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Charlotte Flair, Drew McIntyre earn WrestleMania title shots with Royal Rumble triumphs

Both will compete for WWE world titles at Raymond James Stadium on April 5.
Charlotte Flair is one of the WWE’s most decorated female competitors and daughter of wrestling legend “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. [Times]
Charlotte Flair is one of the WWE’s most decorated female competitors and daughter of wrestling legend “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. [Times]
Published Jan. 27
Updated Feb. 4

TAMPA ― While the full slate of matches for WrestleMania 36 won’t be revealed for at least a few more weeks, fans now at least know Charlotte Flair and Drew McIntyre will be showcased at the April 5 event.

Flair and McIntyre were the respective winners in the women’s and men’s versions of Sunday night’s Royal Rumble in Houston, where competitors try to eliminate each other by tossing them over the top rope, with both feet touching the floor.

As a result, both earned world title opportunities at WrestleMania 36 at Raymond James Stadium.

Flair, one of the WWE’s most decorated female competitors and daughter of wrestling legend “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, was the 17th of 30 women to enter the ring and remained the last one inside more than 26 minutes later.

Nearly upstaging her, however, was NXT superstar Bianca Belair, who entered second and eliminated eight competitors ― a record for a first-time Royal Rumble entrant ― before being eliminated by Flair.

Belair’s performance ― she remained in the ring more than 33 minutes ― presumably sets her up for a marquee WrestleMania match.

Related: WrestleMania 2019 visitors spent $165 million. In Tampa 2020, they could spend even more.

On the men’s side, McIntyre, a 6-foot-5 Scotland native who resides in Tampa, used his signature Claymore Kick to knock out polarizing superstar Roman Reigns and toss him over the top rope to earn his title shot.

The 16th competitor to enter, McIntyre spent 34 minutes, 11 seconds in the ring and eliminated six opponents including Reigns, a four-time WWE world champ who once headlined four consecutive WrestleManias.

Among the surprises on the men’s side was the appearance of WWE Hall of Famer Edge, who sent the Minute Maid Park audience into a frenzy as the No. 21 competitor to enter.

The event was Edge’s first appearance since 2011, when he was forced to retire following a cervical vertebral fusion. He lasted nearly 24 minutes Sunday, eliminating three opponents.

WrestleMania 36 events

WWE Hall of Fame, 6:45 p.m. April 2 at Amalie Arena

WWE Friday Night SmackDown, 7:45 p.m. April 3 at Amalie Arena

NXT TakeOver Tampa, 6 p.m. April 4 at Amalie Arena

Wrestlemania 36, 5:30 p.m. April 5 at Raymond James Stadium

WWE Monday Night RAW, 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Amalie Arena

Tickets for Wrestlemania events here and here


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  6. A photo of the the sold-out crowd in New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, which hosted 2019's WrestleMania. Tampa will host WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium in April 2020.
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  11. Tampa-reared WWE legend Hulk Hogan (left) and longtime wrestling manager Jimmy "The Mouth of the South" Hart attended Thursday's announcement that WrestleMania 36 will be held at Raymond James Stadium in 2020. [JOEY KNIGHT | Times]
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