WrestleMania Breaks PPV Record: 'Thank You' WWE Universe!
WWE announced Monday that WrestleMania XXVIII, held April 1 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, set a new record for pay-per-view buys. Preliminary estimates show that the event, featuring the historic “Once in a Lifetime” Match between The Rock and John Cena, and the “End of an Era” Hell in a Cell Match between The Undertaker and Triple H, garnered 1.3 million pay-per-view buys.
WrestleMania was seen on pay-per-view in more than 105 countries and 20 languages. WWE fans across the globe tuned in to witness WWE CM Punk triumph over Chris Jericho, Sheamus unseat World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, and John Laurinaitis strengthen his grip over the Raw and SmackDown brands.
During a press conference the week of the event, Miami-Dade County officials estimated that 70,000 people from all 50 states and 36 countries would arrive in Miami for the festivities of WrestleMania weekend, which included WrestleMania Axxess and a Premiere Party hosted by Grammy Award-winner Timbaland. In total, approximately 125,000 WWE fans were expected to take part in such events, WWE officials said at the press conference.
The live audience in Miami – which set a Sun Life Stadium attendance record of 78,363 fans – rocked the arena from start to finish. From the heartfelt standing ovation following the “End of an Era” clash to the explosive reaction to the “Once in a Lifetime” encounter’s opening bell, the energy of the live crowd made WrestleMania one of the biggest nights in WWE history.
The excitement spilled over to the following night’s Raw SuperShow, where the return of Brock Lesnar, choruses of “Yes!, and a championship-proclamation by The Rock thrilled the audience at American Airlines Arena.
With WrestleMania XXVIII in the books, the WWE Universe looks ahead to the splendor of next year’s WrestleMania, which will take place Sunday, April 7, 2013, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Ticket information will be announced later this year, right here on WWE.com.