WWE WrestleMania 32 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterApril 3, 2016

WWE WrestleMania 32 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

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    The spectacle, the memories and the thrilling action were all there, but WWE WrestleMania 32's endings held the marquee event back.

    Superstars put on tremendous showings where they sent their bodies crashing through steel and wood, left each other's flesh reddened and drained every drop of their energy for the sake of a great show. As a result, several excellent matches unfolded at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

    Throughout the night, though, WWE chose to highlight its guest stars rather than the ones it needs to build around moving forward.

    AJ Styles fell victim to Chris Jericho in what seemed destined to be the newcomer's launching point. The New Day stepped away from center stage to let a trio of Hall of Famers be the stars. And when Bray Wyatt flashed his fangs at The Rock, he simply tumbled over, becoming the toppled monster once again.

    Props aplenty go to Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Becky Lynch for producing the match of the night without a single table or ladder spot at their disposal.

    Optimists will remember this WrestleMania for that revolutionary bout, as well as a stirring opening contest and a fun, weapon-heavy Street Fight. Likely, though, the dragging main event will be what fans associate WrestleMania 32 with.

    WWE seemed to use up its creativity on the rest of the show. By the time Roman Reigns vs. Triple H faced off, the crowd and the WWE writers both appeared to be spent.

Kalisto vs. Ryback (United States Championship)

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    With AT&T Stadium less than half-full, Ryback overpowered the champion early. Kalisto responded with his electric offense but soon found himself crashing into the guardrail outside the ring.

    The Big Guy played Goliath here, as expected.

    Kalisto eventually charged back with a foot-on-the-pedal comeback. In mere moments, he put away Ryback with Salida Del Sol. 

    Result

    Kalisto wins via pinfall, retaining the U.S. title.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Ryback military-presses Kalisto while going up the ring steps.

    Ryback hits a running Michinoku Driver.

    Grade

    C-

    Analysis

    The standard gutsy-babyface-overcomes-an-early-beatdown narrative played out here in a short match. Both men played their roles adequately, but this was nothing special.

    It didn't help them that most of the fans had yet to find their seats. Long lines outside (as seen here, courtesy of ESPN's Darren Rovell) held up the filing-in process.

    Kalisto beating Ryback so quickly suggests this story is far from done. Count on the rivalry continuing into Extreme Rules and beyond.

Total Divas vs. B.A.D. and Blonde

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    Moments into the bout, the referee lost control. All 10 women squared off in the ring. WWE chose that time to then cut to a commercial. 

    Emma helped the heels isolate Paige in the heels' corner. Lana mocked Brie Bella with "Yes!" chants in between taking her shots at Paige.

    Brie Bella played the cavalry, tagging and going on a tear. 

    The match grew chaotic at this point. Every wrestler involved traded shots in a blur of a bout. Brie put a stop to it all by using a crossface to force Naomi to quit.

    Nikki Bella sauntered down the ramp in a neck brace to celebrate with the winning squad.

    Result

    Total Divas win via submission.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I've been waiting for this for a long time," Jerry Lawler said about Lana's debut.

    Paige hits a diving crossbody to the outside on Naomi, Tamina and Emma.

    Grade

    D

    Analysis

    A match this crowded with such little buildup was never going to be anything great. The action was fast but not thrilling. It instead felt hurried and hollow.

    Lana only barely appeared. The match instead featured lots of Emma, which was a pleasantly surprising move.

    The goal seemed to be to give Brie a memorable moment, especially with her sister by her side. It failed to be memorable, though. Something building on that is likely awaiting her on Monday's Raw.

The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz

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    After weeks of surging animosity, the two teams wasted no time in going right after each other. The Usos and The Dudley Boyz brawled from the get-go.

    Bubba Ray and D-Von maintained control for a good stretch. Jey Uso withstood the veteran's big moves and landed a superkick to get the win.

    The Dudley Boyz responded to the loss by trying to put the brothers through a pair of tables. The Usos managed to turn things around and put the heels through broken wood instead.

    Result

    The Usos win pinfall. 

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    The Usos hit splashes in stereo to smash The Dudley Boyz through tables.

    Grade

    D-

    Analysis

    A commercial cut out much of the action in a way-too-short matchup. This is the kind of match one expects to see on Raw.

    The feud didn't reach a higher plane than it previously existed. If this was the climax to their rivalry, it was certainly a tepid one. The Dudley Boyz's latest WWE run has been painfully underwhelming.

Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match

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    Zack Ryder vs. Stardust vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Sin Cara vs. The Miz

    Owens and Zayn squared off right away, tagging each other with right hands. The rivalry soon got interrupted, though, with wrestlers smashing each other with ladders. 

    Stardust, The Miz and Ryder all climbed a ladder, getting inches away from grabbing the Intercontinental Championship. Chaos marked much of the matchup with Ziggler superkicking anyone within reach and Sin Cara flying all over the ring.

    The combatants soon left each other hobbled with huge spot after huge spot. 

    After Zayn left Owens out cold and The Miz took his time climbing toward the title, Ryder sneaked in to snatch the title. He then celebrated in the ring with his father.

    Result

    Ryder wins by retrieving the IC title.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Owens backdrops Zayn onto a ladder.

    "This is KO Mani. Go back to NXT!"—Owens to Zayn.

    Zayn leaps over the top rope through a ladder.

    Sin Cara jumps off a ladder and springboards off the top rope.

    Stardust pulls out a ladder covered in polka dots as a tribute to his late father.

    "He's 12 feet to glory, to immortality. You better believe it."—John "Bradshaw" Layfield on Ziggler. 

    Sin Cara falls off ladder onto Stardust, who was lying on a propped-up ladder outside the ring.

    Grade

    A-

    Analysis

    High-octane energy from the opening bell, this was a hell of an opening bout. Each wrestlers' hunger and drive popped on screen.

    The match did well to divvy up big moments, from Ziggler going on a tear to Stadust paying tribute to The American Dream to Owens being a beast throughout.

    Ryder's big win would have been more powerful had he been a non-entity for so long. He was clearly a Neville replacement after the Englishman's injury. Had WWE hinted at this result weeks ago and played up Ryder's underdog status beforehand more, his victory would have dug deeper into the audience's heart.

AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho

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    After receiving an electric welcome from the audience, AJ Styles locked up with Chris Jericho.

    Neither man could gain a clear advantage for long. They traded blows in a back-and-forth bout.

    Jericho began to work on The Phenomenal One's back, softening up for the Walls of Jericho. Styles battled back, responding to Jericho's submission hold with his own—the Calf Crusher.

    Y2J tried to finish Styles with his own hold, but the former TNA star escaped the Styles Clash. The two hit all of their best weapons, but it wasn't enough.

    It took Jericho countering a Phenomenal Forearm with the Codebreaker to finally put the match to bed.

    Result

    Jericho wins via pinfall.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Styles hit a Jericho-like dropkick to knock Y2J off the apron.

    "You stupid idiot!"—Jericho to Styles while slapping him.

    Jericho hits reverse superplex that leaves him hurting as well.

    Styles kicks out of the Codebreaker; Jericho kicks out of the Styles Clash.

    Styles hits a springboard 450 splash.

    Grade

    B+

    Analysis

    The slower start worked well to contrast the rapid-fire Intercontinental Championship ladder match. Like their showdown at Fastlane, Jericho and Styles put on a big-time performance held back by a few sloppy moments. 

    It was going to be hard to top what they did in their previous three bouts, and they didn't quite manage to do that. 

    The result was a downer. It looked as if WWE was set to launch Styles as a marquee player. Instead, the company went for 50-50 booking, evening this series at 2-2. Not using this to kick-start Styles was a missed opportunity.

The New Day vs. League of Nations (3 on 4)

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    The New Day popped out of a giant box of Booty-Os cereal, decked out in golden, gladiator-esque gear.

    The tag champs pounced on Sheamus early, using their trademark Unicorn Stampede to keep the powerhouse down. Soon, though, it was Xavier Woods who found himself outnumbered. The League of Nations kept the trombone-playing wrestler in their corner for an extended beatdown.

    By attacking the Superstars on the apron, The League of Nations made full use of its numbers advantage.

    A Bullhammer and a Brogue Kick from Wade Barrett and Sheamus, respectively, put an end to the battle. The League of Nations then celebrated together in the ring.

    In response to The League of Nations' boasting, Mick Foley, Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin soon marched down the entrance ramp. The Hall of Famers overwhelmed the heels in an impromptu battle. 

    The New Day then convinced Austin, Michaels and Foley to dance with them.

    Result

    The League of Nations win via pinfall.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    The New Day dress like Saiyans from Dragon Ball Z.

    "New Day sucks!"—Sheamus, as he pounded Woods' chest.

    Kingston hits a Boom Drop on both Sheamus and Del Rio at the same time.

    Big E hits a spear to knock both Rusev and Sheamus off the ring apron.

    Austin hits a stunner on Barrett.

    Austin hits a stunner on Woods.

    Grade

    B+

    Analysis

    This was all about the post-match showdown. Austin and company in action, even just briefly, was stunning to watch. 

    It followed a match lacking in electricity, however. And The New Day not only losing, but getting tossed aside by Austin, Michaels and Cactus was a mistake. Why not use these legends to elevate The New Day rather than push it to the background?

Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose (Street Fight)

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    The suplexes started early with Brock Lesnar overpowering Dean Ambrose in the bout's first moments. The Lunatic Fringe tried to even things up with a Kendo stick, but Lesnar responded with more German suplexes.

    The Beast Incarnate toyed with Ambrose, grinning as he throttled him.

    Ambrose, however, fought back. He helped himself along by using every weapon he could find—a steel chair, a laptop and a chainsaw (though he couldn't get it to start).

    Paul Heyman screamed at ringside, urging his monster on. Lesnar spun Ambrose onto a pile of chairs with an F5.

    Result

    Lesnar wins via pinfall.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Heyman cuts Eden Stiles' ring announcing short to introduce Lesnar himself. 

    Lesnar breaks a Kendo stick across his knee.

    "It's fun watching a guy get decimated like this."—John "Bradshaw" Layfield.

    Ambrose hits a running kick into a folding chair that smacks into Lesnar's face.

    Grade

    A-

    Analysis

    Capping off a well-told rivalry, Lesnar and Ambrose crafted a stellar story in the ring. The fearless Ambrose gave The Beast Incarnate the fight of his life, making full use of the bout's stipulation. Still, the predator prevailed.

    This was every bit the violent spectacle it needed it to be. 

    It would have been tremendous had Ambrose pulled off the upset, but he still earned big momentum here. He flourished in a marquee matchup and was presented as a viable threat to Lesnar.

    And it ended a beat or two too early. With just a long show, this should have had more time to work with.

Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks (Women's Championship)

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    During the pre-show, Lita announced WWE would re-introduce the Women's Championship, replacing the Divas title. The winner of this Triple Threat match would take home the new belt.

    Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch formed a fleeting alliance to take down Charlotte, only to start battling each other. 

    A frenzied pace followed, with counters coming right after another. Charlotte eventually took charge, slowing the bout down as she wore down Lynch.

    The women then flew at each other, taking major risks in order to gain an edge. Lynch, Charlotte and Banks each seemed to have the match won at different intervals. Momentum shifted constantly; ferocity reigned.

    Ric Flair aided his daughter by holding onto Banks, preventing her from stopping Charlotte's Figure Eight on Lynch.

    Result

    Charlotte wins via submission, retaining the title.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Snoop Dogg raps during Banks' entrance.

    Charlotte enters with a robe made of the one her father wore for her retirement match at WrestleMania XXIV.

    "Whose the baddest?"—Banks to Charlotte.

    Charlotte slams Banks into the ring apron and bottom rope.

    Banks hits a Frog Splash to prevent Charlotte from defeating Lynch.

    Lynch launches herself out of the ring to topple Ric Flair.

    Charlotte hits a moonsault to the outside of the ring.

    Lynch hits a fisherman's suplex from the top rope.

    Grade

    A

    Analysis

    With a flurry of near-falls and all kinds of high-risk moves, these three women fired every bullet they had in the chamber. The effort helped them compose a standout, grab-you-by-the-heart bout. The desperation for victory was tangible throughout.

    The finest women's wrestling match in WrestleMania history lived up to the hype.  

    The biggest complaints detractors could have was one: There were a few contrived spots early on, but that's a natural result of the Triple Threat stipulation. Secondly, not crowning a new champion left the ending not feeling as powerful.

    Had Lynch or Banks outlasted their foes, their reign with the restored women's title would feel more like a restart and a turning point.

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

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    Shane McMahon stood stoic as The Undertaker entered the Hell in a Cell and slammed the door to the cage shut. Once the bout began, Shane-O-Mac attempted to use a stick-and-move strategy. 

    The Deadman caught him, though, and began to dismantle him in methodical fashion.

    McMahon survived the onslaught, and used a triangle choke to leave The Undertaker reeling. Even that only slowed The Phenom. The Undertaker continued to batter his foe, stalking him around the ring.

    Shane-O-Mac took to using a trashcan to even the odds. He wielded a toolbox once the battle moved outside the cell.

    In typical McMaohn fashion, he climbed to the top of the Hell in a Cell and dove off. His elbow drop missed, leading to him crashing through the table below.

    McMahon struggled to stand; The Undertaker took advantage of his wobbly foe by hitting him with a Tombstone Piledriver for the win.

    Result

    Undertaker wins via pinfall.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    McMahon's sons accompany him during his entrance.

    McMahon kicks out of the Last Ride.

    The Undertaker chokeslams McMahon onto ring steps; McMahon responds by hitting The Deadman with a DDT onto the ring steps. 

    McMahon hits a Van Terminator with a trash can lodged onto The Undertaker's chest.

    The Undertaker drives McMahon through the cell wall. 

    "Not this, Shane! For God's sake, get down."—John "Bradshaw" Layfield.

    McMahon leaps off the top of the cell.

    Grade

    B-

    Analysis

    This will forever be remembered for McMahon's insane dive, with that image working to erase the memories of a disappointment of a match.

    A grinding pace can certainly work at times, but here it just led to a low-energy match. As brutal as it got, it bordered on being boring. 

    The announcers didn't do enough to remind the audience of the stakes involved. Both The Undertaker's WrestleMania career and control of Raw were on the line; that should have dangled over the bout far more. 

    The bout stretched one's ability to suspend disbelief. McMahon was booked to be more powerful and resilient than was believable.

    But again, the showdown's signature moment was plenty powerful. It's not a match worth revisiting, but McMahon flying off the cage will live on in WrestleMania for years to come.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

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    The Big Show and Shaquille O'Neal dominated early on, taking out Fandango and Damien Sandow. The rest of the Battle Royal field then dumped the big men out of the match.

    Tatanka chopped down Adam Rose, but Baron Corbin tossed out the veteran. Corbin also eliminated Rose. And taking advantage of the chaos followed, The Lone Wolf flung Kane over the top rope to win the match.

    Result

    Corbin wins by last eliminating Kane.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Corbin, Tatanka, Page and Shaq all emerge as surprise entrants.

    Page hits a Diamond Cutter on Viktor.

    Grade

    C+

    Analysis

    Crowning Corbin was a welcome, surprise move. Whether he moves to the main roster now or at some point soon, he has some momentum to build on. This is the kind of career-shifting that this match should be about.

    The action itself was underwhelming. It felt a bit rushed, especially the last few moments. A lot of the eliminations seemed to happen off-camera.

The Rock Meets Bray Wyatt and His Family

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    Flanked by the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, The Rock lit a logo with his name on fire before entertaining the crowd. He announced the crowd there Sunday night broke the all-time WrestleMania attendance record at over 101,000.

    The Wyatt Family slithered out to greet The Great One. Bray Wyatt told him it was his moment, promising to demolish The Rock. The Brahma Bull responded by mocking Wyatt.

    He challenged the faction to a match, and Erick Rowan stepped up. The Rock knocked him down with a single Rock Bottom.

    When it looked like The Wyatt Family would then pounce, John Cena charged down the ramp. The duo then dispatched of Wyatt and company.

    Result

    The Rock defeats Rowan in six seconds. 

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "You're so happy, you're going to go home and make some WrestleMania babies."—The Rock.

    "I chose you because you represent success. You represent greatness. Because you represent a lie."—Wyatt.

    "I'm going to eviscerate your soul and go to the Cracker Barrel."—The Rock.

    "Clearly, your parents are related."—The Rock to Rowan.

    "You talk about being The Eater of Worlds. From where The Rock is standing, you like like an eater of Hot Pockets."—The Rock.

    "I didn't come here to open some door; I came to knock one down."—Wyatt.

    Grade

    B+

    Analysis

    Wyatt and The Rock offered a powerful juxtaposition of personalities. The latter put over the former in their verbal battle, but ran roughshod over him once the physicality began.

    This segment was a microcosm of this WrestleMania. It was electric, filled with star power, but ultimately it was more about the past star than the future one.

    Not making Wyatt look like a threat at all here was the wrong move. Instead, he was the goon the returning hero knocked over with little effort.

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

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    Triple H entered with a leather-clad Stephanie McMahon at his side.

    He tossed Roman Reigns out of the ring before the two rivals slugged it out. The Big Dog stunned the champ with high-impact moves. His momentum stopped, though, when Triple H hit a low blow behind the referee's back.

    The Game then focused on Reigns' surgically repaired nose, clocking the challenger with hard right hands.

    The fight moved outside, Triple H and Reigns brawling near the announcers. Despite Triple H's vicious attacks, Reigns kept bowling him over. 

    The battle saw Triple H tear at Reigns' arm, the challenger powering out of the submission hold and the two warriors then writhing on the mat.

    Reigns inadvertently nailed McMahon with a spear, to which Triple H responded with a Pedigree. When that didn't put Reigns away, he tried to nail him with a sledgehammer.

    A spear ended that thought.

    Result

    Reigns wins via pinfall to become WWE world champ.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    McMahon makes speech about her husband being a king; men in skull masks accompany Triple H to the ring.

    Fans chant, "Roman sucks!"

    Triple H twice throws Reigns over the announce table.

    Reigns spears Triple H through the security barricade.

    Reigns spears McMahon.

    "It is the renaissance of the Roman Empire."—Michael Cole.

    Grade

    C-

    Analysis

    The length of WrestleMania hurt the main event in a bad way. If fans watched the pre-show, they sat through close to seven hours of wrestling by the end of this. You can't then blame the crowd for being so restless.

    Both Reigns and Triple H went all out in a hard-hitting affair. That and the pageantry of the whole bout were the high points.  

    A lackluster energy permeated it, though. What was meant to be dramatic didn't feel that way.

    And WWE went with the least creative, least surprise ending imaginable. A clean Reigns win is a sign WWE is stubbornly continuing on with trying to sell a resistant crowd on him as a top babyface. 

    All the electricity much of the night created fizzled out in WrestleMania's final act.