THE TOP 10 STORIES OF 2013

Number 1:
WRESTLEMANIA 29 ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKER3

WrestleMania’s return to the New York Metropolitan area meant record-breaking business for WWE, even if fewer fans saw the event than in years past.

With more than 80,000 fans packing New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, minutes away from the Big Apple, WrestleMania 29 became the highest grossing WWE event ever. It generated more than $72-million in revenue and sold just over 1 million pay-per-views. That was down from the previous year’s 1.2 million buys for WrestleMania 28, but a $5 price increase nearly made it a wash.

Fans from all 50 states and 34 countries huddled under chilly Northeast skies to witness the April 7 event, headlined by the epic WrestleMania rematch in which John Cena won his 11th WWE championship by pinning The Rock.

Other top matches featured The Undertaker extending his ’Mania winning streak to 21-0 in an instant-classic against CM Punk, and Triple-H avenging his SummerSlam 2012 loss to Brock Lesnar.

WrestleMania weekend festivities included a Hall of Fame ceremony at Madison Square Garden that honored Bruno Sammartino, Mick Foley, Booker T, Trish Stratus, Bob Backlund and Donald Trump, and a memorable post-WrestleMania edition of Monday Night Raw that featured a particularly animated live crowd and Dolph Ziggler cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase to capture the World championship from Alberto Del Rio.

According to WWE, WrestleMania 29 generated more than $101-million in economic impact for New York and New Jersey—the equivalent of 943 new full-time jobs.

 

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