WrestleMania weekend is historically WWE's most successful time of the year, with the two flagship shows of the week - WrestleMania and the post-Mania Monday Night RAW - pulling in the biggest revenue.
That could be changing this year, however. Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Dave Meltzer is reporting that NXT TakeOver seems to be out-selling the post-WrestleMania episode of Monday Night RAW thus far.
Ticket sales for NXT are doing much better than RAW is doing, and is actually closing in on selling out. It should be noted that TakeOver will be going head-to-head with a Ring Of Honor (ROH) show that weekend as well.
NXT's venue can hold up to 10,000 fans while ROH's will hold up to half of that at 5,000. NXT seems to be besting all WWE-related events (excluding WrestleMania) for the weekend; outdoing RAW, SmackDown Live, and the Hall Of Fame ceremony.
One part of NXT TakeOver's success early on can be contributed to how fans have seen such great matches at these special events year in and year out. It features some of the best in-ring work in WWE today.
Another reason is that this is arguably NXT's biggest and best card to date. It features several big names and a couple of interesting gimmick matches. Check out the card here (via WrestleTalk):
- Andrade “Cien” Almas vs Aleister Black (NXT Championship Match)
- Ember Moon vs Shayna Baszler (NXT Women’s Championship Match)
- Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole vs The Authors of Pain vs Pete Dunne and Roderick Strong (NXT Tag Team Championship Match / the winner receives the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic trophy)
- Ricochet vs Adam Cole vs Lars Sullivan vs The Velveteen Dream vs Killian Dain vs EC3 (6-Man Ladder Match to crown the first NXT North American Champion)
- Johnny Gargano vs Tomasso Ciampa (Unsanctioned Match)
Fans have a soft spot for ladder matches of course, however, the introduction of a new title is certainly intriguing as well. Triple H has done a tremendous job with NXT thus far and has left a lot of WWE fans excited for when he finally takes over RAW as well.
What are your thoughts on NXT out-selling both RAW and SmackDown Live for WrestleMania 34 weekend? Do you think that NXT will be the first WrestleMania weekend show to sell out? And will NXT TakeOver steal the entire weekend as far as show quality goes? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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