WrestleMania is less than two weeks away, and the card for the biggest show of the year has come together nicely over the past few weeks of WWE action.
FloSlam will be in Orlando, Florida, all weekend long, streaming eight independent wrestling events from WWN's More Than Mania as well as covering those events, NXT, Axxess, and WrestleMania. Your FloSlam subscription gets you access to the following cards over WrestleMania weekend:
- March 30 - EVOLVE 80
- March 30 - GCW presents Joey Janela's Spring Break
- March 31 - EVOLVE 81
- March 31 - Kaiju Big Battel
- April 1 - Beyond Wrestling
- April 1 - WWN Supershow
- April 2 - ACW
- April 2 - FIP
Eleven matches are currently set for WrestleMania, seven of which have the title on the line. Let's take a quick rundown through the card.
Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship -- Orton spent considerable time as a member of the Wyatt Family, breaking down Bray's group from the inside. After Wyatt turned his back on Luke Harper, leading to an interesting series of matches between Orton and Harper, Orton won the Royal Rumble to secure a title shot at WrestleMania. After giving up his shot to not challenge his "master," Orton eventually made his plan known, burning down the Wyatt compound and beating AJ Styles to recapture his shot at the belt.
Goldberg (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship -- Goldberg returned to action at this past year's Survivor Series, defeating Lesnar in less than 90 seconds. Lesnar thought he would have a chance at revenge in the Royal Rumble. Instead, Goldberg quickly eliminated Lesnar from the match, leaving him shocked once again. However, Lesnar and advisor Paul Heyman issued one final challenge for WrestleMania. The match was made more important when Goldberg scored a quick victory over Kevin Owens at Fastlane, capturing the WWE Universal Championship.
The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns -- In theory, this is a very simple match between two big men who are looking to prove the WWE is "their yard." For decades, The Undertaker has been the man in WWE, a constant source of power in an ever-changing roster. However, age has caught up with The Undertaker. His incredible undefeated streak at WrestleMania was ended by Lesnar in 2014. Now, Reigns is looking to prove he is now the man and take out the veteran. So far, The Undertaker has gotten the best of things, delivering a chokeslam to Reigns on Raw to make it known he still has something left in the tank.
Chris Jericho (c) vs. Kevin Owens for the WWE United States Championship -- Jericho and Owens were best friends for months, with Jericho saving Owens' WWE Universal Championship on multiple occasions. However, after Jericho accepted a match with Goldberg on Owens' behalf, things went south quickly. Jericho attempted to salvage the relationship by throwing a "Festival of Friendship." Owens had other ideas, however, and brutalized Jericho, landing a powerbomb on the ring apron and putting Jericho into a TV in the ring. Jericho got his revenge weeks later, causing a distraction for Owens in his Fastlane title defense against Goldberg, leading to Owens losing the belt. Both Jericho and Owens are now looking for revenge in this story of friendship gone wrong.
John Cena & Nikki Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse -- Miz has become one of the best talents in WWE, mainly through his ability to conduct interviews that drive forward storylines unlike almost anyone else in the company -- though his in-ring work has been solid as well. Cena and Miz had multiple run-ins in recent months, with Cena eliminating Miz from the Elimination Chamber match and Miz returning in the Smackdown battle royal to crown a No. 1 contender. Similarly, Bella and Maryse had a series of accidental clashes that culminated in Maryse hitting Bella with a pipe to cost her a match. Miz and Maryse have strongly criticized the other couple recently, citing Cena's Hollywood aspirations -- something Cena formerly criticized The Rock for -- as well as their actual status as a couple.
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks for the WWE Raw Women's Championship -- Bayley not only took the title from Charlotte on Raw -- with a clear assist from Banks -- but she also became the first woman to defeat Charlotte in one-on-one competition on a pay-per-view. Banks challenged Bayley for the title at WrestleMania, saying it had long been discussed as a dream scenario for the friends. Charlotte, with the help of Stephanie McMahon, was put into the match instead due to Banks' prior interference. However, Banks earned a spot in the match by defeating Bayley in a non-title match on Raw.
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. the Smackdown women's roster -- Bliss, having announced she had taken out all available competition on the Smackdown roster, found her back against the wall when Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan announced that she would face every available woman on the Smackdown roster at WrestleMania. Bliss was irate but will try to retain against a list of women that could include several surprises.
Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship -- Since dedicating himself to the cruiserweight division, Neville has truly proven himself "King of the Cruiserweights." When Aries -- who had been sidelined by injury and serving as a commentator for cruiserweight matches -- expressed a desire to challenge for the belt after Neville said he'd disposed of all challengers in the division, Neville was dismissive, leading to Aries laying him out during a post-match interview. Aries then claimed his shot at the title by winning a five-way match on 205 Live.
The Club (c) vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Cesaro & Sheamus for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship -- The Club team of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson won the titles from Cesaro and Sheamus at Royal Rumble. Things weren't exactly settled between the two, and the rematch was ruined when Enzo and Cass got involved. Cesaro and Sheamus returned the favor when Enzo and Cass challenged for the belts. The two challenging teams were to face off in a bout to contend for the title shot at WrestleMania, but The Club made the mistake of interfering in the match and causing a scenario in which the match became a three-way situation.
Shane McMahon vs. AJ Styles -- Styles, the former WWE Champion, was never awarded a one-on-one rematch for his title after losing to John Cena at Royal Rumble. When Cena lost the belt to Bray Wyatt at Elimination Chamber, he invoked his rematch clause. Styles pointed out he had still not received an opportunity to regain the belt, and the bout was turned into a three-way. When Randy Orton gave up his shot at the title at WrestleMania, Styles ended up as one of the two winners of the No. 1-contender battle royal, tying with Luke Harper when they hit the floor simultaneously. The men next faced off on Smackdown in a one-on-one match to determine who would challenge at WrestleMania with Styles getting the win. Orton then said he was taking back his title shot, leading Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan to announce yet another No. 1-contender match, this time featuring Orton and Styles. After Orton won, Styles went nuts, attacking McMahon and putting him through a car window while complaining about the conspiracy preventing him from getting the title shot he is rightfully owed.
- Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship
- Goldberg (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship
- Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker
- Chris Jericho (c) vs. Kevin Owens
- John Cena & Nikki Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse
- Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks for the WWE Raw Women's Championship
- Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Carmella vs. Natalya vs. Mickie James vs. Becky Lynch vs. TBA for the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship
- Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
- The Club (c) vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Cesaro & Sheamus for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
- 2017 Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
- Shane McMahon vs. AJ Styles