WrestleMania 32 was a record-setting night for WWE that featured six hours of wrestling on Sunday night. The biggest pay-per-view of 2016 saw multiple title changes, returning legends and a few shocking moments.
An announced crowd of 101,763 fans watched WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, breaking the previous mark that was set at WrestleMania 3. The main event ended at close to 11:45 p.m. ET, and the PPV had a predictable ending that many of the fans did not want to see. But several matches exceeded expectations, making for an entertaining night.
With the match card missing several top wrestlers because of injuries, WWE brought back a few legends. The Rock, Mick Foley, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels all came back for segments with current WWE superstars, and John Cena made an appearance after being off of WWE TV for months because of a shoulder injury. The Rock technically had a six-second match with Erick Rowan that ended when he hit a Rock Bottom. Cena soon after came out and helped fend off the rest of The Wyatt Family.
There were 11 matches on the WrestleMania 32 card, including the pre-show, and two titles changed hands. Below are the complete results for the 2016 WWE PPV, as well as a recap of each match.
Triple H vs. Roman Reigns (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
The crowd was dead after a very long show, and the few fans that were vocal were booing Reigns. It wasn’t a bad match, but it was far from a great main event. Stephanie McMahon played a major role in the match, handing Triple H the sledgehammer and even getting hit with an inadvertent spear by Reigns. Triple H was never able to connect with his favorite weapon, swinging and missing as he seemingly tried to get disqualified. Reigns hit a spear after one of those misses, pinning Triple H for the win. After hearing very few cheers, it will be interesting to see if a heel turn is coming for the new champ.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker (Hell in a Cell Match)
When it was announced that Shane McMahon would have a match at WrestleMania 32, many fans expected him to pull of another one of his incredible stunts that he’s become known for. The boss’ son didn’t disappoint, jumping off the top of the cell onto an announce table 20 feet below. The Undertaker rolled off the table as Shane took flight, and soon after he dragged him back into the ring and hit a Tombstone Piledriver for the win. Shane didn’t gain control of “Monday Night Raw,” but after hitting a Coast-to-Coast and producing one of the greatest WrestleMania moments in recent memory, his comeback had a more than satisfying payoff.
Winner: The Undertaker
Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar (No Holds Barred Street Fight)
The match certainly wasn’t bad, but it was definitely underwhelming. The so called “street fight” barely made its way out of the ring, and Ambrose’s weapons weren't utilized a whole lot. He stayed in the match by using a kendo stick and some steel chairs, but 13 supplexes and an F5 were enough for Lesnar to win a match he largely dominated.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder vs. Sin Cara vs. The Miz vs. Stardust (Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match)
The most shocking part of WrestleMania might have been in the first match of the PPV when Ryder pushed The Miz off the ladder and grabbed the IC Title. The match was highlighted by big spots from Zayn and Sin Cara, who both jumped off ladders and over the ropes to take out a group of wrestlers. Zayn and Owens spent much of the match battling each other, and they should remain in the IC Championship picture for the next few months.
Winner: Zack Ryder
The New Day vs. The League of Nations
Sheamus got the pin after he delivered a Brogue Kick to Xavier Woods, who had just been hit with a Bull Hammer by King Barrett. There were no New Day members around to break up the pin after Big E was lying on the ground because he had just taken out Rusev and Del Rio with a dive in between the ropes. The appearance by Stone Cold, Mick Foley and Shawn Michaels right after the match, however, was the best part of the segment. Each legend hit their finisher on a member of the League of Nations, and Austin hit Woods with a Stunner after he tried to get him to dance with The New Day.
Winner: The League of Nations
Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles
Jericho won in one of the most surprising results of WrestleMania 32, and it looks like their feud will continue. The match ended when Styles went to hit a Phenomenal Forearm, which Jericho turned into a Codebreaker. Earlier in the match, Styles escaped from the Walls of Jericho twice, and Jericho kicked out of a Styles Clash and survived a Calf Crusher.
Winner: Chris Jericho
Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks (Women’s Championship Triple Threat Match)
This might have been the best match on the card. Charlotte retained the title by forcing Becky Lynch to tap out to the Figure-Eight Leglock, and Sasha Banks was unable to break up the hold as Ric Flair held her back. All three women locked in their submissions at some point during the match, and there were a few great spots, including Charlotte’s moonsault to the outside of the ring that took out both Becky and Sasha.
The 3rd annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
This was the weirdest match on the card. Not only did Diamond Dallas Page and Tatanka show up as entrants, but so did Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq and Big Show started the match by delivering a double Chokeslam to Kane, and then they tossed Fandango and Sandow over the top rope. The rest of the wrestlers then teamed up to eliminate both Shaq and Big Show, and the match didn’t last much longer after that. Baron Corbin eliminated Kane to end the match to win the battle royal and his first ever match on the main roster.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, Natalya, Paige & Eva Marie vs. Lana, Naomi, Tamina, Summer Rae & Emma
Almost every Diva was able to hit her finisher in the match, and it ended with Brie forcing Naomi to tap out to the Yes! Lock. Nikki Bella came out at the end to celebrate with the Total Divas, and it appeared to be Brie’s last match as her teammates lifted her up on their shoulders.
Winner: Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, Natalya, Paige & Eva Marie
The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz
The Usos won the shortest match on the card as D-Von was pinned after falling victim to a superkick. The Dudley Boyz attacked The Usos after the match, but The Usos ended up putting both D-Von and Bubba through tables with a double frog splash.
Winner: The Dudley Boyz
Kalisto vs. Ryback (United States Championship Match)
This match didn’t even make it to the WrestleMania Kickoff Show on USA. It started at around 5:45 p.m. ET on the pre-show on the WWE Network, and Kalisto won with a Salido Del Sol after Ryback had dominated the whole match.