WrestleMania 37 Kickoff Show report: Powell’s live notes on the night two pre-show

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

WrestleMania 37 Night Two Kickoff Show
Tampa, Florida at Raymond James Stadium
Streamed April 11, 2021 on Peacock and WWE social media pages

-Kayla Braxton hosted the show and was joined by the panel of Jerry Lawler, Booker T, JBL, and Peter Rosenberg. Lawler tried to coin the phrase “WrestleRania” (ugh) and was informed that Michael Cole used it the night before. JBL showed off his Hall of Fame ring.

-Braxton said The Fiend vs. Randy Orton would open the main show. A Fiend vs. Orton video package was shown.

-A WWE Community video aired with Stephanie McMahon talking about the company’s charity work in Tampa.

-The panel discussed the WWE Women’s Tag Title match with Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler defending against Natalya and Tamina.

-The Riddle vs. Sheamus match for the U.S. Championship was spotlighted. Rosenberg was the only panelist to predict a Riddle win.

-A slick WrestleMania Night One video package aired.

-The panel raved about Bad Bunny’s in-ring performance. Booker T said he should be called “the latest WWE Superstar.” JBL said he was awesome. He also praised the “historic and groundbreaking main event.”

-An Asuka vs. Rhea Ripley for the Raw Women’s Championship video package aired.

-A video aired on the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

-The Intercontinental Title match between Big E and Apollo Crews was spotlighted.

-Sonya Deville joined the panel. JBL said he preferred it when she replaced Rosenberg yesterday. Deville said Crews might be the only person who knows what to expect from the Nigerian Drum Fight. Booker T said he’s from the motherland. Once Booker’s odd rant was over, Rosenberg spoke about Big E being a Tampa native.

-A Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn video package aired and included the Logan Paul footage. JBL said Sami Zayn has exposed the Deep State in WWE. Funny. Lawler said Zayn sees football players in the huddle and assumes they are talking about him. “He’s paranoid,” Lawler said.

-A video package spotlighted the Roman Reigns vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan Triple Threat for the WWE Universal Championship.

Join me for my live review of WrestleMania 37 Night Two in a separate post on the main page.


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