One of the biggest events in sports entertainment is finally back to normalcy.
After two straight years of having no crowd then a limited capacity crowd due to COVID-19 restrictions, WrestleMania 38 will be at 100% capacity for the first time since 2019.
The event, taking place at Texas’ AT&T Stadium, will also continue the tradition that began at WrestleMania 36 in 2020 with the show on two consecutive nights, with a total of 14 matches split between the two nights.
Night one of the event is headlined by the biggest names in the women’s division, a viral star making their WWE in-ring debut, the highly anticipated reveal of a mystery competitor and return of WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Here is everything you need to know for night one of WrestleMania 38:
When does WrestleMania 38 start?
Night one of WrestleMania 38 will be held on Saturday, April 2. Live coverage of the night will begin at 6 pm ET, with the main show beginning at 8 pm ET.
How to watch WrestleMania 38
The kickoff show on Saturday will air on USA Network. The main show can be purchased on pay-per-view for $59.99 for both nights. It can be live-streamed through Peacock, but you must have their premium or premium-plus subscription.
WrestleMania 38 will also be aired on the big screen. Fathom Events will be airing the event throughout select movie theaters across the country, excluding Texas. You can see what theaters are showing night one here, with tickets costing $20 a person.
WrestleMania 38 match card (not in order)
The New Day (Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston) vs. Sheamus and Ridge Holland
Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio vs. The Miz and Logan Paul
Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin
Seth Rollins vs. TBA
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship match: The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs
WWE Raw Women’s Championship match: Becky Lynch (c) vs. bianca belair
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship match: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
The Return of Stone Cold Steve Austin
Leading up to the event, Kevin Owens talked about not having a match at WrestleMania. Instead of attempting to have one, Owens called out Austin, and dared the WWE Hall of Famer and wrestling icon on March 7 to appear on his talk show “The KO Show” at WrestleMania.
The following day, WWE posted a YouTube video of Austin accepting the invitation, vowing to “open up one last can of whoop ass” on Owens at AT&T Stadium.
Who will be Seth Rollins’ opponent?
Similar to Owens, Rollins did not have a match for WrestleMania, but had been attempting weekly to get one. After multiple failures, WWE CEO Vince McMahon told Rollins in an aired clip on Monday he would have a match at WrestleMania, and he would “handpick” his opponent.
McMahon did not offer any details or clues as to who it might be, saying he would announce his opponent once Rollins enters the ring on Saturday. However, multiple reports speculate his opponent will be Cody Rhodes, the former WWE wrestler whose career skyrocketed following his time with the company.
Rhodes wrestled for multiple companies from 2016-19, but he successfully helped launch the new All Elite Wrestling in 2019, serving as the company’s executive vice president while also an on-air talent. In February, he left the company after his contract wasn’t renewed.
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