5 ways WWE WrestleMania 36 could change the event for the better

  • WrestleMania 36 will be very different this year, but some changes could stick around.
  • WWE has a unique opportunity to take a bad situation and use it to make future shows better.
Rick Ucchino
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Modified 24 Mar 2020, 09:15 IST

#2 Fewer squash matches and time cuts

A two-night card gives starts time to shine
A two-night card gives starts time to shine

There are other added benefits to a split show besides letting the audience rest up and soak in the barrage of entertainment over two days as opposed to one. If WWE went to a permanent two day show, it would create more time and opportunity for talent to shine on the biggest stage of them all.

At last year's WrestleMania, Samoa Joe successfully defended his U.S. Championship against an injured Rey Mysterio in just one minute. Mysterio had a legitimate ankle injury and many believed that's why the match was so short, but it was later reported that the match was cut down for time restraints - and the show still went 7 1\2 hours.

That's not nearly as bad as WrestleMania 29 when an Eight-Person Mixed Tag Match featuring Tons of Funk, The Funkadactyls, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, and the Bella Twins was cut from the show entirely due to time restraints.

With two separate shows, there should never be a reason to cut a match down (or entirely) if other matches run long. Each Mania show should feel like a slightly longer NXT TakeOver. Both nights should feature 6-8 matches were each feud gets their proper amount of time to play out in the ring.

A duel night show, in theory, should also provide more opportunity for talent to get on the card in an actual match - as opposed to just being shoehorned into a battle royal. How about taking it a step further? How about split brand Mania events? One night for RAW and another for SmackDown - with some NXT sprinkled in if the company desires. It could work.

Published 24 Mar 2020, 09:15 IST
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