18. WrestleMania 32 (2016)
Mild elation and consistent disappointment are the two best ways to describe what took place in front of a record-breaking crowd in Arlington, Texas. The show opened with an exciting out-of-nowhere IC title Ladder Match victory for Zack Ryder -- to start the pay-per-view. Jericho-AJ Styles was solid but the wrong guy won, our first nibble of the shit sandwich we'd be fed throughout the night. The New Day casually evaded being humdrum, though aside from their grand entrance in a giant box of Booty-O's and their spiffy Dragon Ball Z gear, their battle with The League of Nations was forgettable at best. The Street Fight between Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose somehow managed to feel thoroughly unimportant even with all of the promised weaponry and destruction on display.
The women saved the night. A title match between Charlotte, Sasha Banks (those pants!), and Becky Lynch delivered on all fronts -- easily the best women's match in Mania history. The Undertaker-Shane McMahon in Hell in a Cell featured the expected "OMG" moment, when McMahon jumped off the cage and landed on a table. Baron Corbin winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was a nice, unexpected touch (as long as they don't waste him in the coming months). We knew The Rock would show up at some point, but in what fashion was the question. Beating up The Wyatt Family along with a shoehorned-in John Cena appearance was a "let’s cater to the casual fan" cash-in. The Triple H-Roman Reigns main event, that no one in the audience really cared about, was a slow match that went against their fierce dismantling of one another on TV just weeks prior, muting out all continuity in the process. Stephanie stole the show with an insane entrance and defense against the "Reigns Spear." Reigns captures WWE gold for the third time in as many months, he gets his moment, the crowd boos, and we're done. Seven exhausting hours of wrestling later and what we got was... predictable. The WWE's choice to bury young talent with legendary fighters comes off regressive. Mania deserves more than a nostalgia kick.