WWE WrestleMania 32 Kickoff Results
Sunday, April 3, 2016
From AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas
Report by Brooks Oglesby of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Welcome to the live two-hour WrestleMania 32 Kickoff!
Renee Young welcomes us to the Kickoff as we see fans crowded around the arena. Booker T and Lita join her on the panel. Lita urges the viewers to use #WMKickoff to join the conversation. Booker says the stars are out to see the Superstars tonight. Renee says it appears that we're missing one of their panelists, and that's because Corey Graves is live among the WWE Universe outside the arena. We go to Corey, who says there's no place he'd rather be as fans start "Yes" chanting. Renee then sends it to Tom Phillips and Cathy Kelley in the Social Media Lounge.
Tom urges us to use #WrestleMania on social media tonight, as Cathy brings up the match between Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose. Paul Heyman will join them at the Social Media Lounge later tonight, so use #LesnarVsLunatic to send in questions. Tom sends the show back to Corey, who says he's been waiting for today all year long. He says this stadium is the biggest structure he's even been in in his life. These fans are waiting to witness history tonight, and he'll join the panel later in the show.
Back at the panel, Renee brings up the first Kickoff match: Kalisto vs. Ryback for the United States Championship. Lita says the 10-Diva Tag Match will take place on the second hour. The Usos vs. The Dudleyz will take place afterward.
Backstage, JoJo is with Kevin Owens. She asks if Kevin Owens thought it through when he asked for a high-profile match at WrestleMania. Owens says he didn't ask for this. He was put into this match. He's at a disadvantage tonight, but he's still got a chance. He runs down his opponents one by one. He calls Sin Cara "Sin Opportunidad." He says Ryder was about to buy tickets for the show before being put on the card. Owens asks who Sami Zayn is when JoJo asks. Owens says KO-Mania is the showcase of one man: Kevin Owens.
Back at the panel, the conversation moves to the Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship. Renee asks what Owens has to do to walk out as champion. Booker says to keep doing what he's doing. Lita thought she saw some false confidence in Owens' interview earlier. Booker says a champion has to have a chip on their shoulder, and Owens does. Booker says nobody else in this match is Kevin Owens. Lita brings up Sami Zayn's match versus Shinsuke Nakamura, saying we saw a new side of Zayn that night. Lita says Ryder might want this win more than anyone.
The conversation shifts to AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho. Booker calls it his Shucky Ducky Quack Quack moment of the night. He compares this match to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. He says Jericho is very self-centered, and this all culminates tonight. Renee asks Lita is she's surprised that fans jumped onto AJ Styles' bandwagon so quickly. Lita says that the WWE Universe watches rings all around the world, and he was only a stranger to the WWE ring. Booker says Jericho was trying to steal AJ's thunder.
Corey is outside with some more fans. He asks a fan what he's most excited for tonight, who says he's excited to see Becky win. Another fan is excited to see Ziggler win. Another fan is most excited about Lesnar.
The conversation at the panel moves to the Triple Threat Match for the Divas Championship. Renee asks why these three women are spearheading the Divas Revolution. Lita says there have always been talented women, but the combination of these three women that refused to say no have made all the difference. Lita says, to see the poster of the Divas on AT&T stadium, she has goosebumps every time. She also says she has an announcement to make on the second hour of the Kickoff. Booker says Charlotte has the best in expert tutelage through Ric Flair, and she's the future of the Divas division. Lita says Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks have a lot of experience as well. Booker says we're gonna see the ladies in the main event when it's all said and done.
The conversation moves to the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. Renee asks if Big Show will repeat his win from last year. Booker says he could see it. Lita says someone who's been under the radar could step up and win it tonight.
Up next is a discussion of The New Day vs. The League of Nations. Booker says the numbers game will make all the difference tonight. Lita agrees. Booker believes in the power of positivity, but Lita thinks it won't get them a win tonight. Renee knows we'll see some "deep thrust" action from Big E tonight.
The conversation move to the No Holds Barred Match between Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar. Tom Phillips and Cathy Kelley are in the Social Media Lounge with Paul Heyman. The first question asks how Lesnar plans on keeping down a man who won't stay down. Heyman says "with his hands and with his training" as a collegiate wrestler. The next question asks how many times Lesnar will suplex Ambrose. Heyman says he'll do it as much as Lesnar deems appropriate, and take Ambrose to Suplex City at his own leisure. The next question asks how he'd feel if Ambrose conquered Lesnar. Heyman starts laughing and says he didn't know we were doing comedy tonight. Heyman says to stop dealing in hypotheticals. He deals in facts. Heyman says Tom did an awful job asking questions, but Cathy did a good job. Back at the panel, Renee says we've seen Ambrose collecting weapons. Booker says he likes Ambrose because he's a fighter. But tonight, Lesnar is the most dangerous man in the WWE, and he has access to weapons too. Booker says this could be the last time we see Ambrose tonight. Lita says both men will experience a whole new level of brutality with access to weapons.
Corey is inside the arena onstage. He shows us a first-person view down the ramp to get a sneak peek of the atmosphere. He waves at the panel and says he'll come join them. Renee then introduces a recap of last night's Hall of Fame ceremony.
We move to ringside as Mauro Ranallo, Jerry Lawler, and Byron Saxton welcome us. Kalisto's music hits as the United States Champion makes his way to the ring. Ryback comes out to boos from the crowd as they continue to file in. Eden does in-ring introductions for both Superstars.
United States Championship Match: Kalisto vs. Ryback
Ryback tries to intimidate Kalisto, who jumps onto him with a side headlock. Ryback lifts him and drops him to the mat. Kalisto tries to whip Ryback, but Ryback stops and whips Kalisto outside the ring. Ryback shouts that Kalisto is "just a little guy" as Kalisto runs back into the ring. He charges at Ryback but gets dropped by a shoulder block. Kalisto fights out of the corner and jumps onto the second rope. He lands a flying bulldog for a two-count. Kalisto rolls out of the ring and Ryback follows. Kalisto heads back into the ring and feints a splash onto Ryback. On the apron, Kalisto jumps onto Ryback with both feet and slams him to the mat. Ryback gets up and tosses Kalisto against the barricade before slamming his back into the steel post. Ryback tosses Kalisto into the barricade once more before military pressing Kalisto up the ring steps and into the ring. Kalisto fights to his feet and runs at Ryback, but Ryback throws him high into the air and down to the mat as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Ryback is in control, dragging Kalisto around by the arm. Back to his feet, Kalisto lands some kicks to his leg, but is stopped by a back elbow from Ryback. After a pin attempt, Ryback lands some knees to the sternum of Kalisto. Ryback postures for some heat and picks up Kalisto, who kicks his way free. Kalisto attempts a hurricanrana but Ryback lands a sitout Michinoku driver for a two-count. Kalisto gets up on the apron and lands a feint kick before climbing the turnbuckle. Ryback stops him and gets into superplex position. Ryback holds Kalisto in vertical suplex position on the second turnbuckle, but Kalisto counters into a cross-body for a two-count. Ryback lands a quick clothesline before going for Shellshocked. Kalisto counters into a DDT and lands a rana driving Ryback's head into the mat for a two-count. Ryback goes for a clothesline but Kalisto ducks and lands a springboard corkscrew for another two-count. Mauro points out that Kalisto's gear is a tribute to Hayabusa. Ryback catches a kick from Kalisto and lands a spinebuster. Kalisto crawls to the corner and pulls off the cover from the second turnbuckle. Ryback pulls him from the corner and charges Kalisto. Kalisto lands a drop toe hold, sending Ryback face-first into the exposed turnbuckle. Kalisto gets the pin after a Salida Del Sol.
Corey Graves is back on the panel as they briefly discuss the match. Two matches are still left on the Kickoff as we move into the second hour. We get a look at The Rock's Instagram as he promises a big night. Renee asks for some speculation as to what The Rock has in store tonight. Lita says WWE is The Rock's home, no matter where he goes. Corey says he belongs at WrestleMania.
We send it back to ringside as the Total Divas theme plays and Brie Bella makes her way to the ring, followed by Paige, Natalya, Alicia Fox, and Eva Marie. Naomi's theme plays next as she makes her way out alongside Tamina, Summer Rae, Lana, and Emma.
10-Diva Tag Team Match: Total Divas vs. Team BAD & Blonde
Summer Rae and Alicia Fox start out in the ring. They lock up and Alicia fights out with some elbows and kicks to the back. Summer fights back and Alicia goes for a Northern Lights Suplex. Summer lands a DDT for a nearfall. Alicia whips Summer and lands a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two-count. Summer retreats into the corner as both teams get into the ring and get in each others' faces.
Eva and Emma are now in the ring as Eva takes in the heat. Eva lands a hurricanrana followed by a snap suplex. Another snap suplex before Eva goes for a tag. Instead of taggin Paige in, Eva slaps Natalya on the shoulder. Emma brings Natalya into the heel corner and tags in Naomi. Natalya and Naomi trade blows before Naomi lands repeated roundhouse kicks followed by a dropkick. Natalya takes control with a rope-assisted back suplex followed by a dropkick to a seated Naomi. Natalya tags in Paige, who lands a Hart Attack followed by a shining wizard. Paige lands a knee to Naomi in the corner. Naomi takes control with a dropkick and runs after Paige, who ducks. Naomi gets caught up in the ropes after an attempted cross-body. Naomi quickly tags in Emma, who Paige catches with a kick to the sternum. Emma counters a victory roll into a wheelbarrow suplex, which gets a nearfall. Emma steps on Paige's hair and tags in Lana. She lands a kick to the back of Paige's head before landing a bicycle kick. Lana taunts Brie Bella before doing some mocking Yes chants. Lana tags in Tamina. Tamina lands a snap suplex for a two-count. Tamina sets up Paige on the top rope, but Naomi gets into the ring to help her. Natalya gets in and teases a tower of doom spot, but Naomi drops to the ring. Everyone falls to the floor except for Paige on the top rope. Paige lands a flying cross-body to numerous Divas outside the ring. Paige and Tamina get back into the ring, and Tamina stops Paige from making a tag. Emma tags in and stomps Paige in the corner. Paige fights out of the corner and schoolboys Emma's head into the bottom turnbuckle. Paige tags in Brie Bella and Emma tags in Naomi. Brie comes in hot and knocks Lana from the apron. She lands repeated "Yes" kicks to the delight of the crowd. She lands a Bella Buster, but Lana breaks up the pin. Natalya hits the ring and takes out Lana. Tamina lands a Samoan drop on Natalya. Eva Marie lands Sliced Bread #2 on Tamina and poses. Summer Rae lands a spinning kick to Eva. Alicia Fox lands a scissors kick on Eva. Emma lands a double underhook suplex on Alicia. Paige lands a fallaway slam on Emma. Naomi hits the Rear View on Paige. Brie lands a big forearm on Naomi, setting her up on the bottom rope. Brie charges but runs into a boot from Naomi. Naomi lands a dropkick and sets up a split-legged moonsault from the corner. Brie gets a knee up at the last second and climbs to the top rope. Lana runs over and pushes Brie off the top rope while the referee is distracted. Brie grabs Naomi's arm and flips her into the Yes Lock, forcing Naomi to tap.
Winner: Team Total Divas
Nikki Bella comes out and celebrates with the Total Divas. They all lift Brie in celebrate as we go back to the panel.
Booker says WrestleMania is only gonna get bigger. Renee says it's gonna get louder and hotter. Renee asks Booker which match he's most excited for, and he says Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker. Corey says he never would've thought we'd see Shane back in a ring, let alone in the match tonight. Renee asks what it'll be look like tomorrow if Shane wins tonight. Corey says we won't have to worry about that, because Shane isn't going to win. Shane may have defined the Attitude Era, but The Undertaker has defined WWE. Booker picks Shane to win.
Lita is in the ring with what looks to be a belt hidden on a podium. Lita tells a story about how when she knew she would be a wrestler. She recalls legendary women wrestlers who refused to be told no. She says these women paved the way for the Divas of today. 10 Divas just showed the crowd what it means to be a Diva, and later tonight, we'll see a Triple Threat between three women who have been instrumental in the Divas Revolution. Lita says they're more than Divas, they're WWE Superstars. So it is her honor to announce that tonight, the winner of the Triple Threat match tonight will win the WWE Women's Championship. She unveils the new belt, which looks similar to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with a white strap. The crowd pops huge for the new belt.
Back at the panel, Renee says that seeing these women recognized and getting rid of the Diva moniker is so cool. Corey says he's spent a lot of time with the competitors in the Triple Threat tonight, and he remembers when they were hired. He's seen how they've grown as performers and as people since starting the movement on NXT.
The Usos make their way to the ring as we lead into our final Kickoff match. The Dudley Boyz make their way out next.
The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz
All four competitors brawl in the ring. The Dudleyz send one Uso out of the ring before hitting a double flapjack on the other. Bubba leaves the ring as D-Von beats down the legal Uso in the corner. D-Von whips him and lands a spinning elbow before applying a neck crank. The crowd wills the legal Uso to his feet as he hits the ropes, but he walks into a lariat from D-Von and another nearfall. Bubba Ray tags in and stomps him, shouting that this is "just like we did to your daddy, Rikishi." The beatdown continues as Bubba lands a number of strikes before Jimmy (thanks, Mauro) lands a superkick and gets the tag to Jey. Jey comes in hot and lands a Samoan drop on D-Von. Bubba gets into the ring and lands a scoop slam. The Dudleyz' set up their signature diving headbutt to Jey's groin and land it. The Dudleyz tease getting the tables, but The Usos get into the ring and land dual superkicks. Jey goes for a Superfly Splash on D-Von but he gets his knees up. Bubba gets into the ring and they hit a two-man back suplex/neckbreaker combo for a nearfall. They signal for the 3D, but Jimmy takes out both Dudleyz with a superkick to each and pins D-Von for the win.
Winner: The Usos
The Usos celebrate before Bubba gets into the ring and attacks them. The Dudleyz get out of the ring and pull out tables. Each sets up a table in the ring. They attempt a powerbomb on both Usos but they counter out and land superkicks. The Usos readjust the tables and set up the Dudleyz on the tables. The crowd is booing pretty loud as they climb the turnbuckles. The Splashes through the table turn the boos to cheers as the Usos celebrate.
Back at the panel, Lita has rejoined Renee, Booker, and Corey. They run down the card. The conversation moves to The WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match between Roman Reigns and Triple H. Booker says Triple H is always ready for battle, but tonight is the night for Reigns to conquer Triple H and move forward. Corey says the first thing Roman will have to do is put the atmosphere behind him. Many of the 100,000 people here don't like him. Corey picks Triple H to win as we see the announcers make their way to ring in the background. Lita agrees. Booker says he expects Roman to solidify his dynasty tonight. He says, for the people on Twitter, he meant to say "destiny." Renee says this will be the main event tonight, as we go to a promo package for Roman and Triple H to end the Kickoff.