There has never been a WrestleMania quite like WrestleMania 36.
For the first time in WWE history, WrestleMania is a two-night deal in front of an empty arena. The wrestlers worked extremely hard to perform to their highest level in the ring, although that challenge was compounded by the lack of crowds. While it really does not affect the effort or passion poured into the show, a wrestling match is simply incomplete without an audience responding to the performance. There were still outstanding moments and matches, as the show began with a very strong tag match that saw Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross win the Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Other highlights included Becky Lynch retaining his SmackDown Women̵
This show will forever be known for its most important event, which was the “Boneyard” match between The Undertaker and AJ Styles. After years of struggling to join the ring, The Undertaker delivered a throwback performance. WWE’s production team also created a fun, captivating and sometimes even hokey – aren’t any of WWE’s brands over the last 36 years? – Match that stood out for all the right reasons.
Already an elite talent, Styles shines in defeat. The potential now exists for him to challenge The Undertaker in a rematch at WrestleMania 37. That match could take place in a ring – and that would mark Taker’s first back-to-back WrestleMania series since his program with Triple H on WrestleMania 27 and 28 , but nothing compares to his back-to-back “Mania matches with Shawn Michaels – if the WWE commercial chooses to go in that direction.
Braun Strowman is also the new Universal Champion.
After a weak explanation for Strowman’s performance, which was noted on the pre-show as “a change of plans,” “Monster Among Men” destroyed Bill Goldberg to win the belt in just over two minutes. Strowman now seems to be a heel, giving some of the more traditional protagonists on the watch list, including Kevin Owens, a chance to challenge for the title.
A wrestling fan for an important event will not soon forget
Given the circumstances and circumstances surrounding this WrestleMania, WWE offered a very unique presentation of pro wrestling with its main events.
“It was the right call not to make Undertaker vs. AJ in PC like any other match,” said New Japan Pro Wrestling star Rocky Romero, a co-host for The Talk ‘Shop podcast with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, who added to the chaos of the “Boneyard” match but eventually met his match in The Undertaker. “It was a fantastic presentation of The Undertaker at WrestleMania, and we are already used to seeing him in some kind of interesting scenarios where he does something beyond the norm. I thought it was really cool, it was obviously a lot of hard work to do what they did. I thought they could have gone even further with the cinematic presentation and hired some crazy Hollywood stunt people to go out. But it was firmly rooted in professional wrestling in its presentation. “
The match had backstage producer Jeremy Borash’s fingerprints everywhere. Borash was invited by Matt Hardy to help create a lot of the more memorable videos in Hardy’s “Broken Universe.”
“It definitely had the ‘Hardy Compound’ feel to it,” Romero said. “And that’s really interesting, because look at how much Hardy has helped change wrestling over the last couple of years.”
Romero, Gallows and Anderson have a new section this Sunday of “Talk’n Shop”, with an in-depth discussion on Tiger King, and next week’s episode may well be meetings that listen to wrestling fans.
“This week we’re with Robert Langdon, who has spent a lot of time with the ‘Tiger King’ and is someone who hangs out and Anderson knows well,” Romero said. “It’s a very interesting” Talk’n Shop “and then next week we will dive into WrestleMania and the” Boneyard “match.”
Even in defeat, Styles’s crime world reminded that there are few more elite talents than “The Phenomenal One.” Romero felt this match was the perfect opening chapter for a longer feud between Styles and The Undertaker.
“Something that really struck me during the main event was that this is a great taste of what next year’s WrestleMania can be,” Romero said. “Having Undertaker-AJ and developing it for a year, instead of pushing it together, in front of 70,000 people, is what I would do. It would be one of the most memorable matches of all time, especially after what we just saw happen. It was the perfect installation for next year. “
The best of the rest
WrestleMania has built a reputation as “Showcase of Immortals.”
But it just doesn’t feel that way in the Performance Center. Wrestling is incoherent and even hollow sometimes with no live audience. The wrestlers learn to play the audience’s emotions, which is impossible when there is no audience. And WWE has set an extremely high standard for first-class presentation at WrestleMania, with outstanding sets, pyro and turn into a larger-than-life spectacle.
But that doesn’t mean the show didn’t make sense. It was real emotion from Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, who opened the show by winning the Women’s Tag Team Championship in a fantastic match against Asuka and Kairi Sane.
Sami Zayn had his moment with Daniel Bryan, and John Morrison also returned to WrestleMania after a nine-year absence to win the triple-threat ladder against Kofi Kingston and Jimmy Uso, absorbing a painful place to make for a lasting moment of the year he fell on a ladder for victory. The image of an upset Shayna Baszler, after her loss to Becky Lynch, was also a powerful visual.
This was a WrestleMania for the fans at home, but also for the artists to show off their hard work and endurance to reach the highest level of pro wrestling.
Elias kills the king, but not the moment
Elias won his match against King Corbin, but unfortunately it felt like it belonged to the kickoff show or simply off the card.
Last year, Elias worked at WrestleMania 35 with John Cena. He looks good, can work in the ring and is charismatic. But for the last couple of years there has simply been no long-term impetus for Elias. Maybe he will be able to build the momentum on a victory at WrestleMania.
Gronk mostly stays out of the limelight
King Corbin did not continue his cheating with WrestleMania hosts Rob Gronkowski.
Corbin is a former NFL player and dedicated fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, so there was plenty of potential for him to have a better moment with Gronkowski than they shared during his segment together a few weeks ago Beat down.
WWE was smart in limiting Gronkowski’s behavior. He welcomed the audience at the beginning of the show and eventually was thrown aside by Mojo Rawley when R-Truth produced the 24/7 title, but we never saw too much of Gronk.
Gronk will probably have at least one run with the title 24/7, the beginning – and probably the end – of night two of WrestleMania. Overall, he had a good showing in his first night as host.
To ignore the absent elephants from the room
My only other major complaint was the lack of history of the absence of Roman Reigns and The Miz.
WWE’s policy is not to mention the corona virus, but it was still disappointing that there was no creativity involved in explaining the lack of appearance from two big stars.
How did Braun Strowman immediately become a villain? There were definitely some subtle but important parts of the story that Vince McMahon arranged at WrestleMania.
Strowman rises quickly – maybe too fast
Braun Strowman is the new universal champion.
Strowman exterminated Bill Goldberg in just over two minutes in a match Wrestling Inc. owner Raj Giri could tell immediately it was booked by Paul Heyman.
“This was clearly a Paul Heyman booked match,” said Giri, whose website is extremely strong at providing current and breaking news, as well as giving a different look at the business with podcasts and interviews. “If you look at Goldberg’s match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33, it was very similar. It was a bunch of big moves and then goals in just over two minutes. “
Giri understood the desire to remove the belt from Goldberg, but he would have preferred more a story in Strowman’s first opportunity with a top title.
“They hardly mentioned that Braun would be in the title fight, but they needed to get the title from Goldberg,” Giri said. “He is obviously an expensive talent. Forbes released the ten highest paid wrestlers and Goldberg made three million last year. There were only two matches. He is not cheap, with a lot of uncertainty, they do not want that cost right now. “
Wrestling Inc. traffic traditionally peaks during WrestleMania, and that will be the case again this year.
“We do between 20-25 million page views a month, but with WrestleMania it is close to 30 with a few million a day,” Giri said. “It looks like it’s getting even bigger this year, and that’s because of WrestleMania’s second night. And we will have a podcast after each night of WrestleMania, an interview with Ric Flair coming and lots more, so keep checking out WrestlingInc.com. “
Giri added that the decision to turn Strowman into a heel opens up many possibilities, especially when looking back on his past runs as a villain.
“He’s more effective as a heel, and they could use a big heel right now,” Giri said. Seth Rollins has fallen a little. Bray Wyatt is a heel. But I like the direction for Braun.
“It will be interesting to see what they are trying to do from here, and Braun-Roman would be a money game at SummerSlam. Braun really credits Roman for helping him improve and putting him on the map, so that would be huge to build on. “
Owens gets most of WrestleMania back
Owens won that match, but his start-and-stop booking has not resulted in consistent speed. Now, after his WrestleMania victory against Seth Rollins, he seems to be heading towards a universal title program with Braun Strowman.
Unlike pro sports, pro wrestling is a profession where even the most gifted can be held down. A popular reason is politics or the belief that someone is looking to get your place.
Owens had every reason to be bitter when he left the card last year at WrestleMania 35. But he didn’t use the disappointment as a reason to be bitter.
“Missing WrestleMania was such a battle,” Owens said Sports Illustrated. “I don’t think anyone can fault me for saying that. Anyone who lacks WrestleMania and doesn’t care about it probably has to look at their priorities.
“I don’t want to be so arrogant to say that it was probably worse for me than it would have been for someone else, but it was probably worse for me than it would have been for someone else. I’m really obsessed with this. That’s the limit not healthy.
“Until the night before, I was still hoping that they would come to me and say, ‘Hey, we just didn’t tell you, but this is what you do.’ But it never happened. I flew home Saturday night before WrestleMania to be with my family, and it helped make everything a lot easier. The next morning it was time to move on. From here on out, I’ll do everything I can to make sure it never happens again. “
Owens promised never to let another WrestleMania opportunity slip away from him. He remained true to his words this year, as his place outside the WrestleMania set was dangerous but effective. At WrestleMania 36, Owens did the best of his moment.
Lynch continues his reign to stop Baszler’s momentum
The work of Becky Lynch and Shayna Baszler caught the eye of WWE Hall of Famer Amy “Lita” Dumas.
Despite the popular belief that Baszler would oppress Lynch, the finish saw Lynch over his opponent by countering Baszler’s Kirifuda Clutch submission in a successful pin case. Tuesday will mark the one-year anniversary of Lynch winning his title, which is a remarkable run with a title in modern times.
“Regardless of her history, people are only drawn to Becky,” Lita said. “She is so genuine.”
Dumas was a trendsetter in WWE throughout her career, with an innovative style in the ring that forced her peers to continue to develop. She sees many similarities to Lynch, who has taken every opportunity she has to become one of WWE’s most famous faces.
“Becky has been able to maintain the company’s face and stay in the limelight,” Dumas said. “I have seen women and men having their day in the limelight and being in the main event for a minute. But in order to stay there is a completely different fun game. She has passed her 15 minutes, past people who say, ‘Isn’t it cute? The child from Ireland embarked on a world trip to become a wrestler! “No, she got there and she stayed there.”
Dumas is busy working on his dream project, which is transforming kayfabe project into reality. Although I still work with finance, kayfabe has the potential to be an original, thought-provoking TV series, shared from a female perspective and inspired by true events.
“The beginning of our launch was when the coronavirus started spreading, and we are very grateful to those who have donated, but we supported the gas that required people for money because they were uncertain about their jobs and future,” Dumas said. “It is still open, but we are looking at other alternatives to get the project done. We will definitely move on, and we will live up to the fans. “
Duma’s attention now turns to tomorrow’s showdown with Charlotte Flair against NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley.
“Charlotte has proven time and time again, no matter what situation she gets, she delivers,” Dumas said. “She knows exactly what to do when she calls.”
That match will be the WrestleMania debut for 23-year-old Ripley, but Dumas offered a veteran’s perspective when she explained that the press brown falls on Flair’s shoulders.
“Charlotte has the stigma of, ‘She has to do everything, she must always be in the limelight,’ said Dumas. ‘As much as Charlotte constantly delivers, you still hear,’ That’s because she’s Ric Flair’s child. ‘ As proud as she is of her father, every time she goes through the curtain she builds her own heritage. That’s her mentality every time she’s out.
“Rhea has it a little easier. She’s newer in WWE, so if she didn’t deliver, she wasn’t expected to. But she has shown everything that has been done by a long, solid, really good career in WWE. So this match can be equally beneficial for both of them. They are new opponents to each other, two new energy bodies that attack each other. “
Night One gets the job done
Overall, WrestleMania’s first night was fun.
Although the show lacks the magnificence of a traditional WrestleMania, WWE’s talent collection poured its hearts into the matches, and the “Boneyard” special was truly a unique way to end the night.
All eyes now turn to the second night and potentially breakout evenings for Drew McIntyre, Rhea Ripley and Aleister Black – and the emotional return to WrestleMania for Edge.