2 Ups & 8 Downs From WWE WrestleMania 32

Dallas Liars Club.

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If WrestleMania 31 brought about the dawning of a brand new era thanks to the main event triumph of an NXT graduate and the Network's reframing of the pay-per-view landscape, WrestleMania 32 over-reached in an effort to toast those success stories.

Here's a "down" before the lengthy list to come on the show - the attendance was an enormous lie exposed as such as soon as Vince McMahon was forced to admit it. The desperation to legitimately top their disputed WrestleMania III figure resulted in The Chairman counting every fan, wrestler and toilet attendant to get to the 101,763 announced later in the night.

Dallas' cavernous AT&T Stadium was still pretty f*cking full too, but why celebrate the truth if there's a lie to be luxuriated in? It was a frustrating theme that ran throughout the show...

(Want more WrestleMania Ups & Downs? We got 'em: I, 2, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, 13, XIV, XV, 2000, X-Seven, X8, XIX, XX, 21, 22, 23, XXIV, 25, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, 29, XXX, 31)


Michael is a writer, editor, podcaster and presenter for WhatCulture Wrestling, and has been with the organisation over 7 years. He primarily produces written, audio and video content on WWE and AEW, but also provides knowledge and insights on all aspects of the wrestling industry thanks to a passion for it dating back over 30 years. As one third of "The Dadley Boyz", Michael has contributed to the huge rise in popularity of the WhatCulture Wrestling Podcast, earning it top spot in the UK's wrestling podcast charts with well over 50,000,000 total downloads. He has been featured as a wrestling analyst for the Tampa Bay Times and Sports Guys Talking Wrestling, and has covered milestone events in New York, Dallas, Las Vegas, London and Cardiff. Michael's background in media stretches beyond wrestling coverage, with a degree in Journalism from the University Of Sunderland (2:1) and a series of published articles in sports, music and culture magazines The Crack, A Love Supreme and Pilot. When not offering his voice up for daily wrestling podcasts, he can be found losing it singing far too loud watching his favourite bands play live. Follow him on X/Twitter - @MichaelHamflett