WWE WrestleMania 34 will feature three matches on the Kickoff Show. Which superstars get to take this unwanted stage before the main show starts?
As the case with each WWE pay-per-view, WrestleMania 34 will have a Kickoff Show. Unlike the others, except Royal Rumble, SummerSlam and Survivor Series, the WWE lets it run for two hours. That usually squeezes in three matches, an absurd amount of talk from the panel, and other segments that consume the full 120 minutes before the main action starts.
WrestleMania 34 will indeed host three matches on the Kickoff Show. Two are battle royals and the other features a championship bout.
It starts with the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal, formerly dubbed the Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal until fan backlash forced the WWE’s hand. Female superstars from Raw and SmackDown Live will compete, with storylines carrying into the match.
The Bayley vs. Sasha Banks feud should be the centerpiece of the battle royal. These foes-turned-friends-turned-enemies had tension grow between them since the Royal Rumble, which led to brawls on recent episodes of Raw. While they will not receive a head-to-head stage at the Showcase of Immortals, look for them to be among the final participants of the match, with one of them winning.
The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal returns for its fifth year. It started at 2014’s WrestleMania event that was also held in New Orleans, with Cesaro last eliminating Big Show to win. The Swiss Superman will not compete in this match, however, due to his Raw Tag Team Championship defense, so who gets the win this time?
Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali will battle for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship in the kickoff’s final match. It’s the result of a multi-week tournament to crown a new champion, following Enzo Amore’s release from the company (he was the titleholder upon departure). Can Alexander and Ali deliver to give us a proper prelude to the main part of WrestleMania?
All the pre-show action takes place at 5:00 p.m. ET on PPV and the WWE Network.