There are so many factors to consider, but using WWE logic the people who should, and hopefully will, get the credit are Cena and Batista. This show was built on their title challenges. The buyrate should be seen as a reflection of that.
I really don't think it was the special appearances by Austin and Piper so much that it was a very well built up, excellently marketed show. The build-up IMHO to the main event was certainly more interesting and well done than last year. Although the main event wasn't very good . They were able to spend a lot more money on the marketing to the event this year since it was a smaller venue, and it showed.
But still you had Michaels/Angle which was a long awaited dream match, a 6 man ladder match, and HHH/Batista, which before Mania was built up very well but after that match its lost steam and seriously overstayed its welcome.
Overall, I'd still say XX was a better more satisfying show.
Buyrates for the last few Manias (From Wrestling Info. Archive):
2000 2.35 2001 2.18 2002 1.60 2003 1.40 2004 1.63
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The main factors I think sold the show was the WrestleMania name and the overall card. Because i think the card did look better then last year. You had extremely popular challengers vs. extremely hated champions, very intruging matches like HBK/Angle, Money in the Bank, Rey/Eddie and Taker/Orton. Also the nostalgia of Austin/Piper/Hogan and the hall of fame.
As regards buy rates the No.1 WrestleMania is WrestleMania X-Seven in 2001 with 950,000. WrestleMania X8 in 2002 did 850,000 and WrestleMaia XX in 2004 did 825,000. So this Mania may very well be No. 1 but it is No. 2 as it stands now.
Well, this show appealed to all people. Technical marks had Michaels v. Angle and the ladder match. Casual fans had Hogan, Piper, Austin.
But the main reason this show did well was that simply Batista and Cena are new faces in their basically their first main event slots as top tier guys going after long running heel champions. Also, people more or less knew that the heel champs were gonna lose.
I think it was such a smartly built up PPV. Something for everyone. And let's face it, Cena and Batista are drawing really, really well. If this keeps up, and they give the rub to some of the newer challengers (Edge and Christian perhaps) this could be the beginning of a great period for the E.
Originally posted by rvjgdThere have been Wrestlemanias on PPV before in the UK.
No, there haven't. It was shown for free on Sky Sports in previous years.
It's all wrestling. You don't understand it, you don't like it. Why should you? Wrestling is for everybody, you included, but not exclusively. It may not be your wrestling but it's wrestling to somebody somewhere.
If Austin wrestles and gets killed by Kane, he could lose some of his popularity since he would actually, for the first time, look like a broken down former wrestler rather than a wrestler in a GM role.