Wrestlemania 37 Night 1 ran into a bit of a hiccup to start the show. Taking place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, a severe weather warning forced fans from the seats and into shelter as the rain poured in.
Luckily the rain let up as Vince McMahon and the wrestlers made their way to the stage to welcome the first live crowd in what seems like forever to a WWE PPV event. Then pop star Bebe Rexha appeared in the ring to perform a beautiful rendition of America The Beautiful.
In the main event, Bianca Belair challenged Sasha Banks for the SmackDown women’s championship in a historic Main Event match. From the moment Belair won the 2021 Royal Rumble, fans had been anticipating a WrestleMania match between the two women. While lofty expectations can lead to major disappointments, Banks and Belair exceeded even the wildest expectations for the bout, delivering a truly great match on the biggest stage of them all.
Also during Night 1, Bad Bunny finally stepped into the ring as an active competitor, teaming with Damian Priest against The Miz and John Morrison. Bunny stunned the WWE Universe with a performance that was more than could reasonably be expected from a “celebrity wrestling match,” creating his own WrestleMania moment.
Check out the full results from the first night of Wrestlemania 37 below:
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre – WWE Championship
Pretty good match up. I haven’t been sold on McIntyre since he got the big push, but he put up on entertaining bout. Happy to see Lashley become the beast he was always meant to be. Hopefully WWE keeps the belt on him for a while.
Winner: Lashley by submission
Women’s Tag Team Turmoil
I don’t understand what WWE booking is doing with the Tag Team title scene. They break up fan favorite teams like the IICONICS, Sonya & Mandy, and Banks & Bayley and for what? Put them with other tag team partners that don’t work? Sloppy match all around but it was kind of funny seeing Mandy slip on the way to the ring. Lastly, what is WWE doing with Riott Squad? I like Liv and Ruby but WWE has pretty much just made them jobbers at this point.
Winner: Tamina and Natalya by pin
Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins
Look, I get it, people like Cesaro but I can’t watch Rollins anymore. This was a bathroom break match.
Winner: Cesaro by pin
The New Day (c) vs. AJ Styles & Omos – Raw Tag Team Championship
Pretty enjoyable. Why? Because I HATE The New Day and loved seeing them get demolished.
Winners: AJ Styles and Omos
Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon (Steel Cage Match)
How stupid and unnecessary was this match? Shane is too old to be taking those bumps. Also Strowman as a sympathetic simp was super lame.
Winner: Braun Strowman by pin
Bad Bunny & Damian Priest vs. The Miz & John Morrison
Literally know nothing about this Bunny guy, but Miz and Morrison made sold for him a look good in the ring. Very enjoyable match.
Winner: Bad Bunny & Damian Priest by pin
Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair – Smackdown Women’s Championship
Historic and spectacular are two words to describe this match. Bianca has so much charisma and talent that she is going to be the next big star in WWE. Banks has always been a fan favorite and she passed the torch in the awesome main event match.
Winner: Bianca Belair by pin
Wrestlemania Night 2 takes place Sunday night on Peacock.