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Numbers Confirm WrestleMania 28 as Biggest of All-Time

– WWE’s WrestleMania 28 pay-per-view did end up being the single most purchased pro wrestling pay-per-view event in history, based on new data that are likely the final numbers for the event.

These updated numbers include late recorded buys and have WrestleMania 28 doing 1,253,000 buys – 733,000 domestic and 520,000 internationally. The international number would beat the all-time record by a significant amount. There have been several events over the years that have topped the domestic number.

The 1,253,000 buys for WrestleMania 28 beats out the 1,250,000 buys for WrestleMania 23 in 2007 with Donald Trump. Technically, when it’s all said and done WWE is able to round up to 1.3 million buys and claim the biggest pay-per-view of all-time.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • Tombstone

    @Keith Learmonth
    Originally I was going to apologize for being so sarcastic with you, Then I read your last comment and I realized you are just another dumbass!
    As for me not being around during the attitude era, Hell I was around when Steve Austin was one of the “Hollywood Blondes”.

  • Lord KGM

    OMG stop with the bs wrestling-edge and WWE! Seriously, like the other comment said, one minute its 2 million and now to make some more buzz they say its the highest selling PPV with 1.3 million viewers. First and foremost, learn your lesson, Wrestlemania 27 did poorly because of the constant advertising of Wrestlemania 26 (which I attended the show) and garnered no attention toward Wrestlemania 27 and ended up putting Vince in a tough position as far as building hype for the new WWE and it flopped horribly. Edge didn’t put over Alberto Del Rio like he was supposed too (which pretty much ended ADR’s career) and then got injured right after Wrestlemania! The main event was down right ugly and further pushed back the Miz. Other things made that Wrestlemania easily forgettable, the same will be said about Wrestlemania 28 after Wrestlemania 29 has been performed. To all of you Rock fans, hes overrated, his match was overrated and his performance was poor to say the least. That match was one of the worse MAIN EVENTS with 2 major successes that I have seen in decades (considering I have lived to see 2 and watch old clips of past wrestling over the years.) You have to go back to Wrestlemania 9 to think of a main event that displayed such bad taste in wrestling when the WWE officially starting “screwing” Bret Hart. Vince will soon learn that this batch of wrestling fans are different than in the mid 90s when all we wanted was shock value. All the newer fans (which consists of my generation of fans that didn’t learn to appreciate the product being shown) want real wrestling and not shock value. Younger kids are actually being shown how the business was ran back in the 90s and want the same thing. Pretty much, I expect Wrestlemania 29 to flop due to all the promos and in-ring talking I think will be shown for this event. Wrestlemania 30, maybe I can work my way into the writing scene for WWE like i have been dreaming to do and give the fans a Wrestlemania to remember! Peace Lord KGM

  • Keith Learmonth

    hey tombstone, shut up yeah… clearly you weren’t around the attitude era so go put on your ‘hustle loyalty and respect’ shirt on you fruity pebble. your the reason why WWE has gone PG.

  • Tombstone

    BTW. Keith

    I was responding in my original post to those who were saying it was all because of the Rock. Dont recall seeing a post from you saying that. So what made you decide to reply with your petty little two cents worth?

  • Tombstone

    @Keith Learmonth
    Your right, just because it wasnt my reason for getting the PPV does not mean everyone else thought that way. It also does not mean everyone else ordered it just to see the Rock either.

    Passing the torch is done in the ring, Not by any damn speach. And exactly who the hell are you to decide what it would have done for Cena?
    What the Rock was concerned about was making himself look good for his latest movie release.

  • eric

    yeah the rock, taker vs hhh were top 2 reasons i order ppv tbh. if it wasn’t for rock taker vs hhh wm would not have done that well. reason superstars rock took ur spot. is because wrestlemaina numbers were really bad. vince knew rock could draw big money. also divas were throwing bitch fit about trish last yr mania 2011 trish can draw money. fans give damn about her. current divas are boring.

  • Keith Learmonth

    The rock didn’t do it all by himself. You’re correct. But just because he wasn’t -your- reason for buying the PPV, doesn’t mean that everyone else thought along the same lines as you.

    As for the passing the torch thing… He already passed the torch to Cena in his speech while inducting his father into the HoF… and Cena winning that match would have done -nothing- for Cena.

  • Tombstone

    Sorry folks But no way in hell did Rock do it all by himself. In fact It was number three on the list of why I ordered the pay-per view. And I have to admit I was pulling for Cena to win, But I knew all along that Rock was to selfish to pass the torch.

  • Stevie P

    You can’t inflate the numbers, it’s illegal.

  • stockshark28

    Inflated numbers for sure!

  • JohnCena33

    I thought it did 2 million buys?

  • Bawb

    Yeah, to all those wrestlers who bitched about the Rock taking their spot — BAM — there’s your fucking payday.

  • Another John

    And wrestlers were mad cuz their “spot” was taken. Now they know why…

  • sammy

    The reporter himself knows who was the main cause for that number. He said “when it’s all said and done”, and we know who says that in his promo lol.THE ROCK

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  • nick

    AND MILLIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nick


  • sam

    clearly the Rock vs Cena match was key in this number, but im sure the Hell In The Cell match contributed aswell many including myself wanted to see that match