Here’s an interesting one.
Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, WWE is pushing ahead with WrestleMania 36, moving it to the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida and holding it over two nights on April 4 and 5. That’s largely to help avoid having too many people in one place, what with current CDC recommendations on social distancing and avoiding large gatherings.
That led to the cancellation of both battle royal matches scheduled for the show, which means a lot of wrestlers won’t have a place on the card. It also means booking a couple matches that maybe don’t belong on a WrestleMania card.
Like this one.
WWE.com brings word that Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley is now official for the show. Here’s how WWE is trying to sell this:
While the two have had little to no interaction of late, they make perfect sense as opponents. Black has made it clear in recent weeks that he’s no longer willing to wait for fights to come to him, opting to seek out matches with anyone on Raw who’s unwise enough to take them. Likewise, Lashley has reintroduced himself in a major way, transforming from wife-stealing Casanova to human wrecking machine in a matter of weeks as a way to bulldoze his way back into title contention.
In other words, this match is a classic case of two people looking to make a statement, with each suddenly the other’s biggest roadblock to the next level.
The updated WrestleMania match card:
- Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre (WWE championship)
- Goldberg (c) vs. Roman Reigns (Universal championship)
- Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler (Raw women’s championship)
- Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (NXT women’s championship)
- Bayley (c) vs. Lacey Evans vs. Dana Brooke vs. Tamina Snuka vs. Naomi vs. Sasha Banks (SmackDown women’s championship)
- John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
- Edge vs. Randy Orton (Last Man Standing)
- Undertaker vs. AJ Styles
- Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
- Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley