SummerSlam In Detroit Breaks Records For WWE
It was a huge night for the WWE in Detroit Saturday night. Billed as “the biggest party of the summer,” SummerSlam turned out to be much bigger than that.
The event held at Ford Field, drew the largest viewing audience in SummerSlam’s 35-year history, also making it the third most-watched program to air on Peacock, according to WWE. The Gate earned 8.5 million, smashing records, add on another record $7 million in sponsorships, it was a huge night in Detroit! And that’s not all, the WWE says merchandise sales topped the previous record, set in 2021, by a whopping 60 percent.
“It’s why we’re here,” says Paul “Triple H’ Levesque, the company’s chief content officer. “[With] the fanbase that’s here, Detroit’s always been an amazing city for WWE. They showed up en masse, they showed up to have a great time, and I think we delivered for them.”
WrestleMania: 10 Interesting Facts About 'The Showcase of the Immortals'
WrestleMania 39 kicks off tomorrow, and the Showcase of the Immortals is going “Hollywood.”
Taking place over the course of two nights on April 1 and 2, WrestleMania 39 will emanate from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The event will feature packed cards on both nights including Roman Reigns defending the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Cody Rhodes and Charlotte Flair defending the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship against Rhea Ripley
Additionally, fans will see a Hell in a Cell match between Edge and “The Demon” Finn Balor and a six-woman tag team match with Damage CTRL taking on Becky Lynch and WWE Hall of Famers Trish Stratus and Lita.
To celebrate “The Grandest Stage of Them All,” here are 10 interesting facts about WrestleMania.
Legendary WWE Hall of Fame ring announcer Howard Finkel is credited with coining the name “WrestleMania,” but before landing on that perfect name, Vince McMahon wanted to call his annual showcase “The Colossal Tussle.”
It took over three decades for women to headline “The Showcase of Immortals,” but it finally happened in WrestleMania 35 when Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey faced off in a Winner Takes All Triple Threat match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship and the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship.
The iconic rap group was the first act to ever perform at WrestleMania outside of the singing of the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful” when they performed “WrestleMania Rap” at WrestleMania 5. Many other acts have performed at WrestleMania since including Flo Rida, Diddy and Motorhead.
Up until WrestleMania 36, which saw the event split into a two-night affair, WrestleMania 2 was the only WrestleMania to not take place on a Sunday. Instead, it took place on Monday, April 7, 1986.
The WrestleMania that billed the "once in a lifetime" match between The Rock and John Cena saw 1,217,000 PPV buys, which is the most PPV buys for a single WrestleMania ever. Of course, that “once in a lifetime” tag wasn’t exactly true, and The Rock vs. John Cena would headline WrestleMania 29.
OH, YEAH! WrestleMania 4 featured a 14-man tournament for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Savage would end up winning the title defeating Butch Reed, Greg Valentine, One Man Gang, and “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase.
The legendary iron man match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XII still holds the record for longest WrestleMania match clocking in at one hour, one minute and 52 seconds.
The shortest WrestleMania match happened in recent history at WrestleMania 32 when The Rock squashed Erick Rowan in just six seconds.
Triple H may be one of the most prolific wrestlers in WWE history, but he also has the notorious honor of having the most losses at WrestleMania with 13. Yikes!
Overall, a combined 1,956,981 fans have attended WrestleManias 1-38.