WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H vs. Roman Reigns
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H will battle challenger Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, airing live April 3 from AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
As The Road to WrestleMania rounds its final bend, Roman Reigns finds himself, once again, staring down the finish line and the prize at the end of the run.
This time, however, it won’t be the unstoppable Beast Incarnate looking to deny The Big Dog, but current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H, the unyielding figurehead of The Authority and the man who effectively snatched the title from Reigns in the closing moments of the 2016 Royal Rumble Match.
That Reigns got back to this stage is remarkable enough: The tests he’s gone through since his Royal Rumble Match victory in 2015 would have caused a lesser Superstar to tuck tail and run. If nothing else, Reigns’ ability to plow past Lesnar and his best friend Dean Ambrose (again) at WWE Fastlane to earn the match with The Game should serve as proof to even his staunchest detractors that he’s made of stronger stuff than many gave him credit for this time last year.
Whether desire is enough, this time, will be the question. It wasn’t last year, when Reigns, riding a mantra of “I Can, I Will,” put then-champion Lesnar on his heels in the main event of WrestleMania 31 before Seth Rollins swooped in and stole the show. There’s no Money in the Bank contract to potentially play spoiler in Dallas this time around, but this incarnation of Triple H never goes into battle without a Plan B, C and D to back up his strategy. Even though it’s billed as a one-on-one match, make no mistake: Reigns is fighting the machine itself, and The King of Kings need only gesture to his army of subordinates to help him hold down the man who ran roughshod over his “church” for years, both as a member of The Shield and the solo Superstar who brutalized The Game at WWE TLC 2015. Taking the title was less a feat of strength than a display of power, a symbolic gesture of The Game’s rule, and an affirmation that no one will take it from him easily.
So it’s onto Dallas, where the ironclad king battles his Kevlar-encased usurper, a battle of one versus all in the disguise of a grudge match, with the ultimate prize on the line. For Triple H, his legacy and his position are at stake. For Roman Reigns, it’s his future. We know he’s capable. But whether he can or he will is barely even the question anymore. He must.
Watch Reigns challenge The Game for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on The Grandest Stage of Them All when WrestleMania airs live on the award-winning WWE Network on Sunday, April 3.
No Holds Barred Street Fight Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar (No Holds Barred Street Fight)
Brock Lesnar has built a legacy out of conquering the competition, but at WrestleMania, he’ll face a Superstar who won’t run from a brawlwhen he battles Dean Ambrose in a No Holds Barred Match.
Considering the punishment Lesnar delivered to Ambrose in recent weeks, the unstable brawler would have to be a lunatic to want a match against the destructive competitor.
But after Lesnar brutally attacked Ambrose in the parking lot before the Feb. 22 Raw, driving him through a car windshield and sending him to the hospital, Ambrose wanted to get even.
He commandeered an ambulance and returned to Raw to call out The Beast. Lesnar kicked him in the stomach and shrugged off the confrontation at first, but then Ambrose caught Lesnar and Heyman’s interest by asking for a No Holds Barred Match at WrestleMania.
Hell in a Cell Match Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker (Hell in a Cell Match)
The Undertaker has WWE in his veins. He’s been a fixture in the company through thick and thin, destroying opponents and earning respect from the locker room for 25 years and counting. At WrestleMania, though, he’ll stand inside Hell in a Cell across the ring from someone born into WWE royalty and eyeing control over its flagship program Raw: Shane McMahon, the grandson of WWE’s founding father and son of WWE’s current Chairman.
Shane-O-Mac started his career in the WWE warehouse at age 15, fulfilling merchandise orders. In the 25 years that followed, Shane led several departments behind the scenes and rose to the position of Executive Vice President of Global Media, while also becoming a major player on WWE TV. But in 2010, he decided to leave WWE and create his own path, pursuing other business ventures in China, far from the shadow his father Mr. McMahon cast.
On the Feb. 22 Raw, though, Shane unexpectedly returned to WWE to interrupt his sister Stephanie McMahon from becoming the first recipient of the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award. After Mr. McMahon lauded Stephanie for having a “good-hearted soul,” Shane cut off her acceptance speech, irreverently dancing to the ring in a suit and a pair of Air Jordan 1s — a testament to his laid-back, yet corporate, demeanor
Shane rejected his father’s hug and handshake before saying Stephanie did not earn this new honor. Shane then told his father that he wanted control of Monday Night Raw to ensure the company’s future, which Mr. McMahon agreed to on one condition: Shane defeats The Undertaker at WrestleMania in a Hell in a Cell Match. If Shane loses, he must surrender a lock box of family secrets to his father. Mr. McMahon also revealed that he’ll write Shane out of his will — leaving everything to Stephanie — and disown The Boy Wonder.
The Undertaker may be known as being one of the toughest Superstars to ever step inside the ring, but the same can be said for the much smaller Shane, who is 2-0 at WrestleMania. He battles like a jungle cat: He’ll knock you off your feet with his sharp punches and pounce through the air to take down prey. Unlike most billionaire’s sons, Shane has proven that he’ll go crashing through anything — be it glass or gravity — for a win.
That death-defying is needed inside the dreaded Cell, the Devil’s Playground where Undertaker has tortured souls since the match’s inception in 1997.
Will Shane prevail in WWE’s most dangerous match against its most feared competitor to take control of WWE? Watch Shane McMahon try to topple The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania, live on WWE Network on April 3 at the special start time of 7 ET/4 PT.
Divas Championship Triple Threat Match Divas Champion Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks (Triple Threat Match)