Wrestlemania 37 is quickly approaching and like last year, the 2021 version of the Showcase of the Immortals will be a two-night event.
Unlike last year, the WWE will get the chance to actually hold their grand spectacle in front of fans as the federation will set up shop at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa in front of 25,000 onlookers.
The bulk of the card has already been announced with a few matches bound to be added heading into the show. Here’s a quick and dirty version of the matches and storylines that have been featured on WWE television heading into the two night event.
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre for WWE Championship
Drew McIntyre has been the proverbial MVP of Raw since beating Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at last year’s ‘Mania at the Performance Center.
He once again enters Wrestlemania as the challenger, this time against Bobby Lashley, who defeated The Miz a few weeks ago on Raw to win the title for the first time in his career. This is a classic face vs. heel/hoss vs. hoss fight with Bobby Lashley’s stable, the Hurt Business, now broken up but his default manager MVP in his corner.
Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair for the Smackdown Women’s Championship
As they say in the business, Bianca Belair has had the rocket strapped to her back as the former University of Tennessee track and field athlete has been presented as a bonafide star since Survivor Series in November, ultimately winning the Royal Rumble in January.
She is challenging ‘the Boss’ Sasha Banks and while the match itself will be good, the build to it has ranged from strange to outright bad as they’ve spent weeks putting the pair in a tag team just for the sake of killing time. Again, that shouldn’t take away from this being a potential show stealer.
Bad Bunny & Damian Priest vs. The Miz & John Morrison
International pop superstar Bad Bunny has been a regular fixture on WWE television since January and could go down as one of the best celebrity cameos they’ve ever had. A real life wrestling diehard, Bad Bunny has appeared alongside new Raw superstar Damian Priest on nearly every show since the Royal Rumble and has drawn eyeballs by winning the 24/7 Title and appearing on both Saturday Night Live and the Grammy’s with the title.
A television star in his own right, the Miz has bantered back-and-forth with Bad Bunny for months, culminating with the pair attacking each other with guitars over the past few weeks, setting up this match. He’ll be tasked with bringing Bad Bunny along through this match with his partner John Morrison, which has the potential to draw major attention from all over the world should the pop star hold his own in the ring. They even destroyed Bunny’s $3.6 million Bugatti in the build-up on the last Raw before Mania.
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge for WWE Universal Championship
The “Tribal Chief” Roman Reigns has been ace since returning and turning heel at SummerSlam last August and has been the dominant champ of Smackdown ever since. Meanwhile you have Edge, who after winning the Royal Rumble from the No. 1 position in January, decided to target Big Dog for his world title at Raymond James Stadium.
Also lurking is Daniel Bryan, who is bound to be added to this match to make a triple threat after his Fastlane title match against Reigns ended in controversy. This may be Bryan’s final year as a semi-full time wrestler and so he is motivated both in character and in real life to create one last Wrestlemania moment for himself.
Randy Orton vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
Listen: It would take me an entire day to try to explain anything involving the Fiend so I’ll just leave this recap of Randy Orton setting him on fire. You read that right:
And then he came back!