What will a two-night Wrestlemania look like?
With the change in Wrestlemania location to the Performance Center amid Coronavirus concerns, WWE announced on Wednesday that it will no longer be just one night. Instead Wrestlemania would have night one on Saturday and night two on Sunday. Even before this announcement, due to the abundance of talent WWE currently has at their disposal, I had dreamed up a two-night card. WWE will likely want to trim the fat on their cards, so I will do the same. Here’s a list of matches I had initially put on the card that will be cut:
- Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale
- Dolph Ziggler vs Otis w/ Mandy Rose as Special Guest Referee
- Raw Tag Team Championships: Street Profits (c) vs AOP vs Viking Raiders
- ARMBAR Winner (Aleister Black) vs United States Champion (Andrade)
- Women’s Battle Royale
- 24/7 Championship Hardcore Scramble Match
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship: Miz & Morrison (c) vs New Day vs Usos – Ladder Match
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Jordan Devlin (c) vs Ricochet vs Murphy
Here I’ll present my proposed cards for a two-night Wrestlemania.
Both shows will have 8 matches: 5 undercard and 3 main events. While I know that there is only one true main event on the show, I’m using the term main event to make sure there is an even split of the six most important matches. Those are the WWE & Universal Championships, the Raw Women’s Championship, and the Edge, Undertaker & John Cena matches. While other matches are of high importance (e.g. Charlotte-Rhea Ripley), these six are the ones that WWE will likely treat with the most importance at Wrestlemania.
Night One: Undercard
Both midcard titles are on the line on the weekend, with the US Championship on night one. The four way feud of Andrade, Angel Garza, Rey Mysterio & Humberto Carrillo continues for the United States Championship.
Also on the undercard would be an NXT match. The feud between Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano has reignited, and their talk seems to be about not being able to coexist. A match where the loser must leave NXT (even if WWE can’t leave the Performance Center for a while) seems like the only solution for these two. The SmackDown Women’s Championship gets a triple threat on night two, as best friends Bayley & Sasha Banks battle with the addition of Naomi.
The Women’s Tag Team Championships would get some air-time in a gauntlet match. Asuka & Kairi Sane can defend against Beth Phoenix & Natalya, the returning IIconics, Fire & Desire, and Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross. The final undercard match would be one to settle the score between Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins.
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Night One: The Main Events
While I know that there is only one true main event on the show, I’m using the term main event to make sure there is an even split of the six most important matches. Night one will have John Cena versus The Fiend, Edge facing Randy Orton, and Goldberg versus Roman Reigns.
All three of these matchups are good one-on-one matchups that will likely take a lot of time on the show. They’re all deserving of big spots, but only one can be the main event. That spot on night one goes to Goldberg versus Roman Reigns. With the Universal Championship one of the company’s top prizes, it needs to headline one of the two nights of Wrestlemania.
Night Two: Undercard
The undercard of night two has an NXT feel to it with two NXT Championship matches. Rhea Ripley versus Charlotte for the NXT Women’s Championship has been planned for a while for the Wrestlemania card, and it will continue on in this booking. Joining those two is an NXT Championship match between Adam Cole and Velveteen Dream. Having the main singles titles of NXT on the Wrestlemania card will really cement the yellow brand as a third “main roster” brand.
With an injury to Rezar of AOP as well, there are lots of adjustments needed for the Tag Team Championship scene. The idea now is to mirror the Women’s Tag Team Championship gauntlet with the best teams WWE has to offer. Right now that includes Miz & Morrison, New Day, The Usos, Viking Raiders, Street Profits & The O.C. The Intercontinental Championship is on night two as well, with Sheamus stepping up to challenge Sami Zayn.
The final undercard match is another gimmicky match for Braun Strowman. He will have a tag match against Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro with a mystery partner. That partner will be.. Rob Gronkowski. If Strowman can have a child as his Wrestlemania tag partner, he can have Gronk.
Night Two: The Main Events
Our remaining three main event matches for night two are Brock Lesnar versus Drew McIntyre, Becky Lynch facing Shayna Baszler, and Undertaker versus A.J. Styles. Of those three, the most likely to main event is the coronation of Drew McIntyre. Lynch versus Baszler could have been the main event as well, but the build has really not been embraced the way Lesnar-McIntyre has. Styles versus Undertaker also looks to be a short match, so it won’t be the show closer.
That is my attempt at booking Wrestlemania as a two night event. Did a match get missed? Do you think both nights have enough engaging matches? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter at @FPC_Wrestling.
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