Take an Early Look at the WrestleMania 33 Stage

Just days ago, WWE released what appeared to be finalized plans for the WrestleMania 33 Kickoff show this Sun., April 2, 2017, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

WWE's flagship show, RAW, got filled with some of the top stars in the company. We found out yesterday that the SmackDown Women's Title match has been moved to the kickoff show; the first half of last night's show was taken up by the build for that match and with Naomi's return.

"The King of the Cruiserweights" Nevell will defend his Cruiserweight Championship against Austin Aries in what could turn out to be the show stealer of the event. WrestleMania is listed as a four-hour show.

Unfortunately, having good reasons to put together a match of such importance generally outweighs a good-sounding matchup, and fans get real exhausted of title shots being handed out because someone made someone else angry like we often see on RAW. It's not like they've done anything actually all that interesting in the previous year, much less something actually worthwhile of a title match.

That didn't happen, and The Undertaker returned to the following two WrestleManias to beat Bray Wyatt and Shane McMahon respectively.

The Big Show made his WWE debut at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House PPV in 1999 and has been a part of seventeen WrestleManias since then.

When word was announced that the SmackDown women would be on the preshow, there was more than a little resentment from the fanbase. This year will be no exception, however, there is ultimately going to be some "heat" by the die-hard fans steaming from some of the match choices. The Rock isn't scheduled to be at WrestleMania 33, but he's made a surprise appearance at WrestleMania in each of the last three years.

  • Salvatore Jensen