We are well and truly on the Road To Wrestlemania aka. my favourite time of the year, and I am very excited this year. I think this is largely down to the unpredictability of it. WWE is currently plagued by a pile of injures to its top stars. This has made Wrestlemania incredibly difficult to predict. But, i’m going to give it a go anyway!
Before I begin, I should mention that I like realism. Meaning that I’m going to book a Wrestlemania that I think may be within the realm of possibility. No CM Punk return, no Daniel Bryan return. This also means I’m ruling out all those who are currently injured, including: John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Sting, Cesaro, Nikki Bella, King Barrett etc. On a side note, I would just like to say these injuries wouldn’t be hitting WWE so hard if they had just focused harder on creating new stars, therefore the Wrestlemania you are about to see has quite a theme of ‘The Future’. As you can probably guess from that theme, this event is all about creating new stars, so WWE doesn’t royally screw itself over like it has this year.
My card has 10 matches on it. This is rather unlikely because WWE like to waste absolutely everyone’s time with pointless segments and musical performances that literally nobody wants to see.
Let’s begin with the Pre-Show:
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal:
This appears to have become an annual thing, so it was always a cert to be on the list. There’s a few options that came to my head when deciding this, but ultimately my choice is likely to be an unpopular one. Yep, I would have Braun Strowman win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Please, everyone- put down your pitchforks and hear me out!
I would begin the match by having the Wyatt Family (minus Bray) dominating, eliminating about ten participants, probably including the likes of Jack Swagger, The Ascension, Fandango, Zack Ryder, all of the Social Outcasts and the Big Show. Then I would have Texas homeboy Mark Henry go on a rampage, eliminating Harper and Rowan to a huge pop in front of a hometown crowd. Meanwhile, one of the more surprising entrants into this match would be Damien Sandow (trust me, the fans will love this) would be doing great, eliminating the Miz to another pop.
The final four would be Strowman, Damien Sandow, Mark Henry, and Dolph Ziggler because why not? The fans seem to like him.
Strowman would have a rush of adrenaline and destroy Ziggler and Sandow, throwing them both over the top rope but only eliminating Ziggler. Sandow manages to hold on and stay in the match. While Sandow is recovering in the corner, Henry and Strowman stand off and start brawling. Henry would get the upper hand and hit Strowman with the World’s Strongest Slam, he would then try and hit him with another one but Strowman would counter and lock Henry into his sleeper hold, knocking Henry unconscious. This makes it easy for Strowman to throw Henry’s lifeless body over the top rope, creating loud boos.
Final two: Sandow and Strowman. Fans will be chanting heavily in favour of Sandow, riling him up. He would try repeatedly to knock Strowman down with a series of shoulder tackles but the big man won’t budge. Eventually, Sandow knocks Strowman off his feet and hits him with the Cubito Aequet. He then uses all of his strength to pick up the Black Sheep’s huge body, and he tries to throw Strowman over the top rope but can’t. Strowman is leaning against the ropes. Sandow hits the ropes and launch a powerful clothesline to try and force Strowman over the ropes, but it doesn’t work either. He then attempts to do it a second time, but Strowman uses Sandow’s momentum to flip him over his body and send him flying over the top rope to a chorus of boos.
Winner: Braun Strowman
This gives Strowman massive heel heat and gives the Wyatt Family momentum heading into the Bray Wyatt vs Brock Lesnar match later in the evening. This outcome also puts Damien Sandow firmly back on fan’s radars and makes him seem like a great underdog babyface who the fans love.
Ms Wrestlemania Battle Royal:
This match may not be some fan’s cup of tea but I think could be a fun way to get more Divas onto the card, an especially important thing considering this year’s Divas Revolution. Not to mention, I think I’ve booked it in a way which even casual WWE fans may enjoy.
The competitors will be: Paige, Natalya, Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, Summer Rae, Naomi, Tamina, Cameron and…Stephanie McMahon.
The Divas will assemble in the ring, none of them would’ve been given a proper entrance except maybe Paige and Brie because they’re the only ones who may get a reaction from the live crowd. Just as the referee is about to ring the bell for the match to begin- Steph’s music hits. Crowd pops. She stands on the stage, saying how important she is and how she’s in a good mood because her husband is WWE WHC and main-eventing Wrestlemania. She’s in such a good mood that she feels like she could beat anyone. She owns this company, so she’s going to prove that she is ‘Ms Wrestlemania’. Steph joins the match.
Most of the Divas are eliminated. Steph and Brie are the last two in the ring. The announcers big-up how important this is. Brie could finally get retribution for the Hell Stephanie put her and her husband Daniel Bryan through. The fans will be rooting for Brie, as she is currently riding a sympathetic wave of momentum following Daniel Bryan’s unfortunate retirement. After a bit of back and forth (including some YES! Kicks to Stephanie’s chest), Brie manages to throw Steph over the top rope and become ‘Ms Wrestlemania’.
Winner: Brie Bella
I think this would be a great moment, dedicated to Daniel Bryan. He had a Wrestlemania moment, and so did Brie. We’d be heading into the main show to a symphony of YES chants which would be great to warm up the crowd.
Now, for the main show.
Ladder Match for the United States Championship:
Kalisto (c) vs Sin Cara vs Neville vs Alberto Del Rio vs Sheamus vs Rusev
This bout largely functions to excite the crowd and kick off the show in style, much like the Intercontinental Championship ladder match from Wrestlemania 31. This match is also for the superstars who I couldn’t find a place for elsewhere on the card but deserve better than just being thrown in the Battle Royal.
Much of the match will feel a bit like a six-man tag ladder match with the League of Nations working as a group against the Lucha Dragons and Neville, however at the end it will become every man for himself.
Spots I Want To See: Red Arrow from the top of the ladder, Del Rio doing his double foot stomp onto someone tied up on the ladder, Kalisto to do a Salida Del Sol through two ladders (one-upping his work from TLC).
I would also like this match to serve as the implosion of the League of Nations. If they were booked strongly from the start they could’ve been great, but now they just look too weak and need to go their separate ways.
I would have Kalisto walk away as the victor and still United States Champion. He’s been doing a great job recently and WWE needs to keep his momentum going, especially if they want him to be their next big Latino star.
Stardust vs Stephen Amell
I’d say there’s a pretty big chance this’ll be on the card, it’s been teased too much for it to not happen. These two previously met at SummerSlam in a tag match with Neville and King Barrett and it was pretty interesting.
Amell is by far the best celebrity WWE have brought in for a match. He was willing and eager to get involved and fight, and actually looked decent in the ring. That being said, he is definitely not good enough to carry a particularly lengthy match. In order for this to be a success, the match has to be quite short.
I would have the match be pretty one sided in Amell’s favour, stunning Stardust with his wrestling ability. He would then pick up the victory, embarrassing Stardust on the grandest stage of them all.
Winner: Stephen Amell
Of course, the main reason why WWE/ I would be booking this match is for the mainstream media attention it will garner. Amell is a pretty well known guy and stars in a show with a very loyal fanbase, who will watch him in anything.
This embarrassment will send Stardust mad and he’ll have a breakdown and go crazy after the match. Amell will show he’s the hero by bringing Stardust to his feet and shaking his hand. He will then give Stardust a towel to wipe the face paint off. Cody Rhodes returns. Amell and Stardust walk back up the ramp together and it is a nice moment and the welcome return of Cody Rhodes.
Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship:
Kevin Owens (c) vs AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho
Kevin Owens walks into Wrestlemania as IC Champion for reasons that will be explained in Part 2. AJ Styles will have earned the right to challenge Kevin Owens for the title at Wrestlemania after beating Chris Jericho at Fastlane. The match is set, much to the dismay of Y2J. He is now full blown heel and pleads to the Authority to weasel his way into the match at WM, making it a Triple Threat Match. The Authority allow Jericho into the match as they are too distracted with the main event to pay much attention to Jericho. Basically they just say yes to shut Jericho up.
As expected, this could be a show-stealing match, with three of the best wrestlers in the world (in my opinion). I’d give this match a solid 20-25 minutes, allowing plenty of time for these talents to thrive. After, a brilliant, hard-fought match, I would have AJ Styles win the title.
Winner: AJ Styles
This makes AJ look like a massive star by beating two of the top talents at Wrestlemania. KO and Y2J would also come out looking strong, as it would be a terrific, close match, with The Phenomenal One only just coming out on top.
Y2J would then leave WWE again for a while to tour with his band, leaving AJ and Kevin Owens to have a fantastic feud for a few months.
This concludes Part 1 of How I Would Book Wrestlemania 32. Part 2 shall be up shortly.
Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below!