WrestleMania season is underway, as the first night of the 37th edition of the annual event took place at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida.
Bobby Lashley retained, Bianca Belair won at WrestleMania 37
WrestleMania 37 was originally scheduled to take place on March 28, 2021 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California; however, the COVID-19 pandemic in California made it unlikely that the event could be held there with in-person spectators. The event was then moved to its present location and lengthened to two nights.
There was no match during the Kickoff show and the event started when Vince McMahon and the roster welcomed the fans to WrestleMania. Shortly after, the event was put on hold for over 30 minutes due to inclement weather, marking the first ever weather delay, leading to interviewing being taken to engage the audience. Later, hosts Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan hyped the audience.
In the opening match for the WWE Championship, the champion Bobby Lashley, accompanied by MVP, faced Drew McIntyre. McIntyre’s aspirations to replicate his victory in last year’s event failed as he passed out to Lashley’s Hurt Lock despite his vehement resistance.
The second match was a tag team turmoil, where the winners would face Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship on Night 2. Natalya and Tamina won after Tamina pinned Liv after a Superfly Splash.
In the third match, the fan favourite Cesaro faced “The Messiah” Seth Rollins. In the end, Cesaro managed to spin Rollins around in a Cesaro Swing and follow it up with a Neutralizer for a victory. This was Cesaro’s first singles victory in the grandest show of them all.
In the fourth match, The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) defended the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship against AJ Styles and Omos. In his main roster debut, Omos dominated and won the titles for him and Styles.
In the fifth match, Braun Strowman faced Shane McMahon in a steel cage match. However, Strowman was attacked by the duo of Elias and Jaxson Ryker before the match could start. In the course of the match, he managed to throw McMahon off the cage onto the ring, descend and enter the ring, hit a running powerslam, and pin McMahon for the victory.
In the sixth match, rapper Bad Bunny and Damian Priest faced The Miz and John Morrison. Bunny managed to hit a Canadian Destroyer on Morrison outside the ring. Bunny and Priest then hit an Electric Chair Drop/Crossbody combination on Miz and Bunny pinned Miz to win the match.
In the first of the two WrestleMania main events, Sasha Banked looked to retain her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Royal Rumble winner Bianca BelAir. However, BelAir managed to defeat Banks with a KoD to win the championship for the first time in her career.