I know, I know. It’s only autumn. Yes, there is still more than six months until the Super Bowl of professional wrestling. But it’s never early enough to talk about the biggest wrestling event in the world, WrestleMania.
Each year, the WWE goes bigger, brighter and more extravagant for their showcase of the immortals. 2016 will be no different, as they head to Arlington, Texas to hold their number one event in Jerry World, better known as AT&T Stadium. The home of the Dallas Cowboys is one of the most modern and grandest stadiums in the world, and Vince McMahon’s goal is to have over 100,000 fans in attendance - something a WrestleMania has never produced.
While the WWE is known for having fans that travel all over the globe to experience WrestleMania, 100,000 is still a lot of people. McMahon and company is going to have to pull out every trick in the book – and then some - to make this event garner that many members of the WWE Universe to attend. Fortunately for the event planners, they have enough past attractions, present talent and future names to pull this off – however, it must be done right.
By having a mix of legendary and current wrestlers, the WWE wont only attract their massive fan base, but also bring back both former fans while also adding mainstream attention to WrestleMania 32 as well.
You want 100,000 fans in Dallas? Look no further than this card, McMahon. The matches featured on this countdown will not so arguably make WrestleMania 32 the biggest event in professional wrestling history.
With that being said, here are my predictions for WrestleMania 32’s card.
10 The New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Usos vs. The Lucha Dragons - TLC Match - Tag Team Championship
9 Cesaro vs. Ziggler vs. Neville vs. Samoa Joe vs. Rusev vs. Ryback - Six Pack Challenge - No. 1 Contender for Unified Championship
8 Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Paige vs. Nikki Bella - WWE Women’s Championship - Fatal Four Way Elimination
Sure, the WWE creative team is currently promoting their Divas Revolution as much as anything else on WWE programming. However, putting women in groups of three and having them compete in various tag team matches doesn’t qualify as a true revolution. Hopefully, with Charlotte just becoming the Divas Champion, there will be more emphasis on wrestling and less on saying Divas Revolution.
Enough with the negative talk; I truly believe that with Charlotte as champion, there will be a spike in the quality of matches put on, as Paige, Banks, Becky Lynch, Naomi and the Bella Twins will of have their shot at the title. By the time WrestleMania 32 comes along, I think (and hope) that women’s wrestling on WWE television will be more of a reflection of the NXT women’s division, which would be a massive upgrade.
7 Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Although Owens and Zayn were only introduced to the WWE Universe in recent months, the two massive independent stars have been wrestling each other for over 10 years. While they showcased their talents in front of different crowds around the world, it was NXT where the WWE audience was going to witness their amazing chemistry with one another. While their first encounter was made as a statement after Owens debut - as he destroyed Zayn to capture the NXT Championship - Zayn’s shoulder injury ended the hopes for a classic match that the two were known for in Full Sail University.
6 Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor - Falls Count Anywhere
If The Undertaker and Sting were the original dark and mysterious characters, Wyatt and Balor have all the makings to be their modern day counterparts. Sure, the four wrestlers really don’t have too much in common; however, like the The Undertaker and Sting, Wyatt and Balor both display dark and demonic ways, which would make for an intriguing matchup. Both men are unique; Wyatt is a strong, overpowering wrestler while Balor relies on kicks and high flying acrobatics to take on his adversaries.
5 Randy Orton vs. Batista
While I’m sure many fans would love to see Orton a part of a storyline with a wrestler on the current WWE roster, I think both he and Batista would love the idea of facing off against one another at WrestleMania 32. Both superstars have had very similar careers; they both represented the future in the stable Evolution, while also being multiple time World Champions and sure-fire future WWE Hall of Famers.
4 The Undertaker vs. Sting - Double Retirement Match
With all due respect to the Undertaker/Bray Wyatt and Sting/Triple H matches at WrestleMania 31, the contest that should have taken place was the highly anticipated Undertaker/Sting showdown. However, while we can’t venture back into the past, that could have been a blessing in disguise; with the WWE trying to make this a massive event, they could finally have the match that the fans have wanted to see ever since WCW folded in 2001.
The Undertaker and Sting have had parallel careers; both displayed dark and mysterious characters, while being true loyalists of their respective promotions during the Monday Night Wars. Although both men are past their prime, it will still be a spectacle.
3 U.S. Champion John Cena (w/ Bret Hart) vs. IC Champion Daniel Bryan (w/ Shawn Michaels) - Title Unification Match
When Cena and Bryan won the United States and Intercontinental championships at WrestleMania 31, two things were apparent; the WWE wanted to bring prestige and honor back to their secondary titles, and both men were headed for a unification match, most likely at the 2015 SummerSlam event. Unfortunately, with Bryan back on the shelf with neck and concussions issues, those plans weren't possible, as he’s been out of action since May.
2 Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock w/ Stone Cold Steve Austin as Special Guest Referee
Earlier in 2015, it appeared that though Lesnar and The Rock were headed in separate directions, if they were going to be on the card at all. While Lesnar's advocate Paul Heyman got everyone talking when he and Austin went back and forth on Austin’s podcast, Stone Cold has already denied a return to the ring, nixing those ideas. And for The Rock, the seeds were planted at last year’s WrestleMania for a possible mixed tag team match with The Rock and Ronda Rousey facing Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
1 Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose - WWE World Heavyweight Championship
During the beginning of 2015, both Rollins and Reigns were viewed as two top stars that would be vying for the title over the next decade. As the year transitioned into the summer, third Shield member Ambrose began getting the spotlight as a main event player as well. And although both Reigns and Ambrose are entrenched in a feud lower on the card, the three men have yet to have their blow off match since their super group disbanded. With the innate chemistry shown while teaming together, while also displaying different yet quality talent as single’s stars, there’s no doubt that a match like this would exceed expectations. The WWE creative team will have to come up with a unique way to bring this match about, but just the idea of Rollins defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Reigns and Ambrose makes it feel like there should be no other main event to close out the show.
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