The next pay-per-view (PPV) on the WWE schedule is the one and only WrestleMania 35 event set to take place on Sun., April 7, 2019, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the company’s annual “Showcase of the Immortals”. It’s the biggest pro wrestling event of the year.
We’re just one week away from showtime and most of the card is set:
- Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (Raw women’s championship)
Lynch won the Royal Rumble, was told to get her knee looked at, didn’t, was suspended, reinstated, suspended again, replaced by Flair, then won a match against Flair to get put back in, but with Flair still in. In a surprise, Charlotte won the SmackDown women’s title from Asuka this past week, so that’s another element added to the mix, though to what extent is unclear.
- Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins (Universal championship)
Rollins won the Royal Rumble and chose to challenge Lesnar.
- Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kofi Kingston (WWE championship)
After winning his way in and being screwed out of it, Kingston had to sit back and watch Xavier Woods and Big E win a tag team Gauntlet match to get him here. They did so, and Vince McMahon finally relented.
- Triple H vs. Batista (No Holds Barred)
Batista returned on Monday Night Raw during Ric Flair’s birthday celebration, assaulting the old fella to get Triple H’s attention. Then they had it out in a passionate promo segment where Batista demanded he get what he wants, which is one more match with “The Game” before he retires. This, then, will be his retirement match. Later, he said Triple H is manipulative and he’s tired of it all.
- Shane McMahon vs. The Miz
They were a team, and even won the SmackDown tag team titles, but after repeated failures, McMahon turned on Miz in his hometown of Cleveland at Fastlane, right in front of Miz’s dad. He claims to be tired of allowing others to use him for their personal gain, so he’s going to kick Miz’s ass (again) over it. Miz’s response to all this was that the McMahon family doesn’t control him, and Shane deserves to get his ass whooped. Surprisingly enough, Miz has been great as the babyface in all this.
- Sasha Banks & Bayley (c) vs. Beth Phoenix & Natalya vs. The IIconics vs. Nia Jax & Tamina (Women’s tag team championship)
These teams have all been going back and forth, and Phoenix is coming out of retirement to try to win the titles with Nattie.
- Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Finn Balor (Intercontinental championship)
They’ve been engaged in a rivalry for some time now, trading wins (and the title). Balor won a 2-on-1 handicap match, pinning Jinder Mahal, to earn another shot at the strap.
- Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin
No one is particularly happy that Corbin was chosen as the opponent — possibly including Angle himself — but that’s the direction. There have been no indications WWE will change this match.
- Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Tony Nese (Cruiserweight championship)
Nese won a tournament to become top contender, earning this match.
- AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
They’re arguing over who has the right to call SmackDown their house. So they’re going to fight it out. The promos have been good, the match should be better.
- Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio (U.S. championship)
After winning the title and then defending it in Fatal 4-Way matches, Joe will now put his title on the line in a singles match against Mysterio. This comes after Mysterio pinned Joe in a tag team match. Mysterio’s son is scheduled to be at the show and may get involved.
- Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns
They’ve been going back and forth, with McIntyre working his way through The Shield.
- Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Announced for the match: Braun Strowman, Colin Jost, Michael Che, Andrade, Apollo Crews, Titus O’Neil, Tyler Breeze, Jinder Mahal, No Way Jose, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, Kalisto, Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Heath Slater, Rhyno, Viktor, Konnor, Ali, Shelton Benjamin, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Otis, Tucker, EC3
- Women’s Battle Royal
Announced for the match: Asuka, Carmella, Naomi, Lana, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Nikki Cross, Dana Brooke, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Mickie James, Zelina Vega
Rumors continue to persist that John Cena will have a match on this show but literally zero hints of that have come from WWE. There’s also talk of matches for both the Raw and SmackDown tag team titles, which would bring the total match count up to 17.
Plus, Alexa Bliss is your host!