Immediate WrestleMania 36 (Night One) Thoughts



This is either going to be the most unique or the worst WrestleMania of all time.... and there's probably no middle ground.

Drew Gulak vs. Cesaro was... a match. I dunno, this setting doesn't lend itself to a WrestleMania setting. I get this is what they have to do, but I'm not really in the WrestleMania mood with half an hour to go.

So It's Come To This: An America The Beautiful Clip Show.

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. The Kabuki Warrior was an interesting way to kick off the show. Nothing wrong with the match - at all - the lack of crowd noise just hurt it significantly. I know I'm going to keep going back to that issue... Anyways, I'm one for one in predictions :)

Just when I thought they couldn't find a way to make Elias vs. King Corbin shittier than it was on paper.... Ugh. Nothing to this one at all. And I'm now one for two...

Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler was shaping up to be the best match on the show.... until the finish. Sucked all the momentum out of the room. And there wasn't much momentum to begin with. One for three in the predictions.

Daniel Bryan vs. Sami Zayn was at least a lot of fun and well-paced. Not sure why the backdrop over the barricades put Cesaro and Nakamura out of action for several minutes, but suspension of disbelief and everything. Ugh. One for four.

Kofi Kingston vs. John Morrison vs. Jimmy Uso was the first "WrestleMania" feeling match of the show, and what a fun spotfest - with everything looking really solid. Fantastic finish, as well. Two for five.

Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins at least felt like a big match, with a great video package leading us into this. The match itself was fine, though I do think the wrong guy went over (the second time). Not bad. I'm starting to get used to no audience.

Goldberg vs. Braun Strowman was just terrible. It badly needed a crowd to do, like, anything.

The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles was the best Matt Hardy vignette I've ever seen.

Wow. Bring on Night Two.

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