Note: WWE has addd two more matches (update at 12:40 pm Eastern) Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, WrestleMania 36 had to adjust its card, start time, location and to some degree how to watch. That stinks, obviously. Predictions, though, thanks to no spoilers yet being leaked can be made. For those unaware, the WWE has taped the Grandaddy Of Them All ahead of WrestleMania weekend.
Originally scheduled for a larger venue, WrestleMania will take place at the WWE’s Performance Center. When we say “take place,” it’s more of a general sentiment, as there will be portions of the show with no crowd and other aspects of the event having been taped elsewhere. Basically, don’t expect that giant arena feel.
Unlike pervious versions of WrestleMania, 36 is taking place over the course of two days. Starting on Saturday, April , then Sunday, April 5 the greatest wrestling show on Earth’s scheduled start time is begin 7 p.m. ET. This does not count kickoff shows; though people expect both nights’ shows to run three to four hours.
Despite some rumors (though they can later turn out to be true last second), WrestleMania will be available on the WWE Network. It’s free this month.
One last important aside: These matches have all already been taped. There’s “rumors” of some of these matches having been scrapped for various reasons. Furthermore, it’s likely the WWE filmed multiple finishes to each match (to avoid spoilers) and/or added/removed stuff from the show to keep it “exciting.”
JUST ANNOUNCED: @YaOnlyLivvOnce vs. @NatbyNature AND @DrewGulak vs. @WWECesaro have been added to the special two-day #WrestleMania #Kickoff, airing tonight and tomorrow at 6 ET/3 PT! https://t.co/fhWs6Rz3xr pic.twitter.com/PdL2mc2L3C
— WWE (@WWE) April 4, 2020
Enough of the semantics, let’s get to the card and predictions!
Women’s Tag Team Championship: The Kabuki Warriors (c) vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
There has to be some title changes at WrestleMania. The women’s tag division hasn’t seen a lot of movement as of late. Expect the challengers to come out on top.
Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley
For the love of everything holy, it better not be Lashley.
Elias vs. King Corbin
Corbin is this generation’s JBL; a dude who garners sincere heat and is going under appreciated. He isn’t the cool bad guy. He’s just bad. Elias has gone from heel to face to heel to face so many times, he’s inching toward becoming a mini Big Show. Give it to Corbin.
Raw Tag Team Championship: The Street Profits (c) vs. Angel Garza & Austin Theory
The WWE’s tag team division is a mess right now. It’s especially highlighted now because their competition, AEW, has an all-time great tag team division at the moment. Anyway, the champions should retain.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship (Ladder Match): The Miz & John Morrison (c) vs. The New Day vs. The Usos
The Usos are arguably the best WWE tag team in the history of the sport. While The Miz is a Hall of Fame talent, WrestleMania is for moments. Give it to the legendary tag team.
Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
This one can go either way. Sami is DOMINATING the mean streets of Twitter, but social media is a tiny echo chamber. If the WWE wants to use WrestleMania to help create some feel good vibes, expect Daniel Bryant to win the prestigious IC Title — a belt once held by Marty Jannetty, who once beat HBK, who once retired Ric Flair.
Basically, Marty Jannetty is better than Ric Flair.
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins is in the middle of his least interesting run of his career. The WWE is in the midst of its worst programming since before Hulk Hogan yelled at us about eating vitamins. The smart move is to put Owens over, but no one is claiming the WWE is smart.
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Naomi vs. Lacey Evans vs. Tamina (Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match)
Naomi would be the feel good winner. The WWE clearly loves Lacey. However, don’t be tickled shocked if Sasha Banks sneaks away with the win.
NXT Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Flair almost never loses on the big stage; though it would be weird for her to win the NXT strap. Then again, who knows. Let’s go with Ripley because miracles or something.
Edge vs. Randy Orton (Last Man Standing Match)
Everything in the world (provided this match happens) says Edge.
John Cena vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (Firefly Funhouse Match)
Hey, remember that time years ago when Wyatt was first red hot and Cena squashed his push (like Wade Barrett before him)?
Cena owes the one-dimensional Fiend.
The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles (Boneyard Match)
For the love of Mean Mark forever searching for blood money, whether in the states or overseas, let’s give this one to AJ Styles… even if we all believe it to be the Deadman.
Also, sidebar: It’s unfair normal humans have to wrestle a dead person. The dead person has an unfair advantage. He can’t feel anything. I call hogwash!
WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
Brock Lesnar was, rumored, angry backstage that he couldn’t just film his match and go home. I’m a huge Drew stan and hope he comes out on top.
That said, WWE’s ratings are a bit all over, and they might not yet be sold on McIntyre carrying the brand in a post-Brock world.
WrestleMania spoiler ahead, but it has nothing to do with how to watch, the location, start time or anything like that. It does have to deal with the card and predictions, though: Please note that due to a wrestler pulling out from the card, the WWE’s replacement for the wrestler has been named. We’re going to talk about it in the count of five. Stop reading here if you don’t want to know.
Universal Championship: Goldberg (c) vs. Braun Strowman
Roman Reigns has a preexisting condition and asked off the card. Anywho, given that Braun is a late replacement here, expect the decomposing corpse of a wildly overrated star from a defunct wrestling company to go over because this is the WWE in 2020 — where the present and future is actually 20 years ago or something.
That’s it for our WrestleMania predictions, card, start time, location and how to watch post!