WrestleMania 32 was billed as the biggest WrestleMania in history with WWE hoping to break the attendance record for the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
The build up to the event failed to impress and the fact that WWE were missing key superstars like Seth Rollins, John Cena and Randy Orton meant that many of the WWE audience didn’t expect much from the event itself and many fans even decided to boycott the event all together.
WWE didn’t help themselves by allowing Shinsuke Nakamra and Austin Aries to debut at NXT Takeover Dallas two days before, which essentially raised the bar for the weekend and WrestleMania seemingly failed to live up to the hype that they had created for themselves.
WrestleMania is the biggest event of the WWE calendar, as it is the place where WWE’s year leads up to and then the Raw After WrestleMania begins the road to SummerSlam. However, the Road to WrestleMania this year felt like it was thrown together week by week with many matches left to the last week to be announced with very little build up.
It is unclear as to whether or not WWE regard WrestleMania 32 as a success or not, but many of the WWE Universe definitely do not. There are many reasons for fans to have felt like the show was a failure but the following is a list of 15 of the main things that the WWE Universe want to forget about the show of all shows.
15 Becky Lynch’s Injury
WWE made one of the best gestures in the history of the Women’s Division at WrestleMania 32 when they unveiled the WWE Women’s Championship and retired the old Divas Championship and the term 'Diva'. Becky Lynch proved that she definitely was not a diva when she walked away with a nasty bruise on the side of her face.
Becky had to have seven stitches in her face after her match with Charlotte and Sasha Banks, in which she came up short in her quest for the new Women’s Championship, but at least she did manage to have her WrestleMania moment.
14 No Tag Team Title Match
For the first time since WrestleMania XXVII, the Tag Team Titles were not on the line at WrestleMania because WWE wanted to job The New Day out to The League of Nations, so they could then job The League of Nations out to Steve Austin, Mick Foley and Shawn Michaels.
This was pretty bad booking from WWE’s creative team and it could have harmed New Day going forward in to their next feud, but the fact that The League of Nations were completely dominated by WWE Legends has harmed their credibility a lot more than New Day's.
13 7 Hours Long
For the first time in WWE history, WrestleMania was seven hours long after WWE decided to add an hour fall out show to the already six hour extravaganza.
A two hour pre-show seemed to be pushing it, but the expectation that fans would be happy to stay up another hour to watch Renee Young dissect what had already been watched was a little too far. WrestleMania has always been around four hours long up until WWE introduced The Network, this opened up the option of pre-shows and fall-out show, but seven hours for one show is definitely too much.
12 Roman Reigns Entrance
WWE has prided itself on its WrestleMania entrances. This year, Triple H went all out and even included his wife Stephanie in his entrance. The WWE Universe has seen John Cena make his entrance in a car, Rusev make his in a tank and The Undertaker emerge from smoke, but it seems Roman Reigns wasn’t given the memo.
Last year, he was surrounded by fireworks, which added a great effect, but it seems WWE tried the same thing in a stadium with a roof this year and it just didn’t work out. It left fans feeling like it was a lackluster entrance, especially for the main event of WrestleMania.
11 Shaquille O’Neal
The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal has become WWE’s annual WrestleMania match as a way to pay homage to the greatest giant of all time, but for the first time ever, this year’s version was pushed towards the end of the main card, which left many fans anticipating a big return.
Instead the surprise entrant was Shaquille O’Neal and he was then quickly disposed of by a team of WWE Stars. It seemed WWE wanted to add some star power to their show and Shaq was an easy choice, but his inclusion is easily forgettable especially since WWE decided on NXT export Baron Corbin as their winner.
10 The Usos’ vs The Dudley Boyz
This one is not just a forgettable WrestleMania match, it’s a forgettable feud all together. As of yet, WWE have failed to tell the WWE Universe what the problem between these two teams is. The Dudley Boyz have taken away the tables and had plenty of matches with The Usos over the past few weeks that many fans have lost interest.
Once again, these two teams fought it out in a tables match on Monday Night Raw, a match that ended when the timekeeper rang the bell prematurely and Bubba Ray freaked out at both him and Lilian Garcia.
9 Lana’s Wrestling Debut
This has been building for months, as between her feud with Summer Rae and now with Brie Bella, Lana has been teasing her debut for the company for almost a year and finally she was put in the ring in a match that was overshadowed by Brie Bella’s retirement.
Brie Bella forced Naomi to tap for the win for the Total Divas tea, before her sister Nikki headed to the ring and the team all celebrated with Brie held aloft. It was the worst decision for WWE to allow Lana to be overshadowed, because it took away from the overall effect. At least her outfit is something fans will remember for a very long time.
8 Shane McMahon’s Loss
The most anticipated match of WrestleMania was Shane McMahon vs The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell, with not just The Company on the line, but also The Undertaker’s WrestleMania career.
The only issue with this is the fact that Shane McMahon lost and now the entire storyline is up in the air. Shane wasn’t able to take creative control of Monday Night Raw, which means that all of his promises for the company and the changes he was set to make were all made in vain, which was a bad idea from WWE because many of the WWE Universe were excited to see Shane to make these changes.
7 Zack Ryder’s Title Reign
The seven man Intercontinental Championship ladder match was the opener to WrestleMania 32 and whilethe match itself was a memorable one, the winner probably won’t be.
Heading into the event, most of the build up was surrounding Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, with many fans hoping that one of the former NXT Champions would walk out with the title around their waist and prolong their feud, but instead it was Zack Ryder, who lost the title 24 hours later, as he was defeated by The Miz the following night on Monday Night Raw.
6 AJ Styles Losing
One of the matches of the night saw AJ Styles take on Chris Jericho for the fourth time in recent weeks. after Styles had won their rubber match. The duo had then gone on to tag together before Jericho turned on Styles and the match was set up.
The main issue here was the fact that Jericho actually defeated Styles clean, whichhalted the former TNA superstars momentum. In a strange turn (that we were happy to see), Styles actually pinned Jericho in order to become the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the Raw after Raw. WWE’s 50/50 booking is getting out of hand.
5 The Rock and John Cena
John Cena had been teasing the fact that he was set to be at WrestleMania for weeks and this lead to rumours that he was set to return in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal or to help Shane defeat The Undertaker. Instead, he came out to save The Rock.
The same man that he had two brutal matches against at both WrestleMania XXVIII and the following year at WrestleMania 29. Both men have admitted that they have no love lost for each other (though they quickly changed their turn this week), so why would John Cena come out to save The Rock? It seems that this would have been a perfect heel turn opportunity.
4 No build up
Many matches for this year’s event were not announced until the final week and lacked a lot of build up. Total Divas v Bad and Blonde made no sense and was literally thrown together on the Go Home episode of Raw.
AJ vs Chris Jericho also wasn’t added to the card until the very last minute, while matches that fans were not one hundred percent behind like Roman Reigns vs Triple H were announced months before. Shane McMahon vs The Undertaker was announced early, but this match was allegedly supposed to have been John Cena vs The Undertaker. but Shane was a last resort.
3 Fake Figures
WrestleMania 32 will be remembered as the biggest WrestleMania of all time and this is mostly due to the fact that WWE apparently broke the attendance record for the AT&T Stadium with 101,763 packed into the Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
The only problem with this is the fact that WWE actually allegedly inflated this figure because their actual attendance figure was closer to 94,000 people, While WWE did break the record for a WrestleMania attendance, they didn’t manage to hit their target of over 100,000 fans in attendance, but they did break the record for the most streamed live event of all time.
2 Sasha Overlooked
Lita appeared at WrestleMania and unveiled the new WWE Women’s Championship ahead of what was one of the greatest female matches in the history of WrestleMania. The worst parts of this match were the finish and the eventual winner.
Many fans thought that the new title was WWE’s way of handing the Championship over to Sasha Banks and even allowed her cousin Snoop Dogg to rap her to the ring. Sadly, once againm Sasha came up short and the title remained around the waist of Charlotte. The worst part was the finish, as once again Ric Flair was the difference on the night.
1 Three Time Champion
Not only did WWE have to mute their audience throughout the main event because they were booing the Roman Reigns vs Triple H match almost from the outset, but WWE even sacrificed Stephanie McMahon in order to gain a cheap cheer for their new champion. Unfortunately for them,. neither of these ideas worked since fans still continued after the bell.
Add this to the fact that Roman Reigns is now a three time WWE World Heavyweight Champion inside just six months and it gives the impression that the biggest title in WWE has managed to lose a lot of prestige over the last few months.
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