‘Mania Buyrate Below Expectations, Missing Wrestlers At RAW

Ryan Clark

This year’s WrestleMania ended up doing nearly 200,000 less buys than last year’s show; 1,058,000 to 1.2 million. The show drew less money as well in spite of the $5 price hike; $23.8 million to $24.6 million. Before WrestleMania, Vince McMahon was predicting 1.4 million buys, reports prowrestling.NET, so the final number is a little disappointing to WWE. Also, Floyd Mayweather predicted in interviews that the buy number would top total sales from last year’s show.

— The entire ECW roster participated in last night’s match on Raw with the exception of two wrestlers; The Boogeyman and Big Daddy V. Boogeyman went down with a calf injury last fall — which has likely since healed — but creative doesn’t appear to be interested in bringing him back. At last word, the plan on The Boogeyman is to only use him for wacky television skits when need be. Regarding Big Daddy V, he was abruptly pulled off the road in the mid-March due to concern from management over his health and chronic obesity. V has been instructed to lose weight before he can return to the ring.

— Jimmy G. sent in the following… I live in Denver,Co. Last night during the Raw telecast a commercial aired advertising the upcoming Raw at the Pepsi Center here in Denver on 5/26/08. The announced main event for the show is Umaga and Randy Orton teaming up to face DX.

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