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May 4, 2005 Observer Newsletter: WrestleMania 21 breaks records, TNA Lockdown review

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The WWE released preliminary buy rate information on Wrestlemania XXI, which now goes into the record books as the biggest grossing pro wrestling event in history.

Based on already-released buy rate numbers, the combination of the PPV buys, live gate and merchandise for the show would be currently estimated at between $47 million and $49 million, based on what percentage of the PPV buys came from the U.K., which had a lower price per order than North America. It is not out of the realm of possibility that when all buys are processed, the total gross for the event could top $54 million. That would top the estimated $47.15 million for Wrestlemania XX ,last year, headlined by HHH vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit. The biggest PPV show in company history was Wrestlemania X-7, which was also the second biggest live gate in company history, but with the difference in PPV price at $39.95, instead of the current $49.95, the total gross on the event was $45.99 million (including merchandise).

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