It was the Super Bowl of professional wrestling as WWE took over AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for Wrestlemania 32 this past weekend.
AlwaysAList.com traveled to Texas for Wrestlemania with Cricket Wireless, the affordable cell phone carrier owned by AT&T, who was a principle sponsor for the biggest night in sports entertainment. Commercials for Cricket Wireless ran on the Jumbotron throughout the night, and you could see their logos visibly displayed throughout the stadium.
Professional wrestlers of the past, the present and those who will take WWE into its future were all on hand for an electrifying night in front of a record-breaking sold-out crowd of more than 100,000 people.
Pop group Fifth Harmony performed “America the Beautiful” during Wrestlemania and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders performed before a surprise return by Dewayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The return of The Rock was one of many appearances by veteran wrestling stars, including Shawn Michaels, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Tatanka, Diamond Dallas Page and Hall of Fame inductee Sting. The legendary Ric Flair was also on hand to accompany his daughter, WWE Divas Champion Charlotte, now the first ever Women’s Champion, to the ring.
There were also appearances by Shaquille O’Neal, who was a surprise entrant in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal; rapper Snoop Dogg, inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame; award-winning journalist Joan Lunden, given the second annual Warrior Award for her public battle with cancer; and TV host Maria Menounos, an avid wrestling fan who hosted a red carpet special and did some backstage interviewing at Wrestlemania.
Among the celebrities spotted in attendance at AT&T Stadium for Wrestlemania 32 were hip-hop star Fabolous, fitness guru Donna Richardson Joyner, rapper Wale, actor Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), sports analyst Bill Simmons and several members of the Dallas Cowboys.
Wrestlemania 32 concluded with Roman Reigns becoming a three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Reigns, a former member of the wrestling collective The Shield, comes from a long heritage of famous Samoan wrestlers (Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga and The Tonga Kid) and is the cousin of The Rock and twin tag team wrestlers The Usos.
Check out images from Wrestlemania 32 below.
The Rock posed in the WWE ring the night before Wrestlemania at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
TV Host and AlwaysAList.com editor Jawn Murray poses with WWE superstar Darren Young at the WWE’s Superstars of Hope party with the Boys & Girls Club of America.
WWE Hall of Fame inductee Snoop Dogg has a moment to himself before heading out to introduce and accompany Sasha Banks to the ring.
WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day – Xavier Woods, Big E and Kofi Kingston – dress in gear inspired by DragonBall Z after entering from a giant box of Booty O’s cereal.
The Usos – Jimmy and Jey Uso – pose before going on to defeat The Dudley Boys in a Tables Match.
TV Host and AlwaysAList.com editor Jawn Murray grabs a selfie with “Total Divas” star Natalya.
Three-time WWE Champion Roman Reigns takes a moment to reflect on beating Triple H for the title at Wrestlemania 32.