WrestleMania 32 Predicted Card (Update)

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H (c) v. Roman Reigns (Official)

22-February: There’s no way this match can close the show, so it won’t be the true main event unless a major swerve happens akin to Austin joining Vince at WrestleMania 17. Even then, Reigns isn’t over like Austin was (and no one ever will be). Reigns turning heel to defeat Triple H is about the only thing you can do because the WrestleMania audience will treat Triple H as the babyface since he gives the smarks NXT and is applauded for it (rightfully so).

That said, however unappealing, the match makes sense. Reigns ‘hospitalized’ Triple H with a beating after a PPV last year. Then Triple H, practically heroically, returned at the Royal Rumble to take the title. Authority angle aside, Triple H is the babyface in this scenario. It’s just not a match I’m interested in seeing. I feel like an underdog like Ambrose would have been better suited since he is generally popular and would be a huge crowd favorite in the match.

23-February: Last night at Raw in Detroit, Hunter was the clear babyface to the majority of the vocal audience. Not helping was the fact that Triple H showed up looking like a legit bad ass. Then Reigns attacked him first. After Reigns squirted blood all over himself, Triple H gave him a pedigree on the stairs. As Michael Cole lamented the ‘sickening scene’, the crowd chanted One More Time. WWE has a lot of work to do.

Brock Lesnar v. Dean Ambrose in a Street Fight (Official)

22-February: It was rumored that the Bray Wyatt had been scrapped as Brock’s opponent in favor of Dean Ambrose. I can’t say I understand the choice. At least with Wyatt, Brock would be essentially fighting 4 guys. Hell, I’d have had Lesnar (via Heyman) challenge them to a 4-on-1 handicapped No-DQ match. He’s a monster babyface by default since he’s reached that legend / attraction status. That does Ambrose no favors. The idea of a total underdog taking on Lesnar is appealing, but Ambrose hasn’t been booked to be credible in that respect. Ambrose hasn’t displayed the ability to get really beat up and then kick out. 6 weeks isn’t enough time to make that happen. I’m skeptical of this match, but we’ll see. Who else is there for Lesnar?

23-February: This match is now official after the pre-show beat down by Lesnar and subsequent challenge by Ambrose. The Street Fight makes sense. It’s the only way Ambrose has a believable shot. Even with such rules, I still don’t buy into it. Lesnar and CM Punk pulled it off a few years ago, but Punk is in a different league than Ambrose in every aspect. Ambrose was a bit too theatrical selling his injuries when he jumped out of the ambulance. He could have and should have limped to the ring with a purpose and traded blows before getting his ass kicked. Ambrose is one of the most over baby faces on the roster right now, for better or worse. I’ll reiterate that people pay to see Brock beat people up. Once again, this was echoed by the crowd chanting for one more F5 on a decimated Ambrose.

 

 

Undertaker v. Kurt Angle Shane McMahon in Hell in a Cell (Official)

22-February: The rumor is that Undertaker’s opponent was someone not on the active roster currently. This is my guess and I assume Angle will not sign a contract and only work this one match because no way he passes WWE’s medical.

23-February: Well, I never saw that coming. 46-year-old Shane McMahon who hasn’t worked a match in 6 years is going up against Undertaker in Hell in a Cell. Shocking? Yeah. Logical? No. How about Vince dropping the F-Bomb on live TV? I’m skeptical that this match happens because it’s not logical in any way. Shane is supposed to be the baby face and he’s going against Undertaker who, like Lesnar, is going to be soundly cheered. For Shane to remotely stand a chance, the deck will have to be stacked AGAINST the Undertaker. The same guy who is 21-1 at ‘Mania and survived essentially a 2 on 1 Hell in a Cell against HBK and Triple H. Plus, I don’t want to see the now much older and father, Shane McMahon, take a crazy 20 foot bump. This has to lead to Shane McMahon finding a surrogate to wrestle this match. John Cena as the back-up plan? If he’s able to return, he takes Shane’s place somehow? If not, Shane goes through with it?

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens (c) v. Sami Zayn

22-February: This is a no-brainer to me. These two have so much pre-WWE history. Owens shows up and beats Zayn by TKO to take his NXT belt. Then tries to end his career in the rematch. Zayn’s been waiting over a year to get his revenge. My God, this writes itself. The smark crowds at Mania and Raw will eat it up. My only worry is that Zayn is likely getting beat by Nakamura at NXT Dallas.

23-February: Hard to believe, but Kevin Owens wasn’t featured on RAW at all.

WWE United States Championship: Kalisto (c) v. AJ Styles

22-February: AJ Styles needs a semi-high profile match. I think this would be a solid opener to get the audience going. Styles goes over, of course.

23-February: WWE didn’t allude to AJ Styles’ opponent at all, but it increasingly looks like there may be another match against Jericho. I was just waiting on Jericho to turn on him last night. It would be a great match, but I just don’t see the point if that’s the case.

WWE Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Charlotte (c) v. Sasha Banks v. Becky Lynch

22-February: This is another match that needs no explanation. I’m torn between the Triple Threat or just a Charlotte v Sasha match. Becky deserves to be in it, though. This could be really, really amazing.

23-February: It looks like Sasha and Becky will wrestle to see who faces Charlotte at WrestleMania. Since Charlotte can book matches now. There’s a chance there is controversy that leads to the Triple Threat, but Becky is trending the way of being the odd one out.

WWE Tag Team Championship TLC Match: New Day (c) v. Usos v. Dudleys v. Golden Truth

22-February: I just threw this match out here because these guys need something to do.

23-February: I’m thinking this match ends up on the pre-show as a potential Fatal Fourway that also includes the silly team of R-Truth and Goldust.

Stardust v. Stephen Amell

23-February: I guess this has to happen for the 10-12 people who care about it.

Andre the Giant Battle Royal

22-February: This is for the other guys not being used. No way Bray Wyatt gets a high profile match after his boys lost to the team of Ryback, Kane, and Big Show. Social Outcasts can be in here. The League of Nations guys. Ziggler can be in it. There’s no doubt Braun Strowman goes over in what has gone from a star building exciting match in year 1 to a dull mess by year 3.

23-February: No mention of this on RAW, but you know it’s coming. Ryback has to be a favorite now after the worst heel turn in wrestling history last night. No, he’s thinking about himself, so after participating in a 15 minute snooze fest, he walks out on his team while they’re winning. All of that to literally no crowd reaction. This followed the most silent baby face hot tag in wrestling history when Kane got the tag from Big Show.

John Cena returns

23-February: I’m sticking to my above prediction that if he’s healthy, he takes Shane McMahon’s place in Hell in a Cell against Undertaker.

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