The greatest show on earth got up and running with a bang as the clock hit midnight on Saturday 4 April with an unbelievable opening day of WrestleMania 36 from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
An incredible five WWE titles were placed on the line while the final match saw certified legend The Undertaker write another chapter in his storied history with the defeat of AJ Styles in a Boneyard match.
Another legend, Goldberg, found the going decidedly tougher as he was seen off by Braun Strowman in a WWE Universal title match while the Intercontinental Title went to Sami Zayn as the Canadian saw off Daniel Bryan.
Elsewhere the much-loved John Morrison came out on top in a Ladders Match, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross clinched the Raw Women’s Tag Team titles and Becky Lynch settled her beef with Shayna Baszler to retain the Raw Women’s Title.
Read on for a BTSport.com report from Florida as we recap a sensational evening of action at the WWE Performance Center as WrestleMania takes place across two days for the first time in the pay-per-view’s 36-year history.
The Undertaker defeated AJ Styles - Boneyard match
There really is nothing quite like the sound of The Undertaker's traditional graveyard music, perhaps the greatest entrance in all of WWE. But something was not quite right as the famous bells rang out in Orlando on Saturday night...
Instead, emerging from the coffin was his opponent AJ Styles who appeared to take delight in fooling those gathered at the WWE Performance Center as he called out the legend.
Taker responded as he always does, arriving on the scene in American Badass attire and after some back-and-forth, AJ seized a nearby brick and the match got well and truly underway.
The American Badass started on the front foot as he slammed AJ into the coffin door over and over again but Mr Olympia took advantage of a brief respite and managed to send Taker crashing through the hearse door.
Bleeding and angry, Taker hunted down his opponent who managed to scamper on top of the funeral procession car. Taker delivered right after right, telling AJ never to mention his wife's name again.
Styles had no response and Undertaker, very much on home turf, sent the younger man crashing into the empty grave. Except it's not over - suddenly the legend is surrounded by druids after Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson appear, calling him out.
AJ, shouting at Taker to retire and end all of this, takes the upper hand as he worked his opponent over with some huge shots. He reaches for the shovel, waits for Taker to get up, and breaks the weapon on the American Badass' back to send him crashing into the empty grave.
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, Styles starts covering Taker in dirt. AJ hops up onto the tractor but a flash of light suddenly beams down and Taker is suddenly beside him. Stunned into disbelief, AJ is beaten off the vehicle.
Taker brings the flames out, sees off AJ, Gallows and Anderson - hitting the latter with a Tombstone on the roof of the barn. He chokeslams AJ from the roof and slings his opponent onto his shoulders, heading once again for the empty grave.
Styles begs to be spared and Taker concedes that he gave him a better fight than a lot of people have managed over the decades. He turns away but swings back and boots AJ into the grave, gets on the tractor and dumps the dirt onto My Olympia.
The bell tolls as Taker reveals the tombstone - AJ Styles - 1977-2020. Rest. In. Peace.
Braun Strowman defeated Goldberg for the WWE Universal title
A contest between two of the biggest men in the business saw Braun Strowman come out on top against the legendary Goldberg in a a match packed with excitement (and spears).
The Monster Among Men took the early advantage, used to facing huge men after his clash with Tyson Fury, and delivered a powerslam to Goldberg as they wasted no time whatsover in igniting the contest into life.
But The Iconic responded in the only way he knows how - spears. One, two and three were delivered to the chest of Strowman but somehow the younger man got up - once, twice and thrice!
A fourth looked to have teed up Goldberg for the Jackhammer but Strowman somehow reversed the move and evened the balance of power with three huge powerslams of his own.
A reeling Goldberg, stunned, would suffer one final powerslam and succumb to defeat as Strowman became the new WWE Universal Champion.
Kevin Owens defeated Seth Rollins in No Disqualification match
In a true grudge match, Kevin Owens looked to finally secure the last laugh over Seth Rollins in a brutal tussle that saw Owens launch himself off of a 20ft sign to elbow drop Rollins through a table.
Owens was initially handed an early victory when Rollins crashed him with a ring bell, earning himself an instant disqualification.
But Owens - who wanted to settle this once and for all - called for a restart with the added stipulation that there would be no disqualifications. He did not want Rollins to take "the easy way out".
The two men's hatred boiled over into an ugly brawl, both looking to strike eachother with as much force as they could muster. Rollins caught Owens with a knee and took to utilising the steel steps and chair to get at his opponent.
But Owens gave Rollins a taste of his own medicine when he used the ring bell to strike a huge blow to The Messiah. And, screaming "This is my WrestleMania moment!", Owens spectacularly launched himself from the WrestleMania sign and sent Rollins crashing through a table with an elbow drop before dragging him back to the ring for a cover.
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John Morrison defeated Jimmy Uso, Kofi Kingston in Triple Threat Ladders match to retain Tag Team title
With one man representing each team, John Morrison retained the Tag Team title for himself and the Miz by seeing off Jimmy Uso - representing The Usos - and Kofi Kingston - representing The New Day in a Triple Threat Ladders contest.
From the first bell a brawl ensued but without anyone truly taking the upper hand. Morrison looked to adapt best without fighting with his tag team partner while Jimmy Uso looked the most lost without his acrobatic partner-in-crime.
The ladders were brought in and there were some huge falls for each of them, with Kingston delivering a stunning off the top rope move on The Shaman of Sexy after launching a ladder at the stalking Jimmy Uso.
All three of the men eventually climbed up to get their hands on the belt, only for Morrison to come tumbling down, emerging with them in hand as he crashed to the canvas at the Performance Center.
The first ever match of it's kind at the first ever WrestleMania of it's kind saw Morrison bring back the bacon for himself and The Miz.
Sami Zayn defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the Intercontinental Title
As expected, Sami Zayn was accompanied by Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro as he made his way to the ring to face Daniel Bryan - who in turn could count on the support of Drew Gulak in his pursuit of the Intercontinental Title.
The evasive Zayn began the match on the back foot when he rolled back and forth, in and out of the ring to keep clear from the pursuing Bryan.
Inevitable interference came in the form of Nakamura and Cesaro but Gulak put paid to that with some counter-interference of his own. Zayn even attempted to get himself the count out but Bryan hauled him back into the ring to face his fate.
On the front foot, Bryan pummeled his opponent with signature move after signature move but just as he looked to cover The Great Liberator, Cesaro and Nakamura intervened. Zayn, dishonourably, took advantage and pinned to retain the Intercontinental Title.
The titleholder was going to let himself be counted out but Bryan chased him down and dragged him back to the ring. He took control and beat The Great Liberator into the mat.
The champion found himself on the receiving end of almost all of Bryan's signature moves until Cesaro and Nakamura returned to take out Gulak. Zayn took advantage of the situation and scored the win to retain his title.
Becky Lynch defeated Shayna Baszler to retain Raw Women's Title
With some nasty stuff in the build-up to this one, you could be sure there was no love lost as Becky Lynch met Shayna Baszler in a Raw Women's Title match at WrestleMania 36.
The champion went after the challenger in the early offings, looking to secure a quick victory but Baszler was having none of it and responded with a powerslam and attempted cover - Lynch just managing to kick out.
Baszler locked Lynch into a Disarm but the champion wriggled free once more. Again she comes back though, choking Lynch before finally relinquishing on the referee's four-count.
The Soulless Senpai looks to be in real trouble and flops out of the ring and Baszler throws her back onto the canvas in pursuit of the victory - and title - that has so far evaded her.
Baszler launched what looked to be one final chokehold but incredibly, Lynch reverses the move and catches a shocked Baszler off guard by rolling her up to steal the win!
Elias defeated King Corbin
King Corbin's crown slipped a little further off his head after a loss to Elias that saw the unpopular superstar endure an unhappy WrestleMania 36 on Saturday night.
Corbin had initially attempted to claim a victory over Elias by virtue of their clash on Friday Night SmackDown the week previous and, angered, Elias turned up guitar in hand only to be confronted outside of the ring by his opponent.
It sets the pattern of the match, with Corbin dominating his opponent with some right hands and knees to Elias - all the while Corbin shouting at the referee and talking audible trash at the crowdless WWE Performance Center.
But Corbin's momentum stalls and Elias grasps back some control. The Drifter gets angry and tears his top off as he hits back at Corbin, sending him crashing into the corner.
He climbs atop the ropes but Corbin avoids his dive. The King looks to seize control back but the referee spots his use of feet on the rope. Arguing, Corbin is distracted and Elias takes advantage for the quick roll-up and victory.
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross defeated The Kabuki Warriors for the Raw Women's Tag Team title
After a lengthy introduction and a word from host - and former NFL player - Rob Gronkowski - Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross marched out to face The Kabuki Warriors - Asuka and Kairi Sane.
With Bliss and Asuka in the ring first, Asuka immediately tagged straight out in a show of mind games. But The Goddess was in no mood to be fooled and took down Sairi.
Bliss and Cross were on top for most of the first official WrestleMania 36 contest but The Kabuki Warriors kept themselves afloat with the odd counter-attack as the contest rumbled on.
But they eventually succumbed when Cross and Bliss both took turns on delivering finishers to Sane as they secured the pin and won the Women's Tag Team Titles. The moment was especially sweet for Cross, who began what could be a huge WrestleMania for Scots ahead of Drew McIntyre's clash with Brock Lesnar in Day Two.