Mike Tyson, The Rock, big storylines coming to an end and more reasons why we love WrestleMania

WrestleMania 36 takes place this weekend and we can’t wait.

Drew McIntyre looks set to become the first ever British WWE champion when he faces Brock Lesnar, while Edge seeks revenge in a personal battle against Randy Orton.

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Edge vs Randy Orton is one of many high-profile matches set to take place at WrestleMania 36
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The Show of Shows will be aired on Saturday AND Sunday at the Performance Centre in Orlando and other unknown locations behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the altered plans with the event originally scheduled to happen at the 65,000-capacity Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, it is still set to be one of WWE’s standout pay-per-views of the year.

And here’s why talkSPORT.com loves WrestleMania.

Long-term storylines coming to an end

WrestleMania is usually the show that culminates with WWE’s best storylines.

John Cena and The Rock had a TWO-YEAR feud while only wrestling at WrestleMania 28 and 29, and January Royal Rumble winners feud with their respective opponents leading up to the Show of Shows.

Long-term planning has once again taken place at this year’s WrestleMania.

Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens have been feuding since November, while ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt looks to avenge his WrestleMania 30 loss to John Cena.

The satisfaction of seeing a storyline end with the right winner is a great feeling.

The element of surprise

There have been some major shocks at WrestleMania in the past.

Brock Lesnar ending The Undertaker’s legendary 21-0 streak at WrestleMania 30, Seth Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank contract to win the world title and Fandango beating Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 29 spring to mind.

Hulk Hogan body slamming and pinning Andre The Giant at WrestleMania 3 is another surprising moment for the history books.

It is this sort of shock value that often leaves WWE fans speechless.

The crowd

Whether they are cheering or booing, every WrestleMania crowd is a raucous one.

That’s why it is such a shame this year’s event will be without fans, but health of the public does come first.

The crowd cheered to the heavens when Daniel Bryan won the world title at WrestleMania 30 after overcoming Triple H in the show’s opening match and then Randy Orton and Batista in the main event.

There was a similar reaction to when Bryan put Kofi Kingston over at last year’s WrestleMania.

But the live crowd can also turn on wrestlers very quickly.

Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg at WrestleMania 20 should have gone down as a classic, but instead, they were booed throughout the match with both men set to leave WWE afterwards.

Roman Reigns was also booed at WrestleMania 32, with rumours claiming WWE even edited out the negative reaction, when he beat Triple H in the main event.

Huge returns

Big-name wrestlers have made huge WWE returns previously.

The live crowd erupted when The Hardy Boyz were shock entrants in a ladder match for the Raw Tag Team titles, which they won, at WrestleMania 33.

John Cena was ruled out of WrestleMania 32, so naturally, no one expected him to show up, but he came to The Rock’s aid when he was unnumbered by the Wyatt Family.

The returns have resulted in enormous pops from the crowd over the years.

The venues

WrestleMania has taken place in some breathtaking venues.

The inaugural WrestleMania took place in the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York, while its record attendance of 101,763 occurred at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in 2016.

WrestleMania 33 is remembered for having an unusually long ramp, which meant it took The Undertaker even longer to make his way to the ring.

Safeco Field at WrestleMania 19 deserves a mention, too. It might not have been one of the biggest venues to hold WrestleMania, but the set looked superb.

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The creative WrestleMania 33 set had a very long ramp which caught everyone’s attention
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The making of stars

WWE has made some of its biggest ever stars at WrestleMania.

Despite losing to Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13, Steve Austin came out of the match looking like a total star.

He only lost due to passing out as he passed out to Hart’s submission hold, which left guest referee Ken Shamrock with no choice but to call for the bell.

Austin would go to be WWE’s top babyface for the forthcoming years.

John Cena, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have also had big wins in WrestleMania main events to announce themselves on the Grandest Stage of Them All.

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Roman Reigns has won two of the four WrestleMania main events he’s been in
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In last year’s WrestleMania event, Becky Lynch beat Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair in last year’s WrestleMania main event to win both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s titles.

Now, she is regarded as one of WWE’s biggest stars.

Guest star appearances

WrestleMania would not be the same without a few guest appearances.

From boxing greats Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather to basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, Vince McMahon loves when other athletes appear at the Show of Shows.

Former NFL star Rob Gronkowski, who recently signed with WWE, is set to host this year’s WrestleMania.

It remains to be seen if we’ll see any other guest appearances this weekend…

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