WWE’s annual “Showcase of the Immortals” returns to an open outdoor venue a year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced WrestleMania 36 to take place on a closed set with no fans.
With social distancing protocols in place, WrestleMania 37 takes place in front of a limited number of fans with tickets at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Once again, the event will take place over two nights.
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History will be written in the main event as Sasha Banks defends her WWE Women’s “SmackDown” Championship against 2021 Royal Rumble winner Bianca Belair. The match marks the first time WrestleMania will be titled by two African American women and will certainly serve as an emotional affair regardless of the winner.
Bobby Lashley will kick off the show by defending the WWE Championship against former defending champion Drew McIntyre. Lashley will look to meet the challenge of the man who held the title for much of the pandemic. Will McIntyre have the opportunity to spend his moment in front of the fans?
The event also sees Latin music superstar Bad Bunny teaming up with Damian Priest against The Miz and John Morrison, while Shane McMahon makes his annual return to WrestleMania against Braun Strowman in a steel cage match.
It’s a seven game card for the first night of WrestleMania and Sporting News will keep you up to date with all the action.
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WrestleMania 37 match notes
Bobby Lashley (c) won. Drew McIntyre to retain WWE Championship
Drew McIntyre is really unlucky.
Last year, the Scottish psychopath won the title without fans due to the pandemic. It was as if this would be McIntyre’s singing moment. And then there was a 40 minute rain delay which started the game late. And then Lashley beat McIntyre clean in a solid but not spectacular game.
It was your typical juggernaut slugfest between two Superstars who have been pretty well protected over the past six months. It worked out a bit early on, and it’s not necessarily the kind of match you want to open WrestleMania with. However, things started to improve in the final third when Lashley countered a Claymore Kick with a chokeslam, but McIntyre jumped to his feet. A trio of McIntyre’s DDT Future Shock couldn’t hold back Lashley.
McIntyre braced for another Claymore Kick but Lashley rolled out. This led to McIntyre taking to the skies and hitting a tope suicida. Lashley regained control and sought to break into the Hurt Lock but McIntyre escaped and slapped in a kimura submission. Lashley would escape and McIntyre readied himself again for his finisher. In what was an odd sight, MVP shouted and distracted McIntyre, causing him to miss the Claymore. Lashley sank in the Hurt Lock and McIntyre tried to shut himself down but succumbed to the champion’s power.
These two have given us more impactful matches outside of WWE and it hasn’t lived up to the potential they’ve shown in the past. It’s not necessarily a bad idea to keep Lashley as he keeps the title scene fresh.
Quality: C +
How to watch WrestleMania 37
One of the latest streaming services on the market, Peacock, is a vehicle driven by NBC. In January, WWE Network and its library were sold to Peacock, which now hosts WWE streaming content.
Peacock has three distinct pricing tiers: Free tier, Premium tier, and Premium Plus tier. To watch WWE Network and WrestleMania 37, you’ll need to subscribe to the Premium tier, at $ 4.99 per month. This will also give you unlimited access to the WWE Network Library available on Peacock, as more content will be uploaded to Peacock over the next few months.
Peacock is available on game consoles, Roku, Chromecast, Android TV, and Apple TV. Once logged in, there is a WWE category in the top bar – navigate to it, and off you go.
WrestleMania 37 Night 1 match card
- Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre for WWE Championship
- Bad Bunny and Damian Priest vs. The Miz and John Morrison
- Lana & Naomi vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs The Riott Squad vs Natalya & Tamina vs Billie Kay & Carmella in a Tag Team Turmoil match
- Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins
- The New Day (c) vs AJ Styles & Omos for WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
- Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon in Steel Cage Match
- Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship