Wrestlemania 32 was the biggest event in the history of the WWE. The biggest event of the year was held in its biggest venue ever, Jerry World. Heading into the Pay Per View the roster was full of injuries to key superstars like John Cena, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, and Cesaro. Even with all the injuries, the card for WrestleMania 32 was stacked with Undertaker, Shane McMahon, Triple H, Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles all competing on the card. Even with this star studded card, Mania turned out to be a big flop. The matches were enjoyable to watch, but the wrong person ended up winning. To make matters worse, the WWE did nothing to build off of the momentum of WrestleMania 32. Today we are going to look into every match from the big show, and see what the WWE has done with the superstars since then. Let’s get into it.
League of Nations defeats New Day -
The League of Nations were supposed to be one of the top heel groups in the WWE, but turned out to be a major flop. The group wasn’t believable because Roman Reigns single handedly defeated the group. Defeating the tag team champions in New Day was supposed to help propel the League of Nations to the top of the WWE. After Wrestlemania, the WWE did nothing with the League of Nations and they eventually split up. Wade Barrett has since been released from WWE. Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio struggle to even appear on TV. The only person that has done anything since the League of Nations break up is Rusev. Since Mania, Rusev has dominated the midcard and is now the United States champion. As far as New Day goes, they’ve remained the tag team champions and on top of the tag team division. After seeing how both groups panned out since WrestleMania, it honestly would’ve made for sense for New Day to pick up the victory.
Andre the Giant Battle Royale: Baron Corbin Wins
The Andre the Giant Battle Royale is a match honoring the WWE legend Andre the Giant. It’s a 30 man battle royale at the grandest stage of them, with the winner getting a literal life size trophy of Andre the Giant. As far as the actual match, the WWE doesn’t put much stock into the winner. Since winning his first Mania match, the WWE has put little to any stock into Baron Corbin. He wins most of his matches, but the only real feud he has been in was with Dolph Ziggler. It was a short feud that Corbin ended up winning, but not many people paid attention too. There isn’t really much to fix with the winner as I think Baron Corbin is the perfect choice to win this match. The problem is the WWE needs to do more with this match. This could be a great way to build young superstars on the roster.
Intercontinental Ladder Match: Zack Ryder Wins
This match was very entertaining as most ladder matches are. This is one of the few matches I actually didn’t have any problems with. Zack Ryder winning the match was a great Wrestlemania moment and could’ve been a big surprise if it wasn’t ruined by a spike in betting odds for Zack Ryder the night before. After getting his moment, the Miz beat Ryder the next night on Raw to win the Intercontinental championship. The Miz has held the title every single day since and has been a great champion. The Miz just knows how to get under people’s skin and piss you off. As far as the other members go, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have become quality midcarders for the WWE, but are still being underutilized. Sin Cara and Goldust struggle to even make it onto to TV, and Dolph Ziggler is getting another crack at the WWE Championship. Of all the matches on the card, This match had one of the biggest impacts on the current WWE.
Chris Jericho defeats AJ Styles
AJ Styles first big match in the WWE and he is up against, Chris Jericho. It makes a ton of sense, because at this point in his career, Chris Jericho is in the WWE to make the young/new superstars look good. So this is the perfect opponent to get AJ Styles' WWE career started off on the right foot. Well as you can read by the bolded match result above, Chris Jericho defeated AJ Styles. Nearly everything about this feud was perfect. The build up to the match, the promos, the heated rivalry, the actual match itself all the way up until the last 30 seconds. Chris Jericho winning this match literally did nothing for WWE’s future. After the match, Chris Jericho took a break from the WWE. He would eventually return and since then has become a pretty good midcarder. As far as AJ goes, he has become one of the WWE’s top heel’s and has help build Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson into one of the top tag teams in the company. He’s done so well, that Vince McMahon has come out and stated that he’d wish that he had signed AJ Styles 10 years ago. That’s pretty high praise from a man who doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Having Chris Jericho win this match did nothing for Chris Jericho, and only slowed the development of AJ Styles in the WWE.
Brock Lesnar defeats Dean Ambrose
This match was a major flop. When it was announced that Dean Ambrose would face Brock Lesnar in a street fight, the possibilities were endless. The actual product that was put out in Arlington, Texas was very underwhelming. For what was supposed to be a street fight, there was very little weapons involved in this match. Obviously just based on size, Brock Lesnar destroys Dean Ambrose. The stipulation of the street fight gives Dean a level playing field. I was expecting a pretty even match where Dean could outsmart Brock and use the weapons to his advantage. What actually transpired was the typical Brock Lesnar match. Endless suplexes, and a dominating performance with Brock ending up with the victory. I have no problem with Brock winning, but the way this match played out made Dean look very weak. Since the match, Brock has yet to compete in another match, and Dean has risen to the top of the WWE and become the WWE champion. This match kept the aura that Brock Lesnar has as the most dominant force in the WWE, but slowed the momentum of Dean Ambrose.
Undertaker defeats Shane McMahon
If talking about the circumstances for a match, and how much impact it had on the future of the WWE, no match in Cowboys stadium had a bigger impact than the Undertaker vs Shane McMahon in Hell in a Cell. The stipulations were so big, that the only place for this level of a match was Wrestlemania. If Shane wins then he takes control of the WWE away from the authority, and Undertaker is forced to retire. If Undertaker wins, then the Authority remains in power. The winner of this match seemed pretty obvious. Have Shane win to take the company into a new direction, and have a memorable match to send Undertaker out with a bang. The match was great with many memorable moments including Shane McMahon diving off the top of the cell onto the announce table. Undertaker winning this match makes no sense. After mania, we still have yet to see Undertaker in the WWE and that could’ve actually been his last match, as far as Shane goes, he became the GM of Raw for a long stint, and is now the GM of Smackdown. It made zero sense for Undertaker to win this match.
Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch
This was the only match that I had zero problems with. These three women stole the show and had the match of the night in Dallas. You couldn’t go wrong with a winner here, and Charlotte was a sensational champion after Mania. Becky and Charlotte had a long rivalry after Mania, and Sasha just took the title off of Charlotte. Becky is now at the top of the Smackdown Women’s division, and Charlotte and Sasha Banks are at the top of Raw. There isn’t much more to say about this match.
Roman Reigns defeats Triple H
This is the main event that honestly not many people wanted to see, and was the most predictable match on the card. The match itself was very forgettable, as I honestly don’t remember what happened. It was very obvious they were holding off until Wrestlemania to give Roman his big moment of winning the WWE Championship. Since Wrestlemania Triple H has yet to appear on TV, and Roman Reigns has slowly faded after a long title run. He is now competing for the US championship.
WrestleMania 32 turned out to be a huge flop. Yes, there was injuries to key superstars, but this card had the potential to be a great show. Not only was the show disappointing, but the WWE has done very little with the card since the PPPV has passed. Let me know your thoughts on WrestleMania 32 and the WWE currently by leaving a comment below and tweeting me @Texashomeboy1.