The Beat Presents: An Overly Simplified Information to WrestleMania 39

This weekend, the 39th instalment of WrestleMania will likely be unleashed, and this 12 months guarantees to be a bit extra attention-grabbing than most. For the primary time for the reason that occasion’s inception, Vince McMahon won’t be operating the present (most likely), and all eyes will likely be on how easy issues run, and the way the occasion is acquired.

The WWE has been via just a few occasions like this since Vince stepped down final 12 months, and response has largely been good, with total morale bettering, and the large occasions discovering quite a lot of goal. Now, comes the largest take a look at – as a result of even after Vince brute pressured his approach again into energy at WWE, it seems as if he’s been largely avoided the corporate’s inventive (regardless of whispers that he’s nonetheless pulling the odd string right here and there).

Given the state of affairs, people are questioning if the previous man wanders onto the set in entrance of the followers to see what occurs. It might be a really Vince factor to do, making all the pieces about him as soon as once more, however who is aware of.

Anyway. In case you’re like a lot of individuals, a few of what I simply mentioned can have gave the impression of absolute nonsense. You may not comply with wrestling, otherwise you may not have been following for some time. That’s the place we are available.

We’ve put collectively a helpful dandy information to (nearly?) all the pieces you have to to learn about WrestleMania if you end up pulled into its orbit. Which occurs. You may be at a pal’s home, or questioning simply why the hell people in your social media are speaking concerning the massive unhealthy meat women and men combating over belts. People will likely be speaking concerning the insanity. We’re going to provide the fundamentals (and a few bizarre information to toss again, when you so want).

Now earlier than we dive in, you would possibly wish to know some fundamentals. (We took Danica’s dad and mom to an area wrestling present as soon as, and rapidly realized that all the pieces occurring means nothing when you don’t know the constructing blocks.) So rapidly:

An individual can win a match if they will pin their opponent’s shoulders to the ring mat whereas the referee counts to a few. Or, an individual could make their opponent “faucet out” or cross out in a submission – the tapping signifying “quitting”.

If the match going down is a championship match, and somebody pulls an unlawful transfer that’s caught by the referee, that individual will lose the match – however the “champion’s benefit” means the championship WILL NOT change palms by way of disqualification.  Until there are particular bonus guidelines. There typically are, and we’ll being them up as wanted.

Now, on with the present!


We talked a bit about it on the prime, however this 12 months’s WrestleMania will carry a special air, resulting from all of the insanity that Vince McMahon delivered to the corporate over the previous 12 months. It’s been no secret that Vince has been a rubbish human being for almost all of his life, however final 12 months, Vince entered the “discover out” part of his life when constructing reviews of hush cash funds brought on him to resign from the corporate.

What adopted was a little bit of a golden time for the corporate, with Triple H operating inventive whereas Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan operating issues as co-CEOs. Then rumblings happened that Vince was upset that he had listened to the oldsters who had been telling him to resign, as he felt as if issues had “blown over”. He used his standing as a majority shareholder within the firm to brute drive his approach again.

People on the within have insisted that Vince will not be operating a lot of the day-to-day of the corporate as he used to, as a substitute specializing in attempting to promote the corporate, and take it personal. That is mentioned to be one thing we hear extra of earlier than the top of the 12 months, as their present contracts for Smackdown on Fox and Uncooked on USA are developing for negotiation – and if the corporate is offered to a non-public firm, they’d greater than doubtless wish to both negotiate these contracts themselves, or use the content material to bolster their very own channels or streaming. 

Rumours have Vince insisting {that a} situation of the sale could be a assured place for himself within the firm going ahead – although many have identified such a factor would doubtless simply devalue the corporate throughout negotiations.

Anyway, WWE is claimed to have chosen Los Angeles for this 12 months’s massive present as a result of lots of the gamers that may be bidding on the corporate could be “on the town” and see simply what sort of financial boon the corporate brings with it when WrestleMania lands. Not solely is it massive for the WWE, however just about each different single wrestling firm descends in town and runs a present across the occasion. It’s wild.

Now personally, I’m hoping among the extra “Hollywood” sorts take the bait and make a suggestion, as a result of one of the crucial talked about suitors to buy the corporate is (checks notes) Saudi Arabia and uh… no. No thanks. It’s unhealthy sufficient the corporate runs two blood cash reveals a 12 months over there, I’d quite not have that permeate the entire friggen firm. Additionally, it could most likely imply we wouldn’t be seeing Sami Zayn on the present anymore. However I’m getting forward of myself. Let’s pull again, and get to the present.


After just a few years of being a very monstrous affair, WrestleMania cut up itself in two, and my goodness, did that change all the pieces. The ultimate one night time ‘Mania noticed the primary ever ladies’s major occasion, however the present itself clocked in at over 7 hours, and you possibly can hear the fatigue within the crowd. So the night time cut up in 2020 in entrance of an viewers of nobody throughout the top of the pandemic, and hasn’t regarded again. That is great because it, permits people to interact with the tales with out nearly falling asleep throughout the greatest match of the 12 months on the finish. Prayer palms comma hashtag blessed.

United States Championship
Austin Principle (c) vs. John Cena

TL;DR // Some fool youngster thought it was a good suggestion to name out Massive Match Jeeeeeyoonnnnnnnn Ceeeeennaaaa, and he’s gonna’ be rewarded for it.

How Did We Get Right here? // Principle has been an entertaining rubbish child, and was as soon as a Vince pet venture. Then Vince went away, and everybody began looking forward to what was going to occur to the child. When Vince was nonetheless in cost, they gave him the “Cash within the Financial institution” briefcase that supplied him an opportunity to problem any champion of his selection, at any time. Historically an indication that the corporate trusts you to be a inheritor obvious, the briefcase felt extra like an albatross with Roman Reigns being untouchable as the principle champ. Then Vince left, and it appeared like Triple H was pulling again from the child, having him money in for the US Championship, and lose. Nevertheless it was all simply wrestle-magic. Principle finally gained the belt, and determined to name his shot for WrestleMania by being a dick to at least one Jonathan Cena. Usually, this wouldn’t be a good suggestion, however Cena’s capturing schedule for varied tasks is fairly intensive proper now, so there’s no likelihood he’s profitable. In actual fact, he was barely round in his construct to this match, which is in stark distinction to when the star popped again in for just a few months in 2021 to construct to a title match with Roman Reigns. The query right here is extra how Cena loses – both by shenanigans to maintain him sturdy, or clear as a whistle, pushing Principle as a man to look out for.

Enjoyable Reality // It is a spoiler for the latest WWE online game, so skip this bit when you don’t need a very humorous factor wrecked for you.

Within the sport, you may play a profession mode, combating as a bunch of parents who’ve defeated John Cena, a person who was notorious for an “LOLCenaWins” meme on the top of his powers. Once you get close to the top, the sport trolls you by letting you choose an opponent that Cena instantly murders, and hits you with the meme. John considerably apologizes earlier than telling you to attempt once more – at which level “Tremendous Cena” comes out – an invisible man sporting Cena’s gear. As a result of you may’t see him.

A group of builders would have spent quite a lot of time to make that occur, and that’s a wonderful factor.

Trish Stratus, Lita + Becky Lynch vs. Harm CTRL

TL;DR // The primary two ladies to major occasion an episode of Uncooked group up with one of many first ladies to major occasion WrestleMania to battle a Karen and her various friends.

How Did We Get Right here? // Bailey was once a reasonably chill, glad girl. Then a heel flip (the act of changing into a nasty man) noticed her grow to be one of many perfect components of the no-audience, pandemic period of wrestling, when she took it upon herself to feud with very long time WWE announcer. That mentioned, she hasn’t been on the previous two WrestleMania playing cards, one resulting from damage, and one resulting from (for my part) reserving incompetence. It is a massive comeback for her, and her crew in Harm CTRL, who’ve been needling babyfaces (the great guys) since they arrived eventually 12 months’s SummerSlam.

Now, they’re combating towards the present WWE Tag Crew Champions, Becky Lynch and Lita (sure, the Lita from the Perspective Period) with their pal, Trish Stratus – the sort of legends match that in some way nonetheless makes use of 4 present full time roster members, as a substitute of performing as a showcase for the previous. This could simply be a enjoyable one. It additionally has the potential to come back with a little bit of a shock, as rumours have Lita and Trish round for a “distinctive storyline” that hasn’t actually began.

Rey Mysterio vs Dominik Mysterio

TL;DR // Dominik, Rey’s reputable* son has a brand new girlfriend and now he hates his dad.

How Did We Get Right here? // The place to begin with this one. If we wish one thing fast, wrestling legend Rey Mysterio (who will likely be inducted into the WWE Corridor of Fame this weekend) had been teaming together with his son Dominick for the previous few years. Then they began operating afoul of a bunch referred to as The Judgement Day, and issues obtained difficult. Dominick ended up turning on his dad and his dad’s pal Edge with the ol’ low blow, and joined The Judgement Day – which has been nice for the child. He’s actually come into his personal as a legacy goof who has cool mates who’re getting him into hassle. Dude storyline went to jail for half a second and got here to work on the subsequent Uncooked speaking about how being on the within modifications a person. He had additionally been begging… begging his father to face as much as him and hit him. Rey lastly did this previous week after Dominik began speaking rubbish about his mother, and Dominik responded with “what sort of monster hits their very own child?” Prime notch work by all. 

Enjoyable Reality // *Again when Dominik was a child, the WWE ran a storyline the place reputable longtime household pal Eddie Guerrero claimed to be Dominik’s actual father. Rey and Eddie ended up combating over custody of the child in a ladder match, which can also be simply excellent goofy wrestling nonsense. (And to everybody’s credit score, Dominik was protected throughout this storyline, included and consulted for consolation ranges and paid for his work).

Seth Rollins vs. Logan Paul

TL;DR // Seth Rollins hates Logan Paul as a result of he’s a loathsome, rubbish human. Logan Paul has responded by being an asshole every time he can. They’re going to do a battle about it.

How Did We Get Right here? // uuuuuuuuUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGHHHHHH! Given my druthers, we’d not be speaking about Logan Paul. It’s the factor he needs, the factor he craves, and I’d quite he simply go away. However the task is what it’s, and actually, the place are we drawing the road when giving ink to horrible individuals in wrestling?

So. This begins two years in the past, at WrestleMania, the place he stood within the nook of Sami Zayn – who on the time was a heel who (checks notes) raises cash for the disenfranchised in Syria. The entire thing was supposed to finish with Logan Paul changing into a great man. It didn’t individuals nonetheless booed him. So the following 12 months (final 12 months), they’d Logan Paul teaming with consummate a-hole The Miz in a tag group match, the place The Combine turned on Paul, once more with the intent to make Paul a great man. To their credit score, the WWE crowd has not been on board with good man Logan Paul, ever. So he’s lastly taking part in a nasty man right here, with Seth Rollins being very on-line about how this man sucks and must stroll into the ocean.

Now, the worst half? Admittedly? Paul is good at this. He’s good at wrestling. Full cease. They gave him the principle occasion spot at their Saudi Arabia blood cash present close to the top of final 12 months, and by all accounts, he killed it (I’ve solely seen highlights, as a result of I don’t fuck with the Saudi reveals), and he pulls off issues like this when he pops in randomly.


Anyway, apparently Paul’s contract is up with this match. He’s hoping WWE retains it going. I hope they simply take what they obtained from him, have him lose right here, and stroll away from all of it. I’ll finish this like I did the final time I ran one among these columns:

Enjoyable Reality // Logan Paul can eat rubbish.

Smackdown Ladies’s Championship
Charlotte Aptitude (c) vs Rhea Ripley

TL;DR // A woman who appears into stepping on necks for a dwelling goes to step on somebody’s neck.

How Did We Get Right here? // This one goes again three years to when Charlotte Aptitude gained the Royal Rumble, and challenged Rhea Ripley for her NXT Ladies’s Championship. This was a primary, trying to place some extra shine on NXT’s division, but it surely didn’t actually work as a result of not solely did Charlotte win that match, she actually didn’t deliver a lot shine to the celebs who confronted her on NXT. 

Now, it’s three years later. Ripley has grow to be the unofficial chief of The Judgement Day (whereas the group doesn’t have a pacesetter, it’s arduous to argue that the boys take path from Ripley) and has “corrupted” younger Dominik Mysterio. She’s additionally been tossing round dudes like they’re nothing. She gained the Royal Rumble, and determined to make use of that as a possibility to take a championship again from Charlotte. And she or he’ll most likely do it to. Or quite, she ought to.

WrestleMania Showcase Match: Deadly 4-Manner Males’s Tag Match
Braun Strowman and Ricochet vs. The Road Earnings vs. Alpha Academy vs. The Viking Raiders

TL;DR // WrestleMania famously has a giant payday hooked up for its contributors, and so the corporate likes squeezing as many individuals as they will onto the present consequently. That is that.

Particular Guidelines // In a Deadly 4 Manner, there aren’t any disqualifications. In a tag match, there are two males within the ring who’re authorized at any given cut-off date. It’s a must to tag, or be tagged to modify out, and solely the authorized males are capable of pin, or be pinned.

How Did We Get Right here? // Nothing greater than an announcement that the corporate could be showcasing their tag groups at WrestleMania, with this match (with three precise tag groups and one recent pairing) and night time two’s ladies’s match (which solely has one actual tag group. Type of.)

Enjoyable Reality // These individuals are going to tear it up although. Ricochet, The Road Earnings and Alpha Academy particularly gained’t allow you to neglect they’re on the present.

Undisputed WWE Tag Crew Championship
The Usos vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

TL;DR: Only a massive ol’ battle between household that’s a part of a… (checks notes) two-and-a-half 12 months storyline in WWE, and a complete lifetime outdoors of it.

How Did We Get Right here? // People, this may very well be a an entire article in and of itself. I’ll preserve issues as brief as my pleasure will let me.

Inside the WWE, that is a part of The Bloodline storyline that’s been occurring since Roman Reigns got here again to the corporate at SummerSlam in 2020. It’s at that time the place he began amassing titles and energy, finally bringing his cousins beneath his sway, with each of the lads’s prime titles in singles and tag wrestling in tow.

This a part of the story is about The Usos, who’ve been doing Roman’s soiled work for years, and the way a dude named Sami Zayn got here alongside and pushed via a big marketing campaign to grow to be part of the Bloodline. By all accounts at WWE, this was a narrative that was purported to run a few brief weeks, with the then heel character Sami Zayn considerably goofily attempting to assist the group out so he may get a bit of little bit of their shine. This story sat on a sluggish boil for nearly a 12 months, with Sami including new and vibrant flavour to the story that had been operating for a 12 months and a half at that time.

He hung out slowly profitable over members of The Bloodline, which Jay Uso being the principle maintain out. Throughout this time, he was constructing among the absolute finest content material you had been seeing from wrestling.

With Roman changing into a extra part-time participant together with his newest contract, it was Zayn that was offering the glue from week to week, conserving storylines transferring and conserving the entire prepare on monitor. This constructed to some extent the place, as soon as lastly accepted by The Bloodline, Kevin Owens began coming round, telling Sami that he was being used by Roman Reigns, and that Roman didn’t look after him in any respect.

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have been finest mates and brothers since they began collectively within the enterprise. They’ve been combating in classics with and towards one another for years and years, transferring aside and coming collectively. This was an emotional plea from somebody who did care about Zayn. Who needed to see him glad. Sami refused to consider him, as a substitute staying with The Bloodline till this 12 months’s Royal Rumble, when Roman had defeated Kevin Owens, and demanded that Sami Zayn end the job with a metal chair. Sami, lastly, after months and months of slowly grow to be a member of The Bloodline’s household – after changing into an “honorary Uce”… after carrying all the pieces for therefore lengthy… snapped and turned towards Roman. It didn’t finish nicely for him, however surprisingly, Jey Uso didn’t be a part of the beatdown. He left.

This turned just a few weeks of Zayn attempting to get Jey out. Clearly, since this match is going down, that didn’t occur. However the storytelling has been so good. At first of the entire enterprise with The Bloodline, Hey solely fell in line as a result of Roman had threatened his brother Jimmy, who was recovering from knee surgical procedure. You would simply see flashes of that reminiscence in his eyes once we was requested to punish Sami for safeguarding his brother, Kevin Owens.

It’s only a good friggen’ construct, and if it doesn’t major occasion the primary night time of WrestleMania, I’m undecided how the gang will react. I do know I’ll be upset.


Going into this weekend’s WrestleMania, there are just a few questions floating round, and we figured we’d tackle a few of these, simply in case they’re a part of any surprises that occur throughout night time one. (We’ll be posting our run down of night time two shortly after night time one wraps, to handle something wild that occurs).

Right here’s just a few:

  • Is Vince going to point out up? We talked about this briefly on the prime, however is the previous man going to flex a little bit of the pull he has by showing? He was on final 12 months’s present, simply embarrassing himself with horrible wrestling expertise, and taking one of many worst stunners to ever happen. Will people be capable of preserve Vince from strolling out, even only for a “welcome to WrestleMania”? I hope so.
  • With Triple H taking up, we noticed quite a lot of totally different individuals Vince had fired return to our screens, and none with extra pomp or circumstance than Bray Wyatt. The dude was given months lengthy teasers earlier than lastly showing, after which in mid-February, disappeared from the screens, simply after difficult Bobby Lashley to a battle. People are saying it was all the way down to a mysterious sickness. Others are pointing to the truth that Bray left proper after Vince got here again. May one thing be occurring right here? Anyway, when you see any bizarre spookums, possessed dolls or a fellow in a masks referred to as “Uncle Howdy” (a narrative for one more time), simply know that will probably be a little bit of a return for somebody who has been constructed up for fairly a while.
  • Are we going to see Pat McAfee again on commentary? An enormous vivid spot as a commentator on SmackDown, he really breathed new life into Michael Cole, because the very long time talker has professed. Pat has been largely off the air since taking a job at ESPN’s School Recreation Day, however got here again on the Royal Rumble to assist name the cardboard. Michael Cole and Corey Graves had not been instructed. Apparently, solely a small handful of individuals at WWE knew concerning the shock, and the outcomes had been a pleasure, prime to backside. Will he pop in for the largest present the corporate places on, and lend a few of his wild vitality?
  • Alexa Bliss was getting constructed again up into having potential connections with Bray Wyatt’s spooky nonsense, earlier than abruptly disappearing from the corporate. She had tweeted out “they know the place to search out me” at one cut-off date, inflicting quite a lot of hypothesis as to why she wasn’t getting used. Properly, the reply got here in two components: first, when she posted a couple of minor surgical procedure getting some pores and skin most cancers eliminated, and second, when she was revealed to be on the bizarre Masked Singer present as one of many people within the wild costumes on this season. Will she make her return at this present?

That’s going to do it for this instalment. Be part of us once more tomorrow, shortly after night time one wraps for a take a look at what’s to come back for night time two.