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The show must go on, and there’s perhaps no show that recognizes that more than World Wrestling Entertainment.

But with the COVID-19 pandemic shutting our world down, many thought that this year’s Showcase of the Immortals would have to be pushed back to a later date or canceled all together. Especially with the venue (Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium) simply not a viable option given the shelter-in-place orders and travel restrictions around the globe.

Vince McMahon and the WWE found a way, however, and are turning a loaded WrestleMania 36 into a two-night event live on Pay-Per-View and the WWE Network with a 7 p.m. start time on Sat., Apr. 4 and Sun., Apr. 5, and with the event taking place without a crowd at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla..

Here’s how the Wrestling Inside The Ropes crew, along with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Ty Anderson, see this year’s two-night WrestleMania going down from the WWE Performance Center…

WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre

The main event of this year’s Mania, Drew McIntyre earned his shot against the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE champion Brrrrrrrock Lesnar by eliminating Lesnar from and later winning the 2020 Royal Rumble in Houston. It’s been a heated rivalry since that moment, too, and culminates with this head-to-head. Lesnar has held the belt since Oct. 4, 2019, when he defeated Kofi Kingston in 10 seconds in the debut episode of SMACKDOWN on FOX.

Stewart: Brock Lesnar

Sarge: Brock Lesnar

Joe Murray: Brock Lesnar

Ty Anderson: Drew McIntyre

Matt Dolloff: Drew McIntyre

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 11: WWE champion Brock Lesnar is introduced at a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lesnar will face former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and WWE wrestler Braun Strowman will take on heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury at the WWE's Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 11: WWE champion Brock Lesnar is introduced at a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

WWE Universal Championship: Goldberg (c) vs. Braun Strowman

After Roman Reigns pulled out of this year’s WrestleMania due to COVID-19 concerns, Braun Strowman has stepped up as Goldberg’s ‘Mania challenger. Strowman has come close to the title before — he tried cashing in his Money in the Bank contract against Reigns in the past and has been involved in the title hunt on previous occasions — but has never succeeded.

Stewart: Goldberg

Sarge: Goldberg

Joe Murray: Goldberg

Ty Anderson: Braun Strowman

Matt Dolloff: Goldberg

RAW Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler

After running through the competition at Elimination Chamber, Shayna Baszler will try to dethrone ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch from her place atop the women’s division a year after Lynch won both the RAW and SMACKDOWN women’s titles in a triple threat match against Charlotte and Ronda Rousey.

Stewart: Becky Lynch

Sarge: Becky Lynch

Joe Murray: Becky Lynch

Ty Anderson: Becky Lynch

Matt Dolloff: Becky Lynch

NXT Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte

Stewart: Charlotte

Sarge: Charlotte

Joe Murray: Rhea Ripley

Ty Anderson: Rhea Ripley

Matt Dolloff: Rhea Ripley

SMACKDOWN Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Tamina vs. Naomi vs. Lacey Evans vs. Sasha Banks

Stewart: Lacey Evans

Sarge: Lacey Evans

Joe Murray: Sasha Banks

Ty Anderson: Bayley

Matt Dolloff: Lacey Evans

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn (c) vs. Daniel Bryan

Stewart: Sami Zayn

Sarge: Daniel Bryan

Joe Murray: Sami Zayn

Ty Anderson: Sami Zayn

Matt Dolloff: Daniel Bryan

RAW Tag Team Championship: The Street Profits (c) vs. Angel Garza & Austin Theory

Stewart: Street Profits

Sarge: Street Profits

Joe Murray: Street Profits

Ty Anderson: Street Profits

Matt Dolloff: Angel Garza & Austin Theory

SMACKDOWN Tag Team Championship (Ladder Match): Miz & Morrison (c) vs. The New Day vs. The Usos

Stewart: Miz & Morrison

Sarge: The New Day

Joe Murray: The Usos

Ty Anderson: Miz & Morrison

Matt Dolloff: Miz & Morrison

Women’s Tag Team Championship: The Kabuki Warriors vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross

Stewart: Bliss & Cross

Sarge: Bliss & Cross

Joe Murray: Bliss & Cross

Ty Anderson: Bliss & Cross

Matt Dolloff: Bliss & Cross

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: John Cena enters the ring at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

Firefly Funhouse Match: ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena

The Fiend will look to settle another old score in a matchup against John Cena in a Firefly Funhouse Match. It’s sure to be downright creepy and your kids are going to cover their eyes at least twice. You might, too, who knows.

Stewart: John Cena

Sarge: ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt

Joe Murray: ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt

Ty Anderson: ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt

Matt Dolloff: ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt

Boneyard Match: The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles

Nobody’s quite sure what a Boneyard Match is, but it was a stylistic tweak suggested by Styles. Even with his club by his side, Styles may regret that decision, as Undertaker enters this match with a 24-2 record at WrestleMania.

Stewart: The Undertaker

Sarge: The Undertaker

Joe Murray: The Undertaker

Ty Anderson: The Undertaker

Matt Dolloff: The Undertaker

Last Man Standing Match: Edge vs. Randy Orton

After a truly shocking return at the 2020 Royal Rumble, a Last Man Standing match against ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton will officially be Edge’s first singles match since injuries forced him to prematurely retire back in 2011.

Stewart: Edge

Sarge: Edge

Joe Murray: Randy Orton

Ty Anderson: Edge

Matt Dolloff: Randy Orton

Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins

Stewart: Kevin Owens

Sarge: Kevin Owens

Joe Murray: Seth Rollins

Ty Anderson: Seth Rollins

Matt Dolloff: Seth Rollins

Elias vs. King Corbin

Stewart: King Corbin

Sarge: King Corbin

Joe Murray: King Corbin

Ty Anderson: King Corbin

Matt Dolloff: Elias

Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley

Stewart: Aleister Black

Sarge: Aleister Black

Joe Murray: Aleister Black

Ty Anderson: Aleister Black

Matt Dolloff: Bobby Lashley

Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler

Stewart: Otis

Sarge: Dolph Ziggler

Joe Murray: Dolph Ziggler

Ty Anderson: Otis

Matt Dolloff: Dolph Ziggler

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