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ESPN announces Brock Lesnar marathon for WrestleMania Sunday

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ESPN has announced a special five-hour Brock Lesnar marathon for Sunday, April 5. The marathon will lead up to the second night of WrestleMania 36, where The Beast Incarnate WWE Champion Brock Lesnar will face Drew McIntyre in the main event. WreslteMania 36 will be available on the WWE Network.

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Lesnar’s marathon begins at 6am EST and will be followed by a special nationally televised encore presentation of WrestleMania 35 at 3pm EST, which is the first time the event will air on national television. The special will cover four of Brock’s best UFC fights and his 2000 NCAA Championship Wrestling match.

This is the first time in WWE history that WrestleMania will span two days and go on in front of no fans.

A full press release from WWE on the Lesnar marathon is available below:

ESPN to air WrestleMania 35 encore & Brock Lesnar marathon this Sunday leading into WrestleMania 36 on WWE Network

The Beast Incarnate is taking over the Worldwide Leader.

ESPN will air the first nationally televised encore presentation of WrestleMania 35 this Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m. ET. Sunday’s programming lineup will also include several of Brock Lesnar’s high-profile UFC title bouts and will culminate with his 2000 NCAA Wrestling Championship victory on ESPN2. All telecasts will stream via the ESPN App.

In conjunction with the WrestleMania encore, ESPN2 will televise a five-hour Lesnar marathon on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. The full schedule is below:

* 6 a.m. — UFC Main Event: Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem
* 7 a.m. — UFC Main Event: Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin
* 7:30 a.m. — UFC Main Event: Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
* 8 a.m. — UFC Unleashed: Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture
* 9 a.m. — 2000 NCAA Wrestling Championship

In addition, ESPN+ has added a Brock Lesnar collection to its library that includes several of his classic UFC bouts.

ESPN’s “E:60” feature on Brock Lesnar from 2009 will also re-air as part of Sunday morning’s “SportsCenter.”

Entering as the Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar battled Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 35. The event also featured the first WrestleMania women’s main event as “The Baddest Woman on the Planet” Ronda Rousey took on Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair in a “Winner Takes All” triple threat match.

WWE legend Triple H is also slated to appear on ESPN Radio’s “Golic & Wingo” show at 9:30 a.m. ET on Friday, April 3 to preview WrestleMania 36.

The encore presentation will air in advance of the second night of this year’s WrestleMania, which for the first time ever, is being held as a two-night event streaming on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 at 7 p.m. ET on WWE Network. WrestleMania will be hosted by three-time Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski.


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