Vince McMahon is known for having his WrestleMania plan far ahead of show time. Yet injuries and circumstances have forced the WWE to present the most re-booked WrestleMania in WWE history.
Nobody would believe that the WrestleMania 32 card that is shaping up is anything remotely close to the one that Vince McMahon envisioned last year. If it were up to Vince, the card would be much different, likely for the better. Unfortunately the card he is offering this year is nothing what you’d expect for AT&T Stadium and looks a lot different than the show we were supposed to get.
Let’s take a look back throughout the last 11 months and relive what could have been WrestleMania 32.
April 2015 – The Rock and Ronda Rousey made headlines in April when they shot their angle with Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. It was clear that the angle was the start of something big…or at least that was the plan. As a matter of a fact, you could back even further to a SmackDown vignette between Rock and Hunter as the kick off to the angle. Most reports indicated that the plan was to go with either Rock and Rousey vs. Stephanie and Hunter in a mixed-tag or Rock vs. Triple H with the women in respective corners.
Both matches are nothing more than a failed plan as circumstances intervened preventing either match from taking place. The UFC refused to give Rousey permission to wrestle, taking her out of the ring. Rock and the WWE ran into insurance issues which are reportedly the only thing keeping him out of the ring. It makes you wonder at that point whether this WrestleMania card was cursed from the start.
Ronda Rousey and the Rock vs. the Authority The Rock vs. Triple H
July 2015 – The Undertaker returns at Battleground to avenge his WrestleMania 30 loss to Brock Lesnar. The rematch is booked for SummerSlam with a Hell in a Cell booked shortly thereafter. Seeing this feud kick off in July was certainly odd and it wasn’t by coincidence.
Multiple reports indicated that this feud was scheduled to culminate at WrestleMania 32. However, Vince reportedly had a change of plans due to a big idea he had planned for Brock. The idea, whatever that was and I am sure it wasn’t Dean Ambrose, was so big that Vince pulled the match off of Mania. I would venture to guess that this year’s WrestleMania hype would be a lot different if we just saw the Battleground angle take place at Fastlane with the rematch scheduled for Texas.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
November 2015 – WWE world champion Seth Rollins is badly injured in a match with Kane in Europe. Rollins is not only stripped of the title but taken off of WrestleMania. At this time, most reports indicated that Rollins was booked to turn face and wrestle Triple H while WWE champion Roman Reigns was booked to wrestle John Cena. Both matches were scrapped and a new plan was in place.
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE championship Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
January 2016 – While the WrestleMania card was completely falling apart by this point the one thing the WWE could count on was the star power of John Cena or so they thought. After missing several weeks filming a television show, Cena returned to RAW and was injured on his first night back. Cena suffered a shoulder injury that take the big guy completely off of Mania.
While the plan for Cena vs. Reigns was scrapped, a new plan for Cena was put in place at that point. Cena was scheduled to wrestle the Undertaker in a Legends vs. Legends match. Vince was reportedly devastated that the match would not be taking place. The match may not have sounded exciting then, but the card surely could use it now.
John Cena vs. The Undertaker Legend vs. Legend