It’s early April so, come hell or high water, it’s WrestleMania time. Because of the coronavirus’ spread and the social distancing measures it’s necessitated, WrestleMania 36 will take place in the WWE’s Performance Center training facility in front of essential personnel only. Much of it has also reportedly already been taped. That’s a far cry from the live broadcast in front of 60,000 fans that WWE envisioned for the show, but hey, crazy times.
WrestleMania 36 will take place over two nights, also a first. We don’t yet know which matches will take place on which night — presumably one night will be headlined by Goldberg versus Braun Strowman and the other night by Brock Lesnar versus Drew McIntyre — but it’s going to be a wild show one way or another.
This page will be updated with results, match ratings and analysis as the show. It’s some of one freaky WrestleMania, sports fans.
Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler
Lynch defends the Raw Women’s Championship she won in the main event of last year’s WrestleMania.
Elias beats Baron Corbin
This would have been fine as a match on SmackDown. At a WrestleMania with now crowd, it was a real buzzkill. After what felt like a very long time, Elias scored a win with a roll up.
The match opened with Corbin playing footage from last week’s SmackDown where he incapacitated Elias. He claims Elias can’t compete and that he should be named winner via countout/forfeit. Cue Elias’ guitar strum. Elias comes out, hits Corbin with his guitar and the match begins.
Nothing memorable happened after that.
Rating: 1.5 stars.
Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss win tag team championships
In the first match of the event, Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss defeated Asuka and Kairi Sane to win the women’s tag team championships.
Props to these women. As far as difficult situations go, opening WrestleMania in a training facility to zero people in the crowd is pretty up there. And there was certainly some awkward, clunky bits, like when Cross during her comeback did a bezerker howl as though she was performing to a crowd. But the match ended up being solid. The highlight was a creative sequence where near falls were broken up by Sane’s awesome top-rope elbow drop and then Bliss’ Twisted Bliss.
The finish came when Bliss hit that same Twisted Bliss on Sane for the pinfall.
Special shout out to Asuka here, who seemingly more than anyone knows how to work in a no-crowd environment. She was great at being over the top but not in a way that played to a crowd that wasn’t there.
Rating: 3 stars.
Cesaro defeats Drew Gulak in a quick match.
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