WWE WrestleMania buyrates down, other PPVs up a smidge

WrestleMania 23

If you squint really hard, and turn the camera around 180 degrees, you can see us!

According to Prowrestling.net, WWE released its pay-per-view numbers for the first quarter of 2010, and while the Royal Rumble scored higher this year than in 2009 (462,000 vs. 450,000), and the Elimination Chamber PPV that replaced No Way Out improved upon its predecessor’s number (285,000 vs. 272,000), WrestleMania 26 was down almost 100,000 views from WrestleMania 25 (885,000 vs. 975,000).

(Side note: WrestleMania 24, with the Ric Flair retirement match and Floyd Mayweather as a special attracton, drew 1,058,000 buys, while WrestleMania 23, featuring Donald Trump as a guest celebrity, pulled in 1.2 million buys. I’m glad WWE’s profits continue to rise despite buyrates and TV ratings sliding.)

Let’s do some 20/20 hindsight-type stuff here: This says to me that Bret Hart was not the draw WWE hoped he’d be; Edge not catching fire as a babyface might have hurt his draw; not capitalizing on a hot heel Batista vs. an always-popular Cena (in favor of and alongside the — truth be told well-done — Hart-McMahon feud) was a mistake; not having Triple H and Randy Orton in marquee match-ups may have been short-term mistakes (but helpful in the long term, possibly); and in my opinion the Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker retirement stipulation seemed very rushed in a desperate move to squeeze out a few more buys and didn’t seem to work. Now granted, McMahon may have had a point during a recent shareholders meeting when he suggested that just as many eyeballs saw WrestleMania this year but because of “communal” WrestleMania parties, the buyrate went down. Heck, I watched the PPV at the apartment of a friend, in a room full of people I’d never met in my life, because I didn’t want to spend $55 or whatever it was to watch it myself, so rather than lay the blame on shaky booking, I could blame Wes for buying the PPV, Ben for inviting me over and that dude with the dreads for not installing a second satellite dish in their pad. Oh well, thanks anyway, you guys, but I think Vince wants us to break up the shindig next year. -Eric

Stunt Granny Audio #91 part 1

Ok, so this was supposed to be a one part show but Kevin and Jeremy blabbered on and on about WrestleMania 26 so it had to get divided in two. They do manage to cover a majority of the matches  and of course discussed what they did and did not like and who had a good showing. They also discuss the possibility of Triple H growing up and doing what is best for business instead of himself. There is a good discussion of the Rey Mysterio/ CM Punk match and a poor discussion of Jericho and Edge’s match. They get through a lot so listen up!

Stunt Granny Audio #90 pt 1

WrestleMania 26 Preview #10- The Round Up!

Yup that’s right! WrestleMania 26 is upon us and Kevin and Jeremy toss out the last of their opinions. They decide to go back over the entire week leading up to WrestleMania and change their minds on the possible Money in the Bank winner and the reason why. They also go over the possibility of Shawn Michaels actually retiring after all of his interviews seemingly saying he is retiring. Then they go on about their past WrestleMania adventures and how next year will be different. Hell, it has to be different because 2009 sucked a fat one. So listen in gang and enjoy.

WrestlerMania 26 Preview Audio #10- The Wrap Up

Past WrestleMania 26 Preview Audios

Money In The Bank
Vince McMahon vs. Bret Hart
Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
Triple H vs. Sheamus
John Cena vs. Batista
Orton vs. Ted Dibiase vs. Cody Rhodes
Showmiz vs. Wisdom & Truth
CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio
Chris Jericho vs. Edge
WrestleMania Memories

Don’t forget Kevin’s review of The University of Phoenix Stadium, the host stadium for WrestleMania 26.

Architecture of Wrestling- WrestleMania 26

WrestleMania 26 Preview #9- Chris Jericho vs. Edge

 

I have been told its not ok to pick on the kids. But look at em!

 

Oh good lord the end is near. Jeremy and Kevin hash out the rest of their ill-informed opinions for WrestleMania 26 and apply it to Chris Jericho taking on Edge for the World Title. This match has been in the works since Edge’s injury but does that warrant a main event spot? Does Edge continue losing at WrestleMania or does Jericho job once again? It’s a virtual smorgasbord of information and all you have to do is download it and apply to your ears.

WrestleMania 26 Preview Audio #9- Chris Jericho vs Edge

Past WrestleMania 26 Preview Audios

Money In The Bank
Vince McMahon vs. Bret Hart

Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
Triple H vs. Sheamus
John Cena vs. Batista
Orton vs. Ted Dibiase vs. Cody Rhodes

Showmiz vs. Wisdom & Truth
CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio

The Architecture of Wrestling – University of Phoenix Stadium

Would this inspire you?

The University of Phoenix Stadium is the site of Wrestlemania 26. It was designed by Peter Eisenman with the help of HOK Sport (now called Populous), Hunt Construction Group and Urban Earth Design. Eisenman has designed two large buildings in Columbus, the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts & Fine Arts Library on thee Ohio State University’s campus and the Convention Center in downtown so I am familiar with his work first hand. (You can find pictures of these buildings by clicking on Past Projects on the opening page of his site. I will provide pictures if I somehow find time during this crazy week.) I’m not the biggest fan of his work since he has a tendency to create a myriad of (sometimes asinine) reasons to justify his design instead of conforming to the urban fabric and creating a twist on it. His rational for this job was to make the building look like a barrel cactus. The designs are interesting in their end result even if I find his methods strange.

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Stunt Granny Audio #88

Takin it to the hole for the shorties.

The audio is back and ready to blare y’all. Kevin and Jeremy bring the Raw and Impact knowledge nuggets as they muddle their way through both shows. They discuss the disastrous rating for Impact and wonder if TNA should have waited until after WrestleMania to make the move. They also shout about Randy Orton and the weird way he has been virtually tossed on the card. There is actually way too much time devoted to TNA and the miserable product they have presented the last two weeks.  So forgive us but listen to the show anyway ok? Promise we won’t let it happen again.

Stunt Granny Audio #88

Monday Night TNA Impact Fails

This has nothing to do with wrestling but everything to do with awesome.

Well that was a painful way to start the Monday Night Wars part 2. TNA scored a .98 rating Monday in comparison to Monday Night Raw’s 3.4. Some sites are rounding up TNA’s rating for some inexplicable reason and showing it as a 1.0 but that is incorrect. They scored under a 1.0 rating and it should be eye opening to everyone in TNA as well as Spike TV.

TNA had weeks of promotion behind Impact moving to Monday nights and their fan base tuned out. They cannot use the excuse of their audience not knowing the show was moving after being beaten over the head with the information. Their announcers constantly plugged the move and they sacrificed all of their PPV hype for the move in advertising and signage. Spike TV didn’t help them as well as their in house promotions rarely promoted the move.

All excuses aside, TNA needs to be concerned. They should have pulled in at least a 1.1 rating Monday night. They were successful in their terms the last time they went live in Mondays.  As far as the future goes, TNA really needs to show that they can get an audience to turn over a 1.1 quickly. After giving away so much Monday anything but a 1.3 or at best a legit 1.0 should be expected. If not they have blown their wad and have nothing more to entice audiences to tune back in every Monday; especially in the face of WWE’s strongest push of the year heading in to WrestleMania. -Jeremy

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