WWE WrestleMania 36 is in the history books, and Greg DeMarco has Knee Jerk Reactions for Night 2, compiled in real time!
It’s WrestleMania, BAY BAY! I am watching (not) live on the WWE Network. These thoughts are in bullet-point form, and were compiled live as I watched. I’m on the west coast and usually watch on a delay, and managed to do so tonight with minimal spoilers.
Kickoff: Natalya vs. Liv Morgan
- My love for Liv Morgan notwithstanding, I couldn’t really get into this match. It’s not what many would call a “WrestleMania worthy” match, at least not in 2020. WrestleMania 6? Yeah, this is totally added to the card in a random control center segment.
- However, there are no battle royals this year, for obvious reasons. So good for Liv Morgan to get onto the WrestleMania card in a singles match.
- Even better for Liv Morgan? A WrestleMania win!
WrestleMania 36, Night 2
- Same opening and promo package, which I get. These things are made in advance.
- Gronk as host has been meh, in all honesty.
NXT Women’s Championship – Royal Rumble winner Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley (c)
- Charlotte vs. Rhea would have been a great opener for this event in general. Women have opened each night of WrestleMania 36.
- Charlotte turning her back on Rhea’s entrance is one of those “little things” that often goes overlooked.
- Rhea Ripley going with very different gear tonight–in both design and color scheme. I’ll defer to Miranda Morales on that one.
- The big fight title match introductions really don’t work as well with no crowd.
- Ok let’s see if LOLCHARLOTTEWINS holds true tonight.
- Both women are really delivering an empty arena experience, which is appreciated.
- Charlotte has the Flair Chop mastered.
- This match has the perfect balance of storytelling and in-ring action. If you don’t recognize Charlotte Flair as a ring general, you don’t know what you’re watching. And Rhea Ripley is going to follow in her footsteps.
- You know, everyone says Edge vs. Randy Orton has the best build–and it might–but Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley gave it a run for its money. And now it’s delivering in the ring.
- This is the best example of a hard hitting heavyweight fight I’ve seen out of the women in WWE so far.
- I love that Standing Cloverleaf.
- (A standard Cloverleaf is also done from a standing position, btw.)
- Charlotte winning was the right call, honestly. From a storyline perspective she felt disrespected by the manner in which Rhea went about getting this match. Charlotte wasn’t going to allow herself to be anyone’s stepping stone. Great job, hell of a match.