Hello my friends. This is a good spot to tell you that I am now the Monday Headlines writer on TJR. My good friend Jacob Lindsey has retired from writing due to his life being too busy and maybe he got sick of writing about wrestling too. It happens! So we've changed the Headlines schedule around a bit going forward. Here's what the TJR Headlines schedule looks like:
Monday: John Canton
Wednesday: Mike Ayers & Marc Fozzie B.
Thursday: Thomas Briggs
Friday: Andrew Johnson
It's been like that for a few weeks, but Jacob was still writing. This order is now official.
How was your WrestleMania weekend? Mine was okay. I wrote about the entire event here, which you have hopefully read by now. It's probably going to be the most read article in the history of the site or close to it, so thank you for that.
I think the best word to describe my feelings was that it was an "underwhelming" event and I have no regrets about skipping it this year. Of course I did miss meeting up with friends & readers all over the world, but it's also nice to know that I'm not completely broke after another WrestleMania trip either.
A lot of the TJR staff was at WrestleMania including Andrew Johnson, Christian Michael, Matt Seagull, Marc "Fozzie" B., Mike Ayers and Lonestar. I'm sure that some of them are going to be writing about their WrestleMania experience over the next week, so I'm looking forward to seeing their live perspective.
WWE Brags About WrestleMania Making Money
Here's a press release from WWE about WrestleMania. I edited out the generic comments from people paid to make generic comments, by the way.
WRESTLEMANIA® SHATTERS RECORDS
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – April 7, 2013 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced tonight that WrestleMania 29 became the highest grossing live event in its history and broke the record for MetLife Stadium's highest grossing entertainment event. WWE's annual pop-culture extravaganza grossed $12.3 million, as 80,676 fans from all 50 states and 34 countries converged on MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The event is broadcast around the world on pay-per-view in more than 100 countries and 20 languages.
The previous MetLife Stadium record for an entertainment event's gross revenue was a U2 concert on July 20, 2011, which grossed $8.9 million. This is the fourth consecutive year that WWE broke the host venue's record for the highest-grossing entertainment event.
WrestleMania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Ticket information will be announced later this year.
Top Five All-Time Attendance Records at WrestleMania:
1.93,173: WrestleMania 3, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, March 29, 1987
2.80,676: WrestleMania 29, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 7, 2013
3.80,103: WrestleMania 23, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, April 1, 2007
4.78,363: WrestleMania 28, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida, April 1, 2012
5.74,635: WrestleMania 24, Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida, March 30, 2008
I don't think there's anything wrong with WWE bragging about this. They should be proud about it. It should be noted that they tend to lie about the attendance every year, but I'm not going to argue about it. People are going to believe what they want to believe.
Also to those of you complaining about the show or thinking it was bad, just think about what Vince McMahon is looking at right now. He's looking at $12.3 million in ticket sales and a reported 80,000+ people in attendance. I think PPV buys will be over 1.2 million (close to last year) and when you factor in that $69.99 HD PPV price in North America that means this will be the most profitable show in WWE history.
The best way to sum this up is that WWE is already a very successful and profitable company even though many of us think that storylines are stale. If you think they're going to learn from booking an average WrestleMania you're wrong.
I may write another WrestleMania column later in the week or on the weekend. I think after writing the Raw Deal early tomorrow (Tuesday posting) and then doing TJR Radio Tuesday night as well as being a guest on other radio shows I'm going to need a few days to just relax. So I'll probably save my column on Saturday or something like that.
In Other News
- Regarding tonight's Raw, The Rock and Chris Jericho are expected to be there (WrestlingInc). Brock Lesnar is not booked for it. I don't know about Undertaker, but I doubt he'll be there. Jericho will be going on a European tour with Fozzy after this week of WWE TV, so we won't be seeing much of him in the next month.
I guess that means Triple H can fill the Jericho void by putting over younger talent? That was a joke. It's not happening.
- From Wrestling Observer (and copied by WrestlingINC) there were fans that weren't happy with their WrestleMania experience.
From the online stream to pay-per-view providers across the country, WWE also had issues with the pay-per-view stream last night. Not only that but thousands of fans inside MetLife Stadium had their views obstructed by the WrestleMania set, specifically the giant pillars that supported the set. After complaining to stadium officials, many fans were moved to seats with better views.
That sucks. I feel sorry for any fans affected by this. However, I can help because last year that happened to the group I was with at WrestleMania.
If you were at WrestleMania and you didn't like your view, email firstname.lastname@example.org (we got that email address off the corporate site). They will want a copy of your ticket (take a pic with your phone) and if you give them other info like a picture from your seat they will like that. They'll reply back, likely give you a phone number to call to talk to somebody there and if you prove your seat was obstructed you can tickets to future events. What we got last year were two tickets to the next two WWE events in my area. It's a worth a shot if your view was obstructed.
As far as the PPV stream goes, that's odd. I've ordered it in the past and never had an issue. I didn't go with that route this time, but if I did I'd be pretty pissed off. Try that same email@example.com email address or something else to see what you can get from WWE for it.
- Here's a really cool time lapse video that WWE put out that shows how they constructed the WrestleMania set.
I liked the look of the set. That Statue of Liberty on top of the ring was pretty cool. The entrance looks like it does most years. Basically these guys know what they are doing in terms of making the WrestleMania set visually appealing.
- If you're wondering about that Tons of Funk & Funkadactyls vs. Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow plus the Bella Twins in an eight person mixed tag it's likely going to happen on Raw.
Personally, I didn't even care that the match was off the card. I wish Rhodes & Sandow were booked better in general. Of course we can say that about 10-15 people in the midcard, though, which is a summary of WWE's current problems with their booking.
- In WWE Hall of Fame news from Saturday, Rob Van Dam was there. (WWE.com) He was there to support his friend Booker T and others.
RVD was most recently in TNA for the last few years, but his deal ran out. I don't think he's as good as he was due to age and probably losing motivation in TNA. However, if he's interested in paying WWE's marijuana fines then perhaps they could bring him back for a final run as a veteran to work with younger heels.
Also, I don't where the money goes when a WWE employee gets fined $2,500 for failing a marijuana test, but if RVD is back then the number of fines will definitely be going higher! See what I did there? I should just stop.
That's all I have for you. If you really want more WrestleMania coverage head on over to WWE.com because they have a lot of content over there.
No live Raw Deal tonight because I'm watching the college basketball final and picking Michigan to beat Louisville in that game. I'll have the Raw Deal up on Tuesday morning.
Have a great week.
John Canton - firstname.lastname@example.org