There's no single event on the world wrestling calendar bigger than Wrestlemania. A hundred thousand fans pack into one of America's largest stadiums and millions tune in worldwide to watch the annual spectacular, an event where storylines reach their end, new champions are crowned and a clown car worth of celebrities come down the ramp to rapturous applause. Even those with a passing interest take note on Wrestlemania Night and if you want to catch all the F5s, AAs, STFUs, GTSs and RKOs this is the guide for you.
Here's how to watch Wrestlemania 34 live, online and free in Australia.
What Is Wrestlemania?
Wrestlemania has been known by a lot of fairground-style cliches over the years: "The Showcase Of The Immortals", "The Grandest Stage Of Them All", "The Granddaddy Of 'Em All", "The Show Of Shows", "The Greatest Spectacle in Sports Entertainment" and "The Super Bowl of Sports Entertainment" and if you're not familiar with it, those monikers perfectly summate the excess, grandeur and insanity that is Wrestlemania.
Each year, World Wrestling Entertainment put on multiple Pay Per Views, but none attract the eyeballs or the mainstream press as much as Wrestlemania. The event showcases the companies best talent from their up-and-comers to their seasoned veterans and, as if that's not enough, throws in a ton of celebrity guests, over the top advertisements for Slim Jims and surprises that make it the most unique and engrossing event on the pro wrestling calendar.
So what are the big matches this year? You've got the two WWE titles on the line: Brock Lesnar faces Roman Reigns for the Universal belt and AJ Styles takes on Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE title in a 'rematch' of their 4.75 star match at Wrestle Kingdom 10.
Daniel Bryan also returns to the ring after a prolonged battle with the doctors, a rampaging Asuka takes on Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown Women's Championship and there are a stack of matches that feature multiple talented superstars. They've really stacked the card - which can make things a little tiresome at times - but there's really nothing like Wrestlemania.
When Is Wrestlemania 34?
Wrestlemania takes place at 7pm, April 8 in The Big Easy, New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. That means Australian viewers will be able to catch it preeeetty early on April 9, where the show is officially slated to begin at 9am AEST.
Here's the start time in Australian capital cities:
- Perth, WA: 7am
- Darwin, NT: 8:30am
- Adelaide, SA: 8:30am
- Brisbane, QLD: 9am
- Sydney, NSW: 9am
- Canberra, ACT: 9am
- Melbourne, VIC: 9am
- Hobart, TAS: 9am
If you're interested in the Wrestlemania 34 pre-show, which runs for two hours and features the two battle royals and the Cruiserweight Championship match, you'll need to tune in from 7am AEST, April 9.
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How To Watch And Stream Wrestlemania 34 Live And Free In Australia
Australian wrestling fans can tune in a number of ways, but if you want to stream the event live, you're going to have to jump online. Free to air TV doesn't carry Wrestling's Night of Nights.
The easiest (and most familiar way to WWE fans) to watch is by signing up for the WWE Network. At present, if you've never signed up for the service, you can get a month for free but you can also run through your list of family members and emails to ensure you sign up for free. Personally, I've used a few different names and a few different cards over the years to get another free trial - so it's worth keeping that in mind. If you forget to cancel the service it is - as fans would know - $9.99USD per month, which translates to about $13 at the moment. Don't forget to cancel.
If you're mad about WWE, I wouldn't go any other way. WWE runs, what, three or four major programs throughout each week now. If you want to keep up with World Wrestling Entertainment this is the way to do so - and I'd recommend it because it will give you access to Monday Night Raw the day after Wrestlemania, traditionally one of the biggest RAWs of the year. The Wrestlemania-RAW double usually provides some of the most exciting moments of the year (but, as per WWE's deal with USA Network, you can't catch up on that RAW until a month later)
If you're looking to catch Wrestlemania somewhere else, your options are few. The best place for wrestling discussion online is at Reddit's r/squaredcircle. Though they don't generally provide links to streams, you may find some help in the threads within the subreddit and great live discussion threads that run throughout the night.
There are certain websites that provide streams to the show and come with little risk of endless pop-ups and dropouts but these are not sanctioned by the WWE. A popular one is known as Taima TV, which plays both replays and live video of wrestling events from around the world. Generally, you can find links to specific shows via Reddit, but these streams are also not condoned by WWE, may contain harmful pop-ups and . This also means you may run into some trouble. Lifehacker doesn't recommend this.