Stephanie McMahon opened 2020’s Wrestlemania 36 with an invitation/warning: what we are about to witness is a very different sort of Wrestlemania than what we’re used to: A tiny arena, pre-taped matches, and no one but Rob Gronkowski to cheer the wrestlers on.
Wrestlemania is here, come hell or high water, and though it may not have the hype and atmosphere it usually does, it does have a characteristically stacked match card, with nearly every title up for grabs.
Throughout the course of Night One of the two-part event, there were numerous title matches and changes. You can find out the results of night one, a review of the show, and check out the WWE photos released on April 4. Also check out the live results of night two as well as a review of the April 5 PPV.
Below, you’ll find all the title changes for Wrestlemania 36, along with a breakdown for all the title change matches.
New Champions at 2020 Wrestlemania:
- Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross: Women’s Tag Team Championship
- Braun Strowman: Universal Championship
- Charlotte Flair: NXT Women’s Championship
- Drew McIntyre: WWE Championship
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross def. The Kabuki Warriors to win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
The opening match was closely contested, and it nearly came to an end when The Kabuki Warriors channeled their inner Hawk and Animal, delivering a Doomsday Device to Nikki Cross. But Nikki kicked out and persevered; she hit Kairi with a swinging neckbreaker, which Bliss followed with a Twisted Bliss for the win.
This is Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross’ second reign as WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. They ended the Kabuki Warriors’ reign at 181 days–the longest run in the title’s history.
Braun Strowman def. Goldberg to win the WWE Universal Championship
The Monster Among Men reached the top of the mountain by defeating Goldberg after four Power Slams. This is Strowman’s first reign with a WWE world title. He has previously held the Raw Tag Team Championship and the Intercontinental Championship, and he was 2018’s Mr. Money in the Bank.
Charlotte Flair def. Rhea Ripley to win the NXT Women’s Championship
Flair and Ripley fought a psychologically consistent, brilliant match. Ripley hit her Riptide finisher early, but Flair rallied back and targeted Ripley’s left leg for the entire match. When she finally cinched-in the Figure 8 Leglock, Ripley had no choice but to tap to her opponent. This is Flair’s second reign with the title. Her first reign, when she was still in NXT’s developmental program, was in 2014. It lasted 258 days.
Drew McIntyre defeated Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship
It was a short match, but it had the right finish. Drew McIntyre is now WWE Champion after defeating Brock Lesnar in the main event at Wrestlemania. He survived Suplex City and three F5s before making his comeback. McIntyre needed four Claymore kicks (the last three, all in a row) to score the win. This is his first reign as WWE Champion.
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