WrestleMania 36 – 2020 (WWE – Part 1&2) – Professional Wrestling Recap/Results

A recap written by Lee Sonogan

Originally published on entertainmentcultureonline.com

WrestleMania 36 results, live streaming match coverage (Night one ...

The empty WrestleMania day one of two was different to any before or after it. Of course, I’m gonna recap this once in a lifetime show without audience participation. Each announcer and wrestler need to be loud and passionate enough to make up for the lack of 80,000 or so people cheering at the provided entertainment. And the smaller confines of the WWE Performance Centre are the size of a generic gym. Not expecting too much greatness, consuming after it was live, here are my thoughts of what transpired.

Cesaro defeated Drew Gulak – Singles match 4:25

As always I did not watch the pre-show

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross defeated The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) (c) – Tag team match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship 15:05

The women’s tag team champion begins the show after a lame introduction by the host and Mojo. Loud with the Kabiku Warriors screaming their language to make up for no crowd, the contest becomes more physical. Close calls from both teams, using their big moves to stop the count. Tag team manoeuvres at the end to Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss for them to take out Asuka and finish of Karrie Zane to become new champs 2.6/5

Elias defeated King Corbin – Singles match 9:00

Elias gets a guitar shot onto Corbin before the match even starts. Being my least favourite fight so far, heel working by Corbin is unbearable. Elias matching his moves playing the face, the contest continues to be evenly matched. Suddenly Elias holds the tights and gets a sneaky win. 2.5/5

Becky Lynch (c) defeated Shayna Baszler – Singles match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship 8:30

Now a championship match I have been looking forward to due to being one of the most interesting stories. The Man not even in the arena yet, she arrives in her customized truck with her face on it. Basler so dominating, Becky seemly seem more strong then she has in months. Talking smack, Basler takes back control. Unexpectedly, a backup rollover form of pin steals it from the former cage fighter. Not as brutal as I was hoping, maybe there are more matches between the two for the future? 2.7/5

Sami Zayn (c) (with Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura) defeated Daniel Bryan (with Drew Gulak) – Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship 9:20

Next is the Inticontinal championship match against Sami Zayn who has not wrestled in months. Hoping for a competitive match I knew both people could deliver on, it was not. Interruptions by both competitors crew for Byran to dominate with his signatures. One mid-air Helluva kick after a massive beat down and Sami retains. WTF?  2.2/5

John Morrison (c) defeated Jimmy Uso and Kofi Kingston – Triple Threat Ladder match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship 18:30

If this ladder match does not entertain me to a certain extent, I might as well just stop right now. Being a triple threat ladder match for the tag team titles does make it somewhat intriguing going in. Athelicticness is promised and engaged using ladders and not using ladders. The corkscrew flip from Morrison was memorable as the same as Kofi’s leaping hurricarana to the ladder nearly landing very badly. That tight rope walks into a Spanish Fly. All three reaching at the top. Morrison pulls it out from them and retains for himself and quarantined Miz. 3.3/5

Kevin Owens defeated Seth Rollins– No Disqualification match 17:20

Potential to be good, they waste no time hitting big moves each. That DDT in the middle of reversals was satisfying. Now this is the match I was looking for as the pace of counters is something to see. Trying to put each other away, you can hear them breathing very loudly. Before it could get any better, Owens is hit in the head with a ring bell for the ref to call it out. It changes to a No DQ match. Off the Wrestlemania sign, Owens hits the biggest elbow drop he has ever hit on anyone. Stunner to Owen’s greatest accomplishment as the biggest PPV of the year. 3.15/5

Braun Strowman defeated Goldberg (c) – Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship 2:10

With Roman replaced with Braun, takes on the five minutes man of Goldberg. Strow kicks out to three spears in a row to take a fourth. Counter Jackhammer into three power slams in a row. Fourth one and he dethrones Goldberg, which was long overdue, but not as good as it would off been years ago when he was at his peak being over.  2.3/5

The Undertaker defeated AJ Styles – Boneyard match 35:00

The main event if night 1 is the anticipated boneyard match. Located at a graveyard Taker apparently arrives in a casket for AJ to pop out. Badass Taker on his motorcycle gets a cinematic entrance arriving with non-copyright like music. Haha suspense music, cuts of every hit, this is already very weird. Talk trash with a bunch of one-liners, Taker dominates. The OC, of course, made an appearance and suddenly a bunch of droids in hooded in a bright life come out of nowhere. I can not wait to hear what Jim Cornette has to say about this. More cliche than any Buried Alive match ever taken place more supernatural events take place. SPOILER!  Chokeslam off the roof and Taker gets a Terminator soundtrack. Taker kayfabe kills AJ Styles for being called some sort of a Simp and his hand sticks out of the grave. 3.0/5

On the second day tomorrow, I shall be recapping the rest so stay tuned for that if interested. Overall this one was a bit lacklustre with only a few key moments. You could argue it’s the worst WrestleMania of all time so far although there is so much more to happen. Regardless, commentators were forced to call each move and not talk crap throughout which is an improvement from normal.

WWE Wrestlemania 36’s Part 1 was bizarre, Part two as seemly upped the ante. Commenting on the empty arena once more, prepare for more grunting and the commentators waiting for the in-ring competitors to trash talk each other. Expecting to get a greater quality of wrestling in the final half, I hope they don’t disappoint. If you need to catch up on Part 1, my link to a recap is below this paragraph

Liv Morgan defeated Natalya Singles match 6:25

Do not watch Pre-shows!

Charlotte Flair defeated Rhea Ripley (c) by submission Singles match for the NXT Women’s Championship 20:30 

The NXT women’s championship is first as the Queen who won the Royal Rumble battles the Australian. It beings with a decent back and forth making Ripley look strong hitting her Rip-Tide. Kicking out Charlotte becomes more dominant targeting the knee of Ripley. The champ seemly is in survival mode for a while until they were trading submissions. This continues to the Queen slaps on Figure 4 and becomes NXT champ once more. 3.1/5

Aleister Black defeated Bobby Lashley (with Lana) Singles match 7:20 

Black and Lashley show some solid chain wrestling in the begging. Bobby there throws even cooler suplexes and slams. Comebacks with Aliesters quick strikes. Pace becoming faster he lands his second Moonsault attempt failing at the first before. Picking up momentum, even more, a Blass Mass it hit for the one two three 3/5

Otis defeated Dolph Ziggler (with Sonya Deville) Singles match 8:15 

The Otis and Dolph story has been a bit meh for me leading up to this. We get some signatures by both after Otis gets pumped up. Mandy slaps Sonya and goes after her former best friend to then low blow Dolph. A worm and Otis and Mandy get their happy ending kissing to the dislike of JBL 2.5/5

Edge defeated Randy Orton Last Man Standing match 36:35

Edge in my prediction has to win due to me not wanting this feud to continue much longer. Haha Randy as a secret cameraman into a sneaky RKO. Taking it to the camera area a lot of sorts of weapons are utilized with Ortan dominating. From the gym to the corridors of the building, this is a backstage brawl. Edge hits a spiderman elbow from the ceiling, then a Spear on top of some sort of crate. Chokes out Randy before a Con Chair Toe and then does what Ortan was gonna do to win. 3.1/5

The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) (c) defeated Angel Garza and Austin Theory (with Zelina Vega) Tag team match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship 6:20

The Raw tag team championship is next and The Street Profit out through scream “Wrestlemania”. Garza out of the four is my favourite and he leads a lot executed in this high flying tag team contest. Springboards, dives, non-stop action, it is hard to comment on. Then it ends with the Profits retaining a massive Frog Splash. After the match, the heels attack the good guys. Belair ends up saving the guys after a beat down. 2.85/5

Bayley (c) defeated Lacey Evans, Naomi, Sasha Banks, and Tamina Fatal 5-Way Elimination match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship 19:20

Smackdown women’s championship five-way has all women attacking Tamina straight away. Bayley and Sasha team up which is typical. Slicing into fractions, a lot of the ladies fight at odds. There was a hint of a faction between Tamina, Sasha and Naomi from the past that did not last long. Getting some time to do some unpredictable stuff. The last two are Bayley and Lacey with Sasha cheating for Bailey to win 2.8/5

“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt defeated John Cena Firefly Fun House match 13:00

Cena vs The Fiend was a lot of comedy skits in one having lots of references of past John and Bray. John Raps a bit and Bray cuts a promo on him. Then cuts to original Cult Bray Wyatt and continues to cut a promo. Teleports and turns into Eric Brisfoff? Mind Games and The Fiend shows up to dominate straight away putting him eventually over in the end. I am puzzled how to rate it compared to others. ?/5

Drew McIntyre defeated Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) Singles match for the WWE Championship 4:35

Brock main events maina once more but I know he is gonna lose this one. F-5 kick out, F-5 kick out, third times the charm, kick out. Three Claymore’s and new WWE championship. He deserved it being the best part but most likely the worst match of two cards. Like Lesnar can do at least one thing new each match if he wanted to. 2/5

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