History of the WWE
Emerging as national powerhouse from the territorial era, WWE has long been the pinnacle of professional wrestling. WWE tickets have safely sat atop the wrestling industry for decades as the best selling tickets in sports entertainment. In an industry that was split between major companies in different “territories,” Vincent K. McMahon’s take over of the then World Wide Wrestling Federation from his father was the first step to establishing one dominant professional wrestling brand.
McMahon’s first set of business after taking over his father’s promotion was to hire Hulk Hogan and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. With Hogan as a crowd favorite and Piper as his foil, McMahon held the biggest main event of any wrestling promotion, making WWE tickets, then the WWF, the most demanded in the country. Additional signings of Andre the Giant, Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka allowed WWF to secure a national television deal. With new television shows being shown all around the country, WWE tickets quickly grew in popularity for its live events.
With popularity booming WWE embarked on a large gamble, the pay-per-view event WrestleMania in 1985. WrestleMania was billed as professional wrestling’s Super Bowl and featured celebrity appearances by Mr. T and Cyndi Lauper. The event was a success and added the interest of people who were not previously familiar with professional wrestling. The business continued to boom and hit its highest peak with WrestleMania III at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. WrestleMania III set an attendance record with 93,173 WWE tickets sold.
The boom continued through the 80’s through 1993 when WWF debuted a weekly cable program, Monday Night Raw. WWE tickets for Raw and other other events were selling well until competitor promotion World Championship Wrestling debuted their own show, Monday Nitro, starting what is known as the Monday Night Wars.
Both companies went back and forth winning in ratings until about 1996 when WCW unveiled the nWo, a revolutionary group of wrestlers led by Hulk Hogan. WWF had to cut prices throughout 1997 to stay competitive. WWE tickets for the Royal Rumble in 1997 were as low as $10 and prices for WrestleMania 13 were as low as $25. WrestleMania 13 did not sell out in Chicago, the only WrestleMania to not do so.
WWF grabbed the upper hand back in late 1997 with the launch of the “Attitude Era,” a shift into more mature action and storylines. The Attitude Era hit its high for WrestleMania X-7 in 2001 in the Astrodome, selling 67,925 WWE tickets for what is considered the best wrestling pay-per-view event ever. Later in 2001, WWF completed the dominance for good by purchasing WCW.
Another company shift occurred in 2002, when World Wrestling Federation was changed to World Wrestling Entertainment after a legal battle with the World Wildlife Fund. The name changed, but WWE tickets continued to sell well through the 2000s. Since then WWE has become TV-PG, shying away from the controversial Attitude Era.
WWE tickets continue to be some of the highest selling live event tickets in the entertainment industry. With monthly pay-per-views and almost daily live events, there are no shortage of WWE tickets for wrestling fans everywhere.
WWE Tickets News & Updates
4-30-14: The “Raw” after a WWE pay per view is often just as big of an event as the pay-per-view itself. This upcoming “Extreme Rules” event and the subsequent Raw are no different. Sunday's pay per view at the Izod Center averages $152 per ticket on the secondary market while the Raw the next night at the Times Union Center in Albany averages $143.
4-28-14: With WWE Extreme Rules less than one week away, and over 3,000 tickets still available, the average asking price on the secondary market has dropped 16% over the past 7 days. It's currently the 2nd cheapest “Extreme Rules” event of the past 4 years. Last year's event at the Scottrade Center averaged $114.54 on the resale market.
4-24-14: Three matches are in speculation but unconfirmed for WWE Extreme Rules from the Izod Center next Sunday. Bad News Barrett vs Big E for the Intercontinental Title, Cesaro vs Rob Van Dam vs Jack Swagger, and Ryback & Curtis Axel vs The Usos for the Tag Team Championships. WWE Extreme Rules tickets currently average $189 on the secondary market.
4-18-14: WWE live results from April 18th in Saudi Arabia: the Usos defeated Ryback and Curtis Axel, Sheamus defeated Damien Sandow, Goldust defeated Heath Slater, Ceasaro defeated San Zayn, The Shield defeated the Wyatt Family, Dean Ambrose defended his United States title in a fatal four way match, Randy Orton defeated Mark Henry, and John Cena defeated Bray Wyatt in the main event.
4-16-14: After Monday's RAW, more matches have been confirmed for May 4th's “Extreme Rules” event at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ. Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista) will face The Shield in a 6 man tag match, and Paige will defend her women's title against Tamina Snuka. Former Divas champ AJ Lee is currently taking personal time off.
4-14-14: While still a few weeks ago, one match has been advertised for May 4th's “Extreme Rules” Pay Per View event at the Izod Center. John Cena will have a Wrestlemania rematch with Bray Wyatt in an extreme rules match. Daniel Bryan is also expected to defend his World Title against either Batista, Randy Orton, or Triple H.
4-9-14: The WWE has seen it's share of shocking events within the past few days. First, Brock Lesnar snapped the Undertaker's undefeated at Wrestlemania XXX on Sunday. NXT Diva's Champion Paige then invaded RAW to defeat AJ Lee for the WWE Diva's Championship. Finally, recent Hall of Fame inductee The Ultimate Warrior passed away on Tuesday after delivering a chilling speech on Monday's RAW broadcast. He was 54.
3-17-14: Mr. T has been announced as the next inductee of the 2014 Hall Of Fame class. Mr. T was credited as helping bring wrestling to the mainstream in the early 80's thanks to his Wrestlemania moments alongside Hulk Hogan and Rowdy Roddy Piper. The official announcement will likely air on tonight's “Raw” from the AT&T Center.
3-12-14: The WWE have announced Carlos Colon as the newest member of 2014 class of the WWE Hall Of Fame. Colon is the father of former superstar Carlito, and has family ties to current tag team Los Matadores. Scott Hall is still on the short list of possible candidates to join the class.
3-11-14: Fan favorite Daniel Bryan will finally get his shot at Wrestlemania. The “Yes Movement” superstar employed a legion of fans to occupy Raw this past Monday in order to force COO Triple H to accept his challenge at Wrestlemania. As an added stipulation, if Bryan defeats Triple H, he'll then get a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Title later that night vs Randy Orton and Royal Rumble-winner Batista.
3-10-14: WWE Smackdown Results from March 7th: Christian Defeated Dolph Ziggler by pinfall, The Uso defeated RybAxel to retain the Tag Team Championships, Natalya and Eva Marie defeated AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka in Divas tag team action, Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio, Daniel Bryan and The Big Show defeated Kane and Batista in the main event.
3-7-14: WWE SuperStars results from March 6th: Titus O' Neil defeated Zack Ryder by pinfall after a Clash Of The Titus. Los Matadores (Fernando and Diego) defeated RybAxel (Ryback and Curtis Axel) by pinfall. Tonight's WWE Smackdown was taped in Detroit, Michigan and includes a Daniel Bryan and The Big Show vs Kane and Batista main event.
3-6-14: Expect RAW ticket prices to see an increase throughout Wrestlemania season. The Undertake has now been confirmed for all Monday events until Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes Benz Super Dome in New Orleans. The “dead man” has also been confirmed for March 18th Smackdown taping in his home town of Houston, Texas.
3-5-14: WWE Main Event Results – March 4th 2014: Daniel Bryan Defeated Kane, Nikki Bella Defeated Alicia Fox, The Usos Defeated Los Matadores to Retain WWE Tag Team Championships. The New Age Outlaws were originally scheduled to face The Usos, but dropped out due to an “injury” to the Road Dogg Jesse James.
3-4-14: Hometown star CM Punk was a no show at last night's WWE Raw in Chicago, IL. Fans were teased early by Punk's entrance music, but we're instead greeted by former manager Paul Heymen. Despite CM Punk's absence, the WWE delivered one of their best RAW's of the year, including a rematch between the Wyatt Family and The Shield.
3-3-14: The much anticipated RAW in Chicago is finally here. Fans have taken a grassroots effort all over social media to voice their displeasure with the recent WWE moves. The hostile crowd plans to boo Batista, start constant “Yes!” chants for Daniel Bryan and maintain a clear “CM Punk” chant throughout the broadcast. The WWE plans to counter the crowd with a 6 man match featuring the Shield and the Wyatt Family.
2-28-14: WWE NXT Arrival Results – Cesaro defeated Sami Zayn by pinfall, Mojo Rawley defeated CJ Parker by pinfall, The Ascension defeated Too Cool to retain the NXT tag team championships, Paige defeated Emma by submission to retain the NXT Diva's Championship, Xavier Woods vs Tyler Breeze ended in a no contest, Adrian Neville defeated Bo Dallas in a ladder match to win the NXT Championship.
2-27-14: WWE Main Event Results – February 26: Cody Rhodes, Goldust and Los Matadores defeated Ryback, Curtis Axel and 3 Man Band in an 8-man tag match. Alicia Fox and Aksana defeated Eva Marie and Natalya in Divas tag team action. In an Elimination Chamber rematch, Darren Young defeated Titus O'Neil. Sin Cara defeated Damien Sandow.
2-26-14: The WWE Network launched earlier this week to both huge fanfare and huge disappointment. While the original programming and extensive library are a fan's dream, many have noted buffering issues on devices such as Playstation 3, Playstation 4, and Xbox 360. Fans can enjoy a one week free trail or sign up for a 6-month contract billed at $10 per month.
2-25-14: After the returns of Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, and Ric Flair on last night's RAW; the Wrestlemania card is finally coming together. Batista vs Randy Orton and The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar have been confirmed. Daniel Bryan vs Triple H and John Cena vs Bray Wyatt are likely to become official soon. The WWE also launched their long-awaited WWE Network on February 24th.