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WrestleMania 32 was the 32nd annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE. It took place on April 3, 2016, at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.[3]

Twelve matches were contested at the event, including three matches on the Kickoff pre-show. Four matches were particularly considered to be the marquee attractions.[4][5][6][7] In the main event, Roman Reigns defeated Triple H to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, while The Undertaker defeated Shane McMahon in a Hell in a Cell match; Brock Lesnar defeated Dean Ambrose in a No Holds Barred Street Fight, and Charlotte defeated Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks to win the newly instated WWE Women's Championship (which replaced the retired WWE Divas Championship). The event was also notable for having the shortest WrestleMania match ever, when The Rock defeated Erick Rowan in an impromptu match, and the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, which included the surprise participation of former basketball player Shaquille O'Neal; the match was won by NXT's Baron Corbin in his main roster debut.

According to WWE, WrestleMania 32 set multiple records for the company;[1] including grossing $17.3 million and a claimed attendance record of 101,763.[1][8] Wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer disputed WWE's attendance figure, claiming an attendance of 93,730 which still would have been a WWE record.[2] WWE Chairman Vince McMahon later admitted the attendance record "wasn't 101,000 paid" as it included "ushers and ticket takers and all of that".[9]

Despite its commercial success, critics gave mixed to negative reviews for WrestleMania 32, and rated it worse than the NXT TakeOver: Dallas event WWE held two days prior. Praise went towards the opening ladder match, Styles vs. Jericho, and the Women's Title match; criticism was focused on the main event, Ambrose vs. Lesnar, the Hell in a Cell match, the overall length of the event, and what were seen as questionable booking decisions, which were focused on the amount of heel victories outside of the opening match and main event. The show was voted as the worst wrestling show of 2016 in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards,[10] and readers of WrestleCrap, which chronicles the worst moments in professional wrestling, gave it the Gooker Award for the worst wrestling event of any kind in 2016.[11] The main event title match drew particular criticism and resulted in negative and angry crowd reactions.[12]

WrestleMania is considered WWE's flagship event, having first been held in 1985. It is the longest-running professional wrestling event in history and is held annually between mid-March to mid-April.[13] It was the first of WWE's original four pay-per-views, which includes Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series, dubbed the "Big Four".[14] It has been described as the Super Bowl of sports entertainment.[15] It was the last WrestleMania to occur before the reintroduction of the brand split in July, which again split the roster between the Raw and SmackDown brands.

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