If four hours of WrestleMania action isn't enough, the WWE has an hour-long pre-show planned to set the tone for the biggest event in wrestling. The extended show gives even more superstars a chance to steal the spotlight on Sunday night.
The pre-show starts at 6 p.m. ET and will be available via YouTube, the WWE's official site, the WWE's Facebook page and through the WWE app. The show will lead up to the start of the jam-packed pay-per-view telecast at 7 p.m.
Here's all the important information for the pre-show, including links to the live streams, followed by a preview of the one confirmed match, Wade Barrett vs. The Miz, and a look at what else could be added on the fly.
Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
When: Sunday, April 7 at 6 p.m. ET
Wade Barrett will defend his Intercontinental Championship against The Miz. It's Miz's second chance to claim the mid-card title in recent weeks, having also taken part in a triple-threat match that involved Chris Jericho on Raw.
The pre-show appearance represents a major drop off for the "Most Must-See WWE Superstar." It was just two years ago he was in the main event of WrestleMania against John Cena. A match Miz would win thanks to a little help from The Rock.
Now, he's relegated to the show before the main card of 'Mania even begins. Miz needs something to happen to turn the tide back in his favor and a victory on Sunday night would be a good start. It would be his second Intercontinental reign.
He takes on Barrett, who's held the title for the entirety of 2013 so far. Normally, that would amount to an impressive mid-card reign due to the pace at which the belt usually changes hands. But that really hasn't been the case.
Since his reign has come during the Road to WrestleMania, Barrett has struggled to get the consistent television time necessary to build him up. It's always a problem for mid-card superstars during this time of year because there are so many others wrestling, including part-timers, that get highlighted.
A win for Barrett would allow his championship reign to extend beyond the 'Mania hype and would allow him to finally start gaining some much-needed momentum.
Matches could potentially be added to the pre-show, as well. United States champion Antonio Cesaro and Divas champion Kaitlyn are both without scheduled bouts. They should find their way onto the pre-show or PPV cards in one way or another.
There's also a chance for some type of mega match that would allow plenty of different superstars to get featured. Two possibilities are a battle royale or a lumberjack match, simply to get as many wrestlers involved in the biggest WWE night of the year as the company can.
The pre-show also usually features a lot time spent on previewing the night ahead. That should definitely be the case tonight as the WWE tries to hype up WrestleMania as much as humanly possible before the show kicks off at 7 p.m.
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