So that’s what they were doing. We are less than two weeks away from WrestleMania 36 and the card seems to be growing by the day. There are currently twelve matches scheduled for the show and there will be another one added to the card this week on SmackDown. The card is already overflowing and that was made even worse on Monday with two surprise matches added to the show. It turns out there was a reason for both.

On Monday, WWE announced that at WrestleMania, Aleister Black would face Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits would defend the Raw Tag Team Titles against Andrade and Angel Garza. These matches were both a bit strange as neither match had any history and there was no apparent reason to put the matches on the show. Now we know a little more about why they took place.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there was a reason for both matches being put on the card. The original plans called for the Street Profits to defend against the AOP, but Rezar is out of action with a biceps injury. United States Champion Andrade was scheduled to face Rey Mysterio, who is off the show due to being quarantined. On the other hand, Black vs. Lashley was added to the show for the sake of getting Black on the card.

Several of the people involved were in action on Monday Night Raw. Check out their warmups:

Opinion: Usually WrestleMania is booked months in advance but in this situation, there are only so many things that can be handled in advance. That is the kind of thing that you have to worry about as it goes and having WWE tape WrestleMania in advance could do the company a lot of good. Hopefully that is what they do here and under the right circumstances, we could still get a heck of a WrestleMania.

Which of the matches sound better? Who do you see winning both of them? Let us know in the comments below.

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