WWE WrestleMania 36 will be a two-night affair this year, and here are the matches expected to main event Nights 1 and 2.
Vince McMahon has faced pressure to cancel WWE WrestleMania 36 amidst the novel coronavirus outbreak, and while he has unsurprisingly decided to keep the show going, he must do it behind closed doors at the Performance Center.
As such, WrestleMania will now be a two-day affair, taking place on Saturday and Sunday on Apr. 4 and 5.
A tentative schedule of matches has been released for the Show of Shows that weekend. The WWE Championship and Universal Championship matches will be on separate days, while the Raw Women’s Championship bout between Becky Lynch and Shayna Baszler will take place on Sunday. No date or announcement has been made for Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Title defense at ‘Mania.
But which matches will main event? Now that WrestleMania will move to a two-day format for the first time in the show’s history, we’ll have two main events instead of “co-main events” or anything like that.
According to a report from Sportskeeda reporter Tom Colohue, both the men’s world title matches will main event their respective nights.
So Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre will main event on Saturday night, while Roman Reigns will main event on Sunday night against Universal Champion Bill Goldberg.
Earlier this year, we heard rumblings that Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman didn’t see eye-to-eye on the main event of WrestleMania. While Heyman wanted Royal Rumble winner Drew McIntyre to main event the show against Brock Lesnar, Vince McMahon wanted Roman Reigns and the Universal Title to end the show. And that was before Goldberg defeated Bray Wyatt for the title in Saudi Arabia.
Now, it looks like both men have found a compromise with both men’s matches main eventing WrestleMania this year.
It’s a shame that no women’s match is expected to main event this year, seeing as how we are one year away from the first ever women’s WrestleMania main event match which had been a damn long time coming.
Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley would have been a great candidate to close one of the nights, putting over NXT and the competitors in the ring in the process. And if Sasha Banks vs. Bayley had happened, it would have been an easy main event.
One last item of note. In Colohue’s video, he warned us that because there are no fans in attendance, WWE feels less obligated to have a “happy ending” to either night of WrestleMania. Perhaps that increases the odds of Lesnar defeating McIntyre, which our Mark Justice sees as the logical outcome.