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CLEVELAND--The three-four week run in March & April between March Madness and Wrestlemania season is my favorite time of the year. Monday and Tuesday nights in March on the Road to Wrestlemania is typically at fever pitch and March Madness is just a non-stop experience. Yes, Super Bowl Sunday is all about prop-bets, the parties and hopefully the game, the Masters is a tradition unlike any other and the World Series is truly the Fall Classic. But there is nothing like Wrestlemania!
Wrestlemania weekend consists of NXT Takeover, WWE Hall of Fame and Wrestlemania Sunday. In the WWE Network era, Wrestlemania has become a 12-15 match marathon that has made the once enjoyable a chore to take in. Below is the expected card for Mania 35:
That's 17 scheduled (or soon to be scheduled) matches for the Grandest Stage of them All. And while I love wrestling as much as the next person which is why I will be attending Wrestlemania 35 in Metlife Stadium just outside of New York City, that's too much in one night. I understand that every wrestler needs to compete but here's how I would handle Wrestlemania Weekend and beyond.
Move WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to Summerslam Weekend
If there is an event that could be better used somewhere else, its the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Ask Goldberg how his induction speech went when he was honored in front of an empty crowd.
Do what other sports do which is announce all the inductees at Wrestlemania and hold the ceremony during Summerslam weekend. That would add an extra event to Summerslam and it could be held at a smaller outdoor venue to give it a different feel.
NXT Takeover (Friday Night)
Takeover is fine where it's at on Friday night.
Wrestlemania Saturday (Night 1...Smackdown-Focused)
7-11pm Saturday night. Below would be the card for Wrestlemania 35 Night 1:
WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs Kofi Kingston
No Holds Barred: Triple H vs Batista
Smackdown Women's Championship: Asuka (c) vs Sonya Deville vs Mandy Rose
AJ Styles vs Randy Orton
Smackdown Tag-Team Championship: The Usos (c) vs Hardy Boyz vs The Bar
WWE U.S. Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs Rey Mysterio
Shane McMahon vs The Miz
WWE HOF Announcement
Pre-Show (6-7pm): Women's Battle Royal
Wrestlemania Sunday (Night 2...Raw-Focused)
7-11pm Sunday Night.
Raw Women's Championship: Ronda Rousey (c) vs Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair
Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Seth Rollins
Kurt Angle vs John Cena (We Hope)
Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre
Braun Strowman SNL Segment
WWE IC Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) vs Finn Balor vs Lio Rush
Raw Tag-Team Championship: The Revival (c) vs Aleister Black & Ricochet (Lumberjack Match)
WWE Women's Tag-Team Championship: Sasha Banks & Bayley (c) vs TBA
Pre-Show (5-7pm): Andre the Giant Battle Royal, Cruiserweight Title
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