WrestleMania 33 is just hours away. But ahead of the big event, there’s a kickoff show that’s also worth watching, as it features two key matches that could have easily made it onto the actual program. So how can the WrestleMania 33 kickoff show be watched online?
Unlike WrestleMania itself, the WWE actually makes the entire WrestleMania kickoff show available to watch for free on its YouTube account. The kickoff show can be viewed in the embedded YouTube player above via WWE.
This kickoff show will begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and it concludes at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, which is when WrestleMania begins.
Usually the first hour or so of the kickoff show consists of several WWE hosts talking among themselves about the show and providing a preview of the night’s events. Some WWE stars are also interviewed ahead of their big night, both on the panel and backstage.
Then, about an hour into the show, a match will commence, and a second match will soon follow.
There are two matches scheduled for the kickoff show, one being the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. This is a 20-man battle royal match that will consist of superstars such as Big Show and Braun Strowman; the winner gets the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy. This match can sometimes be used to highlight an emerging talent, as last year, Baron Corbin won the match. The previous year, Big Show won, and the year before that, Cesaro won.
The other match on the kickoff show is the Cruiserweight Championship match between Neville and Austin Aries.
The SmackDown Women’s Championship match was originally scheduled to take place on the pre-show, but a few days ago, it was moved onto the main card. This is the match between Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Mickie James, Carmella, and Naomi.
Assuming you watch both the kickoff show and WrestleMania itself, this year’s complete festivities are expected to be nearly seven hours long.