“The Show of Shows”, “The Showcase of the Immortals”, “The Greatest Spectacle in Sports Entertainment”, “The Grandest Stage of Them All”, and every other big name imaginable.
Anyone who has followed wrestling for years, is very well aware of WrestleMania’s importance. From historical, financial, mainstream appeal standpoints, WrestleMania means the world to WWE.
Fans worldwide begin with fantasy scenarios for breakout stars, celebrity involvement, Undertaker’s future, and so forth. To be fair, a lot of WrestleManias lived up to the hype, while others were so flat, you’d think a steamroller went through it.
After enduring a painful fan-less WrestleMania 36, due to the pandemic, WWE was definitely thrilled to bring back the WWE Universe to the event. The two night show had a lot of fans excited to see what WWE was going to pull off.
Many matches delivered, it was more than enough to send home happy crowds, making it a success. But, nothing ever goes off without a hitch.
Hulk-A-Mania Gets Booed
Hulk Hogan was the face of WWF, during the eighties. He accomplished everything possible throughout his career. From his time in WCW to his final WWE run. WrestleMania main events and multiple world titles.
Of course, there are speed bumps in Hogan’s life that came to light into his career. The one that really damaged Hogan’s career was a series of racially “insensitive” comments he made. Hogan was removed from the WWE Hall of Fame, in 2015, and was practically shunned from WWE. Three years ago, Hogan was reinstated.
The sad truth, for the Hulkster, is that the WWE Universe does not forget. Fans weren’t scorning for his return, much less for a WrestleMania appearance. When Hogan was announced as a WrestleMania host, next to Titus O’Neil, the news received mixed reactions. Not necessarily what WWE wants.
Last year, ‘The Phenom vs. The Phenomenal One’ was set to take place. The Undertaker facing AJ Styles looked like a promising match. The pandemic had other plans, forcing Undertaker and Styles to face off in a cinematic-like boneyard match, which Undertaker easily won.
Through Undertaker’s documentary, ‘The Last Ride’ and last year’s Survivor Series, Undertaker solidified his retirement.
No other PPV can be associated with one person specifically. It’s an honor Undertaker holds. The classics Taker produced against Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and Edge are immortalized in the history books, never to be forgotten.
No one should have expected another Undertaker appearance at this WrestleMania, much less a match. But, one would think that a mention of Undertaker was suitable. Especially because of WWE’s love of history.
Orton Conquers The Fiend
Bray Wyatt’s alter ego, The Fiend, is one of the edgiest and interesting WWE creations. The overarching egos of The Fiend and the happy-go-lucky Bray Wyatt, leave fans to eagerly solve the cryptic messages sent out by both.
What makes fans happier is when someone like The Fiend defeats one of the biggest names in the company, like John Cena, at last year’s WrestleMania. Why not go for a two-peat, over another one of the biggest stars, this time Randy Orton. The WWE Universe got the opposite, as Alexa Bliss betrayed The Fiend, for a loss.
Bliss explained her actions the following night; claiming she didn’t need the darkness. Rather it was standing in her way.
Even for someone who is practically a demonic entity, you cannot help but feel sorry for The Fiend.
WWE has been keen on holding the marquee event in open area venues. There’s a larger-than-life feeling, and it makes WWE a pretty penny. But, there’s always a risk. The weather. Hence why the ring is covered with a tarpaulin roof.
Night One, this year, had a rocky start. Raymond James Stadium announced that there was a weather delay and a risk of lightning. Fans were ordered from their seats, as a safety precaution, and told to seek shelter. Even after everything was in the clear, it was still pouring, and fans had no choice, but to take the ‘L’.
Still, it wasn’t just the fans who got the short end of the stick. During Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke’s entrance, both slipped due to the wet ramp, and the latter had a wardrobe malfunction. The WrestleMania boat set was not exempt from taking heavy hits from the heavy rain and wind.
With WrestleMania 37 now in the books, it will be remembered for the return of the fans and its excellent matches. Even the weather will play a role in our memories. Are there other dishonorable mentions for WrestleMania 37?