2020 WWE WrestleMania 36 predictions, matches, card, start time, date, PPV preview, location
Everything you need to know ahead of the first two-night WrestleMania event this weekend
WrestleMania 36 has officially kicked off as WWE aims to entertain the masses this weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic that has otherwise shut down the rest of the sports and entertainment world, and with one night in the books, the show is definitely delivering the goods. Night 1 on Saturday brought us title changes, a leap of faith off the WrestleMania sign and a main event that fans will definitely be talking about for many years to come.
But now, there is still another night of WrestleMania 36 action set to take place, so let's take a look at how our experts believe Night 2 of the WrestleMania 36 card will play out. And be sure to check out the full results from Night 1 of WrestleMania by clicking here.
WrestleMania 36 Night 2 predictions
Liv Morgan vs. Natalya (Kickoff show)
Natalya is one of those members of the roster who is always around but rarely seems like she has any defined direction. It seemed WWE had an idea for where Morgan's character was going when she involved herself in Lana and Bobby Lashley's wedding as Lana's ex-lover. Maybe for the best, that angle seemed to have been dropped, but Morgan was then put into an another with former teammates Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan, only to have WWE seemingly hit the eject button on that as well. But WWE's faith in Morgan seems to give her an edge in taking out Natalya on the big stage. Pick: Liv Morgan wins -- Brookhouse
Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler
It feels cruel to have Otis lose. It also would feel like a complete waste of the wonderful story they've told in recent weeks with Otis snapping. Adding an edge and not just being the big funny guy is adding depth to the Otis character. A little post-match celebration with Mandy Rose to call back to Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth wouldn't be the worst thing, and it's clear there's a direction for Otis and Rose vs. Ziggler and Sonya Deville, so this can get it going.. Pick: Otis wins -- Brookhouse (also Silverstein, Crosby)
Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley
It feels clear that the writers' room has a larger plan for Black. Lashley, on the other hand, feels lost like so many other times in his WWE career as a whole. The Lana/Lashley wedding came and went, and along with it, any direction for Lashley. Bigger things are coming for Black, who picks up another win here over a big name. Pick: Aleister Black wins -- Brookhouse (also Silverstein, Crosby)
Raw Tag Team Championship: The Street Profits (c) vs. Angel Garza & Austin Theory
This should be an exciting match and has the potential to be a show-stealer considering the talent and athleticism of all four men. Ultimately, the match was made with no storyline consideration because WWE seemingly was forced to pull its planned lucha libre fatal 4-way match for Andrade's U.S. championship. Then, Andrade got injured and replaced by Austin Theory in this spot. The Profits just won the titles, and a change would be nonsensical here to a tag team featuring to brand new "main roster" performers, including a 22-year-old blue-chipper in Theory. Pick: The Street Profits retain the titles -- Silverstein
What's strange is that while some probably believe the addition of 22-year-old Theory -- who made his debut appearance on Raw just five days prior to WrestleMania -- automatically points toward The Street Profits retaining, I'm actually on the opposite end of the spectrum. Had U.S. champion Andrade remained in the match, I probably would have leaned toward the champs retaining, but Theory's presence offers up a unique opportunity. Zelina Vega has done such a fantastic job as it pertains to guiding Andrade and Garza on the "main roster," so why not now let her guide a trio that will be draped in championships? Pick: Angel Garza & Austin Theory win the titles -- Crosby (also Brookhouse)
SmackDown Women's Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Naomi vs. Lacey Evans vs. Tamina (Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match)
The Bayley championship experience feels as though it has reached its conclusion. Sure, you could put the belt on Banks here, and this prediction was made before realizing the terms of this match were elimination, but it's still easy to see how to run the booking to get to a feel-good win here. Banks will eliminate Bayley, guaranteeing a new champion will be crowned, but a bitter Bayley will get revenge by interfering after elimination to get Banks eliminated as well. Then, you have the friends feud and Naomi march ahead as champion. Pick: Naomi wins the title -- Brookhouse
All this match seems to be, on the surface, is a kickstarter for the eventual falling out between Bayley and Banks. Sure, there are other pieces of the puzzle here, but when it boils down to it, the true issue is between the best friends. That could lead some to envision Banks maybe stealing the title here, but what I see instead is Bayley last eliminating Banks from the match in a heelish manner to retain. Then we're off to the races for what should be a fantastic SmackDown women's title program leading into the summer. Pick: Bayley retains the title -- Crosby (also Silverstein)
NXT Women's Championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Ripley has been so well built as NXT champion that it would be a shame to see a change here, but there is reason to believe it can happen considering Flair's name value and the way she is often booked. Ultimately though, it would be a mistake for WWE to have given NXT such a large presence at Survivor Series and Royal Rumble only to turn around and have one of the brand's top titles taken by a WWE superstar. Unless there is a plan to rocket Ripley to the primary roster and have someone from NXT take the title from Flair in short order, this should be a retention. After all, Ripley is the next big thing in the women's division. Pick: Rhea Ripley retains the title -- Silverstein (also Brookhouse)
The rapid rise of Ripley, dating back to the Survivor Series build last November, has been one of the more enjoyable experiences in all of WWE. We're watching a major superstar in the making grow before our very eyes, and the WrestleMania stage is more than deserved for the first NXT UK women's champion in history. Growing pains are bound to hit, however, and that's why, for as successful as she's been, Ripley will be knocked down a peg by the more seasoned Flair. This outcome gives us Ripley working to ascend back to her throne while also adding the intrigue of Flair now being forced "back down" to NXT by way of her title victory. Pick: Charlotte Flair wins the title -- Crosby
Edge vs. Randy Orton (Last Man Standing Match)
WWE has been known to make the incorrect decision in the past just for the sake of providing a swerve, so you hope that this highly-anticipated grudge match won't see history repeat itself. This is a match that may actually benefit from the empty-arena setting because the brutality between these two will come across as much more realistic than it would in a large stadium setting. Orton has reminded us during the build that he's willing to take some sadistic measures to inflict the pain he desires, but don't let Edge's long layoff from the business allow you to forget that he can be just as -- if not more -- sadistic. The "Rated-R Superstar" will remind us of that en route to giving Orton his comeuppance. Pick: Edge wins -- Crosby (also Brookhouse, Silverstein)
John Cena vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt (Firefly Funhouse Match)
History would tell you that Cena always wins matches he should lose and Wyatt always loses matches he should win. However, with Cena no longer a full-time WWE performer and fans already angry that The Fiend fought to a no contest in Hell in a Cell vs. Seth Rollins and then lost the universal title to Goldberg inexplicably, WWE is not going to triple down with another mistake. I'm excited to see what is in store for us with a Firefly Funhouse Match, which is even more reason Wyatt will come out on top here. Pick: "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt wins -- Silverstein (also Brookhouse, Crosby)
WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
It's unfortunate that McIntyre's moment will come in an empty arena, but I don't see a better option. If they were going to pull the trigger on McIntyre before, not doing it here just makes a rematch where he does win feel less impressive and less important. With Lesnar, you don't generally have the monster win by shady means like interference that justifies a rematch. So, I think you stick with the plan and see if McIntyre can be the man to lead the company in a very difficult time. Of course, logical booking may fly out the window as we continue toward an uncertain future. Pick: Drew McIntyre wins the title -- Brookhouse (also Crosby)
There's every reason to believe McIntyre will come out of WrestleMania as the champion, but when you look at the history of Royal Rumble winners in the main event, winning is far from a sure thing. When 'Mania was scheduled for Raymond James Stadium, McIntyre winning was a no-brainer call. However, without a crowd in attendance, a title change is less of a necessity and less of a sure thing. If there's one thing we know that Vince McMahon likes to do with Brock Lesnar, it is swerve the crowd. The decision at WrestleMania 34 was ill-fated, but this one would make sense, especially with WWE potentially not knowing if it will be able to continue shows in the immediate future due to the coronavirus pandemic. I'm going to go contrarian here. Pick: Brock Lesnar retains the title -- Silverstein
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