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July 21, 2003 Observer Newsletter: Best major show live event draws in history

BIGGEST MAJOR SHOW LIVE EVENT DRAWS IN HISTORY (based on headlining shows that have verifiably drawn in excess of 30,000 fans)

1. Shinya Hashimoto 11, Hulk Hogan 11, Keiji Muto 11, Genichiro Tenryu 11; 5. Nobuhiko Takada 10; 6. Atsushi Onita 8; 7. Antonio Inoki 7; 8. Kensuke Sasaki 6; 9. Tatsumi Fujinami 5, Riki Choshu 5, Masahiro Chono 5, 12. Yuji Nagata 4, Mitsuharu Misawa 4, Toshiaki Kawada 4, Naoya Ogawa 4, Kazushi Sakuraba 4, 16. Ric Flair 3, Don Frye 3, Hayabusa 3, Rock 3, Jim Londos 3, Bill Goldberg 3, Rickson Gracie 3, Bob Sapp 3; 25. Bruno Sammartino 2, Mr. Pogo 2, Scott Norton 2, Stan Hansen 2, Vader 2, Terry Funk 2, Danno O’Mahoney 2, Rikidozan 2, Lou Thesz 2, Royce Gracie 2, Mirko Cro Cop 2, Hiroshi Hase 2, Jun Akiyama 2, Sid Vicious 2

In looking at this list, this in no way should be construed as a legitimate ranking of the biggest draws ever, but it is still an interesting guide.

The list is heavily Japanese skewed simply because their companies, when business is hot, had to rely on large stadium gates as opposed to PPV to make money on the biggest angles or hottest periods. A similar list (we had one last week but didn’t include the Japanese in it) for PPV would be heavily U.S. skewed.

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