AJ Styles lost to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 36 in a Boneyard Match. He isn’t dead, but Wikipedia seemed to disagree. The match was a new cinematic experience for WWE fans, and it was shot in a very unique way as well.
During a recent Mixer stream, AJ Styles opened up about what it was like to shoot the Boneyard Match. He was asked if there were any re-shoots during the match, and there weren’t. The Phenomenal One explained that there were times when they shot from a different angle, but they mostly shot straight through everything going on.
WWE was determined to shoot the Boneyard Mach without going back and redoing anything. This also made it look authentic. If the shot was missed then they moved on. The no re-shoots mantra captured a genuine reaction as the two Superstars went to war in such a unique environment.
Zero, none [re-shoots]. It was pretty much straight through. We never did any retapes and there was some cut scenes obviously, where you stop and go but it was just different angles, but if they didn’t have that shot, we didn’t redo it. We just went with what we got.
AJ Styles had a good time with the Boneyard Match, but he also had a warning attached. He said that if WWE did too many cinematic matches it might ruin the special feeling.
The fact that WWE has aired two cinematic matches since the first night of WrestleMania 36 could give fans a clue that cinematic matches could become even more common as the weeks continue and WWE tried to figure out what they are doing during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Thanks to Post Wrestling for the quote