WWE WrestleMania 30 Pre-Show: Start Time, WWE Network Info and More

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterApril 6, 2014

Credit: WWE.com

Before WWE WrestleMania 30 kicks off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, fans will have two hours' worth of pre-show to consume.

The comparison of WrestleMania to the Super Bowl is becoming more accurate as WWE has continued to stretch the event's hype, turning April 6 into WrestleMania Sunday. In-ring action, interviews and breakdowns of all the marquee matchups head to the WWE Network.

The pre-show begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.

Why expand to two hours this year? It is reportedly a way to bring folks to the WWE Network. PWInsider, via PWMania.com, reports: "WWE is doing a two-hour WrestleMania XXX pre-show because the first hour is being designed to push WWE Network sign-ups. The second hour, which airs just on the WWE Network, will be more like a traditional pre-show with a match."

Hour one will feature "a star-studded panel of Superstars past and present," per WWE.com. Booker T, Renee Young and Josh Mathews have all been a part of several other panels recently, so it's likely some of those faces will show up this time as well.

This first hour will also be filled with interviews with Superstars set to compete at WrestleMania.

It could also be the time WWE announces a change to the Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H match. F4WOnline, via Nick Paglino of Wrestle Zone, reports that "WWE might be adding a last minute stipulation to the Daniel Bryan vs Triple H match tomorrow night, and it could be a No DQ or a submission match."

All of the first hour's happenings will stream live for free on WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Pheed but only in the United States. This is where the WWE Network hard sell will take place, since the second half is exclusive to the streaming service.

A battle for the WWE Tag Team Championship will be the centerpiece of the pre-show's second hour.

The Usos have to defend their titles against Los Matadores, Ryback and Curtis Axel, and The Real Americans in a Fatal 4-Way. The high-flying brothers won the gold just over a month ago.

The Real Americans charge into the bout with the most momentum and the best chance at dethroning The Usos, handily defeating Los Matadores on Friday's SmackDown.

Subscription to the WWE Network is $9.99, with a six-month commitment required. The pre-show, WrestleMania, WWE's archive and original shows like WWE Countdown can then be seen via Apple TV, Roku, XBOX, Playstation Network and WWE.com.

For fans outside of the U.S., the WWE Network is not yet available. WWE will air a "Countdown to WrestleMania" special instead for those viewers. This will stream on YouTube in both English and Spanish.

However one views the pre-WrestleMania buildup, count on taking in ample recapping and a multi-faceted sales pitch for the biggest wrestling show of the year.