So there used to be a day when I would be able to rattle off the WrestleMania card weeks ahead of time. Those days, for a variety of reasons, are long past and it was hammered home this afternoon during a conversation with Pip when we realized that other than maybe one or two matches we had NO idea what the card looked like for this weekend.
That’s especially concerning seeing as we’ve got WORK to do with our WrestleMania 37 Drinking Game and our ‘trophy’ (a John Cena doll with each year’s winner marked on him) is on the line as well for our pick em’ game.
So, I figured I’d take a peak at the (presumably) final WrestleMania 37 card and provide some thoughts. Keep in mind my WWE viewing these days is down to essentially what’s on PPV so for most of these I’m coming in cold.
As I talked about during the last episode of the podcast, WrestleMania 37 will be the first main roster WWE PPV where subscribers can only stream the event via Peacock’s WWE Network. My one bitch (so far) about the Peacock Network is that you can’t start an event midway through and go back to the beginning. Here’s hoping that’s functionality they give us in the future as it’s a feature I used often with the OG WWE Network.
Without further adieu let’s take a look at the match lineup. I can’t imagine this will be the order of things, but here’s what’s listed on WikiPedia.
WrestleMania 37 Night 1 (April 10th)
- Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
- Bobby Lashley (c) (with MVP) vs. Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship
- Bad Bunny and Damian Priest vs. The Miz and John Morrison
- The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (c) vs. AJ Styles and Omos for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
- Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon in a Steel Cage Match
- Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins
- Lana and Naomi vs. Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose vs. The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott) vs. Natalya and Tamina in a Tag Team Turmoil Match – Winners receive a WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match on Night 2
There looks to be some really decent matches here. I’m intrigued by Belair vs. Banks. I’m not happy about it but I think I’ll put my money on Belair as the Rumble winner. According to SportsBettingDime.com, the contest between McIntyre and Lashley could go either way with how close in the odds they are, but it definitely looks like McIntyre will get the belt back on Saturday. I couldn’t give two shits about Bad Bunny but I realize I’m not the target audience at all as I’m over the age of 15. The cage match of Strowman and McMahon will be a train wreck as all Shane Mania matches are but they’re typically entertaining. Rollins vs. Cesaro will most likely give us the best ‘wrestling’ of the night. I’m not sure who’s going to win that tag turmoil match but I’d bet that whoever wins will walk out of Sunday with the titles.
WrestleMania 37 Night 2 (April 10th)
- Roman Reigns (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Universal Championship
- Asuka (c) vs. Rhea Ripley for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
- The Fiend (with Alexa Bliss) vs. Randy Orton
- Big E (c) vs. Apollo Crews Nigerian Drum Fight for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
- Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn (with Logan Paul)
- Riddle (c) vs. Sheamus for the WWE United States Championship
- Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (c) (with Reginald) vs. Tag Team Turmoil winners for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
I have feeling I’m going to enjoy night #2 a bit more. I’m TOTALLY looking forward to the Universal title match and even though I’m a Roman guy (especially as a heel) I’m 100% in Edge’s corner here. Asuka vs. Ripley should be a barnburner and I’m hoping Ripley finally gets a win at the big show. Fiend vs. Orton will be this evening’s train wreck and I’m mildly interested to see what a Nigerian Drum Fight is all about. Logan Paul is this night’s Bad Bunny with my ‘give a shit’ meter at an all time low.
What are you looking forward to this weekend?