For the first time since 2019, WrestleMania will take place to a packed house starting Saturday night in Arlington, Texas.
After the pandemic forced WWE to hold its biggest show of the year behind closed doors in 2020 and with a reduced capacity of 25,000 in Tampa last year, the Cowboys’ home will be packed for Wrestle Mania 38.
A big thing will be the same as the past two years, though. For the third time, WrestleMania will take place over two nights. Splitting the show into a Saturday part and a Sunday part has been positive for fans, who no longer have to endure a seven-hour marathon night. It was also a win for the wrestlers, who have more opportunities to get on the WrestleMania card, and for WWE, which can now sell twice as many tickets.
The problem for WWE is being able to book separate nights of a show that is appealing enough that fans want to see both, whether in the stadium or at home. But the company succeeded in this regard this year.
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The first night of Wrestle Mania 38 is headlined by two matches for the women’s title (Bianca Belair against Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey against Charlotte Flair). The impending return of at least one other artist could steal the show, however.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin is set to appear on “The KO Show” with Kevin Owens, but it remains to be seen if Austin just hits Owens with a Stunner or two and walks away or if their confrontation is elevated to an official match.
The other potential comeback is that of Cody Rhodes. The former WWE wrestler left the company six years ago and relaunched his career on the independent circuit and in Japan before becoming one of the co-founders of All Elite Wrestling, the upstart promotion that quickly become the most successful non-WWE wrestling company in the world. in the United States since WCW closed 20 years ago. Rhodes announced in February that he was leaving AEW and SI’s Justin Barrasso announced shortly after that he was to land in WWE. There is an open spot on the card for Rhodes to appear in a match against Seth Rollins (which has been announced for a match against an opponent chosen by Vince McMahon) and it has been rumored for weeks whether Rhodes will appear. Actually.
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WrestleMania 38 Night 1 Full Match Card:
- “The KO Show” with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
- Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women’s Championship
- Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship
- Seth Rollins against an opponent chosen by McMahon
- The Mysterios vs. The Miz and Logan Paul
- Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin
- The Usos vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles
- New Day’s Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods vs. Sheamus and Ridge Holland