The fireworks are set to go off for WrestleMania 35 today at MetLife Stadium, in New York City, as the biggest event in sports entertainment returns to the New York area for the first time since WrestleMania 29 in 2013 — also held at MetLife Stadium.
There are 16 scheduled matches on this year’s card, looking different from years past with a number of new faces, but also several regulars missing.
For the first time in history, women will headline the WrestleMania card as Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch compete in a triple threat match for both the Raw and SmackDown women’s titles in the winner-take-all main event.
Kofi Kingston, meanwhile, has an opportunity against Daniel Bryan to become just the second African American wrestler to win the WWE championship.
The 16-match card offers a bit of everything, although WWE legend The Undertaker is not scheduled to compete for the first time in 19 years.
Several years ago WWE coined the term “Women’s Evolution”, and it appears as though the evolution will hit its zenith when three of the most remarkable wrestlers across the entirety of the professional wrestling business close out WrestleMania in front of approximately 80,000 people.
Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch are set to make history, and despite the fact that each woman has harped on that aforementioned fact, the match feels organically in place. Each woman is a star on their own, not needing one or the other to help elevate her star status. Each woman can also carry their own weight in the ring, which is where the history-making aspect actually fulfills its billing as a pro wrestling main event.
Here’s the full list of matches:
*Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy vs Tony Nese.
*Women’s Battle Royal: Asuka vs Lacey Evans.
*Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal: Braun Strowman vs Andrade.
*Raw Tag Team Championship: The Revival (c) vs Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins
*SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) vs Ricochet & Aleister Black vs The Bar vs Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura.
*Kurt Angle (Farewell Match) vs Baron Corbin.
*The Miz vs Shane McMahon (Falls Count Anywhere).
*Women’s Tag Team Championship: Sasha Banks & Bayley (c) vs Beth Phoenix & Natalya vs Nia Jax & Tamina vs The IIconics.
*United States Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs Rey Mysterio.
*Intercontinental Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) vs Finn Balor.
*AJ Styles vs Randy Orton.
*Triple H vs Batista (No Holds Barred, Career-Threatening Match).
*Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre.
*WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs Kofi Kingston.
*Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Seth Rollins.
*Winner Takes All — Raw, SmackDown Women’s Championships: Ronda Rousey (c) vs Charlotte Flair (c) vs Becky Lynch.
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