It was announced Monday’s edition of Raw that three WrestleMania matches will take place on the Kickoff Show: The men’s Andre the Giant Battle Royal, the women’s WrestleMania battle royal and the Cruiserweight Championship match between Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali with the winner getting the vacant Cruiserweight Title.
Are any of those matches surprising on the Kickoff Show? Nope. Not at all. It is consistent with what WWE has done in years past. I doubt the wrestlers involved in those matches are thrilled about it, but that’s the reality of WrestleMania in this era.
The Kickoff Show starts at 5pmET/2pmPT with a run time of two hours leading into the main WrestleMania card that starts at 7pmET/4pmPT. It’s expected to run five hours like last year.
Here’s the full lineup.
Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
WWE Championship: AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon vs. Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey
Smackdown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka
Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon vs. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens (If Zayn/Owens lose they are still fired, but if they win they get their jobs back.)
Intercontinental Championship: The Miz vs. Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins
United States Championship: Randy Orton vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Rusev
Raw Tag Team Championships: Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Braun Strowman and ???
Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax
Smackdown Tag Team Championships: The Usos vs. The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The New Day
Andre the Giant Men’s Battle Royal (Kickoff Show)
WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal (Kickoff Show)
Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali – The championship is currently vacant. (Kickoff Show)
John Cena vs. The Undertaker is probably going to happen too although it’s not officially advertised due to no appearance from The Undertaker.
We will have a full preview up on TJRWrestling on Friday.