As we approach WrestleMania 40, WWE is preparing for a series of significant changes, one of which could involve altering the format for the kickoff shows. With less than a month remaining until the grand event, fans can anticipate potential adjustments aimed at enhancing the overall WrestleMania experience.

WrestleMania pre-shows typically last for about two hours, with the first hour often dedicated to panel discussions about the matches on the card and a match or two in the second hour.

In the past, WWE would sometimes feature multiple matches on the kickoff shows, especially when they were aiming to increase viewership hours. These matches would often involve undercard talent and were sometimes added to the show on the day of the event. However, in recent years, WWE has shifted towards a more streamlined approach, focusing on key matches and discussions during the pre-show broadcasts.

PWInsider reports that WWE is considering potential changes to the format of its pre-show broadcasts. According to their sources, fans should anticipate some adjustments to be implemented sometime this year. WWE is looking at ESPN’s College GameDay as a model for these changes.


The company aims to adopt a format that features more live, high-energy discussions about the significant matches and events scheduled for later in the day. They are currently working on developing new format changes to enhance the pre-show experience.

“They want to have more of a live, high-energy, free-flowing discussion about the big shows that are taking place later that day and some of the big matches. They are working on some format changes.”

Since Kevin Dunn’s exit, WWE has introduced more of a sports-based presentation to its product and clearly, a lot of things have seen improvements We will have to wait and see how the kickoff shows will see improvements in the coming weeks.

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