What could have been. We are a few weeks removed from WrestleMania 37 and the fallout period is in full swing. Now that the show is over, there are some things to look back on as WrestleMania tends to be the most analyzed and discussed wrestling show of the year. That can make for some interesting topics, including what didn’t happen. Now we know why one teased spot never came to pass.
During the build to WrestleMania 37, Kevin Owens said that he wanted to jump off of the pirate ship set in Raymond James Stadium. The ship was part of the WrestleMania set as well, with WWE themes included. Owens did not jump off of the set during or after his match with Sami Zayn, and according to Fightful Select, it was due to the ship being much higher than anticipated. Once the bad weather set in, the idea was completely dropped.
Weather was a problem throughout WrestleMania, including on the first night when a thunderstorm caused a forty minute delay to the start of the show. There had never been such a delay in the history of WrestleMania until this year. Wrestlers slipped multiple times, including Mandy Rose on her way to the ring during the Tag Team Turmoil match. The wind also caused some damage to the set during the day.
This was a problem. Check out the set and what the rain caused:
Opinion: This is the kind of problem that might be frustrating but you don’t want to mess around with something that dangerous. The pirate ship was indeed huge and you don’t want to mess with the weather. Owens wanting to dive off the ship was not surprising but it makes sense that he was told no, as you can only get so much out of diving off of a ship that is covered in rain.
As disappointing as it might have been to not have the big dive available, it was cool enough just to have that kind of a set with people around it. The set alone made the show look cool and while the rain was a setback, it did make the show a bit more memorable. If nothing else, the visual of Michael Cole and Samoa Joe standing there in soaking ponchos on the Kickoff Show was worth it.
What did you think of WrestleMania? How cool would Owens diving have been? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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