WWE WrestleMania 29 was the biggest event of the professional wrestling calendar year. The official preliminary PPV buyrate is in and it’s not as high as last year’s historic event. If the numbers are accurate, the buyrate is lower than that of WrestleMania 27 in 2011 as well.
WWE has revealed that the actual number of people that ordered WrestleMania 29 on PPV is 1.048 million buys. This is way off of their previous estimate which was around 1.2 million buys.
WrestleMania 28 had the most buys in North American professional wrestling history. That show earned a massive 1,217,000 buys last year. This is thanks to the first time encounter between The Rock and John Cena. Not to mention, it was Rock’s first singles match since 2003 when he faced Goldberg.
WrestleMania 29’s number is down from WrestleMania 27, too. That show earned 1,059,000 PPV buys. This is an impressive number for that event, considering the main event was Cena vs The Miz. Not to mention, the show also included a shoddy encounter between Micheal Cole and Jerry Lawler, plus Snooki was on card, too.
The reason WrestleMania 29 didn’t earn as many buys is mainly because it was full of rematches. Rock and Cena already fought each other just the year before and Triple H vs Brock Lesnar already happened just eight months prior to WrestleMania.
The only positive thing to take from this is that the buyrate is well up from 2010’s WrestleMania XXVI. That event disappointed with only 885,000 buys. This was mainly because the event was built around current WWE stars and lacked star power like Rock and Lesnar.