06th Apr2020

‘Wrestlemania 36: Night 1’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Wrestlemania 36: Night 1, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this year’s Wrestlemania is all sorts of new, with no crowd and being expanded to two days, among other things. We’ve got some big stuff to cover, so let’s do so, before people freak-out when they realize that in the midst of this COVID-19 craze. Hey, we can’t hide at home forever, but since we are right now, why not watch The Undertaker have a Hillbilly Funeral Match with AJ Styles? Okay, here comes Wrestlemania.


Match #1: Cesaro defeated Drew Gulak

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – For less than five minutes, this was really getting some-where. It’s a shame that this didn’t get the time given to the Elias/Corbin match, but at least we got this at all. There better be more matches between these two, because this was a lot of fun.

Match #2: Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss defeated The Kabuki Warriors – WWE Women’s Tag Team Title Match

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was pretty good. Getting some-thing around fifteen minutes to wrestle helped give this room to breathe. Bliss may have been the weakest of the group, but she did do well in a match where three out of four fighters were really working hard. I could’ve gone either way on the title change, so the result is just fine with me. All in all, this was a fun match that did its job and then some.

Match #3: Elias defeated King Corbin

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – This was ten or so minutes of “s—”. Do you know what s— tastes like? I bet this match is what s— tastes like. Okay, enough about the s— match.

Match #4: Becky Lynch defeated Shayna Baszler – Raw Women’s Title Match

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Not bad for less than ten minutes…not bad at all. Why did this get screwed out of being fifteen/sixteen minutes? I really didn’t care who won this one, because the both of these women were strong enough to win or lose and still be able to be taken seriously as champions. I liked this and I hope we get a longer version in the near future.

Match #5: Sami Zayn defeated Daniel Bryan – Intercontinental Championship Match

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was getting somewhere, but a lame finish and a shorter run time kinda cut this fella off at the legs. You’d think that you’d want the sure-thing to remain that way, but I suppose this was always just meant to kill time and do so in style. Bryan put over a friend and helped make the IC strap feel important for a change.

Match #6: John Morrison defeated Kofi Kingston & Jimmy Uso – Ladder Match For The Smackdown Tag Team Titles

My Opinion: 4.2 out of 5 – Now this was a real winner. Going nearly twenty minutes and featuring more stunts than a COVID-19 press conference, this was a tremendous spectacle. The only thing wrong with this was that this followed the Vince Russo rule of having a tag team match be contested as a singles match/triple threat match. I bet this thing hurt like Hell. You know what? I forgot the crowd wasn’t even there. I guess good wrestling is good no matter how you shake it.

Match #7: Kevin Owens defeated Seth Rollins

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was another damn good match. The booking was pure WWE malarkey, but the fighting between the two was old-fashioned professional wrestling. There was a goal that KO and Seth were trying to achieve, which was a battle of wills. Seth looked great in defeat and made KO look like a million bucks, while KO did the same for Seth. Wrestling doesn’t have to be complicated to be interesting and this match is proof of that.

Match #8: Braun Strowman defeated Goldberg – Universal Title Match

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This didn’t even go three minutes, but they did crown a new champion in Braun. Braun dominated Goldberg and got the big win he missed out on with Brock Lesnar. It’s funny how Braun won the belt after saying horrible things to his peers about being poor by way of the COVID-19 craze. Hey, Braun won and that’s cool, no matter how many of us may be tired of his bad attitude. Also, Goldberg showed his true colors by putting over the new champion at the last minute and those colors are gold, solid gold.

Match #9: (Main Event) Undertaker defeated AJ Styles – Bone-Yard Match

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was…stupid, but fun. It’s a shame that we didn’t get to have the 5-star classic this could have been several years ago, but at least we got a match that both guys were quite willing to cut loose in. This was like all those bad lame low-budget action movies that are hard to watch (at least PM Entertainment had great action and stunts). If you are a fan of Lucha Underground, the Broken Universe or any of the song-and-dance wrestling stuff, then this will be your cup-of-tea. At least this was fun…in a way.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Miz got pulled from the show due to illness (allegedly).
  2. Rob Gronkowski hosted Wrestlemania with Mojo Rawley.
  3. Mojo Rawley won the 24/7 Title from R-Truth.
  4. JBL helped Michael Cole call the action on the SmackDown matches.

Final Verdict: 3.7/5

There were a couple of great matches here and a few good ones as well that made the whole show a lot of fun to watch.


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