The WWE world has been turned upside-down in the last 24 hours with the decision to keep fans out of WrestleMania 36 in Tampa. The event will now take place in an empty WWE Performance Center, and three new matches have been added to the card. Kevin Owens has finally accepted the Seth Rollins’ challenge, which is a match that is a long time coming between two former NXT champions. Even if Owens doesn’t have anyone watching his back, he is fighting Rollins on his “home turf” — the Performance Center — as reported by the official WWE website. Owens must remember that Rollins knows NXT intimately, as the latter man was the first-ever NXT champion.
During the empty-arena Raw, another match was confirmed as well, one which will find The Undertaker facing AJ Styles. The two men have been building up a program over the last few weeks, and on Monday, the contract was officially signed to confirm everything for WrestleMania 36.
This feud all started with Styles calling out ‘Taker on a number of occasions, and then the undead legend appeared at Super ShowDown to shock everyone. On Raw, Styles stayed backstage and signed the contract for the match before having Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows bring it out to the ring for ‘Taker’s signature. The “Deadman” signed it, but only after taking out both members of The O.C.
Opening up Raw was Edge, however, and he was not happy that Randy Orton had attacked his wife a couple of weeks ago. Their feud continued here, as Edge challenged Orton to a Last Man Standing Match at WrestleMania 36 — a challenge which will likely be accepted within the next week.
With WWE now knowing where their big pay-per-view will take place, the card has started filling up and more matches will be added in the next two weeks.
The updated card for WrestleMania 36 as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020 follows.
- WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre.
- WWE Universal Championship: Goldberg (c) vs. Roman Reigns.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler.
- Bray “The Fiend” Wyatt vs. John Cena.
- The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles.
- Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins.
- Last Man Standing Match: Edge vs. Randy Orton (not yet confirmed).
Late on Monday afternoon, the official announcement was made to cancel fan events surrounding WrestleMania 36 and to move the event from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the event has been moved to a WWE training facility in Orlando, with only essential personel being allowed on the closed set.
This week, Monday Night Raw also took place with no fans around — and all shows will continue that way until further notice.