Report: Reason WWE WrestleMania 36 Is Over 2 Days Revealed
At least fans won't be falling asleep before the main event...
Last night, WWE announced that for the first time in company history, WrestleMania 36 will be broadcast over two days on April 4 and April 5. The Show Of Shows will also take place across multiple closed-circuit locations.
In a prepared statement, the company penned: "WrestleMania 36 is now set for a historic two-night presentation on WWE Network with former New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski hosting The Show of Shows at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5. The 2020 edition of The Showcase of the Immortals will make history as the first to span across multiple days. WrestleMania will not only take place at WWE’s training facility but will include multiple locations over two nights."
Now, the reason for the change has been revealed as Mike Johnson at PWInsider reported that WWE has taken the CDC's social distancing recommendations "very seriously" and moving Mania to two days will allow the company to produce the show without having too many people backstage. Johnson also noted that WWE wants to stop The Showcase Of The Immortals from feeling monotonous, and switching between locations will allow them to keep the pay-per-view feeling somewhat fresh.
Most of the bouts will still take place at the WWE Performance Center, however, as Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that only gimmick matches like Edge vs. Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing match will be at other locations.