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5 Most Watched WWE Pay-Per-Views of All Time

9 months ago By Sports Desk

Wrestling enthusiasts, since the inception of the sport, have eagerly awaited WWE’s pay-per-view (PPV) events. While the nomenclature has evolved over time, the essence of these spectacles remains a testament to the company’s unmatched ability to deliver thrilling content. Here, we provide an in-depth exploration of the top 5 WWE PPVs of all time:

5. WrestleMania 31 (2015)

WrestleMania 31

Hosted at the grand Levi’s Stadium, WrestleMania 31 promised a dynamic mix of wrestling veterans and emerging stars, and it certainly delivered. The event was kicked off with Daniel Bryan’s heartwarming victory. After being sidelined due to a neck injury, Bryan’s return and subsequent victory were emblematic of his resilience. The sight of Randy Orton’s perfectly timed mid-air RKO to Seth Rollins left fans in awe. The climax was a spectacle when Rollins decided to cash in his Money in the Bank contract during the main event, pinning Roman Reigns to secure the championship in a twist no one saw coming.

WrestleMania 30 broke all the records and became the highest-grossing event in history at Levi’s Stadium, California. Around 76,976 fans attended the event, which was a lot more than 70,799 in the WrestleMania 29. WWE’s annual live event (WrestleMania 31) was the highest-grossing event with $12.6 million breaking the record of $12.3 million from WrestleMania 29.

4. WrestleMania 39

WrestleMania 39

The recent WrestleMania 39 showcased that WWE still holds the magic touch. Night one was a testament to the company’s evolution, with diverse talents like Rhea Ripley shining against the stalwart Charlotte Flair. The bout between Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens and The Usos showcased perfect tag team coordination. An unexpected highlight was the match between Seth Rollins and internet personality Logan Paul, further amped up by KSI’s surprise cameo, showing WWE’s commitment to blending mainstream entertainment with classic wrestling.

WrestleMania 39 breaks all the records for viewership, merchandise, and gate. The event took place on April 1 and 2 2023 at SoFi Stadium, California. It is the most successful event in WWE history selling out both nights with 161,929 fans. Also, on this live event, WWE generated a gross of more than $21.6 million. The gross is around 27% more than the last year.

3. WrestleMania 30 (2014)

WrestleMania 30

Heralded as one of the most emotional events, WrestleMania 30 was a rollercoaster. The David vs. Goliath storyline of Daniel Bryan taking on the company’s chosen stars reached its peak here. The deafening chants of “Yes!” resonated as Bryan toppled giants, eventually securing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. However, the event was also shadowed by a somber moment – Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker, ending the latter’s 21-0 WrestleMania streak. This outcome left an indelible mark, a moment where the scripted world of wrestling felt all too real.

WrestleMania 30 was held on 6th April 2014 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, in New Orleans. WWE’s live event was sold out with 75,167 and generated $10.9 million gross.

2. WrestleMania 19 (2003)

WrestleMania 19

Set against the backdrop of Seattle’s Safeco Field, WrestleMania 19 was a wrestling purist’s dream. Trish Stratus showcased her growth as a performer, triumphing over Jazz and Victoria. The technical prowess displayed during the Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho bout remains a topic of study for budding wrestlers. But the emotional core was the culmination of the Steve Austin-Rock trilogy. In what would be Austin’s last match, the two icons battled fiercely, with The Rock eventually claiming victory, only to share a quiet, respectful moment with his greatest rival afterwards.

WrestleMania 19 which was scheduled on March 30, 2003, was held on Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. In 2003, the live event broke all the records and around 54,097 fans attended the event. Also, WWE also sets the record for all-time high gross of $2.76 million in ticket sales.

1. WrestleMania 17 (2001)

WrestleMania 17

At the zenith stands WrestleMania 17, often dubbed as the “end of the Attitude Era.” This event is a wrestling masterclass. The TLC match was a spectacle of high-flying and dangerous spots, setting a gold standard for tag team matches. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit showcased a technical masterpiece. But the night’s essence was captured in the showdown between Steve Austin and The Rock. Austin’s desperate alliance with his arch-nemesis, Vince McMahon, to claim victory remains one of the boldest storytelling choices.

WrestleMania 17 was the annual event of WWE which was held on April 1st, 2001. The event took place at Reliant Astrodome in Houston, Texas. The live event set the record of 67,925 fans in attendance with a gross of $3.5 million in tickets.

These events are not just showcases of physical prowess but also encapsulate storytelling at its finest. Over the decades, WWE PPVs have narrated tales of heroism, betrayal, passion, and heartbreak, making them an essential fabric of the world of sports entertainment.

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