After months of construction, weeks of uncertainty and several changes, WrestleMania 36 has finally arrived. Saturday was night 1 of the WWE Performance Center two-day event in Orlando, Florida.
With all that is going on in the world right now, some professional wrestlers could give us a little break from thinking about serious issues.
This year’s show has undergone several changes in recent weeks: Roman Reigns has pulled out of the event, matches have been added and changed daily and, for the first time, there will be no crowds.
Let’s take a look at each game on WrestleMania 36’s first night. Here’s a rundown of the two-night lineup, according to WWE.com:
- The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles (Boneyard match)
- Goldberg vs. Braun Strowman (Universal Championship)
- “The Demon” Bray Wyatt against John Cena (Match Firefly Fun House)
- Brock Lesnar against Drew McIntyre (WWE Championship)
- Edge vs Randy Orton (Last man standing)
- Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler (Gross Women’s Championship)
- Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair (NXT Women’s Championship)
- Bayley vs. Naomi vs. Tamina vs. Lacey Evans vs. Sasha Banks (SmackDown Women’s Championship)
- Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
- Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley
- Elias against King Corbin
- Sami Zayn against Daniel Bryan (Intercontinental Championship)
- Street Profits against Austin Theory and Angel Garza (Raw Tag Team Championships)
- The Kabuki Warriors vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (Women’s Team Championships)
- Otis versus Dolph Ziggler
- John Morrison vs. Jimmy Uso vs. Kofi Kingston (SmackDown Tag Team Championship Ladder Match)
Updates will be released after each game, so check back overnight for the results.
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The pre-show included a single fight between Drew Gulak and Cesaro. The former cruiserweight champion came out of the hot door, but the mighty Cesaro wasted no time in turning the tide.
These are two men who are known for their technical prowess, so there were a lot of takes, disassembly and counters throughout the fight.
Gulak focused most of his attack on Cesaro’s right arm. Despite an attack by Gulak’s movements, the Swiss Superman claimed victory with a single plane rotation.
These guys took five minutes and gave us a fun game with a lot of technical offense. Gulak and Cesaro had great chemistry and it would be great if this quarrel developed.
It would have been nice to see Bryan, Zayn or Shinsuke Nakamura on the edge of the ring to support their respective allies. Other than that, it was a nice segment that did not exceed its reception. If anything, it left us wanting more.