So it’s that magical time of year again, Wrestlemania season. That time of year where the Rock remembers he was wrestler and the internet wrestling community goes on a rant about how Roman Reigns/John Cena is super lame. Despite all the part time wrestlers and internet hate, this year could be a big year for oily men in colourful underwear.
So with the show just around the corner lets take a look at the important matches and angles going into Wrestlemania 32 (or Wrestlemania Dallas…cause that’s what Vince McMahon wants…).
TRIPLE H DEFENDS THE WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST ROMAN REIGNS
Surprise it’s Roman’s year…again. While last year the trigger wasn’t pulled on Reigns’ World Title run (at Mania), this year that build has been a little more stable. Sure he’s been the champion (for a cup of coffee) but this time it feels like the rivalry between the champion and challenger is more natural. Despite this the fans still held out hopes for the likes of Dean Ambrose to be in the main event and while that would have made them happy, the writing is on the wall and it spells Roman Reigns.
With Triple H doing his whole heal champ schtick you’d be forgiven for forgetting that this is 2016 not 1999, but that being said the king of kings has done his job well despite taking a back seat to the other McMahon rivalry which we’ll get to in a minute.
Will this match be good? Probably. While Triple H is a solid in ring performer he’s seemingly only as good as his dance partner. With Roman improving over the past year this could be a fun match.
DEAN AMBROSE vs BROCK LESNAR IN A STREET FIGHT
It’s been an odd year for the beast. First he lost his title to Seth Rollins, then he had a long (but fun) feud the Undertaker, after that he had a small beef with Bray Wyatt but now he’s going to take Ambrose to suplex city.
Ambrose on the other hand has had a worse year dealing with being too big to be a mid carder but too mid carder to be a main eventer. So now this could be the push that he needs to move closer to the top of the card.
So is it gonna be good? Yes, cause these two seem to mesh well. While this won’t be a technical match it gives the fans some crazy action to chant expletives at.
CHARLETTE DEFENDING THE DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST SASHA BANKS AND BECKY LYNCH
NXT strikes again. With this women’s match it’s kind of hard to believe that these three were in the feeder league just a year ago. While the women’s revolution was more of a whisper then a roar these three have had some time to grow on the main roster.
These three have had some great NXT matches but haven’t gotten the time on the main roster to show off their skills until now. I personally hope the Sasha gets her time to shine but I’m more hoping they get the time that they need.
So the I.C. Title is caught up in the universe spanning Kevin Steen/Owens-El Generico/Sami Zayn feud. While this might sound awesome on paper, Zayn hasn’t had the time to grow on RAW and this match might just get lost in the shuffle…also there are a lot of other people caught up in this one. The Miz, Stardust, Dolph Ziggler, Sin Cara and (wait for it) Zack Ryder (one of these things is not like the other bros) this ladder match could be a fun flustercuck of a match.
The Dudleyz vs. the Usos, or aka the Smackdown main event. Both teams haven’t had a lot of screen time and this match will undoubtably get lost in the main events spotlight.
The New Day vs. League of Nations for the Tag “Supremacy”. Lets take a great team of heels that everyone loves and put them against a team of heels no one likes (WWE Logic). I’m sad that Wade Barrett will be leaving but with this being his match it’s clear why he’s not signing.
Kalisto defending the US Title against Ryback…I like Kalisto…that’s about it here…
SHANE MCMAHON VS THE UNDERTAKER IN A HELL IN A CELL FOR CONTROL OF RAW/WWE/WWE UNIVERSE/A MILLION DOLLAR COMPANY/ALL OF TIME AND SPACE
So Shane McMahon, the son of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon will take on The Undertaker, a “dead zombie man” for control of the company cause Vince doesn’t want Shane to be in power of the company/a three hour prime time show…this one is a bit of a mess.
But this should be the main event of the card, a match that could shake up the main roster and show for the next few years and be an end of an era…or whatever. But why Shane?
While we all loved to watch Kurt Angle (more or less) take 10 years off his life at King of the Ring in 2001, that was 15 years ago. 15 years ago for a non trained wrestler/business man. Was he good at wrestling before? Not really, but he could get beaten up good. And thats what this match is going to consist of, Shane getting beaten up.
But should Shane win? Probably, the three hour RAWs are tired and a shake up is needed for the franchise as a whole. But how will the product change? Could this be a jumping up point for a chunk of the NXT Roster? Will the WWE’s version of the Bullet Club help Shane win?
We don’t know, but something SHOULD happen besides Shane nearly getting killed in some stunt (aka Shane McMahon’s signature move). But with the added stipulation of Taker’s career on the line should Shane get the win? Probably not, there are plenty of heels who could have lived off that heat for years to come, but instead we get this match.
One things for sure, this match is gonna need some tricks to make the match work.
So that’s the card for the biggest show of the year. While some are big, there’s still the underline issue of the mid-card being past up for older stars and a business man. Maybe this will the final year for this type of booking, but if it isn’t then the WWE should probably look in the mirror for a while.