WWE Wrestlemania 36 Night 2: Five Thoughts w/Justin C

Hey everyone. Justin C here again to give you some thoughts on Night 2 of Wrestlemania 36. Results as always are at the bottom of the page.

1. The Love Story We All Needed Right Now

When the entire Otis/Mandy Rose love story started, I really was not a fan of it. But you know what? It grew on me over the last couple weeks. It is a simple wrestling story that was told with undercard wrestlers and it worked. Of course, it was also the one moment that really needed a crowd all weekend. We all knew the reveal was coming that it was Sonya who texted Otis. The match was fine. But it was the underdog story of Otis getting the girl that everyone wanted to see. Hopefully they don’t butcher the follow up of the match. Keep Mandy with Otis for a bit before we go anywhere crazy. But a feel good story with no frills or disappointments is what works best in wrestling as this Otis story was that. A plus to all people involved in it.

2. Has the Edge/Randy Orton Match Ended Yet?

Oh boy. Where to begin. I feel really bad for Edge here. He had his first big match since being back moved to an empty arena. Then he put out this. Look, I like the Last Man Standing Match gimmick. It is actually one of my favorite stipulation matches. But this was unnecessarily long. It clocked in around 36 minutes. That was way too long. How they watched that in post production and didn’t realize it was too long is amazing to me. It should have been trimmed down to 20 minutes. There was no reason for that match to be so long in front of no one. Edge of course will have the chance to redeem himself in the future. But this match was not what anyone expected going into it. It dragged on for far too long.

3. Is the WWE Ruining Their Women’s Division at the Expense of the Four Horsewomen?

Ok let me start by saying this: I thought the Charlotte/Rhea Ripley match was very good. And even the women’s Smackdown match was fine. But I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. The WWE is booking the Four Horsewomen as far superior than every other woman on their roster. It started with Becky going over Shayna last night. Then we had Charlotte beat Rhea for the NXT Women’s Title. And Bayley retained the Smackdown Women’s Title tonight. So at what point do we start letting other women on the roster win big matches? Now I’m not saying the Four Horsewomen don’t have talent to warrant their push. They do. But eventually we need to start having other women win on the roster win these matches.

4. Who Gave The WWE Booking Team Acid?

I, um, I don’t know what to say about the Firefly Funhouse match. I mean I was expecting something crazy. But I don’t think that is what I expected. It was just a long trip down the career of John Cena. They had a cool throwback to Saturday Night’s Main Event. They had the Vince puppet say “This was such good shit.” They did a sequence as if Cena was in the nWo. But, there was never an actual match. Like The Fiend just showed up and applied the mandible claw to Cena and that was it. So did the Fiend win? John Cena vanished after. Is he dead? I think I need a full day to actually process that and understand it. I don’t think it was good, but I might need to rewatch it to figure it out. I was watching with friends and they were into it to start, but lost interest as it went on. At some point I think you needed a wrestling match to happen and we never got it.

5. And The Drew McIntyre Prophecy Is Fulfilled

Going into last year’s Wrestlemania, the Hot Tag Wrestling Podcast Crew talked about the idea of Drew McIntyre winning the WWE Title last year. Well, we may have been a year too early, but we saw the potential in Drew McIntyre being the WWE’s next big star. And that prophecy and potential was filled tonight when he ended up winning the WWE Title from Brock Lesnar. It was in similar fashion to the Universal Title match last night but done a little bit better. They made Drew look strong by kicking out of three F5s, the first one kicking out at 1. Drew then won after three straight Claymore Kicks. People whining about Drew winning are the same people who complain when the WWE doesn’t build new stars. They did that tonight. Now I hope they keep what they had going with Drew.


Charlotte Flair defeated Rhea Ripley to win the NXT Women’s Championship

Aleister Black defeated Bobby Lashley

Otis defeated Dolph Ziggler

Edge defeated Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing Match

The Street Profits defeated Angel Garza and Austin Theory to retain the RAW Tag Titles- Bianca Belair made her debut after the match

Bayley retained the Smackdown Women’s Championship

The Fiend defeated? John Cena in a Firefly Funhouse Match

Drew McIntyre defeated Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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