WrestleMania 36 results: Undertaker buries AJ Styles alive; Braun Strowman wins Universal title

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This isn't your normal WrestleMania.

WWE is holding its biggest annual event at its Performance Center in Orlando. Fla., without anyone in attendance and over two nights, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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On Night 1 of the event Saturday, The Undertaker brutalized AJ Styles to win a Boneyard Match that was shot like a horror film. In the co-main event, Braun Strowman, a late replacement for Roman Reigns, defeated Goldberg to win the Universal championship.

Also on the show, Becky Lynch retained the "Raw" women's title with a victory over Shayna Baszler.

Sporting News' complete coverage of the opening night of WrestleMania 36 is below:

WrestleMania 36 live results, updates from Night 1

(All times Eastern.)

The Undertaker buries AJ Styles in a Boneyard Match

10 p.m.: This was a great match because of how it was shot. It was taped late at night, which gave it a special ominous feel. Styles appeared to win when he put The Undertaker in the six-foot hole. When he went into the tractor to put the dirt on him, The Undertaker came up from and pummled him. He beat Styles around the entire graveyard, including choke-slamming him off the top of the house. He finished off Styles with the Tombstone piledriver. The Undertaker forgave Styles for the comments he made and then walked away, only to turn around and front-kick Styles into the grave. He went into the tractor, dumped the dirt for the victory and rode into the darkness on his motorcycle.

9:47 p.m.: Just when it appeared The Undertaker was finished, he rose from the dead.

9:36 p.m.: It's now time for the main event of Night 1: AJ Styles battles The Undertaker in a Boneyard match. Styles is in this, so it should be somewhat good. Styles came out in a hearse and The Undertaker came into the cemetery riding his motorcycle.

Braun Strowman overpowers Goldberg to win the Universal title

9:30 p.m.: Here's hoping you didn't step out of the house for a moment, because this match didn't go long.

Goldberg came out and blasted Strowman with three consecutive spears but Strowman kicked out at two. Undeterred, Goldberg connected on one more spear. He went for the Jackhammer finish but Strowman slipped out and hit three powerslams of his own. Sensing he had Goldberg beat, Strowman did the move one time to become Universal champion for the first time.

The finish was a surprise because the money is in Goldberg-Reigns. Strowman has been made to be afterthought so it's difficult to believe in him as the champion.

9:24 p.m.: It is time for the co-main of WrestleMania 36's opening night: Universal champion Goldberg against Braun Strowman.

Strowman is a late replacement for Roman Reigns, who pulled out of the event. WWE didn't explain why Strowman is in. Pretty hilarious that Goldberg did his entire entrance from the locker room to the ring.

One can pray this doesn't go too long.

9:21 p.m.: Paul Heyman does a promo with Charley Caruso previewing the bout Sunday between his client, Brock Lesnar, and Drew McIntyre for the WWE championship. Heyman vows Lesnar will walk away with the gold.

9:17 p.m.: MoJo Rawley and Rob Gronkowski were talking about how great WrestleMania has been when R-Truth interrupted them. Gronkowski had enough and hit a forearm to Truth. Rawley pulled Gronkowski away and scored the pin to win the 24-7 belt. Just stop, please stop, with Rawley and Gronkowski. The act is already tiresome.

Kevin Owens beats Seth Rollins in physical affair

9:15 p.m.: After Rollins accepted the terms, Owens regained control and never took a step back. He went as far as climbing the top of the WrestleMania sign, jumped off it for a Running Senton to send Rollins through a table. Owens rolled a battered Rollins back into the ring. Rollins begged for mercy but Owens didn't oblige and connected on the Stone Cold Stunner to win the grudge match. Owens and Rollins gave it their all, but it was hard to get into this match. The circumstances of the entire event made it feel a bit underwhelming.

9:10 p.m.: Thoroughly enjoying the running commentary by Rollins and Owens. Never see that.

9:06 p.m.: Owens won by disqualification but he rolled back into the ring and challenged Rollins to a No Holds Barred match.

8:53 p.m.: Next at WrestleMania, Seth Rollins takes on Kevin Owens. The buildup has been excellent. Cross your fingers that Rollins and Owens get time to shine.

John Morrison survives to beat Kofi Kingston and Jimmy Uso to retain 'Smackdown' tag team titles

8:47 p.m.: Morrison put on a one-man show, performing one spectcular spot after another. A creative ending that has never been done in a ladder match: three wrestlers on a ladder and each had hold of the belts. They were pulling back and forth when Kingston and Uso head-butted Morrison, who grabbed the titles and fell off the ladder.

Hopefully, this shows WWE chairman Vince McMahon that Morrison can be a star and let him attempt to shine in singles matches.



8:29 p.m.: Right now at WrestleMania, John Morrison puts the "Smackdown" tag team titles on the line against Kofi Kingston and Jimmy Uso in a ladder match. Originally, it was supposed to be Morrison teaming with The Miz, Kingston with Big E and Uso with his brother Jey but Miz, got sent home after coming to the taping ill.

Sami Zayn gets help from his cohorts to best Daniel Bryan and retain Intercontinental title

8:24 p.m.: Bryan controlled the majority of the action with Zayn being the slimy heel and continuing to back off. A new champion was on its way to being crowned when Zayn's partners, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura, jumped Bryan's tag team partner, Drew Gulak, from behind. Bryan wiped them out. He went to the top rope when Zayn connected on the Helluva Kick to remain the titleholder.

Too bad Bryan and Zayn weren't given more time to shine. They were building something good and got cut short.

8:14 p.m.: Coming up at WrestleMania, Sami Zayn faces Daniel Bryan for the Intercontinental championship. If this match was given any time whatsoever, this could be fantastic.

Becky Lynch beats Shayna Baszler to retain 'Raw' women's title

8:08 p.m.: Quite surprised how good Lynch and Baszler performed. Baszler controlled the majority of the bout by mixing power moves with MMA submissions while Lynch got in an occasional spot. Baszler locked in her rear-naked choke when Lynch rolled back with her feet on the mat to lock in Baszler to score the pinfall. They went the right amount of time and didn't allow it to drag. This was Baszler's best match since moving up to the main roster. Surprised by the finish; most wrestling pundits expected Baszler to win the belt. Wonder what that means for Baszler going forward and whether that signals a return of Ronda Rousey to try to reclaim the belt she lost to Lynch at last year's WrestleMania 35.

7:54 p.m.: Right now at WrestleMania, Becky Lynch defends the "Raw" Women's title against Shayna Baszler. Surprised we are seeing it now, considering Lynch is arguably the biggest full-time star. Let's see if Baszler can deliver because her showings on the main roster have been lackluster.

Elias cheats to defeat King Corbin

7:45 p.m: Elias came out with a vengeance before the bell sounded and hit Corbin with his guitar. Corbin shook out the cobwebs and looked to be moments away from victory when he started arguing with the official. That allowed Elias to come up from behind to secure a rollup with a grab of the tights for the win. Strange to see a babyface cheat to win.

7:35 p.m.: The current match showing is King Corbin vs. Elias. This bout was made when Rob Gronkowski got into a confrontation with Corbin on a recent episode of "SmackDown." Don't expect this to be any good. If you need to go take a bathroom break, do it now.

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Bliss beat The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) to become 'Smackdown' women's tag team champs

7:32 p.m.: After each team attempted to put the other away with their respective finishers, Cross connected on a swinging neckbreaker and Bliss hit another Twisted Bliss onto Sane to win the belts for the second time.

Not a bad match, and that's because of Asuka and Sane, who are two of the best females wrestlers in the world.

7:25 p.m.: Pretty funny to see Cross keep clapping her hands to get no one excited to encourage Bliss to tag her in.

7:16 p.m.: Before I forget, John Bradshaw Layfield is commentating with Michael Cole.

7:13 p.m.: The main card of WrestleMania begins with Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross challenging The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) for the "SmackDown" women's tag team titles. Asuka has been the highlight for WWE with her commentary since the shows have gone empty-arena.

7:10 p.m.: Rob Grankowski said he was needed for an event that was too big for one night. Then his good friend MoJo Rawley came out and got everyone hyped for the event. That '80s club music needs to go.

7:01 p.m.: Stephanie McMahon announces the beginning of WrestleMania. Says it's an unusual WrestleMania because of the "circumstances." Don't get why WWE just doesn't say COVID-19 or the coronavirus.

6:56 p.m.: Why couldn't WWE announce sooner that Strowman would be replacing Roman Reigns to face Goldberg?

Cesaro notches the first win at WrestleMania, over Drew Gulak

6:35 p.m.: An intriguing ending: Cesaro was unable to use the Neutralizer, so he went with the crushing forearm followed by an airplane spin for the victory in less than five minutes. It was technically sound, but hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come where we see short bouts the entire night.

6:30 p.m.: Odd to have Michael Cole being the only one doing the commentary. WWE has gone with two-man tables since having to go to the Performance Center, because only a certain number of people can be in an area.

6:27 p.m.: The first and only match on the kickoff show is Drew Gulak taking on Cesaro. Not a bad way to begin things; these are two of the best pure wrestlers in WWE.

6:05 p.m.: The kickoff show is underway with Corey Graves and Peter Rosenberg. It is here where WWE decides to announce which matches are airing this evening. How that wasn't done earlier is beyond me. Some of the featured matches include Goldberg vs. Braun Strowman, AJ Styles vs. The Undertaker in a Boneyard match and Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler for the "Raw" women's title.

6 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News' Night 1 real-time coverage of WrestleMania 36. It's happening under unusual circumstances: The majority of the matches are taking place at an empty WWE Performance Center, while some are occuring at different locations. Kick back, relax and grab the refreshments for what should be an interesting night of action,

What time does WrestleMania 36 start today?

  • Date: April 4, 2020

  • Time: 7 p.m. ET | 4 p.m. PT (main card)

  • Location: WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., and multiple locations yet to be disclosed

  • TV channel: WWE Network (PPV)

  • Live stream: WWE.com/livestream+

The main card of WrestleMania will air 7 p.m. ET Saturday April 4 ,following an hourlong preshow on WWE Network.

The Saturday show is scheduled to run until roughly 10:15 p.m. ET, while the Sunday show is scheduled to end around 10 p.m. ET. Expect the main events to start around 9:30 p.m. ET both nights, depending on whether other matches run short or long.

WWE WrestleMania 36 night one matches

  • Goldberg vs. Braun Strowman for the Universal championship

  • Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler for the “Raw” women’s championship

  • AJ Styles vs. The Undertaker in a Boneyard match

  • Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins

  • John Morrison vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jimmy Uso in a ladder match for the "SmackDown" tag team championship

  • Elias vs. Baron Corbin

  • Daniel Bryan vs. Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental championship

  • The Kabuki Warriors vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross for the women's tag team championship

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