10 Times WWE Got The WrestleMania Main Event Wrong

Honestly, how hard is it to get right?

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WrestleMania 36 - and WrestleMania 37! - are happening this weekend, but it was only yesterday WWE admitted that Roman Reigns, who pulled out over a week ago, would not be challenging Goldberg for the Universal Championship.

Braun Strowman's last minute insertion all but indicates that the blue strap won't be headlining one of the two shows - but the fact is, we just don't know yet.

WWE are splitting WrestleMania in half this year, but have not laid out the details of either of them. Logically, Drew McIntyre's tilt at Brock Lesnar will end one, and Becky Lynch defending the Raw Women's title the other. That seems the most equitable solution.

But there other options. Had Roman Reigns been available, it's likely he'd have had a show to close. But then, so long as WWE were 'forced' to bisect 'Mania, he never was going to be available.

The curious circumstances mean that, in truth, the main event has never mattered less. The non-existent crowd will react the same way whatever it is. Might as well go with Baron Corbin vs. Elias.

Most other years, picking the right main event is absolutely crucial. WWE haven't made a habit of making it this easy for themselves. Even when a clear-cut main event is staring them in the face, the company have often reverted to Triple H, because Lord only knows his pen is as mighty as his sledgehammer. If not HHH, it has been his one-letter removed politicking icon Hulk Hogan changing the book to his fancy.

And then there was that year WrestleMania ended with a footballer. No, really.

Just how many other times in the previous thirty-three attempts has WWE got it wrong and made a colossal balls-up of the main event of its annual showpiece?


The author of the highly acclaimed 'Titan' book series, James Dixon has been involved in the wrestling business for 25 years as a fan, wrestler, promoter, agent, and writer. James spent several years wrestling on the British independent circuit, but now prefers to write about the bumps and bruises rather than take any of them. His past in-ring experience does however give a uniquely more "insider" perspective on things, though he readily admits to still being a "mark" at heart. James is the Chief Editor and writer at historyofwrestling.co.uk and is responsible for the best-selling titles Titan Sinking, Titan Shattered, and Titan Screwed, as well as the Complete WWF Video Guide series, and the Raw Files series.