There have been WrestleMania cards in the past that have been huge, but WrestleMania 33 is bursting at the seams, and it’s not even utilizing all of the available talent.Here’s the current card as it stands today (March 8th):

Official Card

Universal Title: Bill Goldberg (c) vs Brock Lesnar

World Heavyweight Title: Bray Wyatt (c) vs Randy Orton

United States Title: Chris Jericho (c) vs Kevin Owens

RAW Women’s Title: Bayley (c) vs Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair

Tag Titles: The Club (c) vs Enzo & Cass vs Sheamus & Cesaro

Smackdown Women’s Title: Alexa Bliss (c) vs All Available Female Competitors

Probable Matches

Undertaker vs Roman Reigns

John Cena & Nikki Bella vs The Miz & Maryse

Intercontinental Title: Dean Ambrose (c) vs Baron Corbin

That’s nine matches right there which deal in matches that are almost 100% certainties. RAW this week ended with Undertaker putting down Roman Reigns with a chokeslam, after the two of them mixed it up in the Royal Rumble. Cena and The Miz and their respective significant others have been at it for weeks, now, and there’s no way that John Cena gets left off of the WrestleMania card. At this point, there’s nothing left to do with Ambrose and Corbin in their feud apart from having them in an inevitable one-on-one match.

And what does that leave?

Competitors Not Booked

AJ Styles – was recently the long-standing World Heavyweight Champion

Samoa Joe – was recently brought up onto RAW to be Triple H’s righthand man, was likely to feud with Seth Rollins, though Rollins was injured in the process

Seth Rollins – was one of the top 3 guys in the company before getting injured

Triple H – was potentially going to be involved with Rollins vs Joe before Rollins got injured

Finn Balor – was the Universal Champion before getting injured

Sami Zayn – had recently been involved with Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe, two high profile opponents

Braun Strowman – has recently been one of the strongest booked members of the roster; would not surprise me to see him involved with Undertaker and Reigns

The New Day – EASILY the most popular tag team on the roster, and in terms of the past 18 months, the most accomplished, having held the tag team championships the majority of that time.

Luke Harper – recently booked to potentially be in the main event at WrestleMania 33

The Usos – formerly one of the top tag teams in WWE

Dolph Ziggler – one of the more popular superstars in WWE, has been feuding with Apollo Crews AND Kalisto

Big Show – in the process of a potential career resurgence; recently lost considerable weight, potentially to wrestle Shaq in a high profile match

205 Live – there are no fewer than six interesting personalities currently on that show who have been built up the past few months

NXT – they get their own Takeover event the same weekend (in the same city) as WrestleMania each year anyway.

New Format: Two Night Extravaganza

There are going to be two shows with in-ring competition regardless of whether the format changes or not. The main differences are whether there are two venues, and which competitors are on the shows. At current, one show is NXT and the other show combines wrestlers from all the other shows. By doing it this way, it limits the audience seeing the NXT competitors, and it limits how main roster superstars (read: RAW / Smackdown) can be utilized. Not to mention the fact that the majority of the 205 Live roster gets ignored, which is a shame, because the Cruiserweight division has the potential to hook viewers into a show and get them excited for the night of action yet to come (see: WCW in the mid-1990s).

So why not have TWO nights of WrestleMania action inside the stadium? Get it all setup on Thursday and Friday and have the shows on Saturday and Sunday, splitting things up to have two balanced cards. Sell tickets to “WrestleMania 33” and fans will get to attend Saturday AND Sunday with one ticket. Sure, tickets would cost more, but many of the individuals would want to go see NXT and WrestleMania 33 in the old format, so they’re not bothered by the increased ticket price. Anyone who won’t be there on Saturday could easily sell their ticket to someone who would be there. Chances are good that both nights would be well attended. People without the WWE Network would end up probably paying to watch both nights. It provides an opportunity to let WWE test the PPV market on Saturday nights, which they’ve avoided as long as I can recall. And people with the WWE Network will likely watch it regardless.

So here’s how I would split up the action into two nights, with some of the speculated / potential matches included:

Night One

Jack Gallagher vs Noam Dar vs TJ Perkins vs Rich Swann vs Cedric Alexander

Start off the first show by featuring fast-paced action, giving the crowd a chance to enjoy some of the most exciting in-ring action available, which would likely increase viewership of 205 Live.

NXT Tag Titles: The Authors of Pain (c) vs DIY

This match would likely have a spot on the Takeover Orlando show, so place what should be another great match between these two teams on this event. Perhaps even toss in The Revival for a great three-way tag. Or don’t, because the WWE Tag Title match is already a three-way.

NXT Women’s Title: Asuka (c) vs Ember Moon

Another match which would’ve been on the Takeover Orlando show, another chance to help provide a wider audience with exposure to the quality product NXT provides.

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal (including some NXT competitors)

Continue to give people exposure to some NXT competitors, but also move into the guys from the main roster who deserve a boost with a WrestleMania accolade. Dolph Ziggler, Apollo Crews, Kalisto, maybe some guys from the Night Two show, Big Show for some extra credibility.

WWE Tag Titles: The Club (c) vs Enzo & Cass vs Sheamus & Cesaro

A very meaningful match, this is the part of the card that gives Night One some added star power.

United States Title: Chris Jericho (c) vs Kevin Owens

One of the biggest feuds on RAW, this match provides a huge reason for people to have interest in Night One. It also keeps it from being too Smackdown-heavy.

AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon

This match is highly rumored to be taking place, despite the fact that it’s a huge waste of arguably the best wrestler in the world, so I placed it on the card. And if AJ Styles is on the card, that’s a definite reason to watch.

John Cena & Nikki Bella vs The Miz & Maryse

In terms of fan bases, John Cena has a very dedicated fanbase. And those who don’t like him typically see what a great job The Miz is doing. And for people not interested in John Cena nor The Miz, there’s Nikki Bella and Maryse to be interested in. This match should have a decent amount of fan interest to draw people to Night One.

RAW Women’s Title: Bayley (c) vs Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair

It’s easily one of the highest profile Women’s matches in years, and with all three high-profile women competitors involved, this match is a huge draw.

Main EventWorld Heavyweight Title: Wyatt (c) vs Randy Orton

Out of the two matches for the top singles championships for WrestleMania, this is the one with the lower profile, despite it being the better feud. It absolutely deserves to be the headlining match on a card, but it won’t over-shadow Lesnar vs Goldberg.

Night Two

Cruiserweight Title:Neville (c) vs Austin Aries

Two of the best superstars in the Cruiserweight division, this would be an amazing way to start off the second night of action.

Intercontinental Title: Dean Ambrose (c) vs Baron Corbin

This is the most obvious booking out of all the matches that aren’t official yet, so just book it already. It’s a great way to take the momentum built by the opening match of the night and continue it.

The New Day vs The Usos

Two of the more high profile tag teams in the past three years of the business. How are they BOTH sidelined for WrestleMania? No offense to the tag title match, but these guys deserve a spot on the card.

NXT Title: Bobby Roode (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura

This would be the headlining match on Takeover Orlando, so it obviously deserves a spot on the card. Being on Night Two helps show the significance of the match, and it helps provide a much larger audience to the NXT product.

Braun Strowman vs Luke Harper

Both of these guys have been pushed well on their respective shows, and they’re both without a strong feuding partner for the biggest stage of them all. So why not pair them up for a special cross-brand feature match?

Akira Tozawa vs THE Brian Kendrick

It’s a well-built feud that can provide a very entertaining, fast-paced match on a show that could use that sort of jolt in the middle of it. This feud deserves a decent platform, and this way, it gets it.

Smackdown Women’s Title: Alexa Bliss (c) vs All Available Female Competitors

Given the uncertainty of who is going to be involved against Alexa Bliss, and with what might occur, it’s a less high profile match than the RAW Women’s Championship match, and as this show is a little more RAW-heavy, this is a good chance to showcase the Smackdown Women’s division to a group of potential new viewers (although, Smackdown has been getting superior ratings).

Undertaker vs Roman Reigns

Ever since The Undertaker was eliminated from The Royal Rumble and the staredown occurred beteween he and Roman Reigns, this match has been seemingly inevitable. After The Undertaker dropped Reigns with a chokeslam on RAW, it’s obviously going to happen. There’s no need to shoehorn Braun Strowman into the mix. A battle between these two could be a very good part of the card.

Finn Balor (w/ Seth Rollins) vs Samoa Joe (w/ Triple H)

The match between Undertaker and Roman Reigns wouldn’t be very fast paced, but a battle between Finn Balor and Samoa Joe would be exceptional. For those of you who haven’t seen Samoa Joe in epic matches, you’ll have to believe others when they say how amazing he can be. They’re seasoned veterans, despite being somewhat new to WWE. If they have a shorter time limit than expected, due to things having run longer earlier in the show, they can improvise. Having Triple H in Samoa Joe’s corner makes lots of sense. Seth Rollins in Finn Balor’s corner does ignore the fact that Seth Rollins put him on the shelf, but it allows Finn Balor to be a very high profile face, it adds an aspect of intrigue as to whether or not Seth Rollins will turn his back on Balor, but it keeps the feud between Rollins and Triple H alive while Seth is unable to compete.

Main Event – Universal Title: Goldberg (c) vs Lesnar

This is obviously the highest profile match of the weekend, the one WWE wants to use to sell tickets and garner interest. It obviously has to be the last match of the evening, regardless of which night it’s on, so WWE would obviously place it on Night Two.


By having the show extend to two nights, it keeps WWE from having to book a second venue. It extends the need for having the stadium venue by a day in advance, but they likely already had it for Saturday / Sunday / Monday regardless to setup the production elements before the show and to tear it down afterwards. Even if they needed to start production setup on Friday to be ready for Sunday, I think the stadium is probably available on Thursday.

The Hall Of Fame ceremony could easily take place on Friday night as a kick-off to the weekend.

Fan Axxess could take place in the morning / early afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday.

So what’s not to love? Tickets could be sold to the two-night event, and they would obviously cost more, but they wouldn’t have to cost twice as much. The stadium rental is only about a 25% increase on the venue cost, and you can subtract the amount they would have paid for the NXT venue. People who don’t want to attend two nights can sell their ticket for the first show to people who will have to be content to not attend the second.