Grandest stage: 'Wrestlemania' not quite the same but still has big show feel to it


The inception of the WWE Network has taken some serious steam out of the pay per view business as it pertains to professional wrestling, namely the monthly shows that once cost $40 per month and now are included with the $10 per month subscription service. The majority of the WWE pay per views haven't done all that well in recent years as wrestling's popularity has waned in the last 15 or so years since the likes of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock graced the squared circle on a full time basis. That "attitude" era has given away to a more kid friendly product, which still produces about four million viewers each week on their Monday show but nowhere near the numbers in the late 1990s. That also has trickled down to the pay per view business with buy rates in the neighborhood of a few hundred thousand customers on average on a monthly basis with spikes for larger scale shows. "Wrestlemania," however always was the one caveat in the deal as the show typically retailed for $70 to buy with around one million or so people taking part in the monthly, spring time extravaganza. With the network, "Wrestlemania" is now part of the $10 per month package, which is highly questionable given how well the show always performed in recent years. Keep Reading