For the first time in a little over a year, we can attend live entertainment. This year, we look forward to a 2-night wrestling entertainment extravaganza. The WWE has decided to go forward with this event in light of the new COVID opening. This event was originally slated to be March 28, 2021, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. However, The pandemic made it impossible to have a live audience. With the new regulations and lifting the bans on in-person audiences in Florida, the powers that be decided to move it to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. This venue was the original site of Wrestlemania 36 before the pandemic put the kibosh on gatherings.
Wrestlemania started in 1985 and has continued to be the largest showcase for the performers. This is the equivalent to the Superbowl for wrestling entertainment. The players in this event have worked and fought hard for a coveted spot in this production and it looks to be a non-stop fun show. The 2-night PayPerView event has a great bunch of matches set up. First, we have a battle between Sasha Banks, reigning champion vs. Bianca Belair in a Singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship. This one should be a doozie! They are both so hungry for it, that I can taste it. Next, we have the defending champion wrestler, Bobby Lashley (with MVP) vs. Drew McIntyre in a singles match for the WWE Championship. Both of these men are powerhouses and huge forces in this game. I don’t think Lashley will come out on top of this one.
The tag team matches should be hilarious though. The first one is between a grammy-winning recording artist and his partner, Damian Priest. Bad Bunny, once a fan, now a spectacle in the ring. They are going up against The Miz and John Morrison. These two groups have not pulled any punches in the lead-up to this weekend’s events. Including the Miz and Morrison defacing bad bunny’s Bugatti! Our next tag team match is The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) vs. AJ Styles and Omos, fighting for the RAW tag team championship. This match will be the first for Styles’ partner Omos, who up until now was just intimidating and looked like AJ’s protector. This will probably be my favorite of the night. These two teams are entertaining and so athletic. The acrobatics and sheer talent of at least the three of them will be a sight to behold.
Next up is one for the ages. Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon. In the steel cage, McMahon finally can’t run away from Braun. I’m pulling for Strowman in this one. Our 6th match is between Cesaro, who is the Swiss Superman, being the strongest man pound for pound in the WWE vs. Seth Rollins, who has been the former champion and face of this company for several years. These two are going against each other in a singles grudge match. Switch gears now for a match between 4 teams of 2 women each. Lana and Naomi vs. Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose vs. The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott) vs. Natalya and Tamina. This match is going to be all over the place. This is a tag team turmoil match. 8 competitors and all of the talent. These four teams have what it takes to make this a memorable match and whoever comes out on top will have fought long and hard for the title.
The first night of this 2 night spectacular is going to be great for us fans. Some of these matches are ones that we have been waiting for. If you follow wrestling, you know about how hard it’s been to keep pulling for your favorite actor. These two nights are hopefully going to make it worthwhile.
Our second night has the matches that we have been waiting for. The matches for Sunday night have been set and hyped to the rafters. The first fight has Roman Reigns, the current champ (with Paul Heyman) vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Universal Championship. I’m hoping for this one that they give Edge the title and he leaves on a high note. On the other hand, though, it would be nice to see Daniel Bryan win this one, he’s been gearing up to be on hiatus for his growing family. Our no. 2 is Asuka reigning women’s champion vs. Rhea Ripley in a singles match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship. I think Rhea messed up in taking her tag team partner down going into this weekend. Asuka has a score to settle and Ripley needs to watch her back.
Randy Orton is next up against The Fiend (with Alexa Bliss). This is a singles grudge match. This match shouldn’t be happening. The saga between these two is played out. I feel like Randy Orton should just get beat and be done. I’m hoping that The Fiend just destroys him and breaks him completely. Then, Big E vs. Apollo Crews in a Nigerian Drum Fight for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. This time we are bringing youtube personalities into this. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn (with Logan Paul). In a Singles match. Logan Paul is a boxer, but we will see if it translates into a wrestling format.
Now is the one that I’m most excited about for Sunday. Riddle the defending WWE United States Champion vs. Sheamus the Celtic Warrior. This one is a singles match for the WWE United States Championship. I am hoping that Riddle prevails and Sheamus gets rid of the stupid hat and hand wraps. Our final match brings us Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler, defending their title (with Reginald) vs. Tag Team Turmoil winners from the previous night’s match.
Both of these nights can be viewed on the streaming service Peacock, the exclusive distributor of the WWE Network in the United States as part of a new agreement with NBCUniversal, which airs Monday Night Raw and NXT on the USA Network. WrestleMania 37 will be the first WrestleMania produced under this new agreement. After a brief transitional period, the standalone version of the WWE Network in the U.S. shut down on April 4, with future events only available via Peacock’s WWE Network channel. These changes do not impact the WWE Network outside of the U.S., which maintains the standalone service distributed by WWE and its existing partners. The two-night production will also be available on traditional pay-per-view.