07th Apr2020

‘Wrestlemania 36: Night 2’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Wrestlemania 36: Night 2, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we’ve got the second part of the no-crowd Wrestlemania. I hope Wrestlemania becomes a multi-night affair every year from this point forward. The build for this was so much easier, because nothing had to be shoe-horned in this time. Wrestlemania can afford to be the one card that needs multiple nights. New Japan does it with Wrestle-Kingdom, so why not the WWE with Wrestlemania? Well, as you ponder/ignore every-thing I just said, let’s get to night 2 of Wrestlemania 36.

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Match #1: Liv Morgan defeated Natalya

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was boring enough to make me rather watch Frank Zappa do a strip tease next to Bruce Vilanche instead of finishing this match.

Match #2: Charlotte Flair defeated Rhea Ripley – NXT Women’s Championship Match

My Opinion: 4.2 out of 5 – This was some good s—. This was very much in favor of technical wrestling, as well as submissions and all the clinches/chokes that make life hard to breathe. Flair winning was…there’s worse things that have happened, but the plan now has to be that Rhea is gonna fight like hell and get it back in grand fashion or this was a waste. Hey, this match kicked ass, no matter who won.

Match #3: Aleister Black defeated Bobby Lashley

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a bit flat, but there was enough of a tease of how this could have played out that you’ll make it through, perhaps with even a smile on your face…I like penguins.

Match #4: Otis defeated Dolph Ziggler

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This wasn’t much of a match, but this was all about the Otis/Mandy Rose thing anyway.

Match #5: Edge defeated Randy Orton – Last Man Standing Match

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This went really long and wasn’t the wrestling match I wanted, but this nearly forty minute brawl was quite good, but very much in the “Randy Orton takes a long time to do anything” sense. If you can stomach a very involved, intense brawl that lets Orton stare at s— for too long, then you’ll like this.

Match #6: The Street Profits defeated Angel Garza & Austin Theory – RAW Tag Team Championship Match

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – The right team won a decent match that had the more talented wrestlers lose and rightfully so. As a random pairing goes, Garza and Theory did pretty well here, but I don’t think the result of this match was ever in question.

Match #7: Bayley defeated Sasha Banks, Tamina, Lacey Evans and Naomi – SmackDown Women’s Championship Elimination Match

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was good, sometimes even interesting, but it was a bit of a mess when the less-talented folks had their time in the sun. Bayley and Banks worked hard to keep this together, but this was a case of too many things happening at once to keep the basic idea clear. The right person won, although Banks winning wouldn’t have made me mad (an argument for Tamina would be fine as well). In any case, this was fine for what it was and even had some excellent wrestling action in several spots.

Match #8: Bray Wyatt defeated John Cena – Firefly Funhouse Match

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was mostly just a promo, but a good one, so I’ll cut this a break. This trend of cinematic wrestling, as some have called it, is not a good one, but if you’re going to do these things, then you might as well go for broke like they did here. The idea was that Bray took John through time and punished him for being a mean bastard (he’s been accused of this by many people). John wrestled in his original tights and became a member of the NWO through this whole thing. I don’t need to see this ever again, but it worked in a demented sort of way.

Match #9: (Main Event) Drew McIntyre defeated Brock Lesnar – WWE World Championship Match

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was like a highlight reel of the actual match they should have had, since this was so short. Drew won and should have, with the idea of Drew having to get mad to get the job done. This was intense and precisely what should have main evented Wrestlemania.

News Of The Night:

  1. Rob Gronkowski won the 24/7 Title.
  2. Bianca Belair debuted to help The Street Profits fight off Zelina Vega and Garza/Theory.
  3. Mandy Rose picked Otis as her lover.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was a fun second half that delivered some good stuff and some lame stuff, but it was all worth watching once.

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