Sunday is a big day.
The Toronto Blue Jays begin their defense of the American League East crown, on the road in Tampa Bay.
“The Walking Dead’s” 90-minute season finale airs on AMC. What’s gonna happen? Who lives? Who dies?
But there is another annual event this Sunday, that’s near and dear to my heart… WrestleMania!!!
The 32nd edition of the “Granddaddy of ’em All” will be held at AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, and WWE boss Vince McMahon is hoping to set a new attendance record for the building, which can hold over 100,000 fans for football!
The roster has been ravaged by injuries, with big names, such as John Cena, Seth Rollins, and Bray Wyatt on the shelf, not to mention the absence of fan favourite Daniel Bryan, who was forced to retire earlier this year, due to health issues. Because of that, the card for this year’s event is an interesting one, to be sure. Here are some of the highlights!
WWE Champion Triple H puts his the WWE World Heavyweight Title on the line against Roman Reigns, as the Samoan seeks to take down the “Cerebral Assassin.” The “Authority” – also known as HHH and his wife, Stephanie McMahon, have made Reigns’ life a living hell for the past few months, and the young challenger looks to take out his frustration on the wily veteran, and silence his critics. The match is also a no-disqualification bout, so anything goes.
Speaking of anything goes, Dean Ambrose will duke it out with the fearsome Brock Lesnar!
These two don’t like each other, plain and simple. And their matchup is a No-Holds-Barred Street Fight. Weapons are allowed, all manner of dirty tricks are A-OK, and you know that Lesnar’s advocate, the sneaky Paul Heyman, will make his presence felt at some point. This one could be ugly, and chances are, blood will be shed.
Kevin Owens will also be forced to defend his Intercontinental Championship, against six other challengers, in a Ladder Match! Dolph Ziggler, Montreal-native Sami Zayn, The Miz, Stardust, Sin Cara and Zack Ryder will be bringing their A-game, as they try to take the title from the Quebec-born Owens.
Another title bout features the ladies, as Charlotte, the daughter of the legendary Ric Flair, defends her Divas Championship in a Triple Threat match, against the fiery Irish “Lass Kicker” Becky Lynch, and the “Boss,” Sasha Banks – the cousin of Snoop Dogg, who happens to be this year’s inductee into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame. Maybe the D-O-Double G will make his presence felt during this bout!
And the other main event match features the return of the prodigal son, as Shane McMahon, the son of the villainous Mr. McMahon returned for the first time since 2009, looking to save the company from the poor management of his father, sister and brother-in-law, only to be placed in a Hell In A Cell match with the Undertaker by Vince McMahon, who disowned his son. You know, the usual story!
Vinnie Mac also added another liitle caveat – if Shane wins, he gains control of Monday Night RAW. But, if the WWE’s Grim Reaper loses, it’ll be ‘Taker’s last WWE match. Those are some high stakes!
Among the other matches on the card, include Winnipeg’s own Chris Jericho, against the “Phenomenal” A.J. Styles, and Tag Team champs the New Day are in action against the League of Nations. (NEW! DAY ROCKS!! NEW! DAY ROCKS!!)
There are several matches on the pre-show, as well, including the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, US Champ Kallisto defending his title against the “Big Guy,” Ryback, and a matchup featuring pretty much all the other divas!
Oh yeah, and The Rock’ll be there, too, even though no one seems to know what, exactly, he’ll be doing!
But, as always, it’ll be a great show, because WrestleMania never fails to disappoint! It’ll be another event filled with memorable moments!
What’s my favourite ‘Mania Memory? Easy. It’s have to be at WrestleMania VI, at the (then) SkyDome, in Toronto, when my all-time favourite grappler, the Ultimate Warrior, beat Hulk Hogan to win the WWF Championship! It was the first time the company’s two top fan favourites met, with both the World and Intercontinental titles on the line. Neither guy was a particularly talented wrestler, per se, but they created magic in the ring, and for 13-year-old Reader, it was the best thing ever!
I’ll be watching Sunday night. Will you? If so, enjoy the show!