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WrestleMania 32 In A Nutshell: Rock! Cena! Reigns…

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages! It’s time for the biggest show in all the wrestling year. That’s right folks, it’s WrestleMania 32. The waiting is over, the talking can cease. It’s time to put up or shut up. I come into it with low expectations, and wondering if I didn’t see the best show of the weekend already (on Friday). So let’s sit back and enjoy, shall we?

Best Match of the night:

There were several matches that I would say exceeded my expectations, but there is but one match that lands here in the top spot of the evening. And what is it? It would be the first ever match to decide the WWE Women’s Championship. That’s right, the Women’s Championship! That triple threat had it all, really. If I had to pick one thing I didn’t like, it would be the not-so-clean finish, but it fits Charlotte’s MO of late, and it sets up things down the road.

Worst match of the night:

Someone has to get it, right? The Hunter/Roman match was not as bad as it could have been. I actually thought it was decent, but what drove me nuts about it is how poorly it was received. Fans just didn’t want a Reigns run, but that’s what we have.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Fight Owens fight

This is awesome

AJ Styles

Y2J

New Day rocks

Roman sucks

Suplex City

Let’s go Ambrose

Becky

Yes!

Undertaker/Shane O Mac

Let’s go Sasha

Star of the Night:

I have to pick just one?

Charlotte, for winning the first WWE Women’s Championship.

Rock and John Cena for giving us that signature WrestleMania moment.

Shane, in a losing effort, reminding us all just how crazy he can be.

Spot of the Night:

Zayn thru the ladder over the top rope to the outside

Zack with the big el-bro off the ladder
Sin cara, half jumping half pushed off the top of the ladder and through the ladder on the outside. And Stardust too

Zayn with a nasty looking suplex of Owens, onto a ladder

Owens splashing Sami on the ladder

Jericho, turning a Phenomenal Forearm into a Codebreaker.

Sasha with the frog splash onto both opponent

Becky taking out flair with a splash of her own.

Charlotte. top rope moonsault to the outside taking out both other women

Shane, coast to coast drop kick onto Undertaker and a trash can

Undertaker, driving Shane through the cage-though it would have been cooler looking if we hadn’t seen Shane pop the bolts.

Shane, leaping off the top of the cell and through another announce table, though the Undertaker rolled out of the way.

Roman, spearing Hunter through the ringside barricade.

Jobber of the Night:

Wade Barrett, for taking the finisher from all three Hall of Famers (HBK, Foley and Austin). And Xavier, for getting a Stunner too.

Rowan, for losing the impromptu match against The Rock in six seconds. That’s right folks, six. 6.

And The Wyatts in general, as things looked so promising for the group not that long ago, and they were fed to a part-timer and a man who is only a couple months off of a major shoulder surgery that was supposed to keep him out till summer.

Upset of the Night:

I will give you two of them. Zack Ryder winning the Intercontinental Championship came out of nowhere (unless you followed the betting lines).

And, Baron Corbin winning the Andre Battle Royal.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Shaquille O’Neal in the Battle Royal. Baron Corbin and DDP too. And somehow, Tatanka even snuck in there.

Rock, setting things on fire and announcing a new WrestleMania attendance record, only to be interrupted by The Wyatts. And then having an unplanned match. Winning it in 6 seconds. And then being saved from a 3 on 1 beating by…JOHN CENA?!?!

Shane with his memorable, if futile, leap off the Cell.

Botch of the night:

Sasha, unfortunately, gets mentioned here. She went for a double sunset flip out of the corner, but came up empty. She almost earned another with her dive to the outside on Charlotte. Either she changed her mind from a dive to a flip way too late, or I don’t know what happened, but she flipped wicked late.

Was it just me, or did Hunter slip as he started to walk down the ramp?

Commentary of the night:

That’s the biggest frog I’ve ever seen.

Well, he learned something from Terry Funk.

I’ve never seen someone tap out to a German suplex before, but Ambrose might be the first.

They don’t make ice cubes in Puerto Rico.

So much for Hack a Shaq

Stay outside guys, let the big boys fight.

Shane with a good luck kiss to his wife. Or a goodbye kiss…

LOL Moment of the night:

Austin, dancing with New Day and then delivering a Stunner.

Rock, accusing Bray of hitting the bong for 8 days straight. Among other things. Like telling Rowan that clearly his parents were related, and Strowman being breast-fed since he was 26 years old.

Noteworthy Moment:

Maybe it’s me, but it seems like, for the second straight year, WWE had time management issues. 10:42PM, and The Rock is in the ring, and the main event hasn’t even kicked off? Leaving the main event such little time just seems like bad planning. Or, taking advantage of the Network and saying to hell with the 11pm EST end time. Making it the longest WrestleMania ever.

New Day coming out to the ring, via a gigantic box of Booty-O’s. And dressed like Dragon Ball Z.

League of Nations saying no three men could go toe to toe with them. Which got answered by HBK-in wrestling gear! And then Foley, and then Austin.

Nice homage by Sasha, paying tribute to Eddie with her tights.

Shaq, DDP and Baron Corbin in the Battle Royal, with Corbin from NXT winning it.

Shane’s 20 foot suicide leap through a table, but not Undertaker, leading to Vince keeping control of RAW, for now.

WWE finally ditching the Divas-both the title and the name. Wonder what it means for Total Divas, but we do have a sharp looking Women’s Championship belt now.

Not only did Rock have a match, all of 6 seconds, but John Cena came down to save him from an angry Wyatt Family.

Not a drop of blood spilled, in either the street fight or the Hell In A Cell match, unless I missed something. That is surprising to me, especially considering how much blood we saw at TakeOver. Or on the RAWs leading up to this. Not that those have to be an indication of what to expect…but very surprising.

Overall lowlights:

I could have said time management, see above. You have all  year to map things out, I’d expect more than 15 minutes left for the main event. But, scratch that.

Not truly a lowlight, but you probably should not have had Shane in a white jersey, because by the end of their match, his white jersey was covered in the bronzer used by Undertaker…his jersey had a tan.

New Day having a not-so-great WrestleMania. Seemed odd to have the tag team champions lose in such a fashion, even in spite of the post-match fun.

Overall highlights:

Cody and his polka-dot tights. Loved the look, even if he was an afterthought in the match.

The ladder match. I have no idea what it means for Ryder long term, but I don’t recall WWE giving too many token championship wins on the WrestleMania stage. Perhaps the Broski is finally getting another push?

The women’s championship. Love the new belt. And the match? Best of the night.

Surprises were plentiful and satisfying.

AJ and Jericho with another very good match.

Hell In A Cell had a good, sometimes slow pace. But the match worked, and kudos to both men for making it look pretty good. Not the best ever Cell match, but much better than I feared it wouldn’t be.

After the final bell:

Wow, what a WrestleMania. Heading into this, it was not the best looking show. Bret Hart even called this the worst WrestleMania card ever.

After the show? No, it wasn’t. And while it wasn’t the best one ever, it was pretty good, a lot better than I think anyone expected it to be. I figured TakeOver was going to be the better show, and while it arguably did feature the best wrestling matches, pure and simple, tonight WrestleMania was…well…WrestleMania. It’s not just about wrestling. It’s the spectacle. It’s not just the steak, it’s the sizzle. Style and substance, and we got it in spades tonight.

The surprises? Even those we expected? Awesome. Who would have thought we’d get to see Shawn Michaels-in his wrestling gear again? How about Shaq, DDP and Tatanka all taking part in the Battle Royal? Rock, and John Cena? Just incredible.

And, not only an attendance record, but also what I believe is the shortest match in WrestleMania history, and also the longest ‘Mania ever I believe, clocking in at just under 5 hours. Or, longer, if you choose to count the pre-show (and you probably should, considering it had 2 matches).

All in all,a much better show than I expected. And now? Now I cannot wait to see how things go tomorrow on RAW, in what is generally one of the hottest RAWs of the year.

I will tip my cap to WWE for this show. They were up against opening night of the baseball season, and also the season finale of The Walking Dead. And I never missed either one while watching. Tomorrow night is another tough test, as RAW goes head to head with the NCAA Men’s Championship Game. Here’s thinking they have some surprises in store for us, perhaps Bayley and Samoa Joe?

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  • Jonny

    show sucked . nuff said. You probably watched a rerun of WM17 or something

  • bigfoot3169

    John, minor correction…there were 3 matches on the pre-show: US title, women’s 5 x 5 and tag match.
    Other than that I enjoyed the matches and hoped for some different endings. I just hope they let Reigns hold the title a little longer or he’ll turn into a 10 time champion by Summerslam.
    I’d have preferred Shane for the shock value and HHH retaining to make an interesting storyline.

    • JMD

      thanks, my bad on that one. And I agree. I am really surprised that both the Cell and the main event had clean endings, no outside interference at all. Was expecting at least one to have some involvement.

  • HOLLYWOOD HOAK KOGAAN

    True matchvof the night,T ROCK Vs HOAK KOGAAN. We truly stole the show (but what else is new)

  • Robb Frymyer

    Why do ppl keep say first WWE Women”s Champion. Trish, Lita, Chyna, Jaqueline, Ivy, Molly, and many more have been WWE Women’s Champion. It’s Not the First. It’s just the Return of the Women’s championship.

    • josh

      They were WWF Women’s Champs. This is WWE now therefore she is the first as much as I hate to say so. Charlotte is nothing but her dad. It’s a real shame cause she has the talent to be so much more than just a copy of her father.

      • Robb Frymyer

        Read my reply to JMD LOL. It was infact the WWE women’s championship. Do the math.

      • Lisa

        It’s either you’re confused or you know nothing about wrestling.

        • josh

          Just confused. I don’t remember when they changed the WWF to WWE. My bad. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

    • JMD

      one, what josh said. and two, because WWE on the show said so too. But all others before hand had the F in it. I don’t disagree with your position either, but it’s how WWE plays it.

      • Robb Frymyer

        WWF change to WWE in 2002, The Diva’s Title didn’t come into play until 2008. So the WWF women’s championship was also the WWE Women’s championship for may years. So it’s just the WWE thinking we fan’s have no intelligence, memory or ability to do math. So we are right they are wrong and this is not the first WWE women’s championship.

        • Xbias

          The real reason is because its called WWE womens championship, and the womens title we knew before was just Womens Championship. Trish Stratus was Womens Champion and Charlotte is WWE Womens Champion. Its pretty sad, but also a sign that they are moving forward, and don’t try to compare them to Trish and Lita, who reached huge success. Expectations are some what lower, and performance can then overcome everybody, and they can reach new heights.

  • Orbit Storm

    I posted this on the card summary article, so I may as well post it here.

    This Wrestlemania, for all of its hype, was a complete letdown. Here are my thoughts; like them or not:
    > Overall grade: C

    Kalisto vs Ryback — Didn’t see this match thanks to the Network’s typical issues for big events but the David vs Goliath story is ridiculously redundant; bring back the Cruiserweight championship and stop making a mockery of guys like Ryback.
    > Grade: C

    Total Divas vs B&B — Filler and wholly uninteresting, with the exception of Lana.
    > Grade: D

    Usos vs Dudleys — These guys have absolutely no chemistry with one another. The match, from start to finish, was gimmicky at best. I’ve seen worse though.
    > Grade: C-

    IC Title — Is Kevin Owens even alive?! A lot of big spots but seeing Ryder win almost feels like a mid-match fail-safe.
    > Grade: B-

    Jericho vs Styles — An opportunity to let Styles shine is squashed by booking the disingenuous, tacky heel character to win.
    > Grade: C

    Tag Team Titles — As expected, New Day loses. Seeing Michaels, Foley, and Austin dance in the ring was more entertaining than the match itself. Grade factors into the closing segment.
    > Grade: B-

    Ambrose vs Lesnar — Solid match but I had much higher expectations. Then again, in this PG era, how can a “street fight” be seen as anything more than a regular match with the inclusion of a few chairs and kendo sticks? Lesnar’s impressive athleticism and Dean’s lunatic antics boost the grade for this match.
    > Grade: B

    Women’s Championship — Phenomenal match; easily the best of the night. Real shame to see Sasha and Becky lose an opportunity at the spotlight for a Ric Flair retread.
    > Grade: A

    Shane vs Undertaker — Easily the second best match of the night. ‘Taker actually didn’t need carried through this one. Shane’s 20ft+ drop though.. jeebus. Shane’s storyline just took an unfathomable and agonizing turn for the worse.
    > Grade: B+

    ATGMBR — Lame duck comedy aside, this match was dreadful. Yet another filler match where its distinction lies in the name.
    > Grade: D+

    Rock & Cena segment — Uh.. not sure what I saw. Is Bray going to do a program with The Rock, who usually only has time to appear at Wrestlemania? IWC better be up in arms after all of the griping about Lesnar’s schedule. Seeing Cena and Rock share the ring, even if gimmicky, was a nice touch. I loathe Cena’s character as much as the next guy but I have a ton of respect for him all the same.
    > Grade: ?

    Reigns vs HHH — They should have been paying the customers to watch this match, solely because it made us all a modern-day Nostradamus. Listen: Reigns is a good guy but he is nothing more than a less-talented, more socially awkward version of John Cena when John is at his very worst. I’ll genuinely laugh when the crowd hijacks Raw tomorrow night because of Reigns winning. The only thing worse than this outcome was the fact that Wrestlemania was hosted in Jerruh’s World. Only reason this match didn’t get an “F” is because Stephanie was speared.
    > [Biased] Grade: D-

    WM32 was easily the worst I’ve seen in quite some time.

    • Mean Dean

      Agree with all, except the IC match, I give it B+

    • Mike

      It was a brilliant show. Throughly entertaining, indeed that wwe title match rating was just biased and wrong, b-. Also the six man tax match Was clearly not for the tag titles.

  • KingBack

    Damn Ambrose vs Lesnar was a complete waste of time! Such a letdown!

  • Lisa

    Ambrose once again proved that he’s a terrible performer. HHH is a joke. Arguably the worst ‘Mania main event ever. Taker-Shane was pretty good though – just as I had expected.

    • Red

      Not the worst WM main event ever, always remember that Orton vs. HHH at WM 25.

      • Lisa

        That was horrible too. Do you know why? Because HHH was a participant. Not only is he a bad wrestler but I’m just sick and tired of him sticking his mammoth nose into everything in WWE.

        • Fat Owens Fat

          What do you expect him to do when half the weakling of a roster is in the hospital on a bed?

        • biz

          Triple H isn’t a bad wrestler. Maybe you should accept their offer finally though lisa and it could of beenyou getting speared by roman. I know. A lot of us would love to see that. Maybe even cheer him for it.

          • Lisa

            Triple H used to be good but he’s now stale, too old and too slow.
            If WWE stops treating it’s female talent like afterthoughs I would consider accepting their offer.

          • Mike

            Afterthoughts you obviously didn’t watch the women’s title
            Match

          • Lisa

            That was pretty good. I liked it. Pretty sure WWE’s booking of its female talent won’t be quite as good in the coming weeks though.

          • biz

            Yeah he’s definitely not where he used to be. But still better than Ambrose or reigna or sheamus.

  • HOLLYWOOD HOAK KOGAAN

    I think it’s safe to say that Brock Lesnar has run his course and is no longer interesting. He does the same thing every match whether it be a normal match,all the way to tonight. I feel bad that Dean Ambrose had to deal with that guy,its more and more obvious everytime we see Lesnar that he don’t give a damn about the art,just the paycheck. Very minimal effort.

    • biz

      Why do you feel bad for Ambrose? He legit does the same stuff every match too. Most performers do the same 7-10 spots a match these days.

      • HOLLYWOOD HOAK KOGAAN

        Yeah,but brock suplexes and that’s about it except for an F5 or so. Think of it as a video game where characters had special moves,idk Mortal Kombat for example. Most of the chstacters as you said have around 7-10 moves,that are generally special to them. Now,you have one character who has 2-3,not as fun to use that character, right? I’m just saying brock is starting to become stale.

  • josh

    I can’t stand what they are doing with Bray. He has everything to be a major player and creative keeps shitting on him. I don’t get it but hopefully they will get their heads out of their ass and realize what they have in Bray. The women’s match was the best match tonight even though they should have never included Ric. It’s time for him to go. Congrats to Zack Ryder for winning the IC title. Hope he gets to hang on to it for a while. Also congrats to WWE creative for sticking to their guns with 2.0 even though they knew he was gonna get booed out of the building. 2.0 is gonna get destroyed tomorrow by the fans at RAW. He deserves it. NXT still to me was the better show this weekend.

    • Mike

      The fact he confronted the rock and got that kind of endorsement is good. He will be a player no doubt. But rock and cena gave a classic moment

      • josh

        I know it’s good but just frustrating to see what they are doing with him right now. I know his time is coming.

  • The Shockmaster

    So disappointed with the outcome of the main event. I knew Booreigns would win, but still sucks to see it actually happen

  • jcice13

    even though you said that Ryder’s win was noticeable from the betting lines, and that you write for this site, and that the betting lines were posted on this site, then aren’t your readers following the betting lines????? so who can possibly be surprised when the prohibitive favorite wins the match???

    • JMD

      Because not everyone reads those, and if you not looked at those lines, it’s not hard to imagine most wouldn’t have thought Ryder was going to factor into this match outcome. Not really that hard…

    • biz

      They never read the articles posted on here

      • jcice13

        LOL if they never read the articles then why would he write them? wouldn’t that logic dictate that they aren’t reading this one as well?

        • biz

          Oh I know what you mean. But at least 3 times a week they write something in their exclusive articles that contradict 3 articles someone else posted earlier in the week

  • Si Nicholls

    Apart from the main event (which needed a run-in from anyone) I enjoyed the show, all the matches were good, with props going to the Women’s triple threat and AJ/Jericho.

    Trouble now is nothing has changed storyline wise Steph/HHH still in charge and that storyline with Roman could go on to Summerslam, HHH has a rematch, so that’s the next PPV main event ruined.

  • Damian Starr

    Some great matches just the wrong results. Like who has an entrance like sasha to go and not win the title? Also as a foreign watcher the timekeeping is taking the p*ss, finished at like 4:45am I know I didn’t get to bed till 5 am and had absolutely no chance of making it to lectures today

  • AlohaState

    It flew under mostly everyone’s radar, but I appreciated the discus punch The Rock threw probably in homage to Kerry Von Erich. Austin seemed to pay tribute to Dusty before that first stunner too.

  • Mike

    That was incredible. What a fantastic show, seeing the rock And cena together, I had a feeling cena would come Down when he did. The main event was solid, the hiac match was my match of the night, closely followed by the street fight and the women’s championship match. I sat and watched seven hours of wrestling and I loved it ! Also I was stunned to see Ryder win, but surely this means a push, you don’t just win a title at mania unless it means they’re ready to push you again.

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