The WWE is implementing a ton of firsts into this year's WrestleMania 36, such as splitting its action up over two separate nights. Arguably the biggest change, of course, is the event's pronounced lack of a live audience, which the WWE has had some experience with handling in recent weeks for its Raw and SmackDown telecasts. Generally the biggest pro wrestling event of any given year, even in the currently crowded landscape, WrestleMania will definitely be a different kind of beast this year, according to exec and still-invested superstar Paul "Triple H" Levesque.
One of the ways WrestleMania decided to fill the audience void was bringing in former NFL great and recent reality TV star Rob Gronkowski as a host, so you know things are going to get weird and silly once he hits the arena. Here's what Triple H told TV Guide about Gronk's involvement:
Similar to Triple H, Rob Gronkowski is very used to having tens of thousands of screaming fans reacting to everything he does, having played in the NFL for nine years, with three Super Bowl wins and several more appearances. So it'll be interesting to see how he adapts to hosting WrestleMania 36 without such big reactions.
Of course, Triple H also talked about the how WrestleMania 36 will be adjusting to things without a live audience, as well as some of the specific match changes that will be seen when audiences tune in on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5. In his words:
It'll be interesting to see if the WWE powers that be have put together some memorable non-ring-based matches for fans to hype fans up. Having Undertaker taking part in a Bone Yard match might be kind of weird if things get too thematic, but the WWE generally knows to keep things delightfully over the top.
Something that viewers should know going into WrestleMania 36 is that the on-screen spectacle won't be quite as large and in charge, so anyone hoping to see big and consistent fireballs during potentially iconic ring entrances will have to limit those expectations. Here's what else Triple H had to say.
Also, WrestleMania doesn't have commercial breaks like Raw and SmackDown do, so the WWE superstars will be engaged in uninterrupted matches for the PPV event. As Triple H said, it's bound to be a spectacle regardless of what actually happens, since it may very well be the only WrestleMania we ever see that plays out like this.
Fans can check out WrestleMania 36 when it hits PPV and WWE Network on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m. ET on both nights.
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