There’s no night bigger on the wrestling calendar. And now there’s two of them.
After last year’s debut of the two-night format – we’re excluding the pre-taped, fanless 36 – WWE WrestleMania 38 again sees the world’s biggest pro wrestling company taking over a stadium twice.
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This time it’s Dallas’ AT&T Stadium, with two shows on Sunday and Monday mornings (AEDT) that should each welcome 60,000 fans.
Combined they will pass the record crowd from WrestleMania 32 in the same venue, when they claimed over 100,000 attendees (in reality it was 93,730… entertainment purposes only, folks. Expect more claims of 100k this year.)
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The two-night format means, rather than rushing through a lengthy show, the company can give plenty of time to the big matches – and to the spectacles, of which there are many this year.
After all, WrestleMania itself is the biggest star these days – though one match, declared The Biggest WrestleMania Match of All-Time by the company, has been built reasonably well – meaning there are some… let’s say unique bouts on the card.
Here’s what to expect from WWE WrestleMania 38.
WHEN DOES WWE WRESTLEMANIA 38 START?
WrestleMania 38 is live from Dallas, Texas on April 3 and 4, with the main card starting at 10am AEST on both days, and the pre-show from 8am AEST.
Each show should run for roughly four hours.
The easiest way to watch WrestleMania 38 is on Main Event via Foxtel or streaming on Kayo.
WHAT IS THE MATCH CARD FOR WRESTLEMANIA 38?
Night 1 (April 3, from 10am AEST)
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) v Ronda Rousey
WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) v Bianca Belair
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Usos [Jimmy and Jey Uso] (c) v Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs
Seth Rollins v TBA
Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio v The Miz and Logan Paul
Drew McIntyre v Happy Corbin
The New Day [Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston] v Sheamus and Ridge Holland
Notes: The main event for night one is expected to be a segment of The KO Show, hosted by Kevin Owens with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin as his guest.
Austin has not wrestled since his retirement at WrestleMania 19, and this will not be an official match, but a lengthy physical confrontation is expected.
The Flair-Rousey title bout should be the final actual match on the night.
Seth Rollins’ mystery opponent will be announced on the night by Mr McMahon. It’s expected to be the returning Cody Rhodes, having signed a deal after helping start up the rival AEW promotion.
Night 2 (April 4, from 10am AEST)
Winner Takes All match to unify the WWE Championship and WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c, WWE) v Roman Reigns (c, Universal)
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship: RK-Bro [Randy Orton and Riddle] (c) v The Street Profits [Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford] v Alpha Academy [Chad Gable and Otis]
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship: Queen Zelina and Carmella (c) v Sasha Banks and Naomi (c) v Rhea Ripley and Liv Morgan v Natalya and Shayna Baszler
Johnny Knoxville v Sami Zayn [Anything Goes match]
Pat McAfee v Austin Theory
Edge v AJ Styles
Bobby Lashley v Omos
Notes: Lesnar and Reigns will clearly main event this show, marking the third time the pair have main evented a WrestleMania together. It is Reigns’ sixth WrestleMania main event in eight years.
Given Knoxville’s background his match with Zayn should be an entertaining car crash, while Edge-Styles could be excellent.
Much like with the Stone Cold segment on night one, there’s intrigue around Vince McMahon’s role in the McAfee-Theory match on night two. The original plans saw McMahon wrestling McAfee, but given his advanced age they clearly thought better of it; the WWE owner could still get involved.
If any matches are added it’s likely to be here on night two – it’s bizarre that neither the Intercontinental Champion Ricochet nor the US Champion Finn Balor is on the card, for example.