Wrestlemania 35

WrestleMania 35 will be the thirty-fifth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. It will take place on April 7, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. WrestleMania is considered WWE's flagship event, having been described as the Super Bowl of sports entertainment. The event will be the first WrestleMania to be held in the state of New Jersey since 2013 (at the same venue). On November 5, 2018, traveling packages for the event were sold; tickets went on sale on November 16, 2018, with individual tickets costing from $35 to $2,500.

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WrestleMania 35
PromotionWWE
Brand(s)Raw
SmackDown
205 Live
DateApril 7, 2019
CityEast Rutherford, New Jersey
VenueMetLife Stadium
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WrestleMania 35 will be the thirty-fifth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. It will take place on April 7, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Production

Background

WrestleMania is considered WWE's flagship event,[1] having been described as the Super Bowl of sports entertainment.[2] The event will be the first WrestleMania to be held in the state of New Jersey since 2013 (at the same venue).[3] On November 5, 2018, traveling packages for the event were sold;[4][5] tickets went on sale on November 16, 2018, with individual tickets costing from $35 to $2,500.[4]

Storylines

The card will include matches that result from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portray heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters to build tension, culminating in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results are predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands,[6][7] with storylines produced on their weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live,[8] and the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live.[9]

At SummerSlam, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair were involved in a triple threat match for the SmackDown Women's Championship, which Flair ultimately won. After the match, Lynch attacked Flair; the genesis of her transition into becoming "The Man".[10] Lynch defeated Flair for the championship at Hell in a Cell,[11] and retained it in a rematch at Evolution.[12] At Survivor Series, Lynch was scheduled to face Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey in a champion versus champion match. However, Lynch was pulled from the match due to a legitimate injury that she sustained during a brawl on the Raw prior to Survivor Series, where she had attacked Rousey; Flair took Lynch's place in the match and brutally attacked Rousey with kendo sticks and a steel chair.[13][14] At TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs, Rousey got her revenge on both by interfering in the triple threat Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, costing both the match.[15] Lynch was unsuccessful in regaining the title at the Royal Rumble, but later entered the women's Royal Rumble match at #28, taking the place of an injured Lana, and won by last eliminating Flair, despite injuring her own knee, thus earning a women's championship match of her choice at WrestleMania 35.[16] The next night on Raw, Lynch confronted Rousey and chose to face her at WrestleMania.[17] The following night on SmackDown, Lynch refused a medical examination on her knee after a brawl with Flair. Stephanie McMahon gave Lynch an ultimatum: have her knee examined so she can be cleared to compete at WrestleMania or be suspended until she does. Lynch still refused and was suspended indefinitely, after which, she attacked Stephanie,[18] as well as Triple H on SmackDown.[19] On the February 11 Raw, it was revealed that Lynch did in fact have her knee examined and was cleared and her suspension lifted, however, Triple H and Stephanie told Lynch she needed to apologize or she would not go to WrestleMania. After Lynch apologized, however, Vince McMahon came out and overruled Triple H and Stephanie by suspending Lynch for 60 days and announced Flair as Lynch's replacement at WrestleMania.[20]

At the Royal Rumble, Seth Rollins won the men's Royal Rumble match, thus earning a world championship match of his choice at WrestleMania 35.[16] The next night on Raw, WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H congratulated Rollins and gave him until the end of the night to choose which champion he wanted to face. Later, Rollins confronted Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, who had retained the title at the Royal Rumble against Finn Bálor. After an ensuing brawl, Rollins made his choice that he wanted to face Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania.[17] Rollins and Lesnar's last encounter at a WrestleMania was WrestleMania 31 in which Rollins cashed-in his Money in the Bank contract during a match between Lesnar and Roman Reigns, turning the match into a triple threat match in which Rollins pinned Reigns to win Lesnar's then-WWE World Heavyweight Championship (now WWE Championship).[21]

On the February 19 episode of 205 Live, General Manager Drake Maverick scheduled an eight-man single elimination tournament with the winner facing Buddy Murphy for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania 35.[22]

Matches

No. Matches* Stipulations
1 Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Charlotte Flair Singles match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship[23]
2 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship[24]
3 Buddy Murphy (c) vs. TBD Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship[22]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
    *Card subject to change

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