Check out the full results below…
Night one of WWE’s 36th annual Wrestlemania has ended, with some big matches, shocking results and cinematic moments.
Wrestlemania is usually WWE’s biggest PPV of the year. The show was moved from its location at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, to the WWE Performance Centre in Orlando. The event will also be held without a live audience due to the ongoing pandemic.
The show is hosted by former NFL and New England Patriots star, Rob Gronkowski. It is also the first Wrestlemania to be set across two nights. Check out the full results from night one below:
- Cesaro defeats Drew Gulak via Pinfall
The pre-show match ended after a short, but technical bout from the two underrated superstars. Cesaro pinning Gulak, setting up further story elements in a later match on the card.
- Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross defeat The Kabuki Warriors (Kairi Sane and Asuka) to win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships
A solid main card opener saw Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross claim the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships from defending champions Kairi Sane and Asuka. This marks the first time team has one the belts twice, with Bliss and Cross becoming two-time tag champs.
- Elias defeats King Corbin via pinfall
In a match that lacked much of the hype of others on the card, and one put together by host Rob Gronkowski, Elias defeated Corbin via a roll-up. The match was kept shorter, but was a solid affair between the two, beginning with a guitar shot from Elias before the bell.
- Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch defeats Shayna Baszler to retain
In one of the biggest shocks of the night, Becky Lynch managed to pin Shayna Baszler in the same way that both Ember Moon (Shayna’s first NXT title shot) and Kairi Sane (Shayna’s first title defeat) managed to in the past. This loss for Shayna seemingly means the feud will continue, possibly being saved for an event with a live crowd (which may not bode well for Drew McIntyre’s chances tonight). Becky came close to a loss after being placed in the clutch by Baszler, only managing to perform a flip-over pin to escape with the title.
- Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn defeats Danial Bryan to retain
Sami Zayn defeats Daniel Bryan with a surprise Helluva Kick, managing to pin Bryan for the three-count and walk away still as the IC champion. The match saw Zayn continue his cowardly heel champion role, attempting to avoid confrontation and being backed up by Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura. Bryan had Drew Gulak in his corner, who was wiped out by Cesaro and Nakamura later in the bout. The Great Liberator walks away with his title once again.
- Smackdown Tag Team Champion John Morrison defeats Kofi Kingston & Jimmy Uso in a Ladder Match to retain
One of the best matches from night one saw John Morrison retain in a shock win after being headbutted by both Kingston & Uso, falling off the ladder but grabbing both titles on his way down. The match was originally scheduled to include The Miz, Big E and Jey Uso; however, The Miz’s illness forced the match to turn into a singles triple threat bout. The match was still high quality, full of athletic skill, from John Morrison’s rope walk to Kofi’s top rope jump through the ladder.
- Kevin Owens defeats Seth Rollins via DQ
What was a good match, ended with Rollins hitting Owens with the ring bell, denying him of his Wrestlemania moment… but wait, there’s more!
- Kevin Owens defeats Seth Rollins via pinfall in a No-Disqualification match
After a quick promo by Owens, the match quickly restarted, this time as a No-DQ bout. This was one of the matches of the night, featuring a great spot with Owens jumping off the Wrestlemania sign onto Rollins. The match ended with Owens performing a Stunner on Rollins for the three-count.
- Braun Strowman defeats Goldberg via pinfall to win the WWE Universal Championship
What was supposed to be Roman Reigns vs Goldberg, until Reigns backed out due to health concerns from the ongoing pandemic, saw Braun Strowman take his place. Strowman picked up the shock victory, claiming his first world title and second singles title in the company. The match was a short one, as expected from a Goldberg bout. Featuring 4 spears from Goldberg, a kick out from Strowman, 4 Powerslams followed by a pin for the three-count. Braun Strowman is the new Universal Champion!
- The Undertaker defeats AJ Styles in a Boneyard Match
One of the most creative matches in wrestling history saw The Undertaker bury AJ Styles alive. The match was cinematic, taking place in a cemetery, featuring fire, druids and Metallica. This main-event will go down in WWE history as one of the most creative bouts, with more like this to come in night two, as Cena takes on The Fiend Bray Wyatt in a Firefly Fun House match.
Watch Wrestlemania 36 on the WWE Network to experience the full match card, recommended viewing includes the last four matches on the card, due to the high-quality action, surprises and unique experiences you’ll ever witness from a WWE wrestling event.
By Jimmy Ioannou
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