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NXT Takeover: Dallas a better card than WrestleMania 32

If you believe the rumors -- remember, you should always take them with a grain of salt -- there is some internal strife at WWE over the promotion of the NXT Takeover: Dallas event scheduled for April 1, 2016. That's just two days before WrestleMania 32, and it's easily the biggest show in the history of the developmental brand.

You wouldn't know that from how little they've bothered to promote it.

Far be it from me to speculate on exactly why that may be the case but one thing is clear: As it stands right now, NXT is offering a far better match card than WWE during that weekend.

Let's compare:

NXT Takeover: Dallas

  • Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe
  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn
  • Bayley vs. Asuka
  • The Revival vs. American Alpha
  • Austin Aries vs. Baron Corbin
  • Apollo Crews vs. Elias Samson

WWE WrestleMania 32

  • Triple H vs. Roman Reigns
  • Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon
  • Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose
  • Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks
  • New Day vs. League of Nations
  • Kalisto vs. Ryback
  • The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz
  • Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

There's little doubt WWE will deliver an entertainment spectacle with its biggest show in history -- it's what they do, no matter the card. The fact that it's WrestleMania, on a stage this big, will help cover for the fact that the card is, for the most part, wildly uninteresting, particularly the bottom half.

There are only two good stories (Divas title, Ambrose challenging the beast).

From top to bottom, NXT has the superior storytelling, the more compelling match-ups, and will almost certainly give us better action in the ring. How did this happen?

It's worth pointing out that WWE isn't anywhere close to full strength, considering its laundry list of injuries to top stars like John Cena, Seth Rollins, Cesaro, Randy Orton, Nikki Bella, and more. Having said that, there may not be a single card put together this year that matches NXT's Dallas show.

There's something for everyone.

This isn't to say you should skip WrestleMania 32. By all means, watch it and enjoy whatever insanity WWE brings. Just don't be surprise if it can't touch the "smaller" show held a couple nights before it.

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