Night one of WrestleMania 36 offered a number of big surprises. Braun Strowman steamrolled Goldberg to become the new Universal champion, Kevin Owens jumped off the WrestleMania sign to attack Seth Seth Rollins, and a singles triple threat ladder match for a tag team title repeatedly shocked the viewing audience.
But the biggest headline grabber of all was the Boneyard match that closed out the night, as AJ Styles and The Undertaker battled in a cinematic romp through a graveyard.
Now it’s time for night two. Four titles will be on the line, including men’s Royal Rumble winner Drew McIntyre challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE championship and Bayley defending her SmackDown women’s title in a five-way match. For the first time ever on a WrestleMania card and NXT title will be defended, as women’s Royal Rumble winner Charlotte Flair challenges NXT women’s champion Rhea Ripley.
In one of the most anticipated matches of the weekend, Edge has his first one-on-one match in nine years against Randy Orton, under Last Man Standing rules. And in what will likely be another unconventional cinematic adventure, John Cena faces “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt in a Firefly Funhouse match.
Marc Raimondi and Tim Fiorvanti are here to break it all down live, with ESPN Stats & Info’s Sean Coyle rating each match on his customized scale of 0-5.
Recaps from the first night of WrestleMania 36 can be found here.
NXT women’s championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Match in progress.
Kickoff show: Liv Morgan def. Natalya
Night two of WrestleMania began with a kickoff show match that had no build and really, no heat. Natalya took advantage of an offered handshake by Morgan to start things off and utilized her strong mat game advantage in the opening sequences. Natalya continued to bring the aggression with a discus clothesline that sent Morgan onto the ring apron. She then locked in a surfboard stretch for a good minute, but Morgan refused to tap. Ultimately Natalya released the hold and opened the door for a comeback.
Morgan worked in some offense which included her version of the codebreaker and a nice looking step-up enziguri. However, it was a less flashy move that made the most impact as Morgan reversed a series of roll-ups into a pinning combination and picked up the biggest win of her career.
This was Morgan’s first-ever WWE PPV win. She was 0-9 entering tonight’s match.
What’s next: Perhaps this builds a bit or momentum for Morgan in the coming weeks and we’ll get a resolution to the rivalry between all three former Riott Squad members that was seemingly put on hold. As for Natalya, it’s anyone’s guess, but she has the ability to continue to help build stars as she did tonight.
Still to come:
Five-way match for the SmackDown women’s championship: Bayley (c) vs. Lacey Evans vs. Naomi vs. Sasha Banks vs. Tamina
Last man standing: Edge vs. Randy Orton
John Cena vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
Raw tag-team championships: The Street Profits (c) vs. Angel Garza & Austin Theory
Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley
Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler
WWE championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
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