he lost the title to The Miz last night, on Monday Night RAW!)
Chris Jericho and the “Phenomenal” A.J. Styles put on another great match, with Y2J countering a “Phenomenal Forearm” with a “Codebreaker,” to get the duke.
Probably the moment most people will remember from WM32, happened in Shane McMahon’s “Hell in a Cell” match against the Undertaker. As Shane-o-Mac often does, he tends to engage in some kind of major stunt/fall/moment in many of his matches, and this was no different. He had the “Phenom” down on one of the announce tables, when he decided to take a BIG risk. Here’s what happened…
The Undertaker rolled out of the way, Shane crashed thorough the table, and it was the beginning of the end for the younger McMahon. A “Tombstone” piledriver later, and Shane had lost his quest to wrest control of Monday Night RAW from his dad, sister and brother-in-law. And the Undertaker lives to fight another day.
Meanwhile, among the other memorable moments, were the League of Nations defeating the New Day, and boasting that no one could beat them, prompting three legends to emerge and put the young whippersnappers in their place – Mick Foley, in his “Cactus Jack” attire, along with the “Heartbreak Kid,” Shawn Michaels, and, last, but not least, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin! “Stone Cold Stunners,” “Sweet Chin Music” and “Mr. Socko” were on full display, and the three Hall of Famers toasted their beatdown with a bunch of “Steveweisers!”
Later, “The Rock” – Dwayne Johnson himself came to the ring, to announce that a new WrestleMania attendance record had been set – 101, 763, surpassing the 93, 173 figure, given by WWE, as the attendance for WrestleMania III, in 1987. Suddenly, the “Great One” found himself confronted by Bray Wyatt and his Family. Rock then challenged them to an impromptu match, and a quick “Rock Bottom” led to a pin on Erick Rowan… in six seconds. Another record set – the fastest match in Wrestlemania history!
And the 20-man “Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal” got a little extra star power, as Shaquille O’Neal (who has just announced yesterday, as one of the 2016 inductees into the basketball Hall of Fame) joined the fray! But he didn’t last long – he and the “Big Show” were the first two competitors eliminated!
If there was one downside to the show, it was the WWE once again pushing ahead with their unpopular quest to make Roman Reigns the top dog in the company, even though fans almost seem to be unanimously against him.
Reigns was supposed to be the good guy in his feud with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon – the hero triumphing against the odds, and beating the evil “Authority.” The trouble is, a very vocal majority of the fans do NOT like him. He ended up beating “The Game,” and winning the World Heavyweight title, but for a guy that was supposed to be the hero, he was booed out of the building!
It’s very interesting to see where they go with Roman Reigns from here. Could there be a heel turn in the works, to feed the fans’ already hostile reaction to the new champ? I guess we’ll see!
All in all, despite a depleted roster, as always, WWE brought their best for their biggest show of the year. WrestleMania is always a great event, and overall, #32 didn’t disappoint!
Roman Reigns def. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H
Baron Corbin won the 3rd annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
The Undertaker def. Shane McMahon (Hell in a Cell Match)
The Rock def. Erick Rowan (Impromptu Match)
Charlotte def. Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks to become first new WWE Women’s Champion
Brock Lesnar def. Dean Ambrose
The League of Nations def. The New Day (Non-Title Match)
Chris Jericho def. AJ Styles
Zack Ryder def. Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Stardust, The Miz and Sin Cara to become the new Intercontinental Champion
The Usos def. The Dudley Boyz
Total Divas def. B.A.D. & Blonde
United States Champion Kalisto def. Ryback