Triple Z shares his analysis for the two night event WrestleMania 36. Breaking down all the madness of what will be a historic event.
DISCLAIMER: Triple Z did not read any spoilers for WrestleMania 36.
This may be the weirdest WWE event that I will ever have to cover for this site. WrestleMania is defined by its pageantry and is a phenomenon. This year due to the coronavirus pandemic, WrestleMania will be happening from the WWE Performance Center. Yes, the WWE Performance Center that is used when NXT can't book Full Sail University. WrestleMania's attendance this year will be ZERO. Try explaining this to someone five years ago.
It's a darn shame things turned out like this because WWE pre-coronavirus ruining the entire world... was building towards a well-rounded, respected WrestleMania card. A mixture of legends and new blood (kinda).
The card is now split into two nights which is good considering WrestleMania's of years past have a tendency to run into the early morning of the next day. Now host Gronk has the time to do everything over two nights.
Yes, this WrestleMania currently looks like a throwaway episode of RAW/SmackDown but I'm willing to bet that it will turn out better than expected. At least WWE is giving us some entertainment during these difficult times. In this special edition of The Wrestling BreakDownZ, I'll get into Edge, Undertaker, Goldberg, and even Brock Lesnar reportedly confronting Vince McMahon!
Sami Zayn vs Daniel Bryan
Let me just say that WWE has absolutely wasted Daniel Bryan's return. There have only been three good things that have came out of it: his match with Brock Lesnar, putting over Kofi Kingston at last year's Mania, and his feud with The Fiend (even that is iffy). WWE acted like they would have Daniel Bryan forever! His first feud back was with Big Cass! Big Cass! His highly-anticipated feud with The Miz even fizzled out.
Daniel Bryan has been open that he's planning on retiring in the near future. Right now it seems like he's using his status to do whatever he wants. Like being paired with Drew Gulak, a wrestler from the NXT/205 Live realm, that has struggled to gain any traction of the main roster. Now we get Daniel Bryan facing off against Sami Zayn. Which in my opinion is terrific. This is a good match and it will be a showcase of how two WWE superstars that could've easily been in the main event picture are fighting for the Intercontinental championship.
I don't see Daniel Bryan losing this one.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Kairi Sane & Asuka vs Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
The Women's Tag Titles are forgotten, and it doesn't help that this year's WrestleMania won't create a ton of exposure either. Similar to WWE's men division there just isn't enough tag teams to compete for the titles, and your best and true women's tag team The IIconics aren't being used. Both Asuka and Kairi Sane always felt like they were thrown together, and same for Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. All four are single wrestlers. So, let's just keep the titles on Kairi Sane and Asuka.
Winners: Kairi Sane and Asuka
Otis vs Dolph Ziggler
Otis all the way! Poor, Tucker Knight probably will lose Otis within a year if his momentum keeps up.
Elias vs Baron Corbin
If this was a NORMAL WrestleMania this feud would've taken place during a battle royal or ladder match. Yes, Baron Corbin does his job as a heel good enough. Elias, has all the potential in the world and WWE was gun shy about moving him into a main event feud with John Cena. This is a match that would happen on a SmackDown or a lesser PPV. With all that being said. WWE loves Baron Corbin. He is a WWE product. He didn't come from ROH, TNA, or the independent scene. He's homegrown and I think they are going to continue to push him to the top. In the case of Elias, I genuinely feel he may never get the chance to prove his worth. That's just how it goes in today's WWE.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Aleister Black vs Bobby Lashley
You have Aleister Black win here.
Sidenote: Lana isn't going to be able to comeback from this Bobby Lashley/cheating on her husband angle.
Winner: Aleister Black
Street Profits vs Team Vega
I'm going to be safe and say Street Profits retain here. Although I think it is time for WWE once the coronavirus passes over and everything gets back to normal is to push Andrade and Zelina Vega to the moon.
Let's say Drew McIntyre wins the WWE Championship from Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Who would be a perfect first feud for Drew other than Jinder Mahal? Andrade. Andrade beat Drew for the NXT Championship now will history repeat itself? Also I think Zelina Vega has massive potential to win in the women's division. It would be cool to see someone other than the Four Horsewoman hold a championship too.
Yes, a little crazy that just a couple weeks ago Ciampa was tossing Austin Theory around like a rag doll in NXT and now he is on WrestleMania.
Winners: Street Profits
The Uso's vs The Miz & John Morrison vs The New Day
No clue if this match actually happened.
I didn't even realize that this was a ladder match. Let's just go with The New Day I guess? I don't really know at this rate. What a weird WrestleMania this year! Feels like I'm doing predictions for a random PPV!
But please when things get back to normal let's push John Morrison and The Miz to the moon.
Winner: The New Day (I guess)
Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins
Now this is a WrestleMania worthy match. It also has the potential to be a potential show stealer. I think Paul Heyman's masterplan for RAW includes Kevin Owens as a top guy. So it would make sense to have him beat Seth Rollins.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Flair
My biggest issue with this match is that it shows the lack of depth of WWE's main roster women's division. They had to go to NXT to give Charlotte Flair a decent match. Even if it totally diminished the Royal Rumble win. It now leaves WWE in a strange place. Do they end the momentum of Rhea Ripley or do they have Charlotte Flair, your most dominant female star, lose to someone from NXT?
It's a toss up. But I'm going with Charlotte Flair because we can't have anything nice right now and it's not like there is a ton of talent in NXT already that could use that title reign.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
FATAL 5 WAY
Sasha Banks is going to win this. But another brutal match... that in any other year would probably been altered before the grandest stage of them all. Bayley isn't a good heel, and it's time for her to face the music and feud with her friend Sasha Banks.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Becky Lynch vs Shayna Baszler
I still think Ronda Rousey is going to come back to WWE eventually. I think WWE is still holding out on a Rousey/Lynch match. Problem is that Ronda Rousey seem disinterested at least from the outside world perspective. If she was still into WWE wouldn't she have been used in the promotion for the FOX move? It's weird how that situation has gone down.
I think Shayna has a bright future but Becky Lynch is WWE's latest star and I don't see them ending the Becky Lynch reign anytime soon.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Goldberg vs Braun Strowman
Goldberg taking on Braun Strowman is just a bad match. I would've preferred a more random option for Goldberg. I bet this match is a squash.
Edge vs Randy Orton
I started this site back in 2013. So, I never got to cover Edge while he was active. Now I get that chance which is crazy.
I can't believe this match is happening. I can't believe Edge will be wrestling again in the year of 2020. Edge is totally a fish out of water in today's WWE. It's weird to see him back, and it's crazy to think about the potential matches we may get out of him. Having his probable final stretch with WWE start with a familiar opponent is smart. I can't see him losing this match. Even with no crowd there. I just can't imagine Orton beating Edge.
This has to be Edge's triumphant return. Unless WWE gets super bold in this empty arena show and someone attacks Edge during this Last Man Standing match giving Orton the victory. Either way, I just hope WWE doesn't wast Edge's return. Don't mess it up like you did with Kurt Angle, Sting, and potentially Daniel Bryan.
John Cena vs "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
For frequent readers of ZWrestleTalk, you would know that I'm not a fan of The Fiend. Although this year for WrestleMania due to the fact they have to get creative I could see this match being entertaining but not from a wrestling standpoint. Wyatt isn't a fantastic wrestler. In this scenario, I could see John Cena and Bray Wyatt giving a solid performance if they go all out and if WWE embraces the weirdness of The Fiend. Maybe we will gain a few more John Cena memes out of all this?
I think Bray Wyatt is going to beat John Cena. After having him lose to Goldberg you have to allow your guys to bounce back. A victory over Cena is huge. Considering we don't even know the next time we will even see Cena wrestle. So, having Wyatt beat him is still a big deal.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
The Undertaker vs AJ Styles
The Undertaker's supernatural gimmick is fading away before our own eyes. It looks like AJ Styles will bring out the best in The Undertaker. They will have a boneyard match at WrestleMania. I don't know how much longer The Undertaker has left with WWE but hopefully his final couple matches live up to his own daunting legacy.
I don't see AJ winning even if this WrestleMania is a minor league version.
Winner: The Undertaker
Brock Lesnar vs Drew McIntyre
Brock Lesnar reportedly stood up to Vince McMahon due to the ridiculous conditions surrounding WrestleMania. We are in the middle of pandemic and is it really worth it to be doing a major wrestling event where many people will be in contact? This also can go for AEW too before I get accused of being bias. Lesnar was reasonably frustrated that he had to wrestle in front of no one.
Lesnar probably holds the sentiment of the entire main roster. WrestleMania probably should've been postponed. Obviously it would've been risky to postpone WrestleMania but still it probably should've been considered.
Now back to the match. Drew McIntyre has gone 360 with the audience ever since the Royal Rumble he's been on fire. Drew's build up reminds me of when WWE would actually prop up their talent. I hope the trend continues because it's easier to make stars.
It's a shame that this match is happening in front of no one because when Brock Lesnar is motivated and wants to put someone over. Magic usually tends to happen. I don't see WWE waiting until SummerSlam to crown Drew. So they will probably do it now.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
WrestleMania 36 is bound to be historic but this time it could be for the wrong reasons. It also has the chance to shock the world as a solid two-part WrestleMania event. I guess we will see.
Now go listen to the unofficial theme of WrestleMania 36.
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