Things are going to be different for the biggest wrestling event of the year in 2020 as WWE had to make a number of unexpected changes. WrestleMania 36 is not only going to take place in front of an empty arena, but also over the course of two nights and in multiple locations. Additional details have now started leaking out about how the pay-per-view is going to happen, and that includes the specific schedule for certain matches.
First off, WWE revealed that WrestleMania 36 wouldn’t take place in Tampa but rather at the company’s Performance Center in Orlando. On Thursday, it was further announced that the show would be held in multiple locations and happen over the course of two nights — Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5.
Along with needing to comply with the new stipulations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention due to the coronavirus outbreak, PW Insider says WWE is doing this for other reasons, too. Making WrestleMania a two-night event should keep things from getting monotonous for the fans viewing at home.
Wrestling Inc. is reporting that even though only seven matches have been officially confirmed as of this time, they have already been split between the two nights. Of course, everything is subject to change since the event is two weeks away, but here is how WWE has the current schedule.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
- WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
- NXT Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
- Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
- The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles
Sunday, April 5, 2020
- WWE Universal Championship: Goldberg (c) vs. Roman Reigns
- Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
- “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena
According to the report, WWE has not officially announced the lineups as of this point for either night, but the rumored schedule is out. Typically, WrestleMania has anywhere from 12-14 matches, which means that many more might be added to the card over the next couple of weeks.
A Last Man Standing Match has been issued as a challenge from Edge to Randy Orton, but the latter has not yet accepted it. It’s not known which night that match would land on and it isn’t official, which is why it isn’t among the matches listed above.
WWE’s biggest event of the year has never happened over the course of multiple nights like this, and that means it needs to figure out a lot of details. Splitting up the card over two evenings means making sure that one night isn’t necessarily stronger than another. The company doesn’t want fans tuning out from Saturday to Sunday or just choosing to tune in for one evening.
WrestleMania 36 has a lot of intricacies that need to be figured out, and the schedule of matches could be the most important of them all.