Wrestlemania Sets Pay-Per-View Record

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April 16th, 2012

via press release:

WRESTLEMANIA® SETS PAY-PER-VIEW RECORD

STAMFORD, Conn., April 16, 2012 – 
WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that WrestleMania XXVIII, held April 1 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, set new records for pay-per-view buys and gross sales.  Preliminary estimates show that WrestleMania, featuring  the historic Once in a Lifetime match between The Rock® and John Cena®, garnered 1.3 million pay-per-view buys with global gross sales in excess of $67 million including the live event.
WrestleMania was seen around the world on pay-per-view in more than 105 countries and 20 languages.
Next year’s WrestleMania will take place Sunday, April 7, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.  Ticket information will be announced later this year.
 
  • Raykov

    If a broadcast buys the rights to air it live, it will be big – Super Bowl big

  • MattM

    I’m guessing roughly half of that is international buys. Good for them

  • Ultima

    @Raykov
    If a broadcast buys the rights to air it live, it will be big – Super Bowl big

    No.

    Not even close.

    If Wrestlemania could pull 100 million viewers on broadcast TV, it would already be there.

  • Chris

    It sucks having to pay $50 to watch a big WWE event. Then again, pay-per-view is the WWE’s cash cow.

  • David

    Wrestlemania is big around the world so I can understand this, but it would not even beat the NBA or MLB championship series on TV and would not even touch the BCS title game.

  • Katie101

    @David however alot of people flew from across the world to see it, and it was always news in Japan.

  • zee

    I was there LIVE, went from London, England to Miami, Florida. It was my 6th WrestleMania but the BEST one so very happy with this news. Undertaker 20-0!

  • zee

    I have been to WM xx,21 22, 23, xxvi and now 28. I would say around 800k domestic and 500k international. My brothers ordered the PPV while I was there live!

  • Big Apple 22

    I’m surprised they beat the record since the build up going into Mania on Raw was not as high-rated as last year. I guess people really wanted to see Rock and Cena then.

    I would like to see NBC or USA broadcast Wrestlemania one year just to see how it would do in the ratings. If Raw can clear 6-7 million viewers for a rare high-rated show like they did last year with The Rock I’m pretty sure WM can clear that mark.

  • spudda

    @zee

    I was there LIVE, went from London, England to Miami, Florida. It was my 6th WrestleMania but the BEST one so very happy with this news. Undertaker 20-0!

    yep, 20-0 was worth the entire cost of my PPV. Although I thought it would get more with the 12 month announcement of the big match between the Rock and Cena

    I believe it was pretty big on PPV here in Australia where I am

  • Big Apple 22

    Really good for the WWE as it was promoted very well. I wonder if WM 29 can do better though or equal to it?

    I would like to see how Mania does on television as well.

  • DougF

    WWE is lying.

    It set records for WWE PPV’s not PPV’s

    The De La Hoya/Mayweather bout in 2007 has the record with 2.4 million buys and $134 million gross.

    Here are the other PPV’s that had better buyrates then WrestleMania 28

    Tyson/Holyfield Rematch 1.99 million
    Tyson/Lewis 1.97 million
    UFC 100 1.60 million
    Tyson/Holyfield 1.59 million
    Tyson/McNeely 1.55 million
    De La Hoya/Trinidad 1.41 million
    Mayweather/Mosley 1.40 million
    Holyfield/Foreman 1.40 million
    Tyson/Bruno 1.37 million

  • Paul M

    These are gross profits they are quoting. After all expenses are figured in, I am curious to know how much net profit WWE made on Wrestlemania and for all those wondering how it would do on TV, don’t hold your breath cause you probably will never see it cause WWE isn’t that stupid to showcase their biggest PPV on network or cable TV.

  • Tre

    @Doug F can u tell me where u got this info from

  • iggy

    WWE is lying.

    Unbelievable!

    …WWE isn’t that stupid to showcase their biggest PPV on network or cable TV.

    Of course WWE is… but it’s not stupid If it forces very reluctant cable providers to carry the WWE Network. Carriage fees alone would exceed the PPV revenue.

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