“WrestleMania 29” has entered the record books as the highest-grossing “WrestleMania” ever for WWE, the company is expected to announce today.
Event, which took place April 7, at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, earned $72 million. Figure includes ticket sales to the live event and pay-per-view buys. This year’s tally is up from the $67 million grossed by “WrestleMania 28,” hosted last year in Miami.
Event’s appeal was propped up by heavily hyped matches between John Cena and The Rock, CM Punk and The Undertaker, and Triple H and Brock Lesnar, among others, as well as a major promotional push by both New York City and New Jersey, and WWE through its various platforms for weeks leading up to the event.
The PPV, always WWE’s biggest each year, again generated more than 1 million buys for the company worldwide. While total purchases of “WrestleMania 29” are still being tabulated by cable companies and other platforms that offered show, preliminary numbers estimate that it will reach around 1.2 million, less than the record 1.3 million sold for the Miami event, but those figures could still increase.
“WrestleMania 29” sold out MetLife Stadium, setting an attendance record there of 80,676 fans from 50 states and 34 countries, WWE said. Miami had a capacity crowd of 78,363 fans.
“WrestleMania 30” is scheduled to be held in New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 6, 2014.