We’re exactly one month away from WrestleMania 32, and new information is being reported as the lineup continues to take shape. As always, everything is subject to change, especially with WWE Roadblock taking place between now and then featuring a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. Despite Dean Ambrose getting that opportunity against Triple H on March 12, the top three matches are said to be set in place for Wrestlemania.
That means The Game will defend his title against Roman Reigns as planned, and Ambrose will indeed face off against Brock Lesnar in a no holds barred street fight. The third major match still scheduled is Shane McMahon vs The Undertaker, despite rumors of one change or another. It’s the rest of the WrestleMania card that is filled with holes and questions yet to be answered.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via Wrestling Inc) is reporting that current plans are still on track for the Divas Championship to be defended at WrestleMania in a triple threat match between Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch, as we reported last month. Interestingly enough, and perhaps as a nod to the success of the Divas Revolution, a second match featuring said Divas is scheduled to take place, though that angle has yet to show itself on television.
Another top singles match is said to start taking shape for WrestleMania, as well, one in which we’ll see develop over the course of the next two weeks. Those names have not been leaked as of yet. There had been some speculation about a Chris Jericho/AJ Styles match, which might have forced one of the two to turn heel. That still may be the case, as the Y2AJ team, who will challenge for the tag team championships on RAW next week, is not scheduled to face The New Day at WrestleMania. It’s being reported that Kofi, Big E, and Xavier will be involved with the League of Nations in a tag team title match that may end up being a six-man tag match.
Despite a clamoring for Kevin Owens to be booked in a high-profile singles match at WrestleMania, it appears his Intercontinental Championship will be defended in the same fashion it was last year: a multi-man ladder match. WWE wants to pack in as many solid wrestlers as they can, who remain without a direction at the moment. Look for Dolph Ziggler and The Miz to be involved at the very least. Kalisto may be included due to his successful showing at the TLC pay-pre-view, though speculation about him defending his United States Championship could preclude him from the ladder match.
The third annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal will also take place with whomever doesn’t participate in the IC ladder match. It appears no other legendary surprises are scheduled to be involved in any actual matches, so the rumored Goldberg vs Ryback match won’t be on the card, leaving Ryback as a contender for either multi-person match. On Wednesday, we reported that Sami Zayn is going to be booked for WrestleMania, but there are conflicting reports as to what capacity. It was suggested that Zayn would be in a singles match, but if Kevin Owens is defending his belt in a ladder match, it wouldn’t be against KO. Their storied past writes itself, so that’ll be interesting to see how that plays out.
As for any added hoopla around WrestleMania, we noted that no additional legends or Hall-of-Famers will be wrestling at the show, but scheduled to make appearances are The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and now, Mick Foley. No word yet on whether Sting will make a cameo outside of the 2016 Hall of Fame class introductions.
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