In previous years during the WrestleMania press conference, WWE would also announce plans for non-WrestleMania events (Raw, SmackDown Live, TakeOver and the WWE Hall Of Fame). That was not the case this year for the WrestleMania 36 press conference.
The reason why they have yet to announce the dates for the non-WrestleMania events is that SmackDown Live’s move to Friday nights complicates things.
As noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE has not made a decision on what to do with those events.
Here is what things look like for WrestleMania 36 weekend:
– SmackDown Live on Friday, April 3
– Nothing announced yet for Saturday, April 4
– WrestleMania 36 on Sunday, April 5
– Raw on Monday, April 6
It would make sense for the Hall Of Fame to happen on Thursday, April 2nd and NXT TakeOver to happen on Saturday, April 4th.
“We’re still figuring that out right now. So we don’t even know. Everything is to be determined,” Stephanie McMahon told the Wrestling Observer.
It is expected that plans for the entire weekend will be announced by February. If things go well next year in Tampa, then the city could end up getting a Royal Rumble event at Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The stadium holds between 20,000 to 37,000 fans depending on the set up.
There’s already talk of Kairi Sane having a significant role at WrestleMania 36 because of the pirate theme for the event.
Sane retweeted this:
if WWE runs WrestleMania in a stadium with a giant pirate ship and doesn't give Kairi Sane a special entrance with it, I might actually have to give up pic.twitter.com/Sk0Aysw6Qq
— Brandon Stroud (@MrBrandonStroud) March 6, 2019