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McMahon Breaks a Policy for Punk’s Return, Recent WWE Attendance Figures

– Here are some recent WWE attendance figures:

* RAW on July 22nd in Springfield, MA drew 4,000 fans for $120,000.
* RAW on July 23rd in Wildwood, NJ drew 6,000 fans for $195,000.
* SmackDown on July 23rd in Pittsburgh, PA drew 4,300 fans for $156,000.
* RAW on July 24th in Upper Marlboro, MD drew 3,300 fans for $112,000.
* SmackDown on July 24th in White Plains, NY was a sellout of 4,300 fans for $180,000.
* Monday Night RAW on July 25th from Hampton, VA was a sellout with 8,000 fans.

– It was noted that CM Punk got Vince McMahon to do something he has had a policy against doing in most cases – pay royalty rights to use popular songs instead of WWE-created music, as Punk used Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality” on Monday’s RAW.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • Nicholas G

    You know I give CM Punk recent push credit all to CM Punk. Because I am thinking a lot of this stuff been coming out of CM Punk on creative mind. It was Vince or HHH who said they are just looking for guys who comes up with there own ideas. I am thinking HHH may be the one an he is giving a lot of these wrestler more of a free will and more of a say in how they want to career to be run. I mean CM Punk to me maybe the answer WWE has been looking for to take the spot of HHH and is why HHH can now retire from the ring in peace. I don’t know if he will be as big as Stone Cold but have to wait and see. Just hope CM Punk just stick to being himself to me that is what me as a wrestling fan like to see. It is what made me of fans of Macho Man, Bret Hart, Stone Cold, The Rock and HHH. Just love it when a wrestler is being them self.

  • Trixie

    They probably do have a policy like that for most people unless they are one of the really major top guys. A lot of the themes are produced by wwe. And yes, they do use songs for raw, smackdown, and ppv’s but those are shows not individual wrestlers.

  • poko

    Most likely, the WWE DOES have such a policy, UNLESS you’re The UnderTaker or Triple H. What I hope this means is that VKM considers CM Punk to be at the top level of the profession, and worth the extra expense.

  • nick

    Dear X Factor,

    Whats your point? i can’t spell? How am I attempting to sound intelligent, just presenting facts.
    my argument is correct, so what facts do i need to check?
    although if i was trying to be intelligent i would use a name commonly associated to Simon Cowell and reality tv, or the name of X-Pac’s faction, who by the the way used an album track of Uncle Cracker (another example!)
    So explain your comment, please educate me!

  • 808notsogreat

    I dunno, boyos. A majority of the theme songs are written if not produced by WWE’s music manager and performed by popular artists. More often than not, they’ll use a portion of a popular song or have a simple ‘remix’ version of it with differences so minor, you’d have to know the original by musical bars just to say it’s not the same.

    That, and Limp Bizkit made over 9000 versions of Rollin’ anyway.

  • Dave S

    how about HHH coming out to Motorhead and Metallica.

  • CC

    There has been untold songs that WWE have used over the years, whether it be Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock or Johnny Cash for the Undertaker, Audioslave for Edge, Nickleback and Papa Roach for RAW, Marilyn Manson & Green Day for Smackdown etc etc etc etc.
    And then of course there are the songs they use for every single PPV by whichever band is the flavour of the month.

    This policy does not exist, and the story is pointless.

  • venom

    Stone Cold used Disturb’s song “Glass Shatters.” It was Bischoff that used AC DC “Back in Black” for one night.

  • Dear Nick:
    Please do your research before posting things like this.

    Also, if you wish to come across as even moderately intelligent, don’t spell “Would” as “Wud”.

  • Hunter

    Johnny Cash for the Undertaker? Kid Rock, too!

  • Stinga

    Don’t forget Enter Sandman for Sandman @ ECW one night stand.

  • me

    you mean like when they used rollin for taker, or for whom the bell tolls for triple h last wrestlemania, or i could go on……

  • nick

    WWE doesn’t own the killswitch song, it was recorded, released, abd performed live ages b4 punk debuted, or b4 orton suggested it to be his music.
    They Wud of paid royalties for whom the bell tolls @ mania, high way to hell at summerslam, every mania song every, creed my my sacrifice, and just about the whole of the attitude era

  • The Killswitch

    *FLIGHT of the Valkyries. My bad.

  • The Killswitch

    “Rise of the Valkyries” just says “yay, DB is coming!” Whereas a song like Big Show’s or The Miz says “shit’s about to get real.”

  • adam

    I dont care what daniel comes out to but it has to be something new this one is just bad for him.

  • Starship Pain


    Yeah, you’re right. His actual song doesn’t sound cool for a wrestler…

  • phoenix

    Misfit del rio as much as CM punk is awesome atm and could be even better I don’t think he will ever be as important to wrestling as Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, The Rock, or Triple H. You ask a non wrestling fan who Hogan is they will know same with The Rock but if I ask non wrestling fans who C/M punk is they would be like some dood from a rock band?
    On Topic Triple H uses MoterHeads stuff pretty sure they don’t let them do it for free. E.Bishof used Back in Black as well when he was in WWE.

  • Then how about paying royalty rights so DB can come out to The Final Countdown?

  • The Killswitch

    Bring back KSE. Please.

  • misfit del rio

    They did with stone cold once when he cane out to back in black by ac/dc once.As long as wwe gives punk free reign, he has the potential to go down as the 2nd most important person in wrestling history behind austin. Its funny how much they mirror each other even though they are completly different characters. I gess only time will tell.

  • Kyle

    ok i was just wondering lol

  • matt

    it think thats the case at least

  • matt

    killswitch engage was paid by wwe to do that song so wwe owns it

  • Kyle

    yeaa but he has also used this fire burns for randy orton before punk ever used it