Over the weekend, WrestleMania 36 took place over two nights for the first time ever, giving the fans entertainment and action on both Saturday and Sunday. The first night of WrestleMania 36 brought some good action all around. With the limitations the WWE had, they managed to pull off a great show. Overall, the lack of fans made for a much different WrestleMania, and I give credit to all the performers and backstage personnel who made this event special. This was the only sports/entertainment during this time period, and it seems the majority of the people who tuned in to the pay-per-view event were entertained.
This was a nice distraction by the WWE to provide some entertainment during this difficult time.
One particular part about the first night that was enjoyable included the “America the Beautiful” edits from past singers through the years. The one strength that WWE has is their editing team; their video packages are top quality at all times.
Below is a recap of each match at WrestleMania 36, as well as my match ratings.
WWE has made it clear that they are making Rob Gronkowski a big part of their plans.
Not only was Gronk named the host for WrestleMania 36, which took place over two days this weekend for the first time ever, but then he also got involved in the competition.
After the Edge-Randy Orton match, Mojo Rawley ran into the ring and was chased by a bunch of a wrestlers. Out of nowhere, Gronk jumped on top of the pile and pinned Rawley to win the 24/7 Championship.
Being the 24/7 champion means that Gronk will now have to watch his back at all times because other wrestlers will be looking to take the belt from him at all times. This was a good way to get Gronk involved in the storylines in a bigger way.
The former NFL tight end made his first WWE appearance as a host last month and is quickly becoming a bigger part of things.
WrestleMania 36 is giving fans a two-night show for the first time ever. There were eight matches aired on Saturday’s card, and eight more plus a pre-show match on Sunday. The events were too big for just one night.
Below are predictions for how things will unfold in the second day of WrestleMania 36. I do not know the outcomes of these matches. This is strictly how I would book Night 2 of WrestleMania 36.
Pre Show Match on FS1 -Natalya vs Liv Morgan
This will be Liv Morgan’s first WrestleMania match. I see her coming out victorious as she has the look of a future champion. Natalya, a true veteran, will carry Liv Morgan in this match and teach her some technicality. Natalya is a great competitor. Let’s hope this match delivers on FS1.
Winner: Liv Morgan 3 Stars (short match, let’s hope for some technical wrestling).
Rick Pitino is officially back to coaching college basketball, and he is already angling for a way to coach against his son. Apparently we may see that happen as soon as next season, and the big WrestleMania match on Sunday night could determine where the game is played.
The Pitino family is apparently filled with big wrestling fans, and Rick proposed a friendly bet to Richard on Saturday. The new Iona coach bet his son, who coaches Minnesota, that that the Gophers will have to play at Iona next season is Brock Lesnar beats Drew McIntyre. Richard Pitino responded that he doesn’t want to root against Minnesota, who is a Gophers alum, so the terms of the bet were reversed. If Lesnar wins, Iona will play at Minnesota next season — or so the two Pitinos say.
The younger Pitino joked on Sunday that he made the bet with his dad because there’s “nothing else to do.”
Rick Pitino also shared a photo of his grandkids on Saturday showing that they were ready for WrestleMania 36.
Rick was named the head coach of Iona last month, while Richard has been coaching at Minnesota since 2013. WrestleMania was pre-recorded due to the coronavirus pandemic and split into a two-night event, and the first night already featured some entertaining moments. The Pitino family will have even more to watch for on Sunday.
Kevin Owens pulled off the move of WrestleMania 36 with an incredible leap off the WrestleMania sign at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.
Owens was facing Seth Rollins in the fourth match of night one of the two-day event. During the match, he leaped off the top of the sign in the building and onto Rollins on a table.
That was a pretty ridiculous drop.
That one was reminiscent of Shane McMahon jumping off the top of the cage at WrestleMania 32 in his Hell in a Cell match against Undertaker.
Owens ended up winning his match.
Rob Gronkowski is part of WWE now and got his first huge moment in the spotlight as the host of WrestleMania 36 this weekend.
At the beginning of the program, which was recorded at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Gronk got fans pumped up for the action.
Gronk was wearing a custom outfit for the show. That included a special “GronkMania” suit and jacket.
The best line from the former NFL tight end was him saying he could lead a party for 30 hours. The reason he said that is because for the first time, WWE is extending WrestleMania into a two-night affair, with a show on both Saturday and Sunday.
The year 2020 will be remembered by the presence of the coronavirus global pandemic. The pandemic led to WrestleMania 36 taking place without any fans in attendance. And while all major sporting events have suspended operations, WWE looks to capitalize on this opportunity by broadcasting Wrestlemania on back-to-back nights.
Emanating from the spectacular Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., WrestleMania will go back to its old-school method of being for sale via pay-per-view on cable and satellite providers. The event will also be available on the WWE Network. For the first time, WWE will have WrestleMania as a two-night event, spreading things out to avoid the 8-hour event like last year.
WWE took some inspiration from New Japan Pro Wrestling, which held their major show, Wrestle Kingdom, on two separate days. WrestleMania week includes the Hall of Fame Ceremony, NXT Takeover PPV, Wrestlemania on Sunday, followed by Raw after Mania.
Here is how I would book WrestleMania 36. Since this show is “too big for one night,” My prediction of WrestleMania will be based on match placement for night one and two based on a 5-star system.
(Disclaimer-This is fantasy booking, in no way do I know the actual outcome of this event. The order of the matches are solely for prediction purposes.)
WRESTLEMANIA NIGHT ONE – SATURDAY