WrestleMania 32 Match Ratings and Review

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    Apparently, there was some issues with tickets outside of the arena with fans chanting to let them in. I guess WWE is trying to hold off the crowd from giving the show hell. Well, we got a lot of matches on tap, and I didn’t care for the ones on the pre-show. So, let’s just get to the main thing.

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    Zack Ryder def. Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Sin Cara, Stardust, Dolph Ziggler and The Miz – Daniel Bryan Memorial Intercontinental Title Ladder Match

    I looked on my calendar, and April Fool’s was on Friday. But, in all seriousness, wow. That is what you call an upset, and I am pleasantly surprised. Ask anyone who was predicting who would win this match coming into tonight, and the answers were either Kevin Owens retaining or Sami Zayn winning, and for a while it looked like that way, but lo and behold, the scavenger picked up the scraps and won the darn thing at WrestleMania. You know, Ryder has been jobbing for approximately half a decade or so by my count, and we all thought that he was done. Finished. Not even his beard could save him, but this was a pleasant surprise to see. Definitely, he’s paid his dues if anyone has. As for the actual match, as I figured this would be the one to start it after this match began last year’s match, this ladder match, I found was a bit better than last year. The high spots was well executed, the use of the ladder was prominent throughout the match, and WWE showed us that this was a battle of attrition. I loved the action, all men played their parts well, and how about Stardust’s special ladder? Couldn’t really have asked to a better start to the show with a legit upset. Knowing how WWE has booked Ryder, he’ll probably drop the title tomorrow, but Ryder getting his WrestleMania moment, something we never thought we’d see, happened, and it was in a great spotfest. ****1/4

    Chris Jericho def. AJ Styles

    So apparently tonight is a night of upsets. Can’t help but notice that the order of the matches at WrestleMania this year are similar to the ones of that last year. Last year we started with the IC ladder match and then the match that I called the match of the night if it gets time in Rollins and Orton, and this year in like manner, we have Jericho and Styles. The match started off slow, but once they got to the high spots, the match did pick up in a big way, though I couldn’t help but notice that both men looked gassed through big portions of the match. Now, you know what? I should have picked Jericho winning, because Styles has already defeated him twice, and him winning 3 times out of 4 and AJ did cost Chris Jericho his match against Zack Ryder last week, so AJ has gotten the upper hand. But AJ should have gone over here, but WWE put themselves in this position because Styles and Jericho faced off more times than they should have building up to a WrestleMania match. At most, they should have just faced each other two times, and have this as the rubber match, but instead, these two end up tied when AJ should have really won his in his WrestleMania debut. Now, I love Chris Jericho, even at 46 years old, so I don’t mind this victory for him, because the untold story of this match was that Jericho hasn’t won at WrestleMania since 2010. So I guess this was the lifetime achievement award for him. Anyways, the match was very good, but it wasn’t the show stealer that I wanted it to be, mainly because there was too many dead spots in between and the crowd look disinterested for great periods of time. Now please, let AJ move on to someone else. ***1/2


    The League of Nations (Sheamus, Rusev, Alberto Del Rio w/King Barrett) def. The New Day (Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston)

    Black Super Sayians. I kept telling people it could be done. Might as well call them Vegeta, Nappa and Raditz. Man, I am so glad i didn’t bet money on this show. I’d be dirt broke. This match just didn’t get me involved or the crowd. Now, apparently this was a 3 on 3 match made at the last minute, but Barrett factored into the finish, so the fact that it was changed to a 3 on 3 was pointless. There wasn’t really anything memorable about this, and it’s a shame because this match was only used to build up to Foley, Austin and HBK (who looks surprisingly well) coming. I think New Day deserved a bit better. I know why they brought them out, but still, it kind of makes them look unimportant. The match wasn’t really that good, though. Too bad. **

    Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman def. Dean Ambrose – No Holds Barred Street Fight

    Hey, they didn’t screw up the timing of Lesnar’s pyro this time. So, let’s make that 0 for 4 for me. You know, I had high expectations for this match, but at the end of the day, this ended up being no more than a glorified squash when we look at it. Let’s look at the facts. Lesnar suplexed Ambrose 13 times, and had most of his way throughout the match. Dean had his moments, but it didn’t seem to affect him that much. Dean couldn’t kick out of one finisher. I had Dean winning here, simply because he needed a victory in the worst way, and Lesnar at WrestleMania would provide the perfect victory that he would need as a top babyface. Even if The Wyatt Family came out to interfere, it still would have Dean a lot of good without having Lesnar losing his allure. Calling this a street fight is a highly questionable thing. They only used chairs and kendo sticks, and it was kind of disjointed. AJ Styles and Chris Jericho, I believe, had a longer match, and that should not have been the case. There also wan’t a lot of near falls as well. This match loses major points for cutting this match very short. A great disappointment, a bad outcome and reprehensible booking. VERY underwhelming. Lesnar has handled Ambrose for the most part. At this rate, we’re going to need a heel turn from Dean Ambrose tomorrow to salvage his career. He looked like he didn’t pose much of a threat to Lesnar, and while he had his moments, it was basically no contest for Lesnar. This match was also far too short to make it feel like an actual street fight. I don’t get some of the people who believe this match was GREAT. It was below average. Actually, based on everything, it was bad. No love from this match for me for a basic extended squash. **

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