WWE WrestleMania 30: Date, Start Time, Matches, Live Stream, PPV Info

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WWE WrestleMania 30: Date, Start Time, Matches, Live Stream, PPV Info
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WWE WrestleMania 30, a celebration of athleticism, drama and spectacle, hits New Orleans on April 6.

Daniel Bryan can begin a run as WWE's next king, Brock Lesnar can make history by knocking off The Undertaker, and John Cena has to trade blows with a monstrous man in what promises to be the biggest pay-per-view in pro wrestling this year.

Hulk Hogan will host the 30th WrestleMania three decades after being in the main event of the first edition of the show.

The Shield, Bray Wyatt and AJ Lee will join him in the Mercedez-Benz Superdome this Sunday. The sports entertainment extravaganza begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

The following preview covers how to watch, info on the pre-show and a look at all the matches lined up for WWE's answer to the Super Bowl.

 

Live Stream and PPV Info

The WWE pay-per-view game has changed. WrestleMania 30 marks the first pay-per-view to stream live on the WWE Network.

The introduction of the network has cut costs and increased options for fans in the United States.

WrestleMania will still be available through cable and satellite providers, but a $10 subscription fee gets you access to WrestleMania, in addition to the WWE archive, NXT and original programming, including WWE Countdown and WrestleMania Today.

Marc Graser of Variety writes that DISH Network will carry WrestleMania despite the company's issues with the WWE Network and pay-per-view system.

Another option is to head to a "blast area" that will be showing the event. Check out WWE.com's "How to Watch" section for a list of participating restaurants and sports bars.

Should you go the WWE Network route, the 24/7 streaming service is available for viewing on Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Playstation Network and through WWE.com. Sign-ups will likely be heavy the day of the show, so it will be best to do so before April 6.

 

Expanded Pre-Show

The WrestleMania hype begins early this year. This year's pre-show will be two hours, beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

The first hour will feature a panel of Superstars discussing the event. Expect recaps of major storylines and for WWE to sell the network hard. That part of the program will be available on the WWE Network, WWE.com, WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pheed.

The second half is only available on the WWE Network.

This is when The Usos will defend the tag team titles against The Real Americans, Los Matadores and Curtis Axel and Ryback. The high-flying brothers won the championships from The New Age Outlaws on March 3.

Of the three teams they will face in their first pay-pay-view title defense, The Real Americans offer the biggest challenge. Cesaro and Jack Swagger defeated The Usos in non-title action on March 17.

 

Matches

  • Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H (Winner Gets Added to Main Event)
  • Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational 
  • The Shield vs. Kane and The New Age Outlaws
  • Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal 
  • Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena
  • Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
  • Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Triple H or Daniel Bryan (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)

Bryan, ever the underdog, battles WWE's COO and an eight-time WWE champ in a match teeming with bad blood.

Triple H has spent the past eight months pulling the company's top championship away from him just as he gets his hands on it. After sending his cronies to beat down Bryan, "The Game" crafted his own violence when he throttled Bryan while handcuffed.

Thanks to Bryan and fans occupying Raw on March 10, Triple H has now agreed to face a man he believes is below him. Should he win, Bryan goes onto the main event with a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

WrestleMania is now set to either be a fulfillment of a dream for the bearded warrior or another in a long line of nightmares.

AJ Lee will defend her Divas Championship against every female wrestler on the roster. The 14-woman match has newcomer Emma, former champ Natalya and her own bodyguard Tamina Snuka all seeking to snatch her title from her.

Her reign, the longest in the title's history, is apparently near its end.

A battle of generations is also on the card. Kane and The New Age Outlaws were three of the Attitude Era's biggest stars. Now corporate goons working for Triple H, they look to stop a trio of rising stars.

Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose were once The Authority's attack dogs. They have since begun to turn their predatory glare toward Kane and the men who have been ordering them around.

In honor of one of WWE's most beloved big men, 30 Superstars will battle in the first-ever Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

Former world champs like Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio will battle against less-established stars such as Damien Sandow and Big E. Pride with victory and a trophy with Andre's likeness on the line.

Cena, this generation's answer to Hogan, faces a challenge like none he has seen in the past.

Wyatt is a rambling, devious man who promises to bring the monster out of Cena. His resume is a short one for now, but should he defeat WWE's top dog in his WrestleMania debut, he is set to climb onto the company's top tier.

He has used his unsettling rhetoric to crawl into Cena's head. The fan favorite must face his fears in what many are predicting will be the match of the night.

Lesnar, former UFC champ and current beast of a man, seeks to do what no one has done before—defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania.

"The Deadman" is 21-0 at the premier event. His latest opponent is the best all-around athlete he has faced.

WrestleMania will then end with a three-way fight over the WWE title.

Orton has carried it around for months. He will have to fend off Batista, who won the Royal Rumble just weeks after his return from a four-year hiatus, and the winner of Bryan vs. Triple H to continue his reign.

Fans will either see a reunion of the supergroup Evolution if Triple H makes it to the final match or a chance for Bryan to complete his story of triumph over adversity.  

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