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TSJ101 WrestleMania 32 Match Card And Predictions


TSJ101 WrestleMania 32 Match Card And Predictions

Hello ladies and gentlemen, this is TSJ101 wrestling writer and opinion columnist, Gregory Black, and what I am bringing you today is nothing short of special, this is the final match card for the spectacular that will be happening tonight, of course I am talking about WrestleMania 32, which will be coming to you live from AT&T Stadium, in beautiful Dallas, Tx.

Now, before I go into the match card, I just want to say that after the huge success of last year’s WrestleMania, they are going to have to work extra hard to top it, as many fans have said that it was the best Mania in some time, even topping some of the classics, according to some fans.

Now, as you know, the WWE will have their kickoff show prior to the event, and in this show, there will be three big matches, two of which I personally feel should be on the main show, or, at the very least, ONE of them should be. First, let’s get into this match:

Total Divas vs. Team B.A.D. & Blonde

Brie Bella, Natalya, Paige, Alicia Fox & Eva Marie are putting their differences aside to take on the team of Lana, Summer Rae, Emma, Tamina and Naomi. Now, at the center of this whole match are the two most important parts of the feud, Brie and Lana, who have been at odds for some time, after Lana started to mud sling with Brie. With assaults, both verbal and physical, it was only a matter of time before before it had to be settled in the ring.

My take on this one? I think it may go the way of Team B.A.D. & Blonde, if for no other reason than that of the differences between the Total Divas may be far too great for the ladies to overcome, and it just might work in TBB’s favour.

The next match is one of the matches I thought should have been on the main show, of course I speak of…

Kalisto (US Champion) vs. Ryback

Here’s the interesting thing about this match, there wasn’t as big a build for this one, as with other US Title matches, as, for the most part, the build was mostly done during house shows, with a little bit of build on television, which would explain why it’s on the kickoff show, and not an official Mania match. I have really been digging what the ‘E has been doing with Kalisto, as far as building him up into a greater singles competitor, and with him becoming the United States Champion in his big feud with Alberto Del Rio of the League of Nations, Kalisto has the makings of a legend and future Hall of Famer.

With Ryback, he has been going through changes within the last year, and being that he is a former Intercontinental Champion, he has been to the dance before, which makes him a HUGE threat to Kalisto’s reign.

In this one, though, I see Kalisto retaining, nothing against “The Big Guy”, but, while he has been steadily building and improving himself, I don’t quite see him walking out of Mania as a champ.

The final match of the kickoff show is the definite match that I personally believe should have made the main show…

The Dudleys vs. The Usos

This match has had a great build, with the Dudleys turning on the Usos in February, and the Usos looking for a matter of revenge ever since. This is the kind of opportunity that could make a team, not that the Usos need the credit, being former Tag Team Champs and all, but, they are going to step in the ring with one of the most decorated tag teams in wrestling history, holding a record 23 championships as a team. If there was anything that would put a definite stamp of championship material on a team, it would be a win against The Dudleys.

Which is what I see happening tonight, as I can see the Usos gaining a very important victory against the future Hall of Fame tag team.

Now that I’ve given you my thoughts on the pre-show, it’s time to move on to the main show, WRESTLEMANIA 32!!

And the first match to cover is..

The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale

This match has been a part of Mania for a couple of years now, LITERALLY, two years running (thus, the “couple”), and with two strong performances from Cesaro (first winner) and The Big Show (last year’s winner), this year promises to deliver nothing short of entertainment. The participants are listed as:

  • Heath Slater
  • R-Truth
  • Adam Rose
  • Bo Dallas
  • Kane
  • Big Show
  • Tyler Breeze
  • Fandango
  • Mark Henry
  • Goldust
  • Jack Swagger
  • Damien Sandow
  • Darren Young
  • Konner
  • Viktor

With The Social Outcasts, Golden Truth, & The Ascension all coming together as complete teams in this one, you can expect them to work with their partners in working against everyone else, but, if history teaches us anything, after eliminating any threats, teams tend to break down, if only in the battle royale. My pick for this year’s winner comes down to three people: Goldust, Young & Henry. The reason being that Goldust, like Henry, is said to be in his last bit of his career, and with all he’s given to the WWE, either of them could walk out with the Andre trophy. As for Young, well, him becoming a goodwill ambassador for the promotion might put him in good standings with the company, and it could be his reward.

Kevin Owens (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Sin Cara, vs. Stardust vs. The Miz vs. Zack Ryder {Ladder Match}

After last year’s monumental ladder match, which saw Daniel Bryan become the Intercontinental Champion, the seven-way ladder match returns this year, and with Kevin Owens defending against the likes of Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Stardust, The Miz, Zack Ryder and Sin Cara, you can already tell that this one is going to be insane.

Every competitor in this match is known for being a risk taker, and when you add ladders to the equation, you already know that it is going to be crazy. Let’s state the obvious in saying that Owens has a knack for getting people enraged with him, and when you look at his opponents in this match, you can tell that they’ll be gunning for him, if for no other reason than to get him out of the way. And while I do think that any one of these competitors can walk away with the title, I think it’s going to come down to three people in this one, as well: Zayn, Ziggler and Ryder.

Zayn is just coming off of a huge loss to Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT Takeover: Dallas, so, you can expect him to try to redeem himself at the expense of Owens, who he has had a feud with since the indies. Ziggler, who was still reeling from last year’s big loss will look to redeem himself, as well, and pull off the long awaited victory that slipped from his grasps at Mania 31. Ryder might be the sleeper pick of the match, as he hasn’t exactly had the greatest run in the WWE in recent years. For him, a victory here would be big, and would give him more a respectable look in the eyes of the WWE Universe.

I’m going to go with Ryder on this one, if for no other reason than the WWE wanting to get people talking about the Intercontinental Championship division.

The next match is something that will definitely get the WWE Universe talking as it pits two teams against each other, as they try to prove their dominance over the other, as…

The New Day vs. The League of Nations {Handicap Match}

Okay, everyone knows that The New Day are a bunch of clowns (I don’t mean that in a bad way, either), and they have a penchant for trolling people. So, it comes as no surprise that they would troll on The League of Nations, a team not necessarily known to be fun loving guys. Take the most popular team in the company and put them up against the most hated in the company, and you have yourself a formula for a war.

Don’t get me wrong, I kinda like The League, but, they appear to me as rather stiff and dull at times, while I dig The New Day. And, while I do dig New Day, my money is going to go with the League of Nations, I know that New Day can handle themselves, but, honestly, the numbers game will eventually work against them, and put the match in The League’s favour.

Now this match has me interested, and my eyes will be focused for this one, as we will get to see…

Charlotte (Diva’s Champion) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch

These three were the flag bearers of the Diva’s revolution last year, starting in NXT, and eventually making it into the main roster, and neither lady has ever looked back since. Charlotte has taken to her family roots, following in her father, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair’s footsteps, becoming the Diva’s Champion, and becoming the second dirtiest player in the game.

Becky and Sasha have both had their eyes on the Diva’s Title, and with this possibly being the last official Diva’s division match, as the rumours are stating that the Women’s Division is making a comeback after Mania, I see it coming down to Lynch taking the title, and being the last official Diva’s Champion. As much as I like Snoop’s little cousin, Banks might not make it out of Mania as champ and neither will Charlotte.

The next match might actually set the tone for the later part of the card, and has the right parts to steal the show.

AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho

I have to say, with all honesty, this will be the match to beat for the rest of the show. You have two masters of their craft going for another run at each other, with Jericho, who is masterful in the ring, and Styles, who has never missed a beat. In their past encounters, they have had some stellar performances, and dare I say, almost, if not, five star quality matches. I am  definitely looking forward to this match, and, if I had to take a guess at who will win? For me, it’s a toss, both are too good to lose, but, I think the company might have Styles take the victory, because, well, why not? It’s his first Mania, but, definitely not his last.

What comes next is going to be best described as hell…

Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose {No Holds Barred Street Fight}

Okay, we have all seen what happens when Brock Lesnar is given a free pass to do whatever the hell he wants in a match, and we’ve seen that Ambrose is just unpredictable enough to have this be his match, but, what happens when you put to explosive elements in the same match?

Well, an all out war, truthfully. Lesnar is out for blood, and so is Ambrose, and when you have two “psychopaths” in the ring, you know that no one is safe. And while I kind of like Ambrose, my bet is going with Lesnar, he is going to take everything that Ambrose will throw at him, and give back twice as much damage, taking Ambrose on a trip to “Suplex City”.

The next match is one that is highly anticipated, and will be on everyone’s minds for years to come…

Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker {Hell in a Cell Match}

Shane McMahon is going to be in the fight of his life tonight, he will be going head to head with The Undertaker in his home state, and in one of his signature matches, the Hell in a Cell match. Shane O’ Mac has always been known to be a risk taker, putting life and limb on the line to fend off opponents and secure victories for himself and his family. But, he has never had quite the challenge as he is facing tonight, as he will be facing off with the Deadman, who looks to redeem himself, after taking a huge loss to the aforementioned Brock Lesnar a few months back.

If Shane wins, he will gain control of Monday Night Raw. If Taker wins, Shane wins…a beating, and Taker protects his storied legacy in the WWE. Being that it is in Taker’s home state, I would like to believe that he will win, however, with rumours swirling that the infamous brand split will be making a return, I think this one will go to Shane, if for no other reason than to set things in motion for the split.

Which brings us to the final match of the evening, one that will set the tone for the coming WWE year, as we will see…

Triple H (WWE World Heavyweight Champion) vs. Roman Reigns

This has been building since last year, with The Authority trying to first break Reigns, then trying to recruit him, and tonight, it culminates in what is believed to be a final showdown between Triple H and Roman Reigns. Triple H had gotten the one up on Reigns back in January, when he entered the Royal Rumble match, and won the championship.

At FastLane, Reigns outlasted Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar to become the number 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. And tonight, I see history being made. In my opinion, there are only really two possible scenarios that play out here, one being that Triple H retains the title, and keeps Reigns in the hunt, and the other, more surprising scenario, would see Reigns turning heel, and winning the gold. For either to happen, though, I believe the rumoured surprise would probably be a returning John Cena, who would possibly come out to help Reigns, and wind up costing him. That would lead to the first scenario, and a possible heel turn. Another would be Cena coming out to help Reigns, Reigns winning, and then turning on Cena, becoming part of The Authority. Now, it doesn’t necessarily have to be Cena, it could be Seth Rollins who surprises everyone and helps Reigns out, which would really stir the pot, but, I feel like the ‘E might make Reigns a heel, and have him win tonight. That’s my take on it. Whether he turns or not, I do see him leaving as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion tonight in Dallas.

And there you have it, folks, my predictions for “the Showcase of The Immortals”, think I might be right? Think I may be off? Feel free to leave a comment below during, or after the show, and stay tuned, as I will be having a full report on the event afterwards. So, to all of you, I say enjoy WrestleMania, comment, or even tweet me during the show, and I will give my assessment to any who ask for it. Until later tonight, folks, this is Gregory Black saying have a great day!

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