Who doesn’t enjoy an evening’s entertainment of muscled men and women pretend-bashing one another around a ring? In that vein, WrestleMania 36 officially took place on the 4th and 5th of April and has come to its final climactic conclusions.
Though, this year’s WrestleMania event was far from an ordinary, and for more reason than one. It offered as much action and excitement as playing at an online mobile casino and it really delivered the thrills.
Not Your Average WWE Event
The first interesting difference is that the event took place over 2 days, as opposed to the usual 1. This was due to the far more than ordinary number of scheduled bouts, 9 in total. Why the WWE decided to have such an extravagant event is, most likely, due to the immergence of the AEW, and the need to put on a good show. But more on this later.
The second interesting difference was that WrestleMania 36 went ahead despite enormous pressure to cancel or delay the event. This was due to the ongoing world health crisis, which was still in an extremely volatile state at the time of the event.
The live show was, of course, cancelled outright. But, after being deemed an essential service by Florida, the decision was made to pre-record the event behind closed doors and broadcast the matches via pay per view.
So ultimately, the massive live event originally planned at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa was dropped entirely, certainly disappointing a great many fans. Instead most of the matches played out at the WWE Performance Centre, assumedly with far fewer live spectators.
With all that being said, here are some of the more interesting things that occurred during WrestleMania 36.
The biggest match was undoubtedly the one that took place between Edge and Randy Orton. Though as always, it wasn’t just the meaty chest slaps and kicks to the head that made the matchup so enthralling. It was the dramatic backstory behind the action. Once, Edge and Randy Orton had been tag team partners. But after the partnership and friendship fell apart, all that remained was to settle the score with 40 minutes of sweaty, pulse pounding, face punching action. The match was the second longest in WrestleMania history and ended with Edge destroying Orton with a Con-Chair-To.
Another noteworthy occurrence was Goldberg defending his Universal Championship. But, since he happened to be defending against Braun Strowman, he didn’t stand much of a chance. After all, they don’t call Strowman the Monster Among Men for nothing. So, although Goldberg was the first ever wrestler to defend the title at a WrestleMania, the short fight saw him hand over that same title to the large, bearded face of Strowman.
Another amazing occurrence was Becky Lynch, who seems to be an unstoppable force in the ring. She faced off against Ronda Rousey over a year ago, managing to snag the Raw Women’s Championship. Now, at WrestleMania 36 she went head to head with worthy opponent Shayna Baszler, and managed to retain that same title. She is the first woman in WWE history to win a title at a WrestleMania event, and successfully defend the same title at another WrestleMania event.
All Is Not Well With WWE
Despite the excellent show, the WWE as a whole is not in a great place. Although the major event was allowed to be recorded and broadcast, it wasn’t before a number of Superstars had to be let go. The given reason for having to sack employees was budget cuts made due to the health crisis, and the resulting cancellation of live events.
But, confusingly, just a month earlier the organisation had announced it was stable. The specific detail had even been disclosed that $0.5 billion in cash and debt was available to weather the storm.
With the massive downscaling announced, soon after the contradictory assurance that all was well, many speculated that the organisation as a whole must have been on the brink for some time, long before any health-related crisis. The competing AEW, which arose to directly compete with the WWE in 2019, and has been doing well, may have more to do with it than is being admitted.