In a world without sports, WWE refuses to back down. Concerns about the spread of COVID-19 during the global coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of major sports leagues and the 2020 Olympics, as well as the complete cancellation of milestone events like tennis' Wimbledon tournament. But WWE and CEO Vince McMahon? They're living out the mantra, "The show must go on."
Over the past few weeks, WWE's live shows were staged at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. No crowds are present, but WWE superstars still perform as the Raw and Smackdown house shows continue to air at their normal times on USA Network and Fox, respectively. NXT, the company's developmental brand, also airs every Wednesday on USA.
With WrestleMania 36 on the horizon, fears that pro wrestling's Super Bowl would be canceled were quickly squashed. The company pushed through wide-spread concerns and backlash with a two-night event spanning Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5. The start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET both nights. The event was originally planned to be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Former NFL star Rob Gronkowski will serve as host, and "The Grandest Stage of Them All" may be the only major event the sports world sees for months to come.
Prior to the start of Sunday's second day, ESPN will an encore presentation of WrestleMania 35 for free on its flagship channel.
How to Watch WrestleMania 36
The show billed as "Too Big For Just One Night" is available to watch through several avenues with a WWE Network subscription through the company. If you keep your subscription active, the $9.99 monthly charge gives you access to all WWE live and all pay-per-view events, as well as hours of on-demand action.
However, new subscribers get their first month for free and can cancel anytime without obligation, meaning you could watch WrestleMania 36 free of charge.
Cable and satellite providers including Spectrum, Cox, Xfinity, Verizon FiOS TV, Cable One, Dish Network and DirecTV do offer the one-off PPV purchase prices from $59.99-$69.99 if you prefer to simply buy the event and move on.
Where to Watch WrestleMania 36 Live Stream
Downloading the WWE app gives you access to wrestling content through almost every avenue imaginable. While some online live streams do exist, they're (obviously) illegal and unreliable. Do yourself a favor and sign up for the WWE Network subscription, giving you access to watch WrestleMania 36 with any of the following:
Samsung Smart TV
LG Smart TV
WWE WrestleMania 36 Match Card
For the first time, WrestleMania 36 was pre-recorded prior to April's start date. What follows is the advertised match card, but rumors suggest some changes were made during tapings that were not released by WWE.
WWE Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
Universal Championship — Goldberg (c) vs. Braun Strowman (rumored replacement for Roman Reigns)
Edge vs. Randy Orton (Last Man Standing Match)
John Cena vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt (Firefly Funhouse Match)
Raw Women's Championship — Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
NXT Women's Championship — Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
SmackDown Women's Championship — Bayley (c) vs. Lacey Evans vs. Tamina vs. Naomi vs. Sasha Banks
The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles (Boneyard Match)
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
Intercontinental Championship — Sami Zayn (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
Raw Tag Team Championship — The Street Profits (c) vs. Austin Theory & Angel Garza
SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The Miz & John Morrison (c) vs. The New Day vs. The Usos (Ladder Match)
Women's Tag Team Championship — The Kabuki Warriors (c) vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley
Elias vs. King Corbin
Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler
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