WrestleMania 37: 5 things WWE could be planning for the two-night event
Over the weekend, WWE announced the dates and venues for the next three WrestleManias. And much like last year, this year’s edition of the Show of Shows will take place over two nights.
However, the difference between WrestleMania 36 and WrestleMania 37 will be that WWE is planning for a two-night event months in advance. This gives them enough time to come up with the perfect card for the occasion.
Last year’s event had to be spread over two nights because WWE to host it at the Performance Center. This time, Raymond James Stadium will play host to WrestleMania, and there will be limited fans in attendance.
With around three months to book a two-night extravaganza, WWE will look to make WrestleMania 37 the biggest one in history. Last year’s card felt hastily booked in places when spread across two nights. That likely won’t happen this time around.
Here are five things WWE could be planning for WrestleMania 37, now that it is two nights.
#5 More part-timers at WrestleMania 37
WrestleMania 36 saw up to five part-timers in action, and we could expect something similar this year as well. Edge could be making his return from injury soon, while Brock Lesnar is likely to return for ‘Mania. Meanwhile, Goldberg is back and could have his second match of the year in April.
John Cena never misses WrestleMania, so he could play a part at the show. Whether he wrestles or is simply there for a promo segment is anybody’s guess. Even The Undertaker could show up, despite being retired from the ring. Beyond them, WWE could turn to a couple more names.
Triple H did not wrestle at last year’s WrestleMania, but he could be back in the ring. He had a Street Fight with Randy Orton on last week’s RAW, and AJ Styles mentioned him as somebody he would like to face at Raymond James Stadium. The Game will probably have a match as well.
This would leave both nights with an equal amount of star power, without even considering possible returns for Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch. The two female megastars aren’t full-timers anymore for different reasons and while they probably won’t wrestle, an appearance from either of them isn’t out of the question.
#4 Potential for more mid-card stories to be told at WrestleMania 37
While two nights of WrestleMania would feature more part-timers than ever, it also lends an opportunity to the mid-card talent on RAW and SmackDown. Last year, when WrestleMania was moved, WWE scrambled to book a couple of heatless undercard matches for both nights.
King Corbin vs. Elias and Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley was not at all WrestleMania-worthy, and WWE would have been better off having seven matches on either night. But with the riches of talent on the roster, several compelling stories could be told on the undercard of WrestleMania.
The United States Championship and Intercontinental Championship could receive more attention when spread across WrestleMania weekend, while several non-title feuds could organically blossom. Superstars like Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro, and Sami Zayn could have decent spots on the card as a result.
A lot of these Superstars would usually be lost in the shuffle at WrestleMania, possibly in the Battle Royal. However, the two-night format allows them to shine in the spotlight. Nakamura and Cesaro could break up in the coming months and be a great choice to open Night One of ‘Mania.
#3 A running two-night Championship story at WrestleMania 37
With more stories being told across the board for WrestleMania, there could be an increased focus on one area in WWE. The two-night format allows longer form stories to be told. Night One could feature a number one contender’s match, with the winner getting a title shot on Night Two.
This would be perfect for the RAW Women’s Championship. Charlotte Flair could defeat Asuka for the belt in the next month or so, after betraying her current tag team partner. Meanwhile, Rhea Ripley could debut on the WWE main roster and challenge Charlotte to a title match at WrestleMania after what happened last year.
With both Asuka and Ripley wanting revenge over The Queen at ‘Mania, they could face each other on Night One, and the winner would challenge for the RAW Women’s Title the following night. A story thread like this would instantly raise the stakes of both shows in a creative way, linking the two of them together.