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WrestleMania XXXIII will be the 34th annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE, to be held on April 8, 2018 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Background

WrestleMania will feature professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing feuds, plots, and storylines that will be played out on WWE's primary television programs. Wrestlers will portray villains or heroes as they follow a series of events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.

At the Royal Rumble, AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a handicap match to retain the WWE Championship. Later that night, Shinsuke Nakamura won the men's Royal Rumble match by last eliminating Roman Reigns. After the match, Nakamura called out Styles when questioned on his decision on which world title he would challenge for at WrestleMania 34, confirming his intention to face Styles for the WWE Championship and staying on SmackDown. Nakamura's opponent may change, however, as on the January 30 episode of SmackDown, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were scheduled to face each other the following week to determine who will face Styles for the title at Fastlane. That same night, Styles and Nakamura teamed up and defeated Owens and Zayn.

Also at the Royal Rumble, Asuka won the first-ever women's Royal Rumble match, last eliminating Nikki Bella. As a result, Asuka earned the right to challenge for either the Raw Women's Championship or SmackDown Women's Championship at WrestleMania 34. Before she could make her decision that night, she was interrupted by former UFC star Ronda Rousey, confirming she had signed full-time with WWE. The following night on Raw, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon convinced Asuka to wait until after Elimination Chamber to pick which championship to challenge for, as Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss was scheduled to defend her title in the first-ever women's Elimination Chamber match.

Since men's Royal Rumble winner Shinsuke Nakamura chose to stay on SmackDown and challenge for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 34, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle scheduled a number one contender's Elimination Chamber match at Elimination Chamber to determine who would face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania.

After previous WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore was released from WWE on January 23, 2018, and the title was vacated, it was announced that a general manager would be appointed for 205 Live and would address the championship; 205 Live was previously overlooked by the Raw General Manager as 205 Live is part of the Raw brand. On the January 30 episode of 205 Live, Drake Maverick (formerly known as Rockstar Spud in Impact Wrestling) was appointed as the 205 Live General Manager. Maverick announced that there would be a 16-man single elimination tournament to crown a new WWE Cruiserweight Champion, with the finals to occur at WrestleMania 34. That episode, Cedric Alexander and TJP advanced to the quarter finals by defeating Gran Metalik and Tyler Bate, respectively.

Match Preview

AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura Preview

Matches

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Pre-show Panel
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

See also

DVD release

  • Vison [ WrestleMania XXXIV on DVD]

External links

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