Just a warning, this obviously contains spoilers for Wrestlemania 32, not that it matters because the WWE Twitter account was spoiling the results before it even hit the Network.
Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match
Overall a pretty good match. There were several spots that made me get closer to the TV. The story told in the ring really sold Kevin Owens as a tough guy and set up Zack Ryder as a pretty solid underdog. I hope they don’t make quick work of Ryder in the coming weeks and give him the time to mature as a character. Is it only me that sees Macho Man Randy Savage when looking at Ryder tonight?
Winner: Zack Ryder (New Champion)
Chris Jericho vs. A.J. Styles
I just wanted this match to be over. It’s tough because I know and have witnessed much better from both competitors before. I think their matches on RAW and Smackdown flowed better. I get that the idea of the match was to show how similar their styles are but it was just so stiff. The set ups for several spots were blatantly obvious and horribly telegraphed.
Winner: Chris Jericho
The New Day vs. The League of Nations
Another fine match by The New Day with a forgettable performance from everyone in The League of Nations. Say what you want about The New Day but you can’t deny that there aren’t many tag teams right now that can hold viewers attention like them, definitely none on the WWE main roster.
After the match was over we were treated to HBK, Mick Foley and Steve Austin coming to the ring and beating down League of Nations which is the most memorable thing League of Nations did all night.
Winner: The League of Nations
Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose No Holds Barred Street Fight
At some point you’d think that watching this version of Brock Lesnar would get boring. So far that hasn’t happened. Maybe that’s because Dean Ambrose is so damn good at being Dean Ambrose. You could smell the sadistic from bell to bell.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Women’s Championship Match
The first 120 seconds of the match had more excitement and innovation than the whole of the Jericho/Styles match. Definitely a great match to kick off the era of the Women’s Championship. Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Sasha Banks sold this better than the matches so far. Good pacing, invested competitors and great swings.
I know a lot of people out there are saying it’s only because they are finally having women wrestle that it seems so good, but that’s not close to the truth. Especially evident in this match, the Women’s Division is just a better product right now. Period.
Winner: Charlotte (still Champion)
Shane McMahon vs. Undertaker Hell in a Cell
Hats off to Shane McMahon. Though it got off to a slow start, it was Shane O Mac that carried the match. If you doubt this, look at the replays and you will see even Undertaker agrees with me.
Now the whole concept of this match seems lose-lose to me. Taker loses and he doesn’t get to be in Wrestlemania ever again, effectively retiring him. Shane loses and he goes bye bye. It doesn’t seem to be a good retirement match for Taker so him losing seems unlikely. Then again, he’s old and if they have Shane lose then they close off the whole brand split storyline. I don’t understand why they came up with this at all really, unless it’s some personal thing to make Shane happy.
Winner: The Undertaker
Andre “The Giant” Memorial Battle Royal
It’s a shame how this seems to be turning into a lame showcase of the nobodies. It’s as if each year it gets progressively worse. Shaq, Tatanka and DDP? They get a better role than Damien Sandow? Shoving guys that can actually draw long term money aside for cheap pops and forgettable appearances. A disgrace to the legacy of Andre.
Winner: Baron Corbin
The Rock vs. Eric Rowan
6 second filler.
Winner: The Rock
World Heavyweight Championship Match
For being the main event, it moved along at a snails pace. Having this match after The Rock and Cena came out is certainly not a smart decision, it only emphasized the lack of energy here. The highest spot was when Stephanie took a spear. Multiple finishers and scripted close calls didn’t generate as much excitement.
I feel bad for Reigns. It feels like he hasn’t been able to really get into a rhythm developing his own character because he keeps getting pulled into these ridiculously overplayed Authority storylines. The closest he has come to a great character was when he went toe to toe with Lesnar.
Winner: Roman Reigns (New Champion)
The Quick And Dirty Verdict
The highlight of this years Wrestlemania was definitely the Women’s Championship match followed by the Intercontinental Ladder Match. Worst of show has to go to Jericho/Styles, I mean at least the Battle Royal had laugh appeal. I’m glad I have WWE Network because I probably would have been pissed if I spent for Pay Per View.