WWE’s Tour Of Japan Unsuccessful, WWE Greatly Exaggerates Attendance Figures

Apparently WWE’s tour of Japan wasn’t nearly as successful as it appeared. While WWE announced attendance figures for their two shows at Sumo Hall of 6,176 and more than 12,000 (which is impossible because the building only seats 11,066) and also announced 6,048 for the Osaka show, the actual inside-the-building totals were closer to 5,000, 11,000 and 5,000, with the latter two shows including Hulk Hogan. The shows in Japan were said to be heavily papered, which is not unusual for wrestling in Japan.

On WWE’s business website, which is prepared for stockholders and investors who follow the business, and where they report the real numbers, it came out this past week that the three shows in Japan did a combined total of approximately 14,000 paid attendance, or just over half of what WWE actually announced.

If the percentage/exaggeration/papering was close to consistent, it would mean that the actual paid attendance for the three dates would be closer to 3,670 for the first Sumo Hall show, 7,140 for the full house that they claimed and 3,600 for the event in Osaka.

So while it appeared based on what WWE originally claimed as far as attendance for their latest Japanese tour that they beat what does in those same venues, the reality is that they couldn’t even beat what some smaller Japanese-based promotions do, and barely did half of what New Japan does.

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    • http://www.sescoops.com Undertaker316

      because in japan they want wrestling not vinces “sports entertainment” bs

      • Bryce

        The same “sports entertainment” bs that brought DX, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Undertaker, Kane, the Rock, and the rest of the attitude era to you. The same Vince’s “sports entertainment” bs that you enjoyed enough to make the “Undertaker316” name. Hate to break it to you, but all the crazy antics in the attitude era was all sports ENTERTAINMENT.

        You hypocrite ‘smarks’ have no idea what wrestling is and would in fact call today’s wrestling ‘soap opera’ when it is anything but. Attitude era was more soap opera than wrestling, but because you were entertained by it you will not claim that its wrestling was really mediocre. Wrestling is what we see today. In fact it is all we see today. But you ‘smarks’ deliberately deny it and pull lies out of your assses to compensate for your discontent with today’s product because you are not being ‘entertained’. Figure that one out ‘smark’. No wonder wrestlers don’t like you folks. Not bright at all.

        • Michael Kondratiuk

          “Attitude era was more soap opera than wrestling, but because you were entertained by it you will not claim that its wrestling was really mediocre”

          At least you admit wrestling these days isn’t as entertaining. The actual wrestling took massive leaps in 2000.

          • Ben Tarr

            He didn’t actually say that. He just said that the guy he was replying to found it more entertaining.

            • Michael Kondratiuk

              The guy he was replying to never said it either.

        • Michael Kondratiuk

          “Attitude era was more soap opera than wrestling, but because you were entertained by it you will not claim that its wrestling was really mediocre”

          At least you admit wrestling these days isn’t as entertaining. The actual wrestling took massive leaps in 2000.

        • Papa Mincho

          Ummm… Not sure if you’ve heard of this ‘puroresu’ thing, but it’s entirely different than American wrestling. Japan actually tried its own ‘sports entertainment’-style promotion, ‘HUSTLE’, and it died died died.

    • Ultra Pickle

      After the quality of programming they put on TV the last few weeks, they deserve it. We need actual competition in the States and other countries to make WWE realize how great they’re really not

    • Scott Dorian Dancer

      they should also do what they did in the past by having japanese stars fight their own stars. would also help having more japanese wrestlers on the roster. instead of one at a time. japanese love wrestling and having a prominent japanese star will help the japanese fans learn about the wwe’s american stars. i hope that is why kenta was picked up. aside from his high talent level.

      • brad

        Agreed Kenta has all the potential to represent japan in a big way over here in the U.S.A. The questions is however will they use him properly.

        • G.I.R.L.

          Hopefully they learned their lesson from Del Rio and actually BUILD his character up rather than hand him a huge spot to capitalize on his Japanese fanbase.

          • brad

            Agreed I hope they do him right by building him up to be a top tier talent, I personally wouldn’t mind seeing him one day be a world champion.

      • G.I.R.L.

        One of my fave diva matches of all time is the short, but sweet, squash match between Chaparitta Asari and Aja Kong on Monday Night RAW.

        I also liked that Survivor Series (I think it was 94; right before they fired all of their female talent not named Sunny or Terri).

    • ddp

      lol in 2002, they did 15-20k each @ 3 indian shows, i was at 2 of them, ppl were literally paying 5 times the regular amount to get in. Even just an appearance by Big Show had 25,000 ppl show up in Mumbai, Ryback had 10,000 ppl show up, and they still refuse to tour India. Numbskulls

      • Patrick

        Refuse to tour India due to health issues.

        I believe that was the tour where many wrestlers got very sick and William Regal almost died.

    • thingschange12 .

      They are probably mad that USA has stolen all of their storylines and finishing moves

    • Reality

      NJPW’s rise back to success since 2011-2012, they don’t need that crap we get every Monday… and thursday…

    • UrbanHermit

      A single match in NJPW is the same amount of time for the total amount of wrestling on RAW. Is it any wonder hardly anyone turned up?

    • Darius B.

      So McMahon Lies? What a shock : in other breaking news, mcmahon strong-armed his dying daddy’s assets, poached AWA’s wrestlers, and later on copied Paul Heyman’s ideas, and also brutally edited multiple DVDs with lies and revisionism.

    • Killthecrown

      Ofcourse NJPW outdoes WWE in attendance records, WWE treats all of it’s fans like 10 year olds. That’s insulting to all of us.

    • Killthecrown

      Ofcourse NJPW outdoes WWE in attendance records, WWE treats all of it’s fans like 10 year olds. That’s insulting to all of us.