It’s something that can happen. The biggest wrestling story of the weekend saw the return of fans to WrestleMania, as the event took place in a football stadium after heading to the Performance Center last year. This was the first time that a significant number of fans had been in attendance in over a year and WWE was putting on the full effort. However, one thing didn’t cooperate.

A big part of the appeal of WrestleMania is the atmosphere. There is something special about seeing the way the huge stadium looks with tens of thousands of people there and the effort and money that WWE has put into the presentation. That is something you can’t really fake but this time around, WWE had a few things working against it that they couldn’t get around for a bit.

WWE had a pair of issues during Saturday’s night one of WrestleMania 37. First of all, according to Fightful Select, the wind did some damage to the set, including ripping down some of the flags on top of the ship set. Construction workers had to secure the flags down, with part of the section being roped off. The flags were back in place once the show started as part of the main pirate ship set.

Later, the show underwent a weather delay due to rain and lightning. The start of the show was delayed by about forty minutes, following a speech by Vince McMahon and the opening video. Fans were forced to evacuate the building and wait in the concourse area until the weather had passed. WWE filled in the time with a series of interviews backstage. This was the first time in the history of WrestleMania that the show had been delayed.

The show still went well. Check out some highlights:

WrestleMania 37 – Night 1 Highlights (WWE Network Exclusive)

Bianca Belair closes in on WrestleMania gold: WrestleMania 37 – Night 1 (WWE Network Exclusive)

Mr. McMahon welcomes WWE Universe to WrestleMania: WrestleMania 37 – Night 1 (WWE Network Exclusive)

Opinion: This is something that WWE has managed to avoid over the rules, which is quite the stroke of luck for them over the years. It is not easy to have that kind of luck over the years and it was destined to happen at some point. If nothing else, it is great that the show wound up going well enough in the end, because this could have wound up being a lot worse than it was.

At the same time, it was nice to see the wrestlers throw out their promos without a script and just see what they could do. That is the core of wrestling and it is a shame that we do not get to see it a lot more often than it already takes place. You don’t get to see wrestlers have a promo that they don’t have rehearsed or written out for them forever and it is a great change, even for a night.

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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