Hear me out. Year after year we are told that WrestleMania is the sports entertainment pinnacle that can not be ascertained by any other company. As it’s the “grand daddy of them all” and a spectacle unlike any other. Putting WrestleMania into its proper context as a legit economy boost to the hosting city that may be true. However, that title comes with the asterisk that the wrestling in WrestleMania is usually hurried, lackluster, and if we’re being honest with each other… it’s fucking bad.
This year, WrestleMania will have the distinct disadvantage of allure, and spectacle, but it may gain something recently thought unimaginable, a heart. WrestleMania in front of a capacity crowd of void, to be watched by the eyes of millions of bystanders on the free trial of WWE Network (check out the free trial of WWE Network if you haven’t already) over the course of two jammed packed nights, and with the total card length of limitless matches, you may see something remarkable as WWE may finally allow their world class talent enough rope to captivate a world wide audience.
Sure, there are doomed matches: Roman vs Goldberg (which has been canceled as of this writing), AJ Styles vs The Undertaker, and ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt vs John Cena will likely be among the trash heap of forgettable Mania main events that didn’t live up to the hype. However, there are others that with minimum Vince McMahon intervention could prove to be highlight matches of not only the year, but the decade in regards of future WrestleManias. I’m looking at Sami Zayn vs Daniel Bryan for the Intercontinental Championship, Seth Rollins vs Kevin Owens, Edge vs Randy Orton, The Street Profits vs Angel Garza and Andrade, and Becky Lynch vs Shayna Baszler. Two of which I could easily see being rewarded five stars on the oh so coveted Wrestling Observer review.
So, let’s be honest, can WrestleMania be a better wrestling show than WrestleKingdom…. nope, no, hell no, but with the supposed limited roll from producers in some of the opening matches, and the indie look due to the situation WrestleMania is consumed with, it could be comparable from a wrestling stand point. This could be refreshing in the rinse, repeat era of WWE television and pay per views. Long story short, WWE has a chance, to finally entertain the wrestling community. Which is the most interesting aspect of this years event by far, and the one factor I’ll be keeping a keen eye on.
Notation: So many of these matches have changed that it’s impossible to tell what the final card will be for WrestleMania 36. So, I simply went with the announced matches. It has also been confirmed that Andrede will be replaced by Austin Theory in the tag title match with The Street Profits, which is fine, it should still be a good match. Also, it’s being rumored (and by rumored I mean confirmed) that Roman Reigns has been replaced with Braun Strowman. Not sure if that makes the match better or worse, but in dire times don’t postpone, just show the world how interchangeable your roster is. While not informing the public of anything… ehh…