What time does WrestleMania 36 start today? How to watch, live stream the 2020 show for free

Facetiously, WrestleMania 36 started the second WrestleMania 35 ended.

But realistically, WrestleMania 36, now split over two nights due to how WWE is handling the coronavirus pandemic, is still going to take up a large chunk of your weekend. For the first time ever (and maybe not the last), WrestleMania is going to be a two-night event, with bost shows taking place over the course of a weekend at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.

While WWE caught plenty of flak for their build to the show and ultimate decision to carry it out as planned, one of the company's front office men felt that canceling or postponing the show amid COVID-19 concerns wasn't a realistic option.

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"I think (canceling the event) was obviously considered, but we feel like it's an obligation for us," Triple H told ESPN on Wednesday. "Our fans have been there for us for years and years and years and we want to be there for them and in this time where everybody is just doing their best to get through this and kind of stuck at home.

"The world needs entertainment right now and we feel sort of an obligation to give them that."

Well, time for WWE to deliver that entertainment, and they'll have two nights to make that happen, with over a dozen matches scheduled to take place.

Here are the essentials of this weekend's WrestleMania:

What time does WrestleMania 36 start?

  • Dates: Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5.
  • Start time: 7 p.m. ET (main card); 6 p.m. ET (kickoff show).

The main card of WrestleMania will air at 7 p.m. ET on both Saturday April 4 and Sunday, April 5.

The Saturday show is scheduled to run until roughly 10:15 p.m. ET, while the Sunday show is scheduled to end around 10 p.m. ET. WWE's shows have the tendency to bend around the time rules, so don't be surprised if both shows run over.

Both shows' main events should start around 9:30, depending on if other matches run short, long and what gets canned.

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How to watch WrestleMania 36

WrestleMania 36 can be taken in a few different ways:

  • Via WWE Network subscription.

As per usual, the WWE Network will be airing WrestleMania, as it does with all PPV events through the year. New subscribers can take advantage of the WWE's free one-month trial to watch both nights of WrestleMania without paying a cent.

  • Via Pay-Per-View.

As always, those who don't have the WWE Network nor want to go down that path have the option of watching via PPV. Some providers might split the cost between two nights, if you choose to watch one leg of the event but not the other.

  • Via Fox Sports app.

For the first time, viewers are able to stream WrestleMania via the Fox Sports app. The price includes both nights of WrestleMania.

How much is WrestleMania 36 pay-per-view?

Those who wish to watch via WWE Network subscription can sign up to get both nights of the PPV and all of the WWE video library content for free. Subscribers are billed $9.99 after the first month.

Viewers who want to watch via PPV will pay different prices depending on their cable or satellite provider. For general cost for both nights of action are $59.99, while a single night can range between $29.99 and $34.99, depending on your cable or satellite provider.

On the Fox Sports app, fans can catch WrestleMania for $59.99 for both nights of the show.

The preshow will be free on Fox Sports 1.