Wrestlemania this year was one like no other. No audience, no large venue, and so many matches it required two nights to showcase them all instead of the usual one. But was it good?
Wrestlemania 36: Too Big for One Night (Recap & Review)
Wrestlemania 36 kicked off with a brilliant video package that dared to not take itself too seriously and treated the viewers to a piece of artistry that set the tone for the show. Following that up was clips of various artists singing America, the Beautiful through the years at past Wrestlemania events.
On Night One of Wrestlemania 36, we were treated to nine matches including the one match on the Kickoff pre-show. With Night Two promising nine more matches, it’s no wonder the card needed to be split into two.
The event took place at the WWE Performance Center. Some of the card was changed last minute, but all in all, the WWE and the WWE Superstars stepped up their game and delivered the best show they possibly could.
In the Smackdown Tag Team Championship match, The Miz wasn’t able to be there, so his tag team partner, John Morrison, took on Kofi Kingston of The New Day and Jimmy Uso of the Usos in a triple threat ladder match with the Tag Team belts on the line.
Roman Reigns also pulled out of his epic Spear vs. Spear match with the legendary Goldberg. His replacement to challenge Goldberg for the Universal Title was The Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman.
In addition to those two matches, the card saw three other championships defended with the Kabuki Warriors defending the Women’s Tag Team Titles against Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, Becky Lynch defending the RAW Women’s Title against Shayna Baszler, and Sami Zayn defending the Intercontinental Title against Daniel Bryan. The Kickoff show saw both of their respective corner men, Cesaro and Drew Gulak face off.
Three grudge matches rounded out the card with Elias facing King Corbin, Kevin Owens finally getting his hands on the Monday Night Messiah Seth Rollins, and the Undertaker facing AJ Styles in a Boneyard Match that has the WWE Universe abuzz.
While the night wasn’t without its flubs and flaws, it was far better produced and performed than many thought it would be and they delivered a top notch show for their fans. They were even louder in the ring, mouthing off at each other all night that made the lack of audience noise a little more bearable.
Night Two of the Showcase of the Immortals saw an equally stacked card including three women’s matches. On the Kickoff, Liv Morgan faced off against Natalya. Then on the main show, Rhea Ripley defended the NXT Women’s Title against the Queen, Charlotte Flair marking the first time an NXT title was defended at Wrestlemania. Bayley also defended her Smackdown Women’s Championship against four other competitors including her best friend Sasha Banks, Naomi, Tamina and Lacey Evans.
Otis of Heavy Machinery settled up with Dolph Ziggler and got the girl, Aleister Black took on the Almighty Bobby Lashley, and John Cena faced his fears in a Firefly Funhouse match against The Fiend Bray Wyatt that can only be described as trippy and psychedelic! I mean, what did we watch?!
In an epic rekindled feud 9 years in the making, Edge returned in a Last Man Standing match against Randy Orton that came to a screeching halt with a final concerto.
The Street Profits defended their RAW Tag Team titles against the team of Angel Garza and Austin Theory from NXT.
Then we had our main event. The Beast Brock Lesnar defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against the Scottish Psychopath, Drew McIntyre, who finally realized his dream and made his Wrestlemania moment!
Another blockbuster night with phenomenal action and a lockerroom full of Superstars that managed to put the lack of audience out of their minds and came ready to entertain the WWE Universe.
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