The length of WrestleMania has expanded dramatically in recent years. What used to be a 4-hour special has evolved into marathon events. This year’s WrestleMania was “too big for one night” and was held over two nights for the first time in history.
‘More’ is not always ‘better’ and AJ Styles agrees with the general fan sentiment that WrestleMania would be a more enjoyable experience if WWE cut back on the number of matches on the card. He believes the talent would benefit as well. It used to be an honor to be chosen for the WrestleMania card. Only the top performers who excelled on WWE‘s roster earned the right to be part of the most special night of the year. That honor has been diminished as the match count grew.
Less Is More
“Hey, we’re gonna give you everybody you wanted to see, so by the time you see this match, you may be burned out or ready to go home and your kids may be falling asleep. It’s a tough day because when it starts, you’re in out in the sun, you’re watching it, and that sun will drain you quick. In my opinion, I think less is more.”
Styles clarified that he’s not pushing for WrestleMania to revert to a 3-hour format. However, he does feel that four hours is the sweet spot.
“We’re gonna have to find out together. So much has changed over these past couple of months, who knows what’s gonna happen? I was watching my intro video and I thought ‘Gosh, man, it was so great being in front of those fans.’ We took it for granted. No doubt about it. I certainly did.”
AJ Styles’ WrestleMania Record
- WrestleMania 32 (2016): Lost to Chris Jericho
- WrestleMania 33 (2017): Defeated Shane McMahon
- WrestleMania 34 (2018): Defeated Shinsuke Nakamura
- WrestleMania 35 (2019): Defeated Randy Orton
- WrestleMania 36 (2020): Lost to The Undertaker (Boneyard Match)