If we are being totally honest, I think night one of WrestleMania 36 was more entertaining and more surprising than most anyone thought it would be.
WrestleMania Night One Highlights
Elias getting the win over King Corbin was a shock, and I certainly didn’t expect to see Goldberg lose in the fashion he did. I guess his style of wrestling can be equated to the three-pointer in basketball. Live by the squash match, die by the squash match.
The triple threat ladder match was the most entertaining, in my mind, and was probably match of the night, outside of maybe Sami Zayn vs. Daniel Bryan. Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross and the Kabuki Warriors offered up an incredible performance to kick off the night as well.
Boneyard Match Review
Of course, there were other great moments too. If you didn’t see night one of WrestleMania 36, I highly recommend you check it out. The whole thing was capped off by a “Boneyard Match,” which no one really knew the parameters of until it appeared on our TVs. Luckily, it was wonderful.
I did get slightly nervous in the beginning, because the last time I remember WWE doing something along these lines was the “House of Horrors” match between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton. I’m sure plenty of you remember that tragedy, but for those who don’t, I say put it on the short list of things to watch. It is only about 12 minutes long, but it’s horrible. Almost indescribably horrible. No pun intended.
This time around things went much differently. The Boneyard Match may have seemed corny or dumb to a non-fan who was just casually looking on, but for true wrestling fans, the mass consensus was nothing but praise. I personally thought it was hilarious and enjoyed every minute of it. I have been watching the Undertaker for nearly 20 years and I don’t think I have ever heard him talk that much.
WrestleMania Night 2 Expectations
Night two of WrestleMania 36 is set to bring us more thrills, and hopefully, more pleasant surprises.
The Fiend vs John Cena could go in any number of different directions. And while I think there is no other choice here but to have the Fiend go over Cena, how we will get to that point is very much up in the air.
Edge is returning to the ring for his first singles match in nearly 10 years, and he is doing it in one of the most brutal matches possible. Expect blood, plenty of weapons and watch for Randy to go relentlessly at Edge’s neck.
Women’s wrestling will be highlighted in the form of a much-anticipated match between Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair. The Queen has star making power, and a win here would make Ripley one of the most feared wrestlers in all of WWE.
There is also a five participant women’s elimination match, which should garner a large chunk of TV time. It also features the continuation of the never ending Sasha and Bayley storyline and will probably try to make Lacey Evans look good along the way, at the expense of Naomi and Tamina.
WrestleMania Main Event
I assume the main event is going to be for the WWE Championship, which Drew McIntyre is going to win since they have spent months building him and touting the fact he was forced out of WWE and has now made this dominant return. It only makes sense. He has to win, right?
Too bad he is facing Brock Lesnar. Just ask Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Kofi Kingston, Seth Rollins and Ricochet how that has worked out during the past few years.
WWE’s Ability to Adjust
Despite the lack of a crowd, WWE has done a great job adjusting and putting out an entertaining product. This whole situation has raised an unexpected question for WWE — would the two night system be something to consider moving forward?
The logistics become more difficult when fans come back into play. Add those difficulties to the additional production and venue costs, plus factor in NXT TakeOver, which has made a staple of Saturday nights, and it may not be worth it. However, if Vince can find a way for the whole thing to make him more money, we may be looking at the new permanent format of WrestleMania.
Night two of WrestleMania kicks off at 7/6c on the WWE Network!