What many of us would call normal sports games are on vacation at the moment, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Everything from the start of the MLB season to the NBA play-offs is delayed until further notice. However, the unmissable theatrics that we enjoy every year as part of WWE's WrestleMania are going ahead this Sunday - in spite of the coronavirus. Here's how to watch a WrestleMania 36 live stream for free today - from anywhere in the world, no less!
WWE WrestleMania 36 cheat sheet
WrestleMania 36 takes place over two nights this weekend - Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5 It's a first in WWE history. The action gets underway at 7pm ET both days, which is 4pm PT, midnight (12am) BST and 9am AEST the following morning. Typically, WrestleMania shows run for around five hours, but we'd expect the action to be split this year with around 2-3 hours of wrasslin' each days.
Whether you think of it as the Show of Shows, the Showcase of the Immortals...or just another excuse to throw back some brews this weekend, there's no doubt that WrestleMania is the most prestigious event on the 2020 WWE calendar. Having said that, restleMania 36 does look slightly different to previous instalments of the bone-crushing festival.
The main thing to know is that WrestleMania 36 will be held behind closed doors for the first time in its illustrious history - and that it is taking place over two nights this year. The WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida is the main 'venue', after the event was moved from the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa due to restrictions on mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, but other locations are also set to feature this weekend - now just Sunday, April 5, but many services will let you watch WrestleMania 36 live on-demand.
Prior to the first bell, there was major change to the WrestleMania 36 card. Roman Reigns pulled out of his Universal Championship showdown against Goldberg over coronavirus concerns - and his replacement, he 'Monster Among Men' Braun Strowman, didn't just take up air but beat the WWE (and WCW, if you're old enough) legend convincingly to take home the belt in one of the night's best fights.
It wasn't exactly the stuff of WrestleMania lore and legend, though - veteran WWE fans will no doubt wonder what could have been if the event went ahead with fans as plans. Even the normally jovial ex-NFL and New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski looked a shadow of his usual self hosting the PPV.
But tonight is what really matters and we're here to tell you all the best ways to live stream WrestleMania 36 for free - watch WWE PPV action from anywhere today by following our expert guide.
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How to live stream WWE WrestleMania from outside your country
If you're reading this in the US, Canada, UK or Australia, feel free to scroll down, as we've outlined all your WrestleMania 36 live stream options below. If you're from Japan and want to see the Kabuki Warriors defend their WWE Women's Tag Team belts against Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, then hop right over to the WWE Network - where a free trial offer awaits you (more on that below).
But if you're unlucky enough to be in a country where the only way to catch the wrestling is through expensive PPV or via some sketchy, illegal stream you've found in the back-alleys of the internet, you may well discover that your local coverage is geo-blocked where you are. If that's the case, you'll want to use a clever bit of software called a VPN so you can watch a more reliable and secure WWE live stream just like you would at home.
There are literally hundreds of VPNs to choose from, but base don our extensive testing, we always recommend ExpressVPN. As well as being fast, simple, and straightforward to install, it's also compatible with a whole host of devices - Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, iOS and Android to name some of the main ones.
Plus, ExpressVPN's flexible 30-day money back guarantee is difficult to argue with. Even better, you can purchase an annual plan for a 49% discount and 3 months extra FREE – a brilliant offer for an essential bit of software.
Once installed, select the location of your home country and simply click connect. You’ll then be able to easily access a WWE 36 live stream online from pretty much anywhere in the world - including for free.
Free WrestleMania 36 live stream: how to watch on the WWE Network
We'll cut to the chase right away and say that the WWE Network should be everyone's first stop for the most comprehensive wrestling coverage on the planet. It's a paid subscription service (think Netflix, but only for the WWE) available pretty much anywhere in the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and including the US, UK, Australia and Canada.
The list of devices you can watch on is almost as lengthy, with apps for iOS and Android, PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV, Roku and Smart TVs all included.
The cost of course varies depending on what country you're in, but the $9.99 or £9.99 monthly bills in the US and UK should give you a rough idea. That includes the WrestleMania 36 live stream, plus the ability to re-watch every PPV put on by not only the WWE, but WCW and ECW as well.
Just wanting to watch the main event action this weekend and don't want the WWE Network after tonight? You're in luck as there's a free trial of the service available. Just head to the WWE Network to sign up and new subscribers can see for themselves if it's right for them.
How to live stream WrestleMania 36: watch in the US for free
If you’re watching from the United States, then subscribing to the WWE Network is your best bet as it is the most cost effective way to watch, as its free 1-month trial will let you catch all of tonight's action without dropping a dime.
Pay-per-view providers like Dish and Xfinity are also showing WrestleMania 36 on TV, but pricing is set at $59.99-69.99 - a big chunk of your toilet paper stockpile budget. And if you're after more than just ridiculous costumes and trash talk, don't forget that Disney Plus is currently offering a FREE 7-day trial and boasts loads of great content - from The Simpsons to Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar.
Also, remember that if the WWE Network's free trial isn't available where you are, you can always use a VPN to access the service just like you would from home.
How to live stream WrestleMania for free in Canada
As is the case in the WWE’s home country, the WWE Network is also the cheapest, most convenient place to watch WrestleMania 36 in Canada. However, you could choose to go with SaskTel, Shaw or BellMTS - but expect to pay similar prices to PPV providers in the US.
And anyone outside of Canada wanting to live stream WrestleMania 36 like they would from the Great White North should consider trying a VPN to access the services and coverage they normally would with a 6-pack of Moosehead to hand.
How to live stream WWE WrestleMania 36: free UK live stream details
Licking its wounds after the demise of live sport all over the world, BT Sport is currently playing Scrooge and refusing to live stream WrestleMania 36 online. You can pay £19.95 to watch it via BT Sport Box Office, which is available to BT, Sky and Virgin Media subscribers.
Yet despite being one of the more affordable global PPV options, it's still throwing £20 of your hand sanitizer fund down the drain when you can watch WrestleMania 36 online for free with the WWE Network courtesy of its FREE 1-month trial.
As ever, use a VPN to watch the WWE like you normally would in the UK if you happen to find yourself abroad for WrestleMania 36.
How to watch WrestleMania 2020: live stream for free in Australia
If you’re in Australia, then WrestleMania will be shown live at 9am AEST on Sunday and Monday morning on the Foxtel Main Event PPV channel, where it costs $30.
Luckily though, WWE Network is also available in Australia, so that’s also a good choice if you’d prefer to save some cash and even be able to re-watch all of the WWE's PPV events.
How to live stream WrestleMania 36 for free in Japan
The Kabuki Warriors are the reigning WWE Women's Tag Team Champions and will defend their belts at WrestleMania 36 against challengers Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. That means wrestling fans in Japan have every reason to want to get up early on Sunday and Monday morning, with WrestleMania action set to start at 8am Japanese Standard Time on both days.
The WWE Network has been available in Japan for the last few years and, given its free trial offer, is the most affordable way to get a WrestleMania live stream in Japan. Local PPV options certainly exist - check your provider, but DMM.com, J:Com and Sukachan are likely all offering the event - but don't necessarily represent the best value for money.
WrestleMania 36: full card for WWE 2020's biggest event
• Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre - WWE Championship
• Goldberg (c) vs. TBC - Firefly Funhouse match
• Edge vs. Randy Orton - Last Man Standing match
• The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles - Boneyard match
• Sami Zayn (c) vs. Daniel Bryan - Intercontinental Championship
• Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
• Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Lacey Evans vs. Tamina vs. Naomi - Fatal 5-Way for the SmackDown Women's Championship
• Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley
• The Street Profits (c) vs. Austin Theory & Angel Garza - Raw Tag Team Championships
• Elias vs. Baron Corbin
• The Miz & John Morrison (c) vs. The New Day vs. The Usos - Triple Threat Ladder match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships
• Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler
• The Kabuki Warriors (c) vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross - Women's Tag Team Championships