Earlier this week, the WWE announced that this year's Wrestlemania will be spread out over two nights (running on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5, with ex-New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski hosting) due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Now, it looks like ESPN has foud a way to help them get the word out – and add some fresh programming to a network that's hurting now that live sports is doing its version of "social distancing" from the fans.
Starting this Sunday, March 22, at 7 p.m. (and continuing for two additional weeks), the sports media machine will air classic WrestleMania events on the main channel as well as on its mobile app.
"It is a privilege for us to deliver historic WrestleMania content to our world-class partners at ESPN and provide more premium programming to our fans; putting smiles on their faces particularly during this trying time. We look forward to celebrating WrestleMania history with ESPN as we head into our two-night pop culture extravaganza on April 4 and 5."
– Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE
Here's a look at what's ahead for the next three weeks:
WrestleMania 30 (Sunday, March 22, 7 p.m. ET) – from April 6, 2014
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Hulk Hogan and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin kick off the 30th anniversary of the "Showcase of the Immortals" before a record-breaking crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints. Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar attempts to end the most celebrated streak in WWE history, Undertaker's 21 consecutive victories at WrestleMania; witness the emotional culmination of Daniel Bryan's "Yes! movement" in a championship triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton and Batista.
WrestleMania 32 (Sunday, March 29, 7 p.m. ET) – from April 3, 2016
The largest crowd in WWE history filled Jerry World at AT&T Stadium for WrestleMania 32, as more than 101,000 fans witness the "Show of Shows." Roman Reigns takes on Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event; Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks in a match to crown the first-ever WWE Women's Champion; the world famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders welcome The Rock to AT&T Stadium; and Shane McMahon stuns the WWE Universe with a death-defying leap in his Hell in a Cell match against Undertaker.
WrestleMania 35 (Sunday, April 5, 3 p.m. ET) – from April 7, 2019
WrestleMania at MetLife Stadium features a significant moment in WWE's Women's Evolution as the "baddest woman on the planet" Ronda Rousey takes on Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in a "Winner Take All" Triple Threat match for the Raw and SmackDown Women's Championships, marking the first time women were the main event at WrestleMania; Kofi Kingston finally gets a shot at realizing his lifelong dream of becoming WWE Champion against Daniel Bryan; and Batista faces his one-time friend and mentor Triple H in a "no holds barred" match.