WrestleMania 32

WrestleMania 32
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Promotional poster featuring Triple H and Roman Reigns
DateApril 3, 2016
CityArlington, Texas
VenueAT&T Stadium
Attendance101,763 (disputed)[1][2]
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WrestleMania 32 was the 32nd annual WrestleMania professional wrestling event produced by WWE. The event aired on pay-per-view (PPV) and was available to stream on the WWE Network. It took place on April 3, 2016, at the AT&T Stadium in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, Texas. Twelve matches were contested at the event, including three matches on the Kickoff pre-show.

Four matches were particularly considered to be the marquee attractions.[3][4][5][6] In the main event, Roman Reigns defeated Triple H to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. In other prominent matches, The Undertaker defeated Shane McMahon in a Hell in a Cell match, Brock Lesnar defeated Dean Ambrose in a No Holds Barred Street Fight, and Charlotte defeated Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks to win the inaugural WWE Women's Championship, which replaced the WWE Divas Championship that Charlotte held going into the event and had been retired during the Kickoff show. The event was also notable for having the shortest WrestleMania match ever, when The Rock defeated Erick Rowan in an impromptu match. The André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal included the surprise participation of former National Basketball Association player Shaquille O'Neal; the match was won by NXT's Baron Corbin in his main roster debut.

According to WWE, WrestleMania 32 set multiple records for the company; including grossing $17.3 million and a claimed attendance record of 101,763. Wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer disputed WWE's attendance figure, claiming an attendance of 93,730, which still would have been a WWE record. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon later admitted the attendance record "wasn't 101,000 paid" as it included "ushers and ticket takers and all of that".

Despite its commercial success, critics gave mixed to negative reviews for WrestleMania 32, and rated it worse than the NXT TakeOver: Dallas event WWE held two days prior. Praise went towards the opening ladder match, Styles vs. Jericho, and the Women's Championship match; criticism was focused on the main event, Ambrose vs. Lesnar, the Hell in a Cell match, the overall length of the event, and what were seen as questionable booking decisions, which were focused on the amount of heel victories outside of the opening match and main event. The show was voted as the "Worst Major Wrestling Show" of 2016 in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards, and readers of WrestleCrap, which chronicles the worst moments in professional wrestling, gave it the Gooker Award for the worst wrestling event of any kind in 2016.[7] The main event title match drew particular criticism and resulted in negative and angry crowd reactions.

  1. ^ "WrestleMania breaks more records". WWE. April 7, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference notinflated1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ AT&T Stadium pic – WM32
  4. ^ Dean Ambrose's wild ride – CBS Sports.com
  5. ^ Ambrose vs Lesnar – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  6. ^ WrestleMania 32 T-shirt – Shop WWE
  7. ^ Reynolds, RD (January 26, 2017). "INDUCTION: WrestleMania 32 - 2016 Gooker Award Winner". WrestleCrap. Retrieved February 16, 2019.

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