WrestleMania 29 Grosses A Record $72 Million, Estimated 1.2 Million Buys

WWE announced Thursday that WrestleMania 29 set a record as the highest grossing event in company history, earning $72 million. The figure is up from the $67 million grossed by WrestleMania 28 last year.

WWE issued a press release stating that the show will once again exceed 1 million pay-per-view buys worldwide. A preliminary estimate revealed to Variety show that WrestleMania 29 will reach 1.2 million buys on pay-per-view, less than the record 1.3 million sold for last year’s event. However, it was noted that the number could still increase.

Highest Grossing WrestleMania® Ever

STAMFORD, Conn., April 25, 2013 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced that WrestleMania 29, held Sunday, April 7 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, grossed an excess of $72 million, the highest grossing event in WWE history. In addition, WrestleMania 29 will once again exceed 1 million global pay-per-view buys and attracted a sold out crowd of 80,676 fans from all 50 states and 34 countries at MetLife Stadium.

New Orleans, Louisiana will be the site of next year’s WrestleMania, which will take place Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Ticket information will be announced later this year.

  • Forceton Banfodder

    Wrestlemania 30: More rematches, more part-timers, more predictable.

    • http://twitter.com/iKing92 Initializing….

      Regardless, they’ll still make more money.

      • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

        As Vince says, “IT’S AAALLL ABOUT THE MONAAAAY!”

      • Forceton Banfodder

        Considering its turning into an event much like the Superbowl, I wouldn’t really be surprised.

    • cappa37

      You forgot something… More Money.

    • AVPredator4985

      When you go back and look at the Wrestlemania 27 card it’ll make you feel better. That show sucked hard.

      • Forceton Banfodder

        28 sucked hard. I didn’t even bother with 29. Give me a card I care about and I will put in my $55 and watch it. But in the last 3 years I haven’t had one reason to… however the mainstream fans who don’t follow closely still pay for it.

        • breakfastinbed

          28 sucked hard? Nothing will ever please the IWC these days, will they?

          • Forceton Banfodder

            You’re aware that you’re IWC too, right?

        • james bby

          ew why are you here then fuck off wtf you fkn critic

          • Forceton Banfodder

            I’ve been watching Wrestlemania since before you were an itch in your daddy’s pants.

    • Ayers 3:16

      This guy…with his itch in Daddy’s pants BS!! Fact is hatin on Wrestlemania is like saying “I watch The Grey Cup not the Super Bowl….Too many commercials” What a tool

      • Forceton Banfodder

        lol, oh noes, I hatered on Wrestlemania 28! Like I said, I’ve been watching Wrestlemania’s for most my life. The last three had lame build up’s. In my opinion Wrestlemania 26 was the last good Wrestlemania with the best build up for Taker vs. Michaels 2 for the Main Event. Not to mention Rumble 2010 was probably the last good Rumble, even though I’ve ordered every one since. Edge’s return and Michael’s fighting to win it to face the Undertaker made that Rumble the best one in recent memory.

        But that’s my opinion, if you want to bitch that I have an opinion you don’t like, have at it Chuckles. I bet you’re one of those tools who’s all for freedom of speech unless you disagree with it. Eh?

    • IKeepsit100

      is this suppose to be negative? having more matches is a bad thing?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.ryles.7 Ryan Ryles

      You wrestling Indies crack me up. You don’t have to buy if you don’t like the card.
      I have to admit though: Punk had to carry Taker for a good part of that match: i.e. Taker is getting old.

      • Forceton Banfodder

        Cool, because I don’t. I also said a month ago Punk was a good choice for Taker, because he was skilled enough to make Taker look strong… so, thanks?

  • ddp

    All Because of 1 MAN- THE ROCK.

    • pwnez

      And Undertaker, and HHH, and Lesnar. You forgot a few names.

    • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

      I see the Rock hate bandwagon has arrived lol

      • pwnez

        It’s just being fair and realistic. No one man carries WrestleMania. It really seemed like Rock vs Cena II was the weakest main event of the three due to the lack of build-up. Of course Rock will help get those ‘Mania buyrates up but to give him all the credit is pushing it.

        • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

          Obviously Rock’s not responsible for the entire buyrate, but he was a big part of it as was Taker, Punk, Lesnar and ugh even Cena. It’s like you said, team effort.

          My comment was largely in response to the huge amount of dislikes that appeared almost instantly on ddp’s comment lol.

          All the main events suffered from a poor build this year tbh. Taker vs Punk only had a 3 week build, but it just happens that their build was the strongest out of the three. I have no idea what WWE would’ve done if Paul Bearer hadn’t passed away though.

          • pwnez

            I don’t think it’s Rock hate, they just realized the same thing I did; no one man carries WrestleMania. You have to give credit to everyone who were involved in the main events.

            It’s worse than that. I honestly think every match on the card suffered from poor build-up. Undertaker vs Punk was the best match/most hyped and even that could have been alot better.

          • lunchbox87

            I gotta say Pwnez i have followed this site for a while now and you seem to be the smartest and realistic guy on here and you really know your wrestling facts and info and you are not blinded by nostalgia and you are not just a blind fan boy good to see people like you around

          • Reality

            ddp’s a bad troll. Nothing to do with Rock

  • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

    Weren’t all the dirtsheets reporting just last week that this year’s ‘Mania buyrate sucked??? I hope this doesn’t mean we’re getting Rock/Cena III next year or even worse Brock/Triple H VIII (I’m just assuming they’ll have an endless amount of rematches this year until Triple H is convinced that he has completely buried the legend of Brock Lesnar).

    • Forceton Banfodder

      I was thinking the same thing. I like the Rock, but I’m hoping he stays out of the picture next year. Besides, if they’re going to bring in part-timers to draw, I’d rather see the following for 30. Punk vs. Austin, Cena vs. Undertaker and Brock vs Batista. That would be my top three dream matches right there.

      • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

        Cena vs Taker is a must for next year’s ‘Mania. Punk vs Austin would be great to see, but I’m not holding my breath on it happening. But if it doesn’t happen next year then I don’t think it will ever happen.

    • Progress_Now

      lol well with Andrew Campbell’s writing, he will certainly MAKE SURE the buyrate sinks faster than a cannonball in custard.

      lol Cena Vs Taker, never thought anything could stink more than Rikishi’s fat ass but he just proved me wrong

      • Forceton Banfodder

        What is the weight of the cannonball? How deep is the custard? Was the cannonball dropped into the custard or was it gently laid on top of the custard? These are important considerations.

        • Progress_Now

          cannonball is a cannonball, custard is custard. not a whole lot to consider, all things considered.

  • http://www.sescoops.com/ Mr 561

    If that “1.2 million buys” number holds up – it will really be a testament to the drawing power of the WrestleMania brand. It’s really turned into a juggernaut attraction that takes over an entire city for a full week. Looking at the success of this show, I’m convinced WWE’s efforts to make the WrestleMania experience a mainstream cultural phenomenon is paying off.

    The revenue record is no surprise, since they raised PPV prices this year & sold out an 80,000 person stadium in the NY area.

    Based on the lackluster build to this year’s show (and the ridiculous number of rematches at the top of the card), I wasn’t even certain they’d break 1 million.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

    A lot of people watched this even though according to all the people that comment on here said, “Nobody wants to see this WrestleMania!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

    For the IWC watching WrestleMania(and wrestling in general) this is similar logic. Think of WWE as a steak. You go to the store and buy this steak. You get home and cook the steak…eat it….spit it out saying this is the most bland, disgusting steak that you have ever eaten. Common sense would say don’t buy that kind of steak again. Instead you go and buy the same steak again and and have the same reaction. The IWC has the same logic with WWE. You constantly watch it….buy the PPV’s…or whatever else but yet bitch about how it sucks….how its boring. If it sucks so bad stop watching it. If you hate rematches….don’t buy the PPV. If you buy the PPV…that’s ur own damn fault. You knew what you was buying….

    • Forceton Banfodder

      So with your logic, the IWC consists of MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of people. Right? Try again.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

        I guess so. The people here constantly bitch about how much WWE sucks….yet they continue to watch it.

        • Forceton Banfodder

          It’s called an outlet. I often find the shows hard to watch, but then again I’ve been watching for some 30 years and I expect a standard of quality that just doesn’t seem to be there anymore. McMahon lost sight of what made RAW interesting and had gone so far as to make it a variety show with a special guest host every week.

          Now that Triple H is calling more shots its seems to be getting back to it’s roots, but there are still facepalm moments while watching. I still think the 3 hour format is wasted on replays and backstage segments instead of wrestling and beefing up feuds, but I’m old school and I remember when we only had 4 major PPV’s a year and long builds to awesome feuds.

      • Progress_Now

        more like dozens…….and dozens of Mankind’s fans

  • fatneal

    this proves wrestlemania the event, is bigger than the stories being told at the event…wwe literally shoehorned the main events and they still set records? wow…much respect to vince and that money machine hes built…*raises glass*

  • Progress_Now

    I just can’t help but find that REALLY hard to believe.

  • guest

    Hahahahaha, In your face Rock haters!! How’s that taste huh? How’s that taste? O wait I forgot you guys can’t taste anything else with CM Punk’s nuts in your mouths. Cena may have won the last one but now it’s 1-1. WM 30 must have Cena vs Rock 3 in order to finally settle it. It doesn’t matter how much you indie fanboys bitch and complain becasue in the end WWE’s gonna millions and millions of dollars of the Rock and John Cena. All of you can keep dreaming about CM Punk being in the main event but it’s never gonna happen since Punk can’t draw ratings.

    If you smellllll-la-la-la-la-ow, what The Rock…is…cookin!!

    • 2muchfire

      Hahaha… You wrote that beautifully

    • http://www.facebook.com/timmy.saunders3 Timmy BasedCaligula Saunders

      Yeah, because no one watched for anyone else on the card, every thing revolves around Cena and Rock………

  • 2muchfire

    Hmmm… I guess the match did sell its self( Hi pwnez) #boots2asses