Roundtable: WrestleMania 37 Preview – Night One

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It is now time…..for WrestleMania!

With a year unlike any other in any of our lifetimes, normality seems to be beginning to creep back into the world. There may be no better indicator of that to us wrestling fans than WrestleMania being back to something like we know it to be – in a gigantic stadium full of fans. Well, somewhat full anyway. It has to be better than a warehouse in downtown Orlando, right?

Like last year, WrestleMania will take place over two nights with two distinct cards. The first night will take place on Saturday April 10th, with part two on Sunday April 11th.

As the event itself is split over two nights, we have done the same with our preview. We asked our team to give their verdict on the matches and pick winners with this article you’re reading now concentrating on night one, headlined by Bobby Lashley defending his WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre.

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So here we go with our full WrestleMania 37 Night One preview:

WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre

WM37 Drew McIntyre Bobby Lashley
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Paul Benson: I love this match. Two PROPER wrestlers who wrestle and old school style mixing it up over a Championship belt. Both men have eerily similar trajectories too. Coming into WWE at a young age and with a huge push, only to find themselves sliding down the card and eventually out the door. Both men refused to get off life’s train at Shattered Dreams Parkway and instead re-made their names outside WWE and bounced back to the big time. After a period of midcard frustration both eventually hit on the formula that would finally take them to real stardom. I’m delighted for them both. This feels like McIntyre’s to win here. He was so cruelly robbed of his proper WrestleMania moment last year and this is his do-over. It could not be more richly deserved.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

Marc Hemingway: From all the matches over both nights, this is the hardest one to call for me. Lashley has only been the champion for just over a month and it took him over a decade and a half to get there. On the other hand, McIntyre didn’t get the WrestleMania crowd reaction last year due to no crowd being at ringside. I have a feeling that the result will come down to some sort of outside interference, whether it’s from the former Hurt Business members getting even, maybe trying to get back in Lashley’s good books? Or possibly a returning Brock Lesnar to set up the Lashley/Lesnar feud we’ve been aching to see? I’m picking McIntyre to win. But by disqualification, Lashley stays champion.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

Ash Rose: It seems WWE have orchestrated this, just so Drew can have his moment in front of a live crowd, which is understandable. I still don’t think it will have the same impact for a third title win as it would have done if this was his first, but the sentiment makes sense and something McIntyre richly deserves given the year he’s had. Harsh somewhat on Lashley maybe, who’s done a decent job since finally getting elevated to the top spot, but I didn’t feel their rivalry really got enough heat in it – especially with The Hurt Business fallout.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

Gary Tait: I didn’t think this was the match up we would be seeing for the WWE title at WrestleMania, and whilst the buildup as been a bit last minute, it has been physical and well told so far. I think this match goes on first, opening WrestleMania and it gives Drew his big moment in front of a crowd.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

Josh Chapman: Even though the build-up for this one has been poor and resulted in the unnecessary separation of The Hurt Business, you can rely on Drew and Lashley’s in-ring work to speak for itself.

Throughout his two spells with the company, this is the hottest that Bobby Lashley has ever been and that is without doubt thanks to the background work of MVP and if this is anything like their Backlash meeting during the ‘PC Era’ last year, it will be a classic to kick off the show.

For me, this will be the biggest thank you that McIntrye can receive from Vince as he gets to finally have his big moment on the grand stage with an actual crowd in attendance.

Raw will once again be Claymore Country.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

James ‘Jester’ Dee: HOSS BATTLE!! Forget Godzilla vs. Kong this is the Kaiju battle I have been waiting all year for. Two big meaty men slapping meat! There have been rumours that this may be the opening match and I can see why, two larger than life superstars going all out in a battle for the top prize in the business is something that would get the first crowd post(ish) pandemic absolutely screaming. As for the result, for some reason, known only to a select few in an asylum somewhere, The Hurt Business has split up which puts the advantage in the corner of The Scottish Psychopath. It’s going to be a big man match for the ages and give Drew McIntyre that cheering crowd he never got during his moment last year.

Winner: Drew McIntyre


SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair

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Credit: WWE

Paul Benson: A genuine, old-school star-making WrestleMania match this. Sasha Banks has been one of the MVPs of WWE over the last year and now it is time to use the capital she has built up to bring a new star up to her level. Bianca Belair’s time is now and she has to win here. Expect these guys to come in all guns blazing. Both will want to do all they can to show just what they can do in their biggest ever singles showcase. Their energy levels will likely leave everyone else on the card playing catch up and that energy should in fact start the show. These two would set the tone for the biggest night in WWE’s recent history better than anyone. Am I looking forward to this match more than most anything on the card? Absobloodyexactly!

Winner: Bianca Belair

Marc Hemingway: Very strange build up to this match, what with Banks and Belair teaming to try to win the Tag Team belts, and Reginald popping up here and there. These two need to have a solid one on one match, no interference or disqualifications or somaliers and see who comes out with the belt. Banks has had it for a few months and done nothing of note whereas Belair won the Rumble and is very deserving of this title shot. Belair to win and become the new champion.  

Winner: Bianca Belair

Ash Rose: Marked down on my card as a potential match of the weekend. I think Bianca is an absolute star and this will be her coming out party against a Sasha who will be on top of her game. I really hope this match main events night one and we end with the EST becoming a new champion in WWE.

Winner: Bianca Belair

Gary Tait: I’ve enjoyed this feud and fully thought this was always going to be the match up for Belair after her Royal Rumble win. It will also be Sasha’s first WrestleMania singles bout and will give her the platform she has deserved for some time now. The EST has always looked a star, and I see this is a way of cementing her as the next leading women in the WWE women’s division. Belair wins this and gets her first of what might end up being many, WrestleMania moments.

Winner: Bianca Belair

Josh Chapman: This has to be the main event of Night One, surely?

The two hottest female wrestlers not just on SmackDown, not just in WWE, but the entire planet, for my money colliding at long last will be a show stealer and has the potential to be the greatEST women’s match in the history of WrestleMania.

If you’re looking for the ultimate big match women’s wrestler then you do not have to look any further than Sasha Banks. Everytime The Boss is in a main event, championship match, or just big match situation, she rises to the occasion and steals the show.

And you mix that with every bit of athleticism that Belair brings to the table, you’re looking at an instant five-star classic.

Bianca’s ability has been evident for years and I can’t believe this is something I can actually say, but Vince is going to pull the pin and give the EST of the WWE the title run she deserves and not leave her as a “what could have been” as Hunter did in NXT.

Winner: Bianca Belair

James ‘Jester’ Dee: As soon as Bianca Belair won the Royal Rumble, it was obvious who she was coming for and despite the frustrating “challengers become team mates” story that WWE keep trying to sell us, it was definitely the right decision. Bianca is on course for an absolute career defining match and moment here and there is possibly no better dance partner than Sasha Banks when it comes to big moments like these. I anticipate a top tier match and an emotional victory for Bianca Belair.

Winner: Bianca Belair


Raw Tag Team Championship: The New Day (c) vs. AJ Styles & Omos

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Paul Benson: This feels like an odd match doesn’t it? AJ Styles should probably be doing something more significant and exciting than tagging with a man who was not long ago a giant ninja. Yep, he was Tozawa’s henchman. They’ve rebadged him you fool! The New Day are completely teflon by now. Wins and losses don’t matter when they are concerned. They just need to be who they are, entertain and shift silly amounts of merch and it’s job done. It certainly feels like WWE brass want Styles and Omos to be the modern day Shawn Michaels and Diesel so with that in mind, expect New Day to be their Headshrinkers.

Winners: AJ Styles & Omos

Marc Hemingway: I am very much looking forward to this! A.J. Styles shines in pretty much any feud he’s put in and I can’t wait to see Omos in an actual match. Omos needs to absolutely dominate the New Day and show himself to be a complete monster and then put the rest of the tag team division on notice. Styles and Omos to become new champions.

Winners: AJ Styles & Omos

Ash Rose: I’ve actually really enjoyed the build to this, even if it’s been more comedic than most would like. AJ has done some of his best pest heel work to date since buddying up with Omos and a meeting with New Day feels like a perfect match. I’m so intrigued to see Omos in the ring too, because that dude is so huge that if he can back that up in the ring then WWE is his oyster. The New Day can take the loss as I can only see new tag champs in this one.

Winners: AJ Styles & Omos

Gary Tait: It’s a weird spot for AJ to be in, but he’s there to help Omos become the star WWE expect him to be. This will be a good match, purely because AJ, Woods and Kingston and great performers. All eyes will be on Omos and I expect him to deliver and help himself and AJ to tag title glory.

Winners: AJ Styles & Omos

Josh Chapman: How I wish that Triple H had got himself ring ready for the dream match with AJ Styles, but here we are.

Kofi and AJ could have a singles match and steal the show, but the added dimensions of Xavier and Omos makes this interesting.

How will Omos handle an in-ring debut on the big stage? Can the New Day topple the towering shadow?

I know that AJ and Omos winning to make the Phenomenal One a grand slam champion and giving Omos the debut to remember seems the obvious choice, but there’s just something about The New Day at the moment that suggests a successful defence is in the offing. 

Winner: The New Day

James ‘Jester’ Dee: Styles and Omos has been a really enjoyable pairing, with Omos always seeming to dig Styles out of holes that AJ has dug for himself. I’m really looking forward to how Omos does in an actual match, and you can do far, far worse than being in a match with a GOAT Tag Team and AJ ‘Goddamn’ Styles. I’m also super happy anytime I get to see Xavier Woods in the ring, for the longest time it felt like he was going to be the forgotten member of The New Day, but he has really had a chance to shine recently. I think AJ/Omos may take this home and put AJ closer towards being probably the most unlikely Grand Slam Champion of all time, unless AJ pisses Omos off that is…

Winners: AJ Styles & Omos


Bad Bunny & Damian Priest vs. The Miz & John Morrison

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Paul Benson: This match is in the true spirit of WrestleMania. A genuine big name celebrity tagging with a star on the rise to face a pair of disposable mid-carders in a match designed purely to grab the headlines outside wrestling before and after the event. I’m totally OK with that. The common criticism is that people had never heard of Bad Bunny until he stepped into the WWE sphere but you only have to look at how huge his music is to realise the guy is actually a big deal. Never heard of him? Pah! Next thing you’ll be telling me you hadn’t heard of Oxford until you saw Inspector Morse!

Winner: Bad Bunny & Damian Priest

Marc Hemingway: Thank goodness they made this the long rumoured tag match. It will help Bunny save face and get Priest some momentum. Bad Bunny and Priest will win and then hopefully Priest can use that as a springboard to a prominent long term position on the roster.

Winner: Bad Bunny & Damian Priest

Ash Rose: As far as celebrity involvements go, this has been on the better end of the traditional mainstream WrestleMania shenanigans. I can’t pretend to know much about Bad Bunny and I’m still not sold on the Damien Priest character, but I can’t see past them beating Miz and Morrison. Even though on one hand it’s almost the ideal spot for Miz, I still think he deserves better.

Winner: Bad Bunny & Damian Priest

Gary Tait: For some reason, some people get really upset about Bad Bunny being on the show. I don’t know why as it’s very WrestleMania and celebrities are always part of the show in some form. This match won’t produce the wrestling we see with the Cesaro v Rollins match, but it will still be entertaining. Bad Bunny and Priest win this clearly.

Winner: Bad Bunny & Damian Priest

Josh Chapman: Not sure if this is a hot take or an unpopular take, but I have been really impressed with Bad Bunny since he first came into the WWE at the Royal Rumble.

His commitment to learn the craft at the PC and become better every single day both in and out of the ring is clear to see, and he has also been the rocket that Damien Priest needed strapped to his back to carry on his impressive run post call-up.

It’s a shame though that it has to all come at the expense of The Miz and John Morrison.

The Miz is one of WWE’s real unsung heroes and did not deserve his long-awaited second run as WWE Champion to start, happen, and end, like it did.

And what a waste John Morrison has been during his second run with the company. Why must he be the Miz’s comedy sidekick when showed his world championship credentials the entire team he was out of the company?

Rant over. Bad Bunny has proven his worth already with the merchandise sales, the new range of viewers he has attracted, and his love and desire to look the part and not just act it. For that you can’t help but be appreciative.  

Winner: Bad Bunny & Damien Priest

James ‘Jester’ Dee: This should be a fun little match, right? Not every match at ‘Mania needs high stakes and 5-star action; sometimes we just want to see a goofy little story about a couple of buddies taking on a couple of bullies. I’m a huge Miz fan, I was shouting his praises for years before everyone else. That’s right I’m a Miz-hipster, and I would much rather he was defending the WWE Championship in a more ‘important’ match. However, there is NO more important match as far as tapping into the mainstream audience than this one. The socials/media will be showing Bad Bunny match clips for much longer than any 7-star high drama wrestling clinic and as far as celebrities go Bad Bunny has shown his love and appreciation for the business even turning up on SNL with the 24/7 Championship. Now that this is a Tag Match it should be a hell of a lot more fun to watch AND has the bonus of getting Damien Priest to really show his stuff. Bad Bunny/Damien Priest will have a relatively easy victory here, but it should be a lot of fun.

Winner: Bad Bunny & Damien Priest


Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon (Steel Cage Match)

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Paul Benson: I REALLY hate to be negative about stuff in general but come on! Talk about shoehorning. WWE want Shane McMahon on the card, Strowman has been stuck in a funk for ages so they throw them together in a match built around one grown man making primary school level jokes about the other man’s intelligence. WWE at their creative worst. Shane has spent the last few weeks goading Strowman attempting to get in his head. Well, now he has to deal with Tampa Bay’s MADDEST man!

Winner: Braun Strowman

Marc Hemingway: The only reason this is a Cage match is surely so Shane can jump or be thrown from the top. One of Strowman’s most popular moves is the Strowman Express which will be hard to do when you can’t get to the outside. Strowman will launch McMahon from the cage through the announce table no doubt. Hopefully it’ll be after he gets the win otherwise that’ll count as Shane escaping the cage first and winning on a technicality. Strowman wins, Shane flies.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Ash Rose: Urgh. Horrible build, little interest with Shane doing the same schtick that he was doing for The Big Show almost two decades ago. Let Braun win and move on for everyone’s sake.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Gary Tait: I still have no idea why this feud is even on the ‘Mania card but I guess you need a McMahon on the event poster somehow. With the introduction of the steel cage, I fully expect some insane Shane spot. I can’t see past Braun getting the win in the end.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Josh Chapman: Let’s get this over with.

Elias and Jaxson Ryker (how is he still employed and getting a push?) will interfere at some point and Shane O’Mac will throw himself from the top of the cage in one of his trademark spots.

Braun gets the win as revenge for this embarrassment he has had to go through on Raw, which is quite the fall from grace for the man who was Universal Champion twelve months ago.

Winner: Braun Strowman

James ‘Jester’ Dee: I am really struggling to care about this match and that’s kind-of insane to me. It’s “Destroyer in Chief” Braun Strowman Vs. “The Man Who is Yet to Find A Structure He Hasn’t Wanted to Jump Off” Shane McMahon, with Elias and his failed clone Jaxson Ryker at ringside, in a Steel Cage, AT WRESTLEMANIA! And yet I am surprisingly meh on this match. I really hope they can deliver and it should at least be a good car crash match. Braun is probably going to win.

Winner: Braun Strowman


Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins

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Paul Benson: Cesaro vs Seth Rollins? Singles match? At WrestleMania? Straight away they’ve got me by the jaffas. Seriously though, when it comes to pure wrestling, it doesn’t get much better than this. The build has been simple but clear, well paced and logical. It all just feels so….perfect. Let’s hope that these guys are given enough time to do what they do best and that is wrestle. Rollins has one of the most fun midcard heel characters in years and Cesaro is very easy to root for. Who will win though? So tough to say. Both need it in different ways. The story says that Rollins needs to be swung at some point but maybe that could happen while The Demon Of Drip still picks up the win.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Marc Hemingway: It’s been a long time coming but Cesaro is finally getting a decent, singles WrestleMania match. This fight has every chance of stealing the show on Night One and as it’s ‘Mania I fully expect them both to give it their all and more. Rollins doesn’t need the win, he’ll come out of this looking good either way, but Cesaro desperately needs his hand raised to carry on his momentum.

Winner: Cesaro

Ash Rose: This match is all about the drip – and I’m not just talking about Seth’s suit game. I’ve liked the simple build, I love that Cesaro is getting a spotlight and I think it will be a killer match. As much as I want to see Cesaro get the win, on the biggest stage and given his defeat to Owens last year, I think Rollins walks away victorious. 

Winner: Seth Rollins

Gary Tait: Seth Rollins return wasn’t met with the fanfare I expected, but I like him in this current role. His little feud with Nakamura was enjoyable and this feud I believe is helping showcase Casero as a singles star. With that in mind, I expect Casero to get the win here in what will be an enjoyable match.

Winner: Cesaro

Josh Chapman: The match of the night, possibly even the match of WrestleMania, incoming with this one.

You’ve got two of the very best to do what we love on a collision course for a classic.

Seth Rollins and his drip have been the highlight of SmackDown during the run-up to Mania and this feud has been the one that has truly gripped me. I guess you could say that it has had me swinging at times. 

Cesaro is the most proficient technical wrestler in the company and finally getting the big moment as a singles competitor is too long in coming, but well worth the wait.

This is the victory that will prove to be the start of Cesaro’s mega push to that long overdue World Championship run.

Winner: Cesaro

James ‘Jester’ Dee: This is the match to open WrestleMania in my eyes and I could not be more hype about it. Cesaro is finally getting a one-on-one match at WrestleMania and I am so here for it, Seth Rollins has a habit of being in the best match on any given card and his rivalry with Cesaro has been wonderful to see. I cannot wait for the highlight reel these guys are going to pull off throughout this match. It really is the “wrestling fans” match and looks to be a match of the night on paper. It is a simple story of two of the best in the business going up against each other. Also, did you see those suits on Smackdown? Be still my sartorial heart! I think Cesaro has the most to gain by winning this match and Seth really has very little to lose. Cesaro wins the actual match but I think wrestling wins in general.

Winner: Cesaro


Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs. Natalya & Tamina vs. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke vs: The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan)

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Paul Benson: There’s a lot of women who were not on the card before this match was announced so how do you get more bodies on the card? Give them a big multi-women match. Back of the net! After all, we may have had our first women’s WrestleMania event but it feels like we’re a long way off having a women’s match on WrestleMania that doesn’t involve a championship. Am I right? Who will win? Well, none of the announced teams I don’t think. Wouldn’t it be convenient if they had a well established team who had been talking up a comeback recently and had maybe even recently been inducted into the Hall Of Fame? That would be SUPER convenient!

Winners: The Bella Twins

Ash Rose: It’s very positive to see the Women’s tag team titles getting a spotlight over both nights, less positive to see a collection of teams that are pretty much made up of singles stars forced together – but at least they are established teams. With the winners facing Nia and Shayna on night two, you’d fancy a face team to win this one and the momentum seems to be with Lana and Naomi right now.

Winners: Lana & Naomi

Gary Tait: A late edition to WrestleMania but one that gets a lot of the women’s roster on the card, which is a good thing. I firmly believe that at the start of the year, Lana (plus one) would be the one to take the titles next based on the story with Lana, Nia and Shayna. I am still leaning towards to that belief. It’s a story easily picked up to give the night two titles match a story. Based on that reasoning, I am going with Lana and Naomi. 

Winners: Lana & Naomi

Josh Chapman: Not saying I’d be a half decent booker, but surely the Reginald factor would have made the logical choice for the Women’s Tag Team Championship number one contenders to be Carmella and a partner of her choosing, someone like Bayley perhaps?

Instead neither of these two are on the WrestleMania card which is a kick in the teeth considering how Bayley helped carry the company through the PC era and Carmella produced the hottest work of her career last winter.

From the four teams in this match, it makes the most sense in my mind to give Natalya and Tamina the pass to night two.

They’re the only team out the four yet to face Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler with the gold on the line and after the impassioned Paul Heyman promo on Talking Smack, I hope the Neidhart-Snuka combination push forward to those greater heights.

Winner: Natalya & Tamina

James ‘Jester’ Dee: Did you know there is a tribe of completely isolated nomadic humans deep in the Amazon rainforest that have had no contact with modern humans and still live a very Neolithic lifestyle? They probably care about this match more than I do. Look, I like a lot of the wrestlers involved in this match and I really, really want them to have something better to do than chase a pair of titles that should have changed hands when Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez were fighting for them (I am sure I’ll stop being bitter about that one day). Realistically can The Riott squad please win this? They are so good, so deserving of a run and might actually do something with the belts.

Winner: The Riott Squad


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