WrestleMania 36 date, start time, matches, PPV cost, location & rumors after WWE’s coronavirus changes
Even with the coronavirus pandemic, WWE is going forward with what is typically its biggest event of the year — WrestleMania 36.
Originally, the event was to take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. in front of about 70,000 fans from around the globe, but has been moved to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando and will be closed to fans due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
It will definitely be a strange WrestleMania as it won’t have its usual pageantry as in past years inside a large stadium.
In fact, the entire show will be taped in advance as the WWE adjusts to these circumstances.
Both Drew McIntyre and Charlotte Flair earned championship matches at WrestleMania with both winning their respective Royal Rumble matches at January’s event and each earning title shots with McIntrye challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE championship while Charlotte Flair looking to beat Rhea Ripley for the NXT women’s championship. Plus, WWE has announced that former New England Patriot and three-time Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski will host the event.
The complete card for WWE WrestleMania 36 is coming together with plenty of rumors on what matches will take place. Until then, here’s all you need to know about WWE WrestleMania 36, including the start time, PPV price and rumored matches.
When is WrestleMania 36 in 2020?
For the first time ever, WrestleMania 36 will be held as a two-night event streaming on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, on the WWE Network and on pay-per-view. The show is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET both nights.
WrestleMania 36 location changed due to coronavirus
This year’s WrestleMania will be the most unique in its history. It has been moved to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., as well as multiple other locations around the U.S. All matches will take place on closed sets with no fans in attendance.
How to watch WWE WrestleMania 36
WWE WrestleMania 36 will be available for purchase on pay-per-view or via the WWE Network.
The WWE Network is available at WWE.com or by downloading the app on certain smart TVs – including Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic – as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Roku, Google Play, and Chromecast. You can also watch the network on your Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 by downloading the app through its stores.
It costs $9.99 per month to sign up to watch the WWE Network online.
You can purchase WWE WrestleMania 36 on pay-per-view through cable and satellite providers including Spectrum, Cox, Xfinity, Verizon FiOS TV, Cable One, Dish Network and DirecTV for $59.99-$69.99.
WWE WrestleMania 36 match card
WWE WrestleMania 36 rumored matches
WWE WrestleMania history
WrestleMania is the brainchild of the company’s owner, Vincent Kennedy McMahon. In the mid-1980s, McMahon was looking to give his company a shot in the arm and with it, he came up with the idea of a massive showcase sports entertainment event, the likes of which had never been seen before in the wrestling business.
On March 31, 1985, the first WrestleMania took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main event saw the team of World Wrestling Federation champion Hulk Hogan and Mr. T, accompanied by Jimmy Snuka, defeat “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff with Cowboy Bob Orton in their corner. The show was a success and McMahon’s huge financial gamble paid off and placed him firmly as the top wrestling promotion in the country.
Since then, WrestleMania has become an annual WWE tradition featuring top matches and celebrity appearances that have included the likes of Muhammed Ali, Cyndi Lauper, Mike Tyson, Rob Gronkowski, Shaquille O’Neal, and others over the years. The show has been given plenty of lofty nicknames including “The Grandest Stage of Them All”, “The Showcase of the Immortals”, and the “Super Bowl of Sports Entertainment”.
WrestleMania has grown over the years to where it now takes place in huge stadiums across North America. The event has set plenty of attendance records including 108,713 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. The show has only taken place twice outside of the United States with Toronto hosting both WrestleMania VI and WrestleMania X8.
WrestleMania has become a huge economic boost for the host city and has grown into a week of events that include the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, WWE “RAW” and “SmackDown” live television events, and NXT TakeOver, a marquee event on the night before WrestleMania featuring its third brand.
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