NBC to Air 'Wrestlemania 29: The World Television Premiere' on Saturday, August 3

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July 26th, 2013

Wrestlemania WWE

via press release:


Event to Feature Epic Rematch Between the Rock and John Cena for the WWE Championship

NEW YORK — July 26, 2013 — For the fifth year in a row, WWE® and NBC are joining forces to bring “WrestleMania” to network television. “WrestleMania 29: The World Television Premiere” will air on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, allowing fans to relive moments from the greatest sports entertainment spectacle in history.

The one-hour broadcast will feature the highly anticipated rematch between box office mega-star The Rock and WWE Superstar John Cena for the WWE Championship. “WrestleMania 29: The World Television Premiere” will feature this epic main event in its entirety for the first time on broadcast television.

On April 7 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza grossed more than $72 million as 80,676 fans from all 50 states and 34 countries were in attendance. “WrestleMania 29” broke the record for MetLife Stadium’s highest-grossing entertainment event, which was broadcast around the world on pay-per-view in more than 100 countries and 20 languages.

For more information on “WrestleMania 29: The World Television Premiere,” please visit NBC.com's "Movies & Specials" site: http://www.nbc.com/movies-specials-more/

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About WWE:

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  • Bill


  • E

    I wonder what kind of rating this would get if this was live on primetime on a Sunday night in the fall.

  • CS’ Revenge

    If NBC was to ever air Wrestlamnia on a Sunday that would be hella interesting. The product of course sucks right now but if it was good I think WM could do a huge number.

  • Ultima

    @CS’ Revenge
    I think WM could do a huge number


    The original “The Main Event” aired on NBC in February 1988.

    That was at the peak of wrestling’s popularity in the 80s, featured a rematch of the WM3 main event and first title change in 4 years, and was in an era where the broadcast nets combined for a 70+ share on a nightly basis.

    It pulled a respectable 15.2 HH rating and finished #2 for the night (it’s still the highest rated WWF/E telecast ever).

    25 years later, with audience fragmentation from cable and the WWE being well past its best years, I doubt Wrestlemania could pull even half of that – certainly not enough to where their licensening fee would exceed what they can pull from PPV sales.

  • NJ Viewer

    This will probably finally help NBC win the week. Maybe they should consider airing wrestling more regularly.

  • m

    Wwe copy cat.

  • Igwell

    0.8 last year, 0.6 this year

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