Even though almost all sporting events across the country have either been canceled or postponed, WrestleMania 36 will take place this weekend as scheduled. Even though the event will go on, it will look extremely different than it has in year’s past.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has been doing their best to continue to provide entertainment to their fans, and they weren’t going to let their biggest event of the year be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. WrestleMania is also one of the biggest events of the year for sports bettors.
One of the biggest changes to WrestleMania this year will be that it will span across two nights. Fans and bettors can tune in on both April 4 and 5 and catch the action. The WWE Network will be streaming the event, or it will be available on pay-per-view.
It is expected to shatter viewership records with it being shown without any competition from other live sporting events.
Another major change to this year’s event will be that it will take place at the WWE Performance Center, and all of the events were already filmed. Since this is one of the biggest events for sports bettors, there were multiple endings filmed for each matchup so that no information was leaked to the public.
The filming was done without any fans in attendance, and fan participation is part of what makes the WWE so entertaining. WWE has promised its fans that WrestleMania will still be a great production, and they have planned plenty of surprises.
One of the biggest surprises has already been revealed, when WWE announced that former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be the host of WrestleMania 36. Gronkowski recently signed a contract with WWE and has already made one television appearance for the company.
Gronkowski has been a media darling since his retirement from the National Football League, and he is sure to bring some fun and energy to the event.
Even though WWE still planned to have WrestleMania 36, fans will be missing a few of the major stars of the sport. Roman Reigns is the most famous wrestler sitting out of this event due to health concerns.
Reigns is a leukemia survivor, and he didn’t want to run the risk of contracting the coronavirus by being in attendance. Rey Mysterio and The Miz have also decided to skip this event in an effort to remain healthy.
WrestleMania 36 was originally supposed to be held on April 5, and it was set to take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The original event was to be a live show, but those plans had to be scrapped a few weeks ago.
WWE organizers were able to get all of the wrestlers that were willing to take part to come to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. Taping for WrestleMania 36 took place on March 25 and 26.
Most sportsbooks tend to stay away from offering many lines on WWE events. If sportsbooks do post any odds for the fights, there is usually a limit on the amount of money that can be wagered.
Almost all of the fights have a predetermined outcome, and there is a chance that insider information could give a bettor an edge.
With so few betting options available at the moment, many sportsbooks have changed course and are offering bets on WrestleMania 36. FanDuel is hosting a huge WrestleMania 36 daily fantasy contest, even though they have had to replace some of the wrestlers in the last few days.
The WWE is expected to cancel the remainder of its events through April after WrestleMania.