Sunday’s WrestleMania Backlash incurred a significant change on 8 days’ notice. The WWE Tag Team Title unification match between The Usos and RK-Bro is now a six-man tag team extravaganza with Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre added to the mix.
There is no more championship unification, no stakes, just another match with two added attractions. While the star power of Reigns and McIntyre will garner more eyeballs on the marquee, are matches where the sole purpose is to see big-name talent enough to move the needle these days?
WrestleMania 38 Night 2 kicked off with an unexpected appearance by Triple H, who came to the ring, did his classic water spit, and left his wrestling boots in the middle of the ring, signifying his retirement from the squared circle. While H officially two weeks ago, it was on ESPN +. It was fitting for him to have one more meaningful appearance in front of a contemporary WWE crowd that he helped cultivate.
Wow, WrestleMania 38 – Night 1 lived up to the marketing and was a stupendous event. WWE produced two exceptional matches and the return of a legend to cap off the festivities. The bar is set extremely high for Night 2.
On Friday Friday, Mark Calaway, otherwise known as the Undertaker, will take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. Undertaker headlines the 2022 class featuring Vader, Queen Sharmell, The Steiner Brothers, and Shad Gaspard will receive the Warrior Award posthumously.
Undertaker receives so much love for his WrestleMania matches we sometimes forget about his career-defining moments outside of the grandest stage. Let’s look at the ten best non-WrestleMania matches of the Undertaker’s legendary career.
Ronda Rousey challenging Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship was the planned main event for night one of WrestleMania this Saturday night. However, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin will have a confrontation with Kevin Owens. Rumors of Austin/Owens closing the show were confirmed by the Wrestling Observer. Naturally, some fans are not happy that a “talk show segment” will headline over an actual match, but it’s the right call.
Some of the year’s biggest matches will occur this weekend at WrestleMania 38. It’s a fun time to reminisce on past Mania matches and think about those that never occurred. The Ultimate Show on the WWE Network booked the Ultimate WrestleMania Card.
The rules are you can pick any wrestler from any era who competed at a WrestleMania. Also, you can only use a wrestler once. So, I put my promoter’s cap on and created what I believe would be the Ultimate WrestleMania.
Since WrestleMania has been a two-night event for the last three years, I’m going to treat this card the same. Two nights, six matches each, and headlined by a blockbuster main event.
Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs earned a SmackDown Tag Team Title match set for night one of WrestleMania 38. Boogs defeated “Main Event” Jey Uso on SmackDown Friday night after tricking him into thinking his leg was injured. Per the stipulation, Boogs and Nakamura get a title shot at the “Showcase of the Immortals.”
UFC has honored some of the octagon’s legendary battles with induction into their Hall of Fame for several years. WWE should follow suit and add a Match Wing to their own Hall of Fame, where the most memorable bouts are recognized for their historical importance.