Night 1 of the 2-night extravaganza that is WrestleMania 36, is tomorrow night and will be one of the most intriguing WrestleMania’s in the event;s history as the show will air at the WWE Performance Center in front of no fans and was pre-taped, last week, so won’t be live when it airs, this weekend due to the ongoing Coromavirus pandemic that’s seemingly taking over the world. As of this post, we have no idea which nights are which bouts, so we’re going to rundown the entire card.
Let’s get into the preview…
WWE Championship – Brock Lesnar (C) (with Paul Heyman) vs Drew McIntyre
Preview – Rewind to the Royal Rumble, this past January…Brock Lesnar entered as the number 1 entrant and eliminated literally everybody that entered the match after him…until Drew McIntyre joined the fray and drilled Lesnar with “The Claymore Kick” over the top rope and eliminating Lesnar in the process which effectively set this match up. McIntyre would go on to win the match and the next night, on Monday Night RAW, challenged Brock Lesnar to a match at WrestleMania 36.
RAW Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (C) vs Shayna Baszler
Preview – At Elimination Chamber in February, Shayna Baszler eliminated all 5 of her competitors on her own, in very short, dominating order. She choked Natalya, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Ruby Riott and Asuka all out and would earn the opportunity to face Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 36. This is an absolute vicious rivalry between 2 of the biggest badasses on the entire WWE roster, man or woman.
Firefly Funhouse Match – “The Fiend”, Bray Wyatt vs John Cena
Preview – Last month, John Cena returned on SmackDown to announce that he wouldn’t participate in WrestleMania, this year to “let the future get the spotlight”. As Cena was exiting the ring area, the lights went out…and when they came back on…The Fiend appeared behind him and pointed at the WrestleMania sign, to which Cena nodded, seemingly accepting The Fiend’s challenge. 2 weeks ago, on SmackDown, Bray Wyatt challenged Cena to a “Firefly Funhouse Match” and last night, Cena would return to SmackDown, to accept the challenge. However, after he accepted, all of Bray’s puppet friends would surround the ring and the lights would again go out…and yet again, The Fiend appears…as the 2 locked eyes, the lights flickered and Bray Wyatt appeared behind Cena and the lights would again flicker and when they came back up, both Bray and The Fiend were gone and SmackDown went off the air.
Universal Championship – Goldberg (C) vs Braun Strowman
Preview – This match was supposed to be Goldberg vs Roman Reigns but has since been changed to Goldberg defending the Universal Championship against Braun Strowman. This change was made due to Roman Reigns pulling out of the bout to not risk any health concerns due to the Coronavirus outbreak and Reigns’ underlying health issues, making him more susceptible to the disease.
Last Man Standing Match – Edge vs Randy Orton
Preview – This is the most personal feud on the entire card. The two former-friends turned viscous rivals will battle it out until one of them are completely incapacitated for at least 10 seconds. This feud got so personal after Orton attacked Edge on Monday Night RAW, last January, the night after Edge returned at the Royal Rumble for his first match in almost 9 years. Weeks after Orton attacked Edge, Orton attacked Edge’s wife, Beth Phoenix, who confronted Orton for his attack on Edge.
Boneyard Match – The Undertaker vs AJ Styles
Preview – At the WWE’s latest Saudi Arabia-based PPV event, last month, The Undertaker confronted AJ Styles during his match for the Tuwaiq Trophy and would end up replacing Rey Mysterio in the match after Styles’ henchmen, The OC (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) attacked Mysterio, knocking him out of the match. The feud would get personal after Styles called out Taker’s wife, a few weeks ago on Monday Night RAW. This match has the added stipulation of being a “Boneyard Match” which is a glorified “Buried Alive Match”.
NXT Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley (C) vs Charlotte Flair
Preview – Charlotte won the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble and decided to challenge Rhea Ripley for the NXT Women’s Championship, forgoing an opportunity to compete for the RAW or SmackDown Women’s Championships.
Singles Match – Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins (with Murphy)
Preview – Another rivalry with a ton of personal vendettas needing to be resolved, this weekend. The pair have traded sneak attacks and having friends help them in the aforementioned attacks. This one has a ton of bad blood.
Fatal-5-Way, SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley (C) vs Sasha Banks vs Lacey Evans vs Naomi vs Tamina
Preview – This match seems a bit thrown together and doesn’t hve a ton of story-lines built in, other than will Sasha Banks and Bayley turn on each other during the match.
Triple-Threat Tag-Team Ladder Match, SmackDown Tag-Team Championships – The Miz and John Morrison (C) vs The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) vs The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E)
Preview – These 3 teams have a ton of bad blood and have been going at it for months. This has match of the night written all over it and shouldn’t disappoint.
RAW Tag-Team Championships – Street Profits (C) vs Angel Garza and Austin Theory (with Zelina Vega)
Preview – Another match with match of the night potential, however, this was supposed to be the Street Profits defending their RAW Tag-Team Championships against Angel Garza and Andrade, but Andrade had to pull out due to some nagging injuries and this week on Monday Night RAW, Zelina Vega announced that she has added Austin Theory to her stable of clients and he would replace Andrade in this match.
Women’s Tag-Team Championships – Kabuki Warriors (C) vs Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Preview – Alexa Bliss and Asuka have been in a pseudo-rivalry for years, it seems and Bliss would pickup a clean victory over Asuka, 2 weeks ago on SmackDown and the feud will culminate with this match for the Women’s Tag-Team Championships.
Intercontinental Championship – Sami Zayn (C) (with Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura) vs Daniel Bryan (with Drew Gulak)
Preview – Sami Zayn won the Intercontinental Championship, last month at the Elimination Chamber PPV event and on the same night, Daniel Bryan would beat Drew Gulak in a barn-burner. Gulak earned the respect of Bryan and Bryan would seek some help in filling in some holes in his game, from Gulak and Bryan would go after the Intercontinental Championship. Last night, Zayn, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura attacked Bryan and Gulak to get the upper-hand going into this match.
Singles Match – Aleister Black vs Bobby Lashley (with Lana)
Preview – This match literally has non story-line at all and was thrown together to get both of these men on a match at WrestleMania.
Singles Match – Otis vs Dolph Ziggler
Preview – The battle for Mandy Rose’s love culminates in this match between Otis and Dolph Ziggler at WrestleMania. Otis and Mandy had a date planned for Valentine’s Day when Otis received a text saying Mandy would be late, only for Otis to show up and see Mandy and Dolph Ziggler together at a table, eating dinner and laughing which caused Mandy to think that Otis stood her up and never showed up to their date and Ziggler was the hero. However, last night on SmackDown, it was revealed by an anonymous person that Mandy’s best-friend, Sonya Deville was the one to take Mandy’s phone and text Otis that Mandy would be late, posing as Mandy, to set Otis up for failure. It was also shown that Deville and Ziggler planned this together and both wanted Otis and Mandy to never go out, together.
Singles Match – Elias vs King Corbin
Preview – Another match without much of a story-line. Just a thrown-together match to get both men on the show.
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