Professional Wrestling is always looked down on as the unwanted ginger stepchild of the sporting world. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is the goliath of the sport with millions of fans all over the world. Every year once spring rolls around suddenly, the wrestling fan base grows even more because of Wrestlemania.
It’s is the biggest wrestling show of any calendar year and is quite the sceptical to behold. Last year’s show took place in MetLife Stadium in New York in front of over 80 thousand fans. This is what wrestling fans have come to expect in the last few years. Giant football stadiums full to the rafters of wrestling fans from all over the world. It’s somewhat of a pilgrimage for any diehard fan to experience.
Wrestlemania is set to take place over two days for the first time ever in the events history this year. This will be good news to regular watchers of the show as recent one-night Wrestlemania events have went on for seven hours. This will certainly make it much more digestible for those willing to stay up for the big show.
This won’t be the only drastic change to Wrestlemania this year. Due to the ongoing pandemic it will be taking place in an empty area. We will have no electrifying atmosphere, no fireworks and no grand sceptical that we normally get.
Wrestlemania 36 was meant to take place live in the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. That was never going to happen with the way things are currently and with the recent lockdown in Florida the event is even lucky to be going ahead. So, because of all of this WWE had to move things into their own Performance Centre.
The Performance Centre is where WWE new recruits go to train and work on their skills before embarking on their career with the company.
The company have been using the Performance Centre for recent tapings of their weekly shows Raw, Smackdown and NXT. So, it was the only real viable option especially with it already set up to host events. Some matches will also take place in other let’s just say whacky locations that will be revealed in good time.
The show of shows will certainly be unusual this year, but it will be one to watch. With the event going out pre-recorded WWE will have plenty of time to mess around with the footage which is expected to give us a much more cinematic experience.
This will be nice because over two nights 16 matches are been advertised. With eight matches a night expected to be the layout it will break things up nicely. Let’s try run down them matches with what information we have about the tightly guarded show and get hyped for the greatest show on earth.
First, there will be a celebrity host over the two nights. Rob Gronkowski or the Gronk as his friends like to call him. Who knows what a Gronk actually is, but he seems like an energetic fellow and surly will get physical at some stage over Wrestlemania weekend. One reason for you NFL heads to tune in.
Universal Championship Match
Brock Lesnar vs Drew McIntyre
Verdict: Your Drew Universal Champion Drew McIntyre. Puns we got them.
WWE Championship Match
Goldberg vs Roman Reigns
This match isn’t happening and is being advertised still for reasons. Challenger Roman Reigns came out and said he will not be attending Wrestlemania because of health concerns. Last year Reigns overcame a battle with leukaemia leaving with a lower immune system with the treatment. This has made him rightfully pull out of the event. Rumour is that Braun Strowman will be his replacement and will be inserted into the match closer to Wrestlemania.
Verdict: No matter the opponent Goldberg is on the losing side.
Edge vs Randy Orton
Last Man Standing Match
This match has had the best build of any on the show. The empty area shows have really helped the promos for this one. The fans main event this year.
Verdict: Edge will make his triumph return to the ring in nine years.
The Undertaker vs AJ Styles
What is a Boneyard match? Is it a buried alive match or will they fight in the Elephant graveyard from the Lion King? Honestly don’t know what to expect from this one.
Verdict: The Undertaker rarely loses at Wrestlemania and its his match type so he’s a safe bet.
Raw Women’s Championship Match
Becky Lynch vs Shayna Baszler
Verdict: Not much to say on this one Baszler is the new kid on Raw and ready to dominate the division.
NXT Women’s Championship Match
Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Flair
A historic match for the NXT brand as its their first match on a Wrestlemania card. It’s poetic that it happens to take place in the Performance Centre where many NXT stars began their WWE career.
Verdict: Big win for Rhea Ripley over the experienced Charlotte.
Smackdown Women’s Championship Match
Five Way Elimination Match
Bayley vs Sasha Banks vs Naomi vs Lacey Evans vs Tamina
Verdict: Bayley to retain her title and plant the seeds on the much anticipated feud between her and Banks.
John Cena vs The Fiend Bray Wyatt
Firefly Funhouse Match
Again what is a Firefly Funhouse Match? This will be more short film than match but could be a very fun change of pace.
Verdict: Has to be The Fiend in his own match type.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match
Three Way Ladder Match
The Miz & John Morrison vs The New Day vs The Usos
Another match that is more than likely not happening. Reports came out that one half of the tag champions the Miz showed up to recent tapings under the weather and has been sent home to self isolate. The rumour is that one member from each team will compete in the ladder match on their teams behalf.
Verdict: The Usos.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
The Street Profits vs Angel Garza & Austin Theory
Verdict: The Street Profits to retain against their throw together opponents.
Women’s Tag Team Champions Match
The Kabuki Warriors vs Akexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
Verdict: Bliss Cross Apple Sauce to become two time champs.
Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins
If its given time this could be an excellent opening match to get fans at home excited. Two extremely talented men with a good story behind it.
Verdict: Kevin Owens
International Championship Match
Sami Zayn vs Daniel Bryan
Similar to the previous match giving time it could be an excellent opening match on either night. Two masters of their craft could produce a classic if its just left to the two men in the ring and nobody else.
Verdict: Nice feel good Daniel Bryan win to kick off one of the nights.
Otis vs Dolph Ziggler
One of the matches fans are really behind going into this event which is crazy to say considering the standing of the men involved.
Verdict: Everyone watching wants an Otis victory here.
Aleister Black vs Bobby Lashley
No build or hype to this one at all since it was randomly announced.
Verdict: Aleister Black
King Corbin vs Elias
This is one for all you Gronk fans out there who want to see him get physical. Corbin knocked Elias off a ledge like he was Mufasa on a recent episode of Smackdown. The week before this Gronk came out and made fun of Corbin. So if Elias is unable to continue in the story due to his nasty fall at the hands of Corbin the Gronk could replace him.
Wrestling is so silly and we love it.
Verdict: King Corbin but Gronk will send him packing.
That’s it folks you are quickly caught up on what to expect at Wrestlemania 36. You can catch the show on the WWE Network App from midnight on Saturday the 4th of April and Sunday the 5th of April. So, make sure to pick up some cans with your essential shopping to help you stay awake.
Before anyone starts by the way us fans know it’s so called fake and it doesn’t make you edgy telling us we’re in on the secret. Most other forms of beloved entertainment are pre-determined. So, let the fans enjoy the show and the amazing athletes that put their body on the line for our entertainment.