A lot of people who know me are aware that I am a WWE fan. My dad is the one to blame for this as for as long as I can remember he watched Monday Night Raw. At times I would join him out of curiosity but I am a newer fan having actively followed along for the past two or three years.
With this in mind, I am going to take my best guess at Sunday’s card.
Wrestlemania 32 preshow:
Usos defeat The Dudley Boyz– Usos will find a way to use the tables as The Dudleys put the younger talent over. Both teams will get their spots but Usos get the win. Not much else really to say here.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal– Two names come into my head and that is Mark Henry and Braun Strowman. I know what you’re thinking, really, Mark Henry? WWE could get away with it here. The winner really gets nothing out of this and Henry, a giant and Texas boy could end his career on a high so it makes sense. Strowman makes just as much sense as the Wyatt family does not have a clear role on this card and need to establish a known presence again with Luke Harper injured. I will take Strowman for that reason.
Team Total Divas (Natalia, Paige, Brie Bella, Alicia Fox and Eva Marie) vs Team B.A.D. & Blonde (Naomi, Tamina, Lana, Summer Rae and Emma) – I fully expect the Total Divas team to come out and get the upper hand until Eva Marie swerves the audience of sorts and turns on her team giving Team B.A.D. & Blonde the win. WWE was expecting an ovation for her but the reaction she received from NXT fans continued on Monday Night Raw this past week. They need to embrace this and allow the reception to affect her character. Anything less would be underwhelming. This very well could be Brie Bella’s final match with WWE.
Wrestlemania 32 Card
Kalisto (C) vs “The” Ryback for the United States Championship- I will admit I am not a Ryback fan. WWE did him a disservice making him a face and even as a heel he is reading off cue cards. It does not feel natural and ruins the improvements Ryback is making in the ring. Kalisto is a special high-flying talent. These two met in the King of the Ring tournament and Kalisto won. I think the same happens here. There is the potential for several titles to change hands tonight but this will not be one of them. Kalisto takes it and retains.
Kevin Owens (C) vs Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Star Dust, Sin Cara, The Miz and Zack Ryder Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match- To me this is a two person match with Ziggler the dark horse with the chance as he so calls it to “steal the show”. This is all about Owens and Zayn. Ziggler could capitalize and creep up the ladder to win. I could easily see Owens and Zayn team up to eliminate everyone else and let the true action begin. There is no love lost between these two. Could Zayn be distracted by his NXT Takeover loss to Shinsuke Nakamura? Yes. I could see Zayn go up the ladder only for Nakamura to provide the distraction Owens needs to win. Owens will be by himself Sunday night but that is all he needs to retain his title.
League of Nations vs New Day 4-on-3 Handicap match- There is a chance League of Nations wins this as the title is not on the line but I just do not see that happening here with all kinds of New Day merchandise selling like hot cakes. Let’s face facts, nothing is hotter than New Day right now and that has been true for months now. Rusev will be the one pinned.
Brock Lesnar vs Dean Ambrose No Holds Barred Street Fight- This one I feel will be a very bloody affair with both men busted open. Lesnar will control early and that is when Mick Foley will come out to provide a distraction which levels the playing field. There are so many other surprises that could happen. I could see Seth Rollins providing a pedigree or a signature move on Lesnar to support his former Shield partner or Terry Funk comes out with more weapons. This will be a long match and I believe with both men bloody and unable to fully get up, Stone Cold Steve Austin comes out and hits the stunner on Ambrose. Lesnar gets up and the ref counts to three to seal the win. While Lesnar and Paul Heyman prepare to come out and celebrate Bray Wyatt’s music hits and he hits Sister Abigail. Wyatt stands tall.
Charlotte (C) w/ Ric Flair vs Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks– There are so many opportunities for interference here it is crazy. The question is if Ric Flair does anything dirty enough that could be caught by the referee which would warrant removal from the match. Charlotte will control the match early, for me there is no question about that. Becky Lynch does not want help and will suffer for it. For some reason one name comes to mind here and that is Snoop Dogg. With so many injuries WWE will try anything and Snoop Dogg brings ratings. He could always get physical with Flair which would be enough of a distraction for Becky or Sasha to pin the champ. Realistically I think Charlotte will not get pinned in this match. Lynch will find an opening to try and pin the champion but Sasha will have the last word and be the new divas champion… well at least until they likely rename the title and re-brand the division.
Chris Jericho vs A.J. Styles– This will be a good storytelling match. There is absolutely no chance Jericho wins this. He is all about putting others over at this stage and will do so again. That is not to doubt in Jericho, especially with him being so much better as a heel character but a win does not do anything for him. A.J. will have a phenomenal (I’m sorry) performance to win.
Triple H (C) w/ Stephanie McMahon vs Roman Reigns-I think this match will be hard hitting but I think it needs to be about Triple H trying to lure Roman to be a heel. He could bring The Rock out. Reigns would spear and/or Superman punch his cousin and complete the turn. Seth Rollins could come in and take a side. Shawn Michaels will come out and protect Triple H when Reigns gets the upper hand. Insert DX chop here. This is when Triple H gets his sledgehammer. For me assuming the Rock does not do a 20 minute promo at some point earlier in the card, he will run out to protect his cousin. Triple H could also bring out several heels to wear down Reigns. This would include the eague of Nations allowing the Rock to come out and lay out Rusev. Regardless of the guest spots, no one has lost at Wrestlemania more than Triple H and you can almost guarantee he puts another talent over. Roman Reigns will become the heavyweight champion once again.
The Undertaker vs Shane McMahon– Vince McMahon will be out there for sure trying to do whatever it takes for The Undertaker to win. Everyone knows that Shane McMahon will have at least one fun high flying spot in there. I have Shane McMahon winning but how is still unclear. For one thing it will not be clean. I do not consider The Undertaker turning on Vince and letting him be counted out as a clean win in this kind of a match. I could easily see Finn Balor, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows all making an appearance to push Shane over the top. This deserves to be the final match of the night and on paper a Shane win means Taker would be done at Wrestlemania but it did not say his career would be over. Plus if Shane O’Mac is in charge he could reinstate Taker at ‘Mania. Just something about The Undertaker wrestling in his home state has a finality to it though it is hard to say because the John Cena and Sting matches people have been looking for will not happen it looks like. If The Undertaker does win I expect one of those two to come in after the match and make their move to start building towards Wrestlemania 33. Right now though, I’ll take Shane.