WrestleMania 32 is still more than half a year away, but the card for WWE’s biggest event of 2016 is already starting to shape up. SummerSlam 2015 has provided even more insight into some of the potential matches at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on April 3.
The Undertaker fought Brock Lesnar in the main event of SummerSlam, and the conclusion might have set the stage for the main event of WrestleMania 32. Seth Rollins held off John Cena to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, possibly setting him up to defend the title against multiple wrestlers in a few months.
Below is a very early look at what could end up being the biggest matches on the WrestleMania 32 card.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
With the controversial ending of their match at SummerSlam, it’s lookinglike The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar could be the last match of WrestleMania 32. Because the referee didn’t see The Undertaker tap out, which allowed him to deliver a low blow to Lesnar and get the victory, the former UFC Champion is seeking his revenge on the Deadman.
It’s possible that the match could happen sooner, perhaps at Survivor Series or The Royal Rumble. But the feud has been so intense that the rubber match should be at WrestleMania, and it doesn’t seem likely that The Undertaker would wrestle on three pay-per-views in one year. A retirement stipulation for The Undertaker could be added, and it’s only fitting that his final match would be the main event of one of the biggest shows in WWE history.
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns
Ever since The Shield showed signs of breaking up in the months leading up to WrestleMania 30, fans have been waiting for this triple threat match. All three wrestlers will be in the main event scene for years to come, and now that Rollins has the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it makes perfect sense for all of them to fight for the title at WrestleMania 32.
Rollins has held the title since WrestleMania 31, surviving matches with the likes of John Cena and Brock Lesnar, so there’s a good chance WWE will keep the belt on him for a few more months. Ambrose and Reigns have been in tag matches recently, giving WWE the perfect chance to have one turn on the other in the near future. Fans got a taste of a potential triple threat match when the former Shield members and Randy Orton competed in a fatal 4-way at Payback in May, and the match that has been more than three years in the making should finally happen in April.
John Cena vs. Finn Balor
In the last two years at WrestleMania, Cena has used his star power to give a rub to an up-and-coming wrestler. It doesn’t look like he’ll be involved in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture at Wrestlemania 32, and the 15-time world champ could face another future star at the biggest event of 2016.
After Cena faced Bray Wyatt and Rusev in back-to-back years, it could be Balor’s turn in April. He’s the biggest star in NXT, and while he’s a babyface, there isn’t a current heel in NXT that will be ready to face Cena in just a few months. With the way Cena has wrestled over the last year, he and Balor could steal the show with their match.
The Rock vs. Triple H
If WWE is going to sell over 100,000 tickets to WrestleMania 32, they’ll need as much star power as possible. Considering The Rock is in good enough shape to wrestle and he’s made multiple WWE appearances over the last year, it stands to reason that he’d be willing to have a match at the right price.
The Rock admitted that there were plans for him to face Lesnar two years ago, but a match with Triple H would make the most sense. Not only did the two get physical at WrestleMania 31, but they had a heated exchange a few months prior on SmackDown. With The Rock being one of WWE’s all-time babyfaces and Triple H being the most-hated villain in WWE today, they could put on an exciting match in Arlington.
Stephanie McMahon vs. Ronda Rousey
After Rousey tossed both Stephanie and Triple H out of the ring at WrestleMania 31, it seems pretty clear that WWE wants to get the UFC star in a match. The only question might be whether or not UFC President Dana White allows it to happen.
The match might not make sense on paper, since Stephanie would clearly have no chance against Rousey in a real fight. But WWE can get creative and make the match work. Having Rousey tag with The Rock against Stephanie and Triple H could also work.
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) July 16, 2015
Sting vs. Bray Wyatt
If Lesnar is going to be The Undertaker’s opponent, Sting will need to find someone else to face at WrestleMania 32. He’ll already have faced Seth Rollins at Night of Champions, leaving Wyatt as the best, young heel for Sting to take on.
Sting might not put on the best match at 57 years old, but the feud itself could be memorable. Wyatt has faced legendary wrestlers in his first two WrestleMania appearances, losing both times. With Sting’s time in WWE limited, WrestleMania 32 could be a chance for Wyatt to get a win over a future Hall of Famer on the Grandest Stage of Them All.
Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens
It’s been nearly a year since Jericho wrestled on “Monday Night Raw” or a WWE PPV, and he continues to just have matches at live events. But WrestleMania 32 will be one of the biggest events in the company’s history, and there’s a good chance Jericho will want to be part of it.
Jericho has become known for putting over younger talent, and he could give Owens an opportunity to get a WrestleMania victory over an established superstar. The two have worked together at recent live events, and the matches have reportedly gone so well that WWE is interested in putting the two in a program together. Owens has a chance to be a main eventer in WWE, and having a match with Jericho could help keep him from being lost in the shuffle in a match like the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. It’s possible that the United States Championship or the Intercontinental Title could be on the line, as well.