2020 WWE WrestleMania 36 matches, card, date, rumors, location, start time, PPV predictions
WWE is in the process of building its biggest card of the year for WrestleMania in Tampa
The Road to WrestleMania 36 has now broken wide open as the most exciting time of the year in professional wrestling is upon us. The Royal Rumble has come and gone, with Drew McIntyre and Charlotte Flair punching their tickets to world championship opportunities on the grandest stage of 'em all via wins in the men's and women's Royal Rumble matches, respectively. McIntyre and Flair earning their WrestleMania 36 slots is just the beginning of the drama, however, as we still have much more of the biggest card of the year to fill out as the weeks go on.
WWE WrestleMania 36 goes down on Sunday, April 5 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The main show will begin at 7 p.m. ET and stream live on the WWE Network, with the kickoff show beginning the festivities at 5 p.m. So let's have a look now at the WrestleMania 36 matches that have been confirmed as well as break down what else could be added to the match card.
WWE WrestleMania 36 matches
WWE Championship -- Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre: McIntyre shockingly won the Royal Rumble after having established himself as a threat by ending Lesnar's dominant run in the match. As McIntyre continued staring down Lesnar while the champ stewed outside of the ring following his elimination, a showdown between the two seemed almost inevitable. On the Jan. 27 edition of Raw, McIntyre called the shot he earned by winning the Rumble, saying he chose Lesnar for WrestleMania.
NXT Women's Championship -- Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair: On the Feb. 3 Raw, Flair dismissed the Raw and SmackDown titles and respective holders as championships she has held and opponents she has beaten. While she was saying she still wants to hold "all the gold," she was interrupted by NXT champ Ripley, who threw down a challenge while pointing out Flair had not yet beaten her -- and noting that she had a win over Flair at the 2019 Survivor Series. Flair did not accept the match at first, but she did take out Ripley at NXT TakeOver: Portland a few weeks later to make it official.
WWE WrestleMania 36 predictions
Universal Championship -- "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Roman Reigns: Reigns failing to win the Royal Rumble came as a shock to many, and leaves a degree of question on if he will challenge Wyatt for the title at WrestleMania. After all, McIntyre eliminating Lesnar may have been enough to make that match happen on its own. But Reigns vs. Wyatt feels inevitable at this point, and other options on the SmackDown roster don't feel as strong as potential challengers to Wyatt currently.
Edge vs. Randy Orton: Edge's return at the Royal Rumble was truly shocking, and his decision to beat Orton to the punch on turning and eliminating him before "The Viper" could strike was a good moment. While Orton retribution was inevitable, the level of violence shown when he brutalized Edge the next night on Raw was shocking in its own right, and this is going to be a huge match on the WrestleMania card.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: An annual tradition that has mattered less as the years have gone on, one man will win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and briefly carry around the trophy. But who gets that potential bump is very much up in the air.
Women's Battle Royal: This will be the third year for the women's battle royal after Naomi and Carmella won the two previous years. Just like "The Andre," expect to see this on the kickoff show.
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