Wrestlemania 32 was not a good show, it was the first wrestlemania id watched live since I became a fan, and to say I was disappointed is an understatement. I at 5 o’clock in the morning had to really debate whether I should carry on watching wrestling. Now to be fair to Wrestlemania 32 there were some good moments for example, Zack Ryder winning the Intercontinental championship, or when it was finished, I really liked that bit.
That being said, I have a new found appreciation for the show and the whole of the Wrestlemania 32 weekend because of a newly released documentary on the WWE network titled WWE 24: Wrestlemania Dallas. The documentary follows the emotional journey of Triple H, Charlotte, The New Day, Shane McMahon, AJ Styles, and Zack Ryder, through their time at wrestlemania 32. I won’t be going over everyone’s story but just the ones that stood out to me.
Lets start with The New Day shall we? We see Vince having a whale of a time listening to The New Days intro as they perform it to an investors conference, and one of my favourite moments Vince McMahon reading the ingredients to the giant BootyO’s box ‘Unicorns: 100%… damn that’s funny’.
We also find out the origins of BootyO’s, The New Day were pitching a frankly batshit idea for their entrance to Wrestlemania, involving a row of men playing flame throwing trombones, a van made to look like a unicorn similar to the dog van in dumb and dumber, the back doors to this van are made to look like ass cheeks, these but cheeks then spread open to reveal The New Day exiting the van on bikes made to look like unicorns. They pitched this idea to Triple H to which his reply was ‘Yeah that seems cool, but how about you guys come out of a cereal box, and thus BootyO’s were born.
There was a very touching moment with The New day where they are telling a story of how they were sat in a bus full of WWE legends, like Stone Cold, HBK, Mick Foley you get the picture, and Xavier Woods was saying how him and Big E were sat on a bus full of legends, you see Kofi Kingston look confused for a moment as if to say ‘Wasn’t I there as well?’ until it clicks that they think he is a legend they then proceed to call him a GOAT and how he should be in the WWE Hall of Fame already.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of Zack Ryder but what little there is of him is fantastic, much like his Intercontinental championship. He talks about how Neville was supposed to have his spot in the ladder match, but when Neville got injured Ryder begged to be in this match and how he wanted to just hear his music one time at Wrestlemania.
He went on to talk about how when he was younger he got diagnosed with cancer, and how his passion for wrestling kept him going, and how would he be able to wrestle and wrestlemania if he doesn’t overcome it.
The main moment that got to me however was with Shane McMahon, earlier in the show we see a moment with Randy Orton and Shane McMahon talking which was lovely they both seemed like really great guys, but that’s not the moment I want to talk about.
The moment is just before and after Shanes match with The Undertaker, you see Vince McMahon sat in production as Shanes music hit, he and his children go out and do there entrance, Vince starts to well up over it. As Shane comes back after the match however he and Vince share a long hug with Vince crying into Shanes shoulder.
With all of this being said, WWE 24: Wrestlemania Dallas is a fantastic watch, and I whole heartedly recommend it. I now see that while as a fan Wrestlemania 32 was less than enjoyable, it means so much to the superstars, and they poured their blood, sweat, and tears into that show.