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    Wrestlemania Buyrates over the years

    Found this on a forum yesterday, thought it make for a good discussion. Really surprised at how 19's is when it has Hogan/Vince, Shawn/Jericho, Lesnar/Angle and Austin/Rock 3.

    WrestleMania 1 - 398,000 (Closed Circuit Television)
    WrestleMania 2 - 319,000 (Closed Circuit Television)
    WrestleMania III - 450,000 (Closed Circuit Television) and another 400,000 on PPV
    WrestleMania IV - 175,000 (Closed Circuit Television)
    WrestleMania V - 767,000
    WrestleMania VI - 550,000
    WrestleMania VII - 400,000
    WrestleMania VIII - 360,000
    WrestleMania IX - 430,000
    WrestleMania X - 420,000
    WrestleMania XI - 340,000
    WrestleMania XII - 290,000
    WrestleMania 13 - 237,000 (Lowest Buyrate Record)
    WrestleMania XIV - 730,000
    WrestleMania XV - 800,000
    WrestleMania 2000 - 824,000
    WrestleMania X-Seven - 1,040,000
    WrestleMania X8 - 880,000
    WrestleMania XIX - 560,000
    WrestleMania XX - 1,007,000
    WrestleMania 21 - 1,085,000
    WrestleMania 22 - 975,000
    WrestleMania 23 - 1,250,000 (Former Highest Buyrate Record)
    WrestleMania XXIV - 1,041,000
    WrestleMania XXV - 960,000
    WrestleMania XXVI - 885,000
    WrestleMania XXVII - 1,042,000
    WrestleMania XXVIII - 1,300,000 (Highest Buyrate Record)

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    Interesting numbers. Really interesting to see hwo it fluctuates. I've always thought that there had to be something seriously up with 19. Aside from Angle and Lesnar not being draws, which was clear.

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    26's is pretty low as well with Shawn/Taker 2, Cena/Batista, and Edge/Jericho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cewsh View Post
    Interesting numbers. Really interesting to see hwo it fluctuates. I've always thought that there had to be something seriously up with 19. Aside from Angle and Lesnar not being draws, which was clear.
    To be fair the most heavily advertised match was actually hogan vs mcmahon

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    WrestleMania IV - 175,000 (Closed Circuit Television)
    WrestleMania VIII - 360,000
    WrestleMania XI - 340,000
    WrestleMania XII - 290,000
    WrestleMania 13 - 237,000 (Lowest Buyrate Record)

    One big thing that emerges it a lot of this has to do with the cycle of the business. Wrestling was down in the mid 1990s and it showed in the buyrates of these shows. Wrestlemania IV's poor performance demonstrates an iron law of the wrestling business: people don't pay for uncertainty. That show had the WWF Title tournament. Even though Hogan and Andre were locked-in to face each other, people didn't want to pay for the show because they didn't know what they were going to get. Same reason Taboo Tuesday/Cyber Sunday always did poorly and same reason King of the Ring never sold very well. 13 featured a weak main event (Sid/Undertaker) with almost no build and a card that had been shuffled around a lot (HBK had the title, vacacted it, then Bret won it, then he lost it to Sid) and it was unclear what the title match was going to be until six days before the show (Sid fought Bret for the title on Raw before the show). XII was the definition of a one-match show (the Iron Man match must have taken up half the wrestling on the show). 11 had Lawrence Taylor in the main event and Diesel in the title match. Neither of those seem like very big draws. 8 is an excellent show, but Hogan's drawing power was definitely on the decline by then.

    WrestleMania X-Seven - 1,040,000
    WrestleMania 23 - 1,250,000 (Former Highest Buyrate Record)
    WrestleMania XXIV - 1,041,000
    WrestleMania XXVII - 1,042,000
    WrestleMania XXVIII - 1,300,000 (Highest Buyrate Record)

    Interesting that despite the fact that TV ratings are way down from the 1990s peak and so are their overall PPV buys Wrestlemania is stronger than ever. I do feel like they've really gone all out the last few years by bringing in a lot of guys who only work part-time for the show. Rock definitely shows himself to be a major draw. Three of the top five shows featured him either in the main event or hosting the show. 27's card was pretty weak (Miz in the main event) so it's hard to attribute that to anything else.

    Also: 19 had a pretty weak build. I can't remember the build to Brock/Angle much at all, which probably says everything about it. Hogan/Vince was a match that no one particularly wanted to see and Hogan's drawing power had pretty much fallen apart by then (you can only stink up the ring so many times before people lose interest). Rock/Austin was just kind of announced and they didn't do much of anything to build it up. Triple H/Booker T gave us racist Triple H. Michaels/Jericho is really the only match that had a proper Wrestlemania build to it. I really like the show other than Triple H going over Booker, but it's not surprising that it didn't draw well.

    I feel like they blamed Booker T for it, since he's the only guy who actually got de-pushed afterward. Angle, Lesnar, and Triple H all continued in their roles. Hogan kept feuding with McMahon until he walked out because he thought they were screwing him with his pay-offs. Rock did the Goldberg match and then left to make a movie. Booker dropped out of the main event and ended up with the IC title within a few months.
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    It must be said that a lot of the trouble with the Wrestlemania's from 4-7 or so was related to them trying to go full pay per view and the infrastructure taking time to catch up with them. Obviously WM 4 was a flop regardless, but it's hard to judge the numbers of the early shows before PPV was really an established thing.

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    The jump between XIII and XIV is impressive. The WWF did such a great job during that period in between.

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    Thanks to Tyson and a white hot Austin

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    So strange that the shows from the last few years are drawing much larger numbers than the shows from the Attitude Era bar WM 17. I suppose it can be attributed to Wrestelmania being treated as a much bigger deal recently. The calendar revolves around Mania now, where previously it was the biggest show of the year but not necessarily the presentation it is made into today. I've been watching the Raw's from before WM 15 recently and the build isn't really any different than it would be to any other PPV.

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    I feel bad for Taker. 13 wasn't that bad.

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