WrestleMania will probably be a two-night occasion for the third straight year (April 2-3, 8 p.m., Peacock) and the primary at full capability since 2019. The opening night time options two girls’s world championship matches, a not-so-mysterious thriller opponent, the return of an all-time nice and the primary of three celebrities having their inaugural match on the Show of Shows.
Here are 5 issues to observe for on the main-event stuffed Night 1 of WrestleMania 38 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Only one factor is for certain about “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s particular look on the KO Show, it’s going to finish with a beer toast and a few consuming by The Rattlesnake – particularly along with his new Broken Skull lager in shops. Oh, and there will probably be some ass kicking, which Austin loosely described as a possible match or possibly only a battle. Owens’ mic work to build this match needs to be counseled and WWE was good to not make it an official return to the ring for Austin, who had his final official match towards The Rock at WrestleMania 19 in 2003.
Owens, a lifelong fan of Austin, has been bashing Texas for greater than a month in promos and trolled followers two weeks in the past on Raw by popping out dressed like and impersonating Stone Cold after his famed glass-break theme hit. Owens, who has been utilizing The Stunner as his finisher after asking Austin’s permission in 2019, has insulted Austin’s beer consuming and mentioned his Stunner is best. He even said that he needs Austin to acknowledge him as the brand new Stone Cold. All of it has gotten followers greater than able to see him get what’s coming to him. This could possibly be the primary occasion and needs to be enjoyable, irrespective of which approach this goes.
Welcome to the Big Time
Becky Lynch will lastly come nose to nose with Bianca Belair and actually should answer for taking The EST’s championship in 26 seconds eventually year’s SummerSlam. While one other match could go on final at Night 1, this one is actually the primary occasion due to the long-term storytelling. Their solely tv singles match since SummerSlam was Belair successful by DQ at Extreme Rules final September. Lynch hasn’t been pinned in a championship match since Charlotte Flair took the SmackDown girls’s title off her in May 2019, so a Belair win right here – her second straight in a high-profile WrestleMania match – can be a large deal of the rising star.
Lynch has achieved a wonderful job as a heel after a stop-and-go begin, actually sealing all of it with a promo two weeks in the past on Raw speaking about how she’s already bought her soul to stay Raw girls’s champion for 600-plus days courting again to her pre-baby reign in 2019. The two have traded accidents, starting with an alleged fractured voice field from a stay occasion in Pennsylvania for Lynch that included photos of her within the hospital. She retaliated by placing a chair round Belair’s throat and pulling her by her braid into the ring publish to trigger “trauma” and a tv absence for the EST.
Belair’s hair has turn into a focus after she additionally whipped Lynch with it and left some nasty scars throughout her stomach. They hammered the hair level residence this week on “Monday Night Raw” with Belair returning, thwarting Lynch’s try and clip her braid then slicing off a few of Big Time Becks’ hair to convey issues to a fever pitch proper earlier than the match.
Ronda Rousey’s revenge tour formally will get underway. The final time the previous UFC girls’s bantamweight champion confronted Charlotte Flair in a vicious singles match it resulted in a DQ end because of The Queen’s use of a kendo stick on the 2018 Survivor Series. The SmackDown girls’s champion seems like Boss 1 earlier than a possible Mania match with Lynch subsequent year In Los Angeles.
Rousey, who had her first youngster with husband Travis Browne in September, returned after practically three years away from WWE to win the Royal Rumble in January and selected to go after Flair’s title – saying she was simply the primary. Since then, the 2 have traded vicious assaults within the parking zone and within the ring with Flair being unable to make Rousey – who has added the Ankle Lock submission to her arsenal – faucet out. Look for that to be the story of this match, which actually has the possibility to steal the present. A victory for Rousey would earn her the SmackDown girls’s championship of the primary time.
Start of one thing?
Logan Paul’s skilled wrestling debut is by far probably the most fascinating of the celeb appearances at this WrestleMania. Could this be the beginning of one thing for the YouTube sensation-turned-boxer? It’s at the very least a toe within the water ought to he finally determine to affix WWE down the highway. Paul’s look stems from The Miz – who did an awesome job working with Bad Bunny throughout final year’s WrestleMania – shedding to Rey Mysterio at Elimination Chamber in February after his son Dominik bought concerned within the match. So the A-Lister wanted a top-notch associate in Paul to even the chances. Miz added the final word insult by stealing one in every of Rey’s famed masks. Miz’s spouse Maryse even displayed it within the household trophy case on social media and Paul wore it on Raw this week. It all comes with Dominik attempting to earn the appropriate to put on his personal masks and keep on the Mysterio legacy. It’s an awesome wrinkle to amp this up, however this match is all about Paul’s efficiency.
WWE has gotten each final drop out of Cody Rhodes’ seemingly return to the company after the previous All Elite Wrestling govt vice chairman was unable to come back to phrases along with his former company. Rhodes, who was final seen in WWE in 2016 earlier than asking for his launch, signed again with the company round three week in the past, in line with PW Insider. He has been given the possibility for an epic WrestleMania second after WWE spent weeks having Seth Rollins search a approach onto the WrestleMania card – every time leaving followers believing Rhodes was coming again on Raw to arrange the match.
Instead, Vince McMahon advised Rollins throughout a section this week that he has a match, the opponent will probably be of the boss’ selecting and Rollins will discover out who he’s when he’s within the ring at AT&T Stadium. If it’s certainly Rhodes, it offers “The American Nightmare” an opportunity for a WrestleMania second much like the Hardy Boyz’s return at WrestleMania 33, an infinite crowd pop and a springboard into the higher echelon of the roster. As the primary main AEW expertise to cross over, this can be a very massive deal.
Full WrestleMania 38 Night 1 Card
Becky Lynch (c) vs Bianca Belair (Raw girls’s championship)
King Woods and Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus and Ridge Holland
Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin
Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio vs. The Miz and Logan Paul
Seth Rollins vs. Vince McMahon’s hand-picked opponent
The Usos (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs (SmackDown tag group championship)
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ronda Rousey (SmackDown Women’s championship)
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin on “The KO Show”