When WrestleMania 36 was forced to go without an audience due to social distancing measured tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, plenty of people in the wrestling community expressed disappointment. How could the WWE’s biggest event have the same entertainment factor without a massive audience, or all the pageantry that accompanies it? Oh, with a batshit-bonkers John Cena match that could have only been done in this capacity.
The two-night, pre-taped WrestleMania 36 really blew viewers' minds with some incredible matches across both nights. Among them was an insanely bizarre showdown between Bray Wyatt, the WWE’s version of a demonic Pee-Wee Herman, and the company's golden boy John Cena. That match featured a ton of WTF moments that everyone should relive, whether they watched the match or missed out on it.
Puppet Vince McMahon Swearing
Many wrestling fans will probably say John Cena and Bray Wyatt's match peaked during the nWo segment in which John Cena recreated Hollywood Hogan's memorable WCW debut. A puppet version of Vince McMahon who was handling ringside commentary exclaimed "This is good shit," which is the type of scripted swearing that modern-era WWE typically sidesteps. Some believe it was actually a deep cut reference to an interview former WWE superstar Dean Ambrose gave after leaving the federation, which is why this stood out
The Smackdown Fist Coming Out Of Retirement
There was a lot of things that were crazy about this fight, but one of the more impressive things was the WWE bringing the old Smackdown fist out of retirement. It was certainly one of the lesser celebrated moments of the night for WrestleMania 36 fans, though more than a few took notice of this impressive commitment in recreating John Cena's debut against Kurt Angle.
Bray Wyatt's Taunt About Nikki Bella
The WWE has been known to get personal with its storylines, though rarely have the ribbings burned this hard when aimed at larger stars like John Cena. In one segment, Bray Wyatt said in a sing-song voice, "You can look but you can't touch," which was a reference to the theme song of Cena's ex-finace and former WWE superstar Nikki Bella. The end of their relationship was a bit of a sore subject for both Bella and Cena, especially considering Cena very publicly proposed to her during WrestleMania 33.
John Cena Pummeling A Pig Puppet
John Cena spent a vast majority of the match trying to land a punch, only to be thrown into another trippy scenario set to the theme from David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. When he finally did land some strikes, Cena looked down only to realize he was pummeling Bray Wyatt's pig puppet Huskus, The Pig Boy. The puppet, which is a recurring character on Wyatt's Firefly Funhouse, is meant to be a take on Wyatt's first wrestling persona Husky Harris.
Bray Wyatt Won, And John Cena Faded Out Of Existence
Bray Wyatt scored a rare win at WrestleMania, and John Cena...faded from existence? The latter was a super bizarre to me and fans everywhere, with nobody really knowing what it means for the wrestler. Did he die, as it were? Is he trapped in some weird dimension? Will he appear down the road and pretend nothing happened? All of these are possible, so we’ll just have to wait and see!
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