WWE WrestleMania 32: So Much to Do, So Little Time


The build up to WrestleMania 32 has been a lacklustre one, but why?

We are less than two weeks from WrestleMania 32, but does anyone feel like the show of shows is anything special? Anything more than a normal pay per view? We have a good selection of matches on the card, but only a couple have been built up to anything like special, and even those have the potential to go spectacularly wrong.

The top match is the main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. We have the champion Triple H vs. the challenger Roman Reigns. We have the all too real prospect of the challenger winning the title and getting booed out of the building. There is little chance that Triple H holds onto the belt and there’s even less chance that the new champion gets a rousing ovation when he holds aloft that shiny gold belt.

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WWE has been pushing Reigns down fans throats for the best part of the last couple of years and still the fans don’t really get behind him. Who’s fault is that?

Some of the blame may lay at the feet of Reigns, but the majority must fall on Vince McMahon and the creative team. Having a plan is all good and well, but sticking to that plan blindly, and not listening to the people who buy tickets to your events, is a recipe for disaster.

We have a match featuring the man who should probably be pushed as your No. 1 babyface (Dean Ambrose) against a man who makes sporadic appearances (Brock Lesnar), in a No Holds Barred Street Fight. If Lesnar is booked in the way he usually is, the “throw your opponent around like a rag doll” style he’s made famous, then this could be another car crash of a match. If Ambrose uses the weapons that have been bestowed upon him by a couple of Hardcore Legends, he may have slightly more of a chance, but I’m not sure how he could get away with using Terry Funk’s infamous Chainsaw?

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The one massive marquee match, also known as the match that The Undertaker is involved in, has turned into something of an overbooked fiasco. Taker has been pushed into a match with Shane McMahon as Vince McMahon’s guy. It was added as Hell in a Cell. With control of Raw on the line if Shane wins. And then we find out if ‘Taker doesn’t win he’ll have to retire. Did that match really need all that extra stuff added to it?

The annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal will be a match full of Superstars. Someone will win and it will hardly be mentioned again on TV. If ever a win in this kind of match could be capitalized on it’s in the post-WrestleMania time slot.

The Tag Team Championship match has your most over unit in the company, against four men who have been shoehorned into a faction based solely on the fact they’re all foreigners. Apparently that’s enough to make them big time heels. The New Day vs. The League of Nations is not your standard tag team title match, though. It’s 3 vs. 4 with the titles on the line.

Ryback will also face Kalisto for the WWE United States Championship. The Big Guy has become something of a more serious guy in the last few weeks and will probably walk out of Dallas as the new champion. Apparently a good big guy will always beat a good little guy, and that’s enough to base a title feud on. The Dudleyz will face The Usos in tag team action, the Dudleyz would probably have been a better shot for the tag title opportunity, what with them being on the verge of their 20th anniversary as a tag team and all.

The Dudleyz will face The Usos in tag team action. The Dudleyz would probably have been a better shot for the title opportunity, with them being on the verge of their 20th anniversary as a tag team and all.

The 8-Diva tag match will be highlighted as the first wrestling appearance of Lana, and the waste of two women as talented as Paige and Natalya.

The Divas title match, pitting champion Charlotte against Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks. should be a decent bout. The run up to the match has been more about the building of the Nature Girl as a heel character than any kind of in-ring action. All three women proved in NXT how good they could be when given the time to show it in the ring. On the main roster, they have become embroiled in more talking than wrestling.

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The match that will probably go on first is the one with the most potential to steal the show. After weeks of interwoven matches and feuds, we had the announcement that Kevin Owens will face six other men for his Intercontinental Championship. At one point it looked like we may get Owens vs. Sami Zayn (Kevin Steen vs. El Generico on the biggest stage of them all), but we now have The Miz, Stardust, Zack Ryder, Sin Cara and Dolph Ziggler thrown into the mix. This will be another multi-man, ladder match epic that we now seemingly get every year at WrestleMania.

The one other match that we know should happen is the next chapter in the AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho feud. Y2J has shown why he is the greatest heel in wrestling when he wants to be. Styles has proved why he is one of the best in the world. This should be another decent showing from both men.

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We only have one more episode of Raw before the biggest show of the year. WWE has spent the last month or so giving the loyal fanbase very little reason to get excited about what should be the most spectacular event of the year. With the chances of breaking their own attendance record inside the AT&T Stadium, WWE has one more week to sell me, and many others, on the reasons why we should care enough to give them the opportunity to impress us on Apr. 3rd. That is going to be a hard task for them, but I’m willing to give them the chance to prove me wrong.