Earlier this week, WWE confirmed two matches for subsequent Friday’s episode of SmackDown, which would be the go-home present of the blue model for WrestleMania 37.
These bouts are the Andre The Large Memorial Battle Royal and a Deadly 4-Approach for the SmackDown Tag Workforce Titles. Traditionally, the battle royal will happen on the pre-show or predominant card of WrestleMania. Clearly, that received’t be the case this 12 months.
The contributors introduced are Akira Tozawa, Angel Garza, Cedric Alexander, Drew Gulak, Elias, Erik, Gran Metalik, Humberto Carrillo, Jaxson Ryker, Jey Uso, Kalisto, King Corbin, Lince Dorado, Mace, Murphy, Mustafa Ali, Ricochet, Shelton Benjamin, Shinsuke Nakamura, Slapjack, T-Bar, and Tucker.
Dave Meltzer was requested throughout at this time’s Wrestling Observer Radio episode if subsequent week’s episode of SmackDown is mainly the WrestleMania pre-show card and to get these matches out of the best way. That’s the case attributable to WWE wanting to chop down on the size of WrestleMania attributable to it happening over the course of two nights.
“Yeah, as a result of I believe they don’t wanna go greater than three and half hours on each reveals, particularly since they’re beginning an hour later than I anticipated. They’re beginning each reveals at eight [pm EST] as an alternative of seven [pm EST].”
Meltzer didn’t know why WWE is beginning WrestleMania 37 an hour later however did word the pre-shows shall be minimize down from two hours to 1 hour.