We publish a whole lot of content here at Cageside Seats. We’re also [looks around and whispers so the bosses can’t hear] not the only place producing wrestling content on the internet. So, as a service to you on the weekdays, we’ll be producing a wrestling newsletter, "Rude Awakening." Well, it will be a newsletter eventually: for now, it’ll just be part of your experience here at Cageside, collecting the news, recaps, and social moments from the greater wrestling universe daily so you won’t fall behind, with a newsletter format to come.
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After months and months of build, we’re finally at the end of the road to WrestleMania. It’s time for the ultimate thrill ride, the showcase of the immortals, the granddaddy of them all, and whatever other nicknames for WrestleMania I’m forgetting. It begins at 5 p.m. ET on the WWE Network with a kickoff show, and the main card begins at 7 p.m. ET. We have match previews and predictions for you to consume! Cageside Seats has collected all our those in one convenient place, so you’ve got a full day of reading ahead of you before Mania kicks off late this afternoon.
Elsewhere, here’s the full rundown and why you should care about WrestleMania 33, which is my own preview for the show from SB Nation. Speaking of predictions, we have a number of surprises we think Mania could deliver — it’s unlikely to have all four of these, but one or two of them would make for some real memorable moments. We also aren’t the only ones in the prediction game: Nikki Bella doesn’t want to get her hopes up about John Cena proposing to her, but that’s okay, Nikki. We all have our hopes up for you.
We’ve got a full look at the absolutely bonkers and totally pro wrestling Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton feud for the WWE World Championship. A reminder that all of WrestleMania isn’t for hardcore fans, and why that’s okay. And we’ve even got reason to believe the Hardys might be returning to WWE — no one knows for sure except the Hardys and WWE, but hey, we’ve got hours left to speculate, so let’s do just that.
- Tyler Breeze and Fandango couldn’t make it to WrestleMania Axxess on Saturday, but don’t worry: some Southpaw Regional Wrestling stars were able to fill in for them.
- Friendship still matters to some people, so even though Bayley and Sasha Banks are opponents at WrestleMania, Bayley still got Sasha an Eddie Guerrero jacket.
- People might not be as excited week-to-week about NXT as they used to be, but NXT TakeOver: Orlando delivered.
- Aleister Black debuted, and his entrance rules. And he also appears to be bringing Satan back to professional wrestling.
- Asuka and Ember Moon was real good, finally showing Ember Moon as the equal to Asuka we knew she could be. The fact Asuka cheated in order to defeat her and maintain her win streak and championship is wonderful story telling that puts Asuka on the heel track for more than just arrogance.
- Shinsuke Nakamura received a standing ovation and led the crowd in a singalong of his theme after his loss to Bobby Roode, so at this point the question is just which of the next three days represents his main-roster debut, not if it’s coming.
- Drew McIntire was released from WWE a few years back, traveled the world and kicked ass all over it as Drew Galloway, and now he’s back as an NXT veteran signee. If you only remember Drew from his 3MB days, well, prepare to be surprised in a good way.
- NXT revealed all new championship belts during TakeOver. Here are the Tag Team Championships, the brand new NXT Women’s Championship, and the NXT Championship.
- Another NXT wrestler has been added to the Andre, and an already beefy match is now beefier.
- If you haven’t watched the NXT Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Elimination match yet, you will want to fix that.
- Jim Ross says a WWE return has a “good chance of happening,” while hinting that a WrestleMania 33 appearance could happen.
- Remember, everyone: 5 p.m. ET for the kickoff, 7 p.m. ET for the main show. Enjoy WrestleMania!