WWE Wrestlemania 36 Night One Review
Without question, this was definitely the most unique Wrestlemania of all time. No fans, no noise, but that doesn't necessarily mean we weren't in for a good show. For the first time ever, Wrestlemania will be a two night event and last night's presentation was one to remember! Hosted by former NFL player Rob Gronkowski, 8 matches were brought to us fans at home so let's not waste anymore time and take a look at Night 1 of Wrestlemania 36!
Pre-Show: Cesaro Vs. Drew Gulak
Decent match between these guys to kick off the preshow action. Gulak and Cesaro indeed exchanged technical wrestling holds, but Gulak mainly got the better of Cesaro. Cesaro laid in multiple European Uppercuts then performed the Airplane Spin and to make the move look better, he would spin Gulak with no hands! Shockingly, this was enough for Cesaro to beat Gulak for the pinfall! Cesaro won with an Airplane Spin? Well hey, that was old school.
The Kabuki Warriors (C) Vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (WWE Women Tag Team Championships)
You know what guys, this was a good opening match! Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross came into this bout with gold on their minds and it wasn't a easy fight as well. Asuka and Kairi Sane dominated part of the match as they wouldn't allow their opponents to have offense for half of the match. Nikki Cross took most of the beating as Alexa would be knocked off the apron whenever she was ready to step in. Kabuki Warriors would execute their own version of the Doomsday Device for a near fall then Nikki finally tagged in Alexa. Before doing so, Nikki nailed Kairi Sane with the Swinging Neckbreaker then Alexa executed the Twisted Bliss for the win! Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross emerged victorious and are now the new Women's Tag Team Champions!
Elias Vs. King Corbin
Before the matchup, King Corbin gloated about how he ended Elias' career on Smackdown a couple of weeks ago when he knocked him off of a tall structure in the Performance Center. Corbin demanded that the match won be forfeited by Elias but that would not be the case as the man himself turned up on stage! Elias would then strike Corbin in the back with his guitar then the match officially began and the two went on to have a decent match. Corbin took most of it with his antics but Elias wasn't going down without a fight. Finish came when Corbin attempted for the End of Days but Elias rolled him up with his tights and scored the pin! Elias went over Corbin here in what was a feel good moment for the man.
Becky Lynch (C) Vs. Shayna Baszler (RAW Women’s Championship)
This was a fight between these two heated rivals. Becky and Shayna both came into this match with the intentions of beating the crap out of one another and they indeed slugged it out. The match itself however, wasn't that great. Shayna was a beast as she manhandled Becky for half of the match. She even swung Becky head on to the announce table and that fatigued Becky immensely. One common factor throughout this match was that Becky would slip out of the Kirifuda Clutch every chance she got. Becky would absolutely not allow Baszler to execute the hold and that would even apply to the conclusion of the match. Baszler, who was extremely confident that she had the match in the bag, attempted one final Kirifuda Clutch but Becky would flip over her while her shoulders were still on the mat, and she somehow successfully pinned Baszler in what was an underwhelming finish to an underwhelming match. Becky Lynch retained the RAW Women's Championship and boy, I don't know what it was about this match but it didn't live up to expectations.
Sami Zayn (C) Vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Fine match as Daniel Bryan was set at capturing the Intercontinental Championship. Sami Zayn tried running from Bryan a couple of times but Bryan wasn't allowing that. Bryan would beat Sami for a bit, shouting at him during the process that Sami doesn't deserve to be the IC Champion. Drew Gulak cheered Bryan on but would get jumped by Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura at ringside. Bryan had the match won but with the distraction of the beatdown on Gulak, Sami nailed Bryan with the Helluva Kick and surprisingly scored the pin! Sami Zayn retained the Intercontinental Championship and celebrated with his fellow friends Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura afterwards.
John Morrison (C) Vs. Jimmy Uso Vs. Kofi Kingston (Ladder Match; Smackdown Tag Team Championships)
Due to The Miz's absence from this match, all three guys represented their teams in this Ladder Match for the Smackdown Tag Titles. These three guys would go on to have a great match! A total collision course as these guys destroyed each other with ladders and innovative moves. One of the best spots of the match was when Jimmy Uso had John Morrison on top of the turnbuckle while a ladder was propped horizontally in the corner. Morrison would knock Uso down then as Uso was laid out on the ladder, Morrison from the top would perform the Starship Pain! Kofi Kingston would then hit a innovative Hurricanrana on Morrison while he was on the verge of climbing the ladder and man that was impressive to see! These guys would continue to beat each other down til they all climbed up the ladder and each of them would grab the Smackdown Tag Titles all at once, scrambling for them! Jimmy Uso and Kofi Kingston would both headbutt Morrison to knock him off the ladder, but unfortunately for them Morrison took the titles with him and both guys then realized that they've lost the match. John Morrison won the Ladder Match and because of this victory, he's retained the Smackdown Tag Team Championships for himself and The Miz!
Kevin Owens Vs. Seth Rollins
This was a bout that turned into a set of bouts. Their first match was good as both men exchanged blows and different maneuvers that rocked one another. It was totally a competitive match that either man could've came out on top but it was difficult to decide who. The finish of this match came out of nowhere as both men were by the timekeeper area and Rollins would strike Owens in the face with the ring bell for the DQ. Kevin Owens won via disqualification and Rollins was totally happy with this as he allowed KO to have his Wrestlemania moment. This totally didn't sit well with Owens as he grabbed a microphone and demanded for Rollins to fight him again but this time it's a No DQ Match! Rollins obliged and the match would be restarted as Rollins went to town on KO. Rollins used a chair to beat the man down viciously til KO grabbed the ring bell and totally rocked Rollins in the face with it. Rollins with then laid out on the announce table and KO would climb up on the Wrestlemania logo behind the table to execute a huge dive onto Rollins through the table! Both men were totally banged up afterwards, but the match had to have a decisive winner. KO then dragged Rollins into the ring to hit the Stunner and finally pinned him to emerge victorious in the heated rivalry!
Goldberg (C) Vs. Braun Strowman (WWE Universal Championship)
Quick match as expected. Goldberg executed 4-5 Spears on Braun Strowman then he attempted to hit the Jackhammer but Strowman reversed it quickly. Strowman would hit a couple of Powerslams then a final Running Powerslam and just like that, he pin Goldberg! Braun Strowman is the new Universal Champion!
The Undertaker Vs. AJ Styles (Boneyard Match)
My goodness guys, this turned out to be the best match of the night! This match was shot like an action movie fight and it certainly lived up to its expectations. AJ Styles first arrived in a hearse, being carried out in the casket by druids as he clearly was mocking Undertaker. Undertaker on the other hand arrived in true American Badass style, on his motorcycle! The two insulted one another then began beating the crap out of each other. Styles and Taker were just bringing the pain to each other first by throwing each other to the hearse then adding weapons into play. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson of course made their appearance to distract Taker, accompanied by a gang of druids! Taker would begin to beat down the druids then attacked Gallows and Anderson. Taker stood tall over them then suddenly AJ takes him down by a shot with an Tombstone! Styles gained the advantage at this point and fatigued the Deadman. Styles then Speared him through a wooden fence and began insulting him even more, saying along the words that Taker is a shell of his former self. Taker would proceed to flip the bird and stumble back to his feet, but Styles ended up kicking the man into the grave. Styles spots a tractor nearby then started the engine, but as soon as he did that, Undertaker appeared from behind and proceeded to bring the fight back! The two then climbed onto a cabin and continued brawling til Gallows and Anderson came up. Both men got taken down permanently as Gallows was tossed off the cabin and Anderson received the Tombstone Piledriver. Styles would then receive a Chokeslam off the cabin to the wooden porch! Taker then starts berating AJ, while carrying him on his shoulders to the gravesite. Styles started to beg for forgiveness, but Taker of course wasn't buying any of his crap. Taker then grabs AJ by the throat but instead of Chokeslamming him, he gives him a hug as he praised him for putting up a fight. Taker goes to leave, but not before kicking AJ into the grave and leaving him laying! Taker then finishes this whole thing off by starting the engine to the tractor and proceeded to successfully dump pounds of dirt onto AJ, burying him alive to come out on top in the Boneyard Match! The Undertaker wins the Boneyard Match then exits the graveyard by reclaiming his bandana and riding off into the darkness on his motorcycle! Very entertaining match to close out night 1 of the grandest stage of them all!
Show Rating: 8.5/10
Show Rating: 8.5/10