WWE WrestleMania 32: Odds, Match Card, Best Moments from Buildup to PPV Event

Graham GSM Matthews@@WrestleRantFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2016

WWE WrestleMania 32: Odds, Match Card, Best Moments from Buildup to PPV Event

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    Roman Reigns takes flight on the latest episode of WWE Raw.
    Roman Reigns takes flight on the latest episode of WWE Raw.Credit: WWE.com

    WWE WrestleMania 32 has plenty of potential to be phenomenal, but the lackluster build to Sunday's blockbuster event has left fans hesitant to get their hopes up for something special.

    It has been a turbulent Road to WrestleMania, to say the least, hence why the excitement level among fans for The Show of Shows is relatively low. At the same time, it has also featured plenty of memorable moments that have set the stage for several matchups on the card.

    Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker has been the focal point of WWE TV since February, but WWE has done a decent job of hyping other marquee matches at 'Mania as well. The endless amount of possibilities in Triple H vs. Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose have fans buzzing, and the undercard should produce a few gems. 

    If recent installments have been any indication, the weeks preceding WrestleMania are almost irrelevant. There was the feeling that WrestleManias 30 and 31 would fail miserably due to a lack of proper buildup, yet they ultimately exceeded all expectations.

    Nevertheless, mere days ahead of WWE's biggest show of the year, it's important to look back at the highlights The Road to WrestleMania has had to offer in the last month or so and what they might mean for Sunday night in Arlington, Texas.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

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    Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
    Andre the Giant Memorial Battle RoyalCredit: WWE.com

    Betting Odds: Braun Strowman (3-2), Bray Wyatt (5-1), Mark Henry (6-1)

    It's truly telling that the two odds-on favorites to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal aren't even officially announced for the match as of this writing. The rest of the participants mostly consist of enhancement talent that have little to no chance of coming out on top.

    WWE had a prime opportunity to make the Battle Royal mean something when it was instituted two years ago, but it has already been devalued with two winners who hardly benefited from the victory. Cesaro was soon pushed down the card following WrestleMania 30, and Big Show was virtually a waste of a winner last year.

    Thus it should come as no surprise that fans aren't as excited for this year's installment, which wasn't confirmed for the card until just two weeks ago. All but four spots have been filled, and there's a decent chance they could go to the three active Wyatt Family members without a match on the show.

    Strowman leads the pack as the fans' choice to win, which shouldn't come as a major surprise given how WWE has positioned him of late. He has seemingly been line for a major push for some time now, and a win in the Battle Royal would be the first step in that direction.

    Wyatt is a solid second choice, but Henry is undoubtedly most deserving of the honor. Although he was left lying on Monday night by Big Show and Kane, a win on the grand stage would be a fitting way to close out his career.

Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch (Divas Championship)

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    Divas Champion Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch
    Divas Champion Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky LynchCredit: WWE.com

    Betting Odds: Sasha Banks (1-3), Charlotte (7-5), Becky Lynch (5-1)

    Few matches have been better built than the Divas Championship Triple Threat match going into WrestleMania 32. Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch all deserve credit for putting forth a tremendous amount of effort and getting fans invested in their program.

    Banks has a significant advantage over her adversaries as far as the betting odds are concerned, though any one of the women can realistically walk out of WrestleMania as champion. Banks may have momentum on her side, but Charlotte and Lynch have been holding their own as well.

    Lynch has been chasing the butterfly belt since the start of the year, and although Ric Flair cost her the championship on multiple occasions, she has refused to give up on her title aspirations. She earned the opportunity to advance to 'Mania to contend for the gold and deserves a run with the strap as much as anyone.

    Her series of matches with Banks on Raw and SmackDown in late February were extremely well-wrestled, but it was their faceoff with Charlotte on the St. Patrick's Day edition of SmackDown that stole the show. Each of the three combatants stated their case for why she should be champion and spotlighted at The Show of Shows.

    Lest we forget, Banks' cousin Snoop Dogg will be inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania, so fans went with the right choice in putting money on The Boss to win at WrestleMania.

Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match

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    Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match
    Intercontinental Championship Ladder MatchCredit: WWE.com

    Betting Odds: Kevin Owens (1-2), Sami Zayn (9-4), Dolph Ziggler (9-1), The Miz (20-1), Sin Cara (25-1), Stardust (33-1), Zack Ryder (33-1)

    It's amazing how many men are involved in this match, yet there are only two realistic winners: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. WWE missed the ball by not doing a one-on-one match between the two ruthless rivals, but the ladder match should be a fun train wreck.

    Before everyone else was randomly thrust into the title picture, Zayn and Owens had a great thing going on Raw, and one of the best moments in the lead-up to WrestleMania came when Zayn returned to Raw on the March 7 episode and targeted his former friends.

    Fans had high hopes that they would square off in a singles match on the grand stage for the prestigious prize, but it wasn't meant to be. Instead, we will be treated to a seven-man extravaganza, but in actuality, Owens and Zayn are the likeliest victors.

    Odds currently show Owens walking out of WrestleMania as champion, but not by much. Zayn doesn't trail too far behind, a smaller margin than just about any other match on the card.

    If Owens is somehow able to emerge victorious, it will mark the first time in 15 years that the intercontinental champion successfully defended his title at WrestleMania. Either way, a WrestleMania rookie will be leaving Arlington with the title in tow.

Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose (No Holds Barred Street Fight)

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    Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar
    Dean Ambrose vs. Brock LesnarCredit: WWE.com

    Betting Odds: Brock Lesnar (2-3), Dean Ambrose (11-10)

    Dean Ambrose has always had the tools to break out into a main event player, but it wasn't until just recently that the WWE brass starting pushing him as such. While he has headlined multiple pay-per-views in the past, he never faced the level of competition that he has over the last month.

    At Roadblock, Ambrose went up against Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and although he fell short of victory, he looked strong in defeat. Now he sets his sights on the destructive Brock Lesnar, who is looking to teach The Lunatic Fringe a lesson on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

    Betting odds currently have Lesnar going over, but an Ambrose win isn't too far out of the question. If WWE was determined to solidify Ambrose as an established star, having him beat Brock would be the best way to do it.

    Then again, The Beast Incarnate hasn't lost a match via pinfall or submission since WrestleMania 29, so Ambrose will certainly have the odds stacked against him in this No Holds Barred Street Fight. The Wyatt Family could potentially play a factor in the finish, but it would be best for them to settle their score without any outside interference.

    Their whole program has been a blast to watch unfold, but their parking lot brawl in late February was perhaps the peak. They have had several solid segments since then, including this past week on Raw when Ambrose strolled right past Lesnar with all of the weapons he plans on using Sunday.

The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon (Hell in a Cell)

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    The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon
    The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahonCredit: WWE.com

    Betting Odds: The Undertaker (10-13), Shane McMahon (-110)

    Shane McMahon made his emphatic return to WWE one week removed from Fastlane, and it can be argued that the storyline with the McMahon family reached its peak. In the weeks that followed, nothing of significance occurred that made fans any more excited about the Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania.

    Undertaker's return on the Leap Day Raw was underwhelming, his faceoff with Shane several weeks later was lackluster and the subsequent stipulations were convoluted. Thankfully, they hit a home run with their latest encounter on the go-home episode of Raw that saw Shane hit a flying elbow to Undertaker through the commentary table.

    The outcome of their matchup is far from predictable, either. Betting odds show that Undertaker is the fan favorite to win, but barely. Shane has just as much of a shot at emerging victorious.

    Per the stipulation of the bout, Shane will win control of Raw if the the referee raises his hand, and additionally, Undertaker will never again compete at WrestleMania. This would mean nothing changes in the world of WWE if The Deadman scores the win.

    Regardless of how you have felt about the feud up to this point, there is little doubt that the match will deliver. With plenty of uncertainly surrounding the finish, it also deserves to close out the event.

Triple H vs. Roman Reigns (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)

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    WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H vs. Roman Reigns
    WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H vs. Roman ReignsCredit: WWE.com

    Betting Odds: Roman Reigns (1-7), Triple H (4-1)

    With as much history as Triple H and Roman Reigns have, one would think that WWE would have booked their feud better heading into WrestleMania 32. Sadly, that has been far from the case, largely because the masses have refused to accept Reigns as the company's next big babyface.

    Only in the last three weeks has their feud reached new heights upon Reigns' return to Raw and The Big Dog showing more aggression than ever before. That extra edge should give him an advantage over his adversary at WrestleMania, but Triple H is never one to be underestimated.

    Unlike the Hell in a Cell match, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship clash is much more one-sided. Fans have Reigns going over, which is the wise choice. As a part-timer, Triple H won't and shouldn't be in possession of the strap for much longer.

    There haven't been many highlights for their program, but their brawl on Monday's show was somewhat entertaining. If nothing else, it was a significant improvement over last year's go-home segment, which featured Reigns playing tug of war with Brock Lesnar.

    There has been much speculation among fans that a heel turn for Reigns is imminent (as well as necessary), though whether it comes at WrestleMania remains to be seen. Nevertheless, Reigns is the safe bet to come out on top as the new WWE champion.

    Odds courtesy of Odds Shark and accurate as of April 1.

    Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is a journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website, Next Era Wrestling, and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.

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