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LaBar: Lesnar vs. Ambrose will steal WrestleMania

| Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6:03 p.m.

Brock Lesnar versus Dean Ambrose is the front runner at grabbing my attention for WrestleMania 32 on Sunday.

I disliked this match when it was announced over a month ago. It looked too lopsided on paper. I had doubts about how to fill the lengthy build to WrestleMania. The only positive was it was going to be a match with no rules, which at least would open up creative possibilities for Ambrose to stay mildly competitive by being able to do anything and use anything.

WrestleMania is almost here, and this match is what I'm looking forward to seeing live most at AT&T Stadium. Lesnar should win, and that's almost always the case. Even still, I'm looking forward to see what I know is going to be a barbaric fight.

The interest is there to see to what lengths of violence the match reaches. Lesnar can hang in any fight, and Ambrose has a deep background in hardcore matches that stretch back to his days prior to joining WWE.

This is the biggest match and stage to date for Ambrose in his career, so if there's ever a time to reach into his past and pull out all the stops, this is it.

What might be crazier than the things Ambrose is willing to do in the ring is the fact he actually has a chance of getting a win. Realistically he has a chance in the booking, and they've done a good enough job in the build to make me believe he has a chance of winning because of his willingness to fight until not moving.

From the booking standpoint, teases of Bray Wyatt getting involved in a program with Lesnar are still taking place. Therefore, it's possible we see Wyatt interrupt a fantastic brawl which could lead to Ambrose walking away with the win in the record books.

All that said, Ambrose doesn't need to win. He already has won. He's about to share what I know is going to be a memorable battle with Lesnar at WrestleMania. Win, lose or draw, there's no way Ambrose leaves WrestleMania worse than he came in. His status and credibility will be elevated the moment the bell rings and the brawl ensues.

That's a the result of good booking and the result of the power a man such as Brock Lesnar possesses in his legacy.

Lesnar-Ambrose also lacks the potential for disappointment from the other marquee matches.

Roman Reigns versus Triple H is going to be surrounded by a portion of the crowd disliking Reigns and hijacking the match. Shane McMahon against The Undertaker could prove WWE backed itself into a corner. Both are babyfaces with Shane wanting to gain power, but if you root for him, then you're rooting for The Undertaker's WrestleMania career to be over. A lot of possibilities exist for things to leave a sour taste in the mouths of 100,000 fans.

With Lensar-Ambrose, the only expectation is violence. An expectation that will met easily.

I never would have thought I'd find entertainment out of a segment six days before a violent WrestleMania match, in which one competitor doesn't make eye contact to his opponent while dragging a little red wagon to the ring. It sounds ridiculous and a fail.

But Monday, that was the segment we got with Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar, and it set the tone perfectly for what is going to be a WrestleMania moment that will be colored red and draws green.

Justin LaBar is a Tribune-Review staff writer. He can be reached at jlabar@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JustinLaBar.

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