We’re already more than halfway through WWE’s WrestleMania Week and though the company already rolled out some great programming on its WWE Network, including a new WWE 24 covering Daniel Bryan’s retirement announcement and a new Legends with JBL featuring Michael Hayes, there is even more great programming coming up.
Tonight at 10pm ET, the Network will air a live Stone Cold Podcast with Mick Foley. The Hardcore Legend has never been shy about his feelings on WWE’s creative process and booking decisions, although he’s become more tame lately now that his son is working for the company and he’s looking to get his daughter work at Titan Towers as well. It will be interesting to see how the chat goes, since Stone Cold is never one to pull punches.
Tomorrow night is, of course, NXT TakeOver: Dallas. For many, this is the highlight of WrestleMania Week.
Programming starts with a kickoff show at 9:30pm ET, which will also air free on YouTube, WWE.com, Facebook, and WWE’s other social media partner platforms. Mauro Ranallo has announced that he will be a part of the TakeOver kickoff panel and will also call the matches on the WrestleMania kickoff show, which is very exciting for fans who feel WWE’s main commentary team is awful.
The TakeOver event begins at 10pm ET and features a hefty card that rivals WrestleMania and includes the debut of Shinsuke Nakamura:
- NXT Championship Match: Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor
- NXT Women’s Championship Match: Asuka vs. Bayley
- NXT Tag Team Championship Match: American Alpha vs. The Revival
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn
- Baron Corbin vs. Austin Aries
- Apollo Crews vs. Elias Sampson
Saturday night is Hall of Fame night, beginning with the Red Carpet Special airing at 7pm ET, hosted by Maria Menounos. The ceremony itself begins at 8pm and is slotted until 11:30pm. This year’s inductees are:
- Sting (inducted by Ric Flair)
- The Godfather (inducted by JBL and Ron Simmons)
- The Fabulous Freebirds (inducted by Xavier Woods, Big E, and Kofi Kingston)
- Big Boss Man (inducted by Slick)
- Jacqueline (inducted by Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley)
- Stan Hansen (inducted by Vader)
- Snoop Dogg (no announcement has been made but likely inducted by Sasha Banks)
Then, on Sunday it’s time for the main course. WrestleMania 32 (or “star”) kicks off at 5pm ET with a two hour pre-show available on WWE Network and the company’s social media partner platforms. The 6pm ET hour will also air on USA Network. Rumored matches for the pre-show include:
- The Total Divas (Natalya, Paige, Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, and Eva Marie) vs. B.A.D. & Blonde (Naomi, Tamina, Lana, Emma, and Summer Rae)
- The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz
- US Championship Match: Ryback vs. Kalisto
WrestleMania proper begins at 7pm ET on the Network and pay-per-view. Below is the full card, with the Andre Battle Royal still up in the air for the main show or the kickoff. It could easily be switched with the US Championship match, according to reports.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Roman Reigns vs. Triple H
- Hell in a Cell: Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker
- If Shane wins, he gets control of Raw and WWE. If Undertaker loses, this is his last WrestleMania.
- No Holds Barred Street Fight: Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar
- Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Zack Ryder vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz vs. Sin Cara vs. Stardust vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
- Divas Championship Triple Threat Match: Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte
- AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho
- Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
- Participants announced include: Heath Slater, Curtis Axel, Adam Rose, Bo Dallas, Big Show, Kane, Tyler Breeze, Mark Henry, Jack Swagger, Fandango, Damien Sandow, Darren Young, Konnor, Viktor, Goldust, R-Truth
- The New Day vs. The League of Nations
The build has once again not been great for this year’s WrestleMania but WWE has a way of making the show a hit. In Dallas, with a record crowd and a huge atmosphere, WrestleMania 32 should be no different.