The road to WrestleMania 32 is well underway, and WWE has begun to establish the top matches for the biggest pay-per-view of 2016. Triple H will defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the WrestleMania 32 main event, and the rest of the card should fall into place shortly after Fastlane on Sunday night.
A few of WWE’s top stars have suffered injuries, putting the company in a tough position as they try to sell 100,000 tickets to the year’s biggest event. John Cena, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins might all be unable to wrestle at WrestleMania 32, and it appears that WWE was forced to make changes to the top of the card just a few weeks before the Royal Rumble, where Triple H won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
“Just recently, they had a number of injuries in the WWE, and with only three weeks’ notice, he (Triple H) found out that he was gonna have to wrestle at a major pay-per-view and be in the ring for a good 20 minutes,” trainer Joe DeFranco said on his “Industrial Strength Show” podcast, referencing Triple H being the final entrant in the Royal Rumble.
DeFranco trains multiple professional wrestlers, including Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Cena announced that he would undergo shoulder surgery a little less than three weeks before the Royal Rumble, which could mean that his injury forced WWE to alter their plans and put the belt on Triple H.
Triple H’s WrestleMania opponent will be determined in the main event of Fastlane. There are six other matches on the Fastlane card, many of which wil play a role in the WrestleMania 32 card.
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose (WWE World Heavyweight Championship No.1 Contender Match)
It seems like a near certainty that Reigns will go on to face Triple H in the main event of WrestleMania 32, so he’ll find a way to win on Sunday. Lesnar probably won’t be the one that gets pinned, and he might even be taken out of the match by The Wyatt Family. Look for Reigns to pin Ambrose in the final match of the night.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler (Intercontinental Championship Match)
Either Ambrose or Owens has held the IC Title for the last five months, and there’s a good chance that will continue through WrestleMania 32. Ziggler hasn’t done much of anything since the summer, and WWE continues to position Owens as a top heel.
Prediction: Kevin Owens
Charlotte vs. Brie Bella (Divas Championship Match)
Sunday could be Brie’s last title match in WWE after she told “Good Morning America” this week, that her retirement is imminent. Charlotte will go into WrestleMania 32 as the champion, where she will likely face Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch in a triple threat match for the Divas Title.
Big Show, Kane & Ryback vs. The Wyatt Family (Six-Man Tag Team Match)
This might be the easiest match to predict on the card. The days of Big Show and Kane being in the main event are over, and Ryback hasn’t done anything of significance since he lost the IC Title in September. The Wyatt Family will look strong at Fastlane ahead of Bray Wyatt's likely match with Lesnar at WrestleMania 32.
Prediction: The Wyatt Family
Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch vs. Naomi & Tamina
With Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch both likely headed for a Divas Title shot at WrestleMania 32, it’d be surprising to see Naomi and Tamina win on Sunday.
Prediction: Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch
Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio (United States Championship Kickoff Match)
This match could go either way, considering Kalisto and Del Rio traded the title multiple times last month. But it makes the most sense to have Kalisto keep the belt, giving him a chance to have a championship run.
Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles
The match wasn’t confirmed on “Monday Night Raw,” but it should be made official at SmackDown. It’s hard to believe Styles won’t win his first PPV match as WWE tries to build him as a popular babyface.
Prediction: AJ Styles