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WWE WrestleMania 36 results: Biker Undertaker returns in horror movie masterpiece on night one


The Dead Man lives on (Credit: WWE)

WWE kicked off the most unusual WrestleMania in history in fine style with a main event like nothing we’ve seen before.

After the superstars made the best of an empty Performance Center, the first night of this weekend’s double header delivered in a spooky, sinister and silly setting as The Undertaker turned back the clock.

From AJ Styles entering the Boneyard in a casket in the back of a hearse to Undertaker returning as the biker with Metallica’s Now That We’re Dead blaring out, we were off to a great start.

This wasn’t your typical wrestling match (Credit: WWE)

With production worthy of the big screen – complete with a killer soundtrack – these two men put on an incredible show which just wouldn’t have been possible with Mania being held with a live crowd.

Without the restrictions, they were able to embrace the gimmick to the fullest, with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows playing their role to perfection.

There were some instant classic images, including Undertaker gasping and groaning on the ground as AJ called him a ‘broken down old bitch’, insisting he’s ‘no phenom’ before the Dead Man gave him a middle finger and fought back.

In the end, Taker got the win by literally burying Styles in a grave, filling it with dirt – with AJ’s hand sticking out – and riding off with his logo blazed on the ruined house.

This wasn’t your typical wrestling match, but this year it didn’t have to be.

It was a b-movie horror flick in the very best way, and brought the first night of WrestleMania 36 to a stunning end.

Bray Wyatt, John Cena? Your move!

Best of the rest

Despite the bizarre circumstances, the superstars by and large overcame a huge challenge by putting on an engaging show without a live crowd to feed off.

Kicking off the night – after comments from Stephanie McMahon and Gronk and a stunning video package – Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss overcame the Kabuki Warriors to become Women’s Tag Team champions for a second time.

It wasn’t the smoothest match, but the energy really helped set an early tone for the evening, and the title change was a genuinely wonderful moment.

King Corbin’s trash talking was on another level as he tried to claim a forfeit win over Elias, but the tough troubadour’s sneak attack with the guitar at the start and a handful of tights at the end was enough to steal the win.

It wasn’t a match many fans were expecting to deliver, but both men put on a very fun contest – and Elias’ win suggests something big is on the horizon.

Elsewhere, Becky Lynch stole a win over Shayna Baszler to retain her Raw Women’s Title a year after she won it.

Honestly, this brutal and exciting match could’ve done with another 5 minutes and a better ending, but at least the Queen of Spades looked strong even in defeat.

Up next was a match that brought the silliness and character work to the fore, with Sami Zayn cementing himself as one of the best in the business against Daniel Bryan.

It wasn’t the clinic many would have hoped for, but having Drew Gulak, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura involved throughout told a great story as the Intercontinental Champion took the beating fans wanted to see but still escaped with the gold.

Despite some late lineup changes, the SmackDown Tag Team Title Ladder Match – contested as a singles triple threat between John Morrison, Jimmy Uso and Kofi Kingston – damn near stole the show.

From trash talking to devastating spots – including a stunning corkscrew onto a ladder from JoMo – this had everything anyone could have asked for.

Morrison starred here, complete with a tight rope walk across the entire length of the ring and a very creative ending as he took a painful bump with the belts in hand to retain for his team.

It might have been match of the night, if it wasn’t for Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins, who told a great story which seemed to have ended too early when the Monday Night Messiah got himself disqualified.

We restarted under No DQ rules, leading to a genuine WrestleMania Moment when KO dived from the top of the Mania sign and sent Rollins through the announce table before a Stunner earned the three count.

Up next, Goldberg vs. Braun Strowman was kept mercifully short and hard hitting, as the latter – a late replacement for Roman Reigns – claimed his first World Title on the grandest stage.



Quickfire results

  • Women’s Tag Team Titles: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross beat The Kabuki Warriors (C) to win the gold
  • Elias pinned King Corbin
  • Raw Women’s Title: Becky Lynch (C) retained over Shayna Baszler
  • Intercontinental Title: Sami Zayn (C) beat Daniel Bryan to retain
  • Ladder Match for SmackDown Tag Team Titles: John Morrison (C) beat Kofi Kingston and Jimmy Uso
  • Kevin Owens beat Seth Rollins
  • Universal Title: Braun Strowman pinned Goldberg (C) to become new champ
  • Boneyard Match: Undertaker buried AJ Styles alive

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