Some pro wrestling fans were highly critical of WWE pursuing WrestleMania 36 in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. But the House that Vince McMahon built decided to hold WrestleMania without any fans over two nights from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.
Night two of WrestleMania 36 ended on a high note as Drew McIntyre executed four Claymore Kicks to dethrone Brock Lesnar to become the first UK-born wrestler to capture the WWE championship.
The show also featured a captivating co-main event between The Fiend and John Cena.
The fun stopped there as the rest of a show was underwhelming, including the heavily hyped Last Man Standing match between Edge and Randy Orton.
Here's what happened at night two of WrestleMania 36.
WrestleMania 36 night two live results, updates
(All times are Eastern.)
Drew McIntyre outguns Brock Lesnar to win the WWE championship
10:24 p.m.: McIntyre came out firing, hitting the Claymore Kick immediately but Lesnar kicked out at two. A shocked McIntyre took his foot off the pedal for a moment and Lesnar went on the offensive. He hit a German suplex and then three consecutive F5's. But McIntyre kicked out of every single one. McIntyre roared back to connect on three consecutive Claymore Kicks of his own to make history and win his first WWE title.
A bit surprising considering you would expect the moment to happen in front of a giant audience but WWE thought differently. Congratulations to Drew McIntyre.
10:16 p.m.: It is time for the main event of WrestleMania 36 as Brock Lesnar puts the WWE championship on the line against Drew McIntyre. Expect it to be short, hard-hitting and a treat to watch.
The Fiend 'wins' unusual match against John Cena
10:11 p.m.: It's hard to decipher what happened but it was quite funny. As soon as Cena went back into the Firefly Fun House, weirdness ensued. It went from old Cena characters to the current day Hollywood star that ended with Bray Wyatt turning back into The Fiend to put Cena away once and for all.
It was a spectacle I wasn't expecting, but one I enjoyed immensely.
10:05 p.m.: This is quite an interesting "match."
9:52 p.m.: It is time for the co-main event of WrestleMania 36 as John Cena meets Bray Wyatt in a Firefly Fun House match. Who knows what we'll see but let's enjoy the ride.
Bayley beats Lacey Evans to retain 'Smackdown' Women's title with the help of Sasha Banks
9:47 p.m.: Evans had things well in control and was on her way to winning the title. She was about to deliver the Women's Right, when Banks came up from behind, hit the backstabber on Evans for Bayley to retain the championship. Bayley looked at Banks with trepidation in fear of getting attacked. The money is in that program and I can't wait to see it. Hopefully, we get a slow build to it though.
9:39 p.m.: Low and behold, Bayley accidentally connected on a running knee Banks' head. Shortly thereafter, Banks returned and had a few choice words for Bayley. Evans took advantage and connected on a Women's Right to Banks to send her packing. It's down to Bayley and Evans. Could we see a title change or does Bayley run the gauntlet?
9:36 p.m.: Naomi is eliminated as she tapped out to the Bank Statement. It's down to Bayley, Banks and Evans. I can see Bayley and Banks turning on each other here.
9:33 p.m.: To the surprise of no one, Tamina is the first one eliminated.
9:23 p.m.: Next at WrestleMania 36, Bayley defends the 'Smackdown' Women's Championship against Sasha Banks, Tamina, Naomi and Lacey Evans in an elimination bout. A match that was thrown together with the premise of Bayley having the odds stacked against her.
The Street Profits (Montez Ford and Angel Dawkins) defeated Angel Garza and Austin Theory retain the 'RAW' Tag Team titles; Bianca Belair makes main roster debut
9:19 p.m.: A sigh of relief as all four guys put the pedal to the metal and delivered a high octane affair. Ford executed a sensational five-star frog splash that allowed Dawkins to score the pinfall to hold onto the gold. Garza and Theory along their manager Zelina Vega attacked The Street Profits after the bell. They were putting a beating on them when Ford's wife and NXT star Bianca Belair came out and took care of Vega.
Fun match and wouldn't mind seeing it again down the line with more time.
9:09 p.m.: Right now at WrestleMania 36, The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) put the 'RAW' Tag Team titles on the line against Angel Garza and Austin Theory, who is a late replacement for Andrade. The action should be good here.
9:05 p.m.: Mojo Rawley was running away from a number of competitors and trying to escape with the 24-7 title. When they caught up to Rawley and battling for a pin, Gronkowski came up from behind and attacked Rawley to score the fall and win the belt. A smart move because Gronkowski will get eyeballs and having him with the belt could, in theory, will prop up the title.
Edge wins a snoozefest over Randy Orton
9:01 p.m.: Who would have thought that'd be the headline for Edge's return from a nine-year layoff after such a fantastic buildup? Edge and Orton went about 40 minutes and they could have done what they did in half the time. Way too much filler and the announcing didn't help as Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips sounded like they were calling a golf tournament. A lot could have been cut out. They battled away from the ring for the last 35 minutes which culminated on top of the NXT truck. Edge hit the Concerto to Orton for the victory.
8:55 p.m.: Is it over yet?
8:43 p.m.: Beyond the opening minutes, Edge and Orton have gone toe-to-toe outside the ring. Will they make it back to ringside?
8:32 p.m.: Edge and Orton really laying the shots in. Thoroughly enjoyable.
8:18 p.m.: Coming up at WrestleMania 36, Edge battles Randy Orton in a last man standing match. Edge returns to singles competition for the first time since WrestleMania 27 in 2011. He made a surprising return at the Royal Rumble and was in the final three. The next night on 'RAW', Orton teased getting Rated RKO back together. It was all a ruse as Orton attacked Edge and beat him to a pulp. This is the match I've been looking forward to the most.
Otis gets his revenge on Dolph Ziggler and gets Mandy Rose
8:13 p.m.: Ziggler appeared to have things well in hand after Sonya Deville jumped up in the ring apron to distract Otis and the referee. That allowed Ziggler to come from behind and deliver a low blow to Otis. Moments later, Mandy Rose's music hit and she walked to ring. She went up and knocked Deville to the ground. Ziggler wondered why she was out there. Rose entered the ring and delivered a low blow to Ziggler. Otis seized the opportunity and landed the big elbow for the win. Otis looked surprised and ended up picking Rose up and leaving with her. A great story told with a logical conclusion.
8:03 p.m.: Up next at WrestleMania 36, Dolph Ziggler battles Otis. The build has been well done with the hook being Otis' in love with Mandy Rose and Ziggler with the help of Sonya Deville tries to steal her away from him. Let's see if Otis can rise to occasion in a big moment for him.
7:57 p.m.: Rob Gronkowski tells Charley Caruso his goal tonight is to win the 24/7 from good friend Mojo Rawley. Let's pray that isn't the case.
Aleister Black beats Bobby Lashley wins a hard-hitting affair
7:53 p.m.: Black and Lashley brought the heavy artillery from the opening bell. They were pounding each other with heavy intentions in looking to gain the upper hand. Lashley went for the spear but Black had other things, connecting on the Black Mask to get the victory. It wasn't bad for what it was.
7:45 p.m.: Right now at WrestleMania 36, Aleister Black takes on Bobby Lashley. Hopefully, Black has his working shoes on.
Charlotte Flair reclaims the NXT Women's championship over Rhea Ripley
7:35 p.m.: Flair continuously worked on Ripley's knee throughout the match. The hard work finally paid off as Flair did the figure-four leglock and bridged into a figure-eight. Ripley fought valiantly to escape but the pain became too much for her and got forced to tap out.
A really good way to start the second night but could have trimmed off about five minutes as this was the longest bout so far in the two days. Why Flair needed the belt is a head-scratcher. Ripley winning could have catapulted her into the upper echelon of the women's division. Now, it's hard to see and a long road back to prove her worth.
7:21 p.m.: I get why they screaming because of the empty-arena but Flair and Ripley are overdoing it.
7:07 p.m.: Night two of WrestleMania 36 begins with Rhea Ripley defending the NXT Women's title against Charlotte Flair. Great way to start the main card.
6:36 p.m.: Morgan beats Natalya. After a series of pin attempts from both females, Morgan notched the final one when she reversed a pin from Natayla, locked in the legs for the one, two, three. A little slow but an exciting last two minutes.
6:30 p.m.: The pre-show match at WrestleMania is between Natalya and Liv Morgan in women's action. Big spot for Morgan to deliver in a big moment against a great technician.
6:00 p.m.: Welcome to night two of Sporting News' live coverage of WrestleMania 36. Can the second-night eclipse what we saw from night one? Grab the refreshments, kick back, relax and follow along for what should be an intriguing event.
When is WrestleMania 36 in 2020?
- Date: April 4-5, 2020
- Time: 7 p.m. ET (main card)
- Location: WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. and multiple locations yet to be disclosed
- TV channel: WWE Network (PPV)
- Live stream: WWE.com/livestream+
WWE WrestleMania 36 match card
- Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre for the WWE championship
- John Cena vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
- Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair for the NXT women's championship
- The Street Profits vs. Angel Garza and Austin Theory for the "RAW" tag team championship
- Bayley vs. Lacey Evans vs. Tamina vs. Naomi vs. Sasha Banks in a Five-Pack Elimination match for the "SmackDown" women's championship
- Randy Orton vs. Edge in a Last Man Standing match
- Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley
- Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler
- Liv Morgan vs. Natalya