While the world we currently live in may be a bit uncertain on a day-to-day basis to say the least, we learned last night that WrestleMania 36 is now scheduled to take place over the course of two nights — April 4th and 5th — and will air on the WWE Network and PPV.
Once upon a time, the show was supposed to take place in front of a packed Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay before the current spready of the COV-19 virus. Now, we are looking at an event that will be filmed in multiple locations with zero fans, including the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski, of New England Patriots fame, will host the two-night event.
Currently, WWE’s weekly programming is being filmed at the aforementioned performance center including SmackDown on FOX, which will continue to air as scheduled in its Friday night time slot, currently celebrates two of the hottest feuds that will carry us until that first weekend in April. Two of the most polarizing figures in the sports and entertainment world will collide when Roman Reigns meets current Universal Champion, Goldberg, in a battle to see whose “Spear” will reign supreme.
If WrestleMania does indeed happen as currently scheduled, count on Reigns walking out with the Universal Championship belt that currently resides around Goldberg’s waist. The -1000 odds offered at sportsbooks on SBD are a bit inflated, but Reigns is the face of the franchise, while Goldberg remains a part-timer, a legendary part-timer, but a part-timer nonetheless. Reigns should be about a -500 favorite.
The match up that could steal the show for the SmackDown brand features future Hall of Fame class headliner and Hollywood superstar John Cena taking on “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt in a rematch of their WrestleMania 30 contest.
The odds on the non-title match between Cena and Wyatt are considerably closer than the Goldberg-Reigns affair. Wyatt should be a short favorite, in the -150 to -200 range, as it’s more likely WWE creative puts him back on the road to superstardom with a win over another part-time legend.
Nonetheless, the SmackDown brand looks strong alongside not one, but two other brands as the NXT brand will also feature matches on WrestleMania card for the first time in history. With NXT TakeOver being canceled as the Saturday night lead-in for Mania, expect quite a few more NXT Superstars to join Rhea Ripley on this two-night extravaganza, which will see her defend the top women’s prize against Charlotte Flair.
Here is your current WrestleMania 36 card as it stands today:
Brock Lesnar (c) w/ Paul Heyman vs. Drew McIntyre
WWE Universal Championship
Goldberg (c) vs. Roman Reigns
WWE RAW Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
NXT Women’s Championship
Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
John Cena vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles
Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens